where have all the trees gone?..

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This image comes with a serious message. You may choose to ignore it and make no comment. Retreating to the safety of your thoughts and home. You may even be slightly annoyed that it involves so much reading and you simply don't have the time..
You may click it all away...

Africa is my home so it seems natural that deforestation and wildlife extinction affect me, but more importantly my children and the many generations that may never see the African Elephant, amongst others in their natural habitat....

Deforestation and wildlife extinction are just two of the serious environmental problems facing Africa today and are caused from:
•Logging – destruction of the rain forest.
•Clear land to make room for housing and farming.
•Unprecedented pace is the primary cause (deforestation)
•Overexploitation or poaching
•Disease
•Pollution The root cause of these problems are humans and there need for clearing the land, which can lead to diseases and pollution or illegal poaching for financial gains.
* War
* Poverty
The African continent is home to many species of exotic animals and plants, decades of logging, sport hunting, poaching, civil wars, pollution, and other human interferences have taken their toll on the wildlife.

the worst though is:
African and foreign countries looking for oil, diamonds, and other resources have destroyed both animals and their habitats.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Let's hope mankind wakes up before greed overruns everything we hold dear.

My contribution for the Art Uni International challenge- : www.flickr.com/groups/art_uni_international/discuss/72157...

background image: HKD - www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/4490829460/in/photostream/

elephants: Paolo Schneider (photographed in the Etosha Pans of Namibia)

white headed vulture: thanks to hawkgenes - www.flickr.com/photos/hawkgenes_pictures/3960340460/ (to view original image and info on these vultures follow link)

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  1. Lumase 48 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called My Selfish Room (invited images only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    We have a Miracle in our hands, and yet we don't fully understand its value, and its fragile equilibrium.
    I wish you could find some time to click on the link accompanying this image from me:

    Miracle

  2. frida!!! AWAY 48 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Rhapsodic Poems of Homer & Odysseus - NO children please!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. The Big Jiggety 48 months ago | reply

    Beautiful, emblematic and a message I have believed loud and clear since the 1970s, as a teen.

  4. RachelCorinne123 48 months ago | reply

    This is amazing :)

  5. eepeirson - unwell 46 months ago | reply

    compelling in all regards...

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TRAVEL PILGRIMS ~ Admin INVITATION ONLY Award 2, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. BigBrotherBear 45 months ago | reply

    Really love this photo, and very good message. Its really too bad that nature is not respected more than it is...

  7. Gall Freitas © 43 months ago | reply

    wonderful work!

  8. missnoma 42 months ago | reply

    We are wrecking our home, our planet and ourselves and that may be fine but we do not have the right to ruin the lives of precious wild creatures...We should really about the way we live..Diamonds, Oil, Uranium we can live without...
    Good on you for spreading the word...

  9. Zafaris 42 months ago | reply

    More should be done by African Governments and the International community to make local populations understand that ultimately... the natural habitat of Africa is worth more than all the Diamonds and Gold...both in a monetary and ecological perspective

    Visit Zafaris

  10. artistic55w 42 months ago | reply

    The deforestation of the whole earth is such a frightening problem, it is exhaustingly overwhelming! I am one person and do my best to preserve my own small Oak forest that I have been blessed with here in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, USA. What an extraordinary photograph!

  11. ANGELLA QUINTANA FARCIA MARQUEZ 41 months ago | reply

    What else can I say?... It's a great message! Congratulations!!

  12. Wandering Sole Images 39 months ago | reply

    Wonderful image to help convey your message.

  13. smokejumping 39 months ago | reply

    Wow. Amazing... There's something spiritual in this shot. And also great technique.

  14. Irene Stylianou 35 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on this wonderful and meaningful capture.

  15. Kalle Forsman 34 months ago | reply

    Would it be okay for me to make a t-shirt out of this for me to wear?

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