WATCH: The world’s loneliest elephant not so lonely any more, makes first friend in almost a decade
After his partner died, Asian elephant Kaavan was dubbed the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’, having spent eight years alone in Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Last week, after lobbying from several animal rights activist groups, as well as pop superstar Cher, Kaavan was airlifted to his new home at the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kaavan, who had been diagnosed as overweight and malnourished by veterinarians before his rescue, has not been properly socialised with other elephants yet, having spent his 35 years of life in Marghazar Zoo.
In Cambodia he will live in a wildlife sanctuary and roam in open space with a large herd of other elephants, who he will be introduced to slowly. Video released this week shows him interacting with his new neighbours through a barrier, touching trunks for the first time in nearly a decade. You can watch the heart-warming moment below.
Patagonia’s Black Friday message turns things upside down
2020 isn’t the first year Patagonia has opted out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. This year, the B-Corp certified company instead released a series of stories and clips, to highlight the impact of mass consumption on the planet, asking its community to really consider what they need to buy during this period.
The responsible brand extended this message by placing strategic ads in Australian papers The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, which read:
In a statement, Dane O’Shanassy, Director Patagonia Australia & New Zealand, said: “We’re in business to save our home planet; we want to use business as a tool to tackle problems and find solutions. There are many initiatives we’d rather be drawing attention to – the drawing down of carbon, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, addressing microfibre pollution.. – instead of encouraging rampant consumption.”
A reminder of the questions to ask yourself when shopping, on Black Friday or anytime…
- Do I really need it?
- Where and how was it made?
- Who made it? How were they treated and paid?
- What materials is it made with? Are they kind to the planet?
- Is the product itself kind to the planet?
- How many times will I use/wear it?
- What will I do with it at the end of its life?
- Could I buy this item from a local or small business, rather than putting more money in a billionaire’s pocket?
New Zealand commits to a carbon-neutral government by 2025
New Zealand is the latest country to formally acknowledge the global climate crisis by declaring a climate emergency, joining 32 other nations which have already done the same thing, including Canada, Japan, France and the United Kingdom.
Speaking in parliament after its introduction on Wednesday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has called the climate crisis “one of the greatest challenges of our time”, said the country must “act with urgency” and that “this declaration is an acknowledgement of the next generation. An acknowledgement of the burden that they will carry if we do not get this right and do not take action now.”
The motion was passed in parliament by 76 votes to 43, and will be backed by a NZ $200 million fund to help purchase electric or hybrid vehicles and replace the coal-fired boilers used in the public service’s buildings.
New Zealand contributes just 0.17% of global emissions, but that is high for its size, placing it 17th out of 32 OECD countries. Its net emissions have risen by 60% in the past two decades. The nation’s biggest source of CO2 emissions is road transport, but most of its greenhouse gases stem from agriculture.