Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Golden Lion Tamarin" -

TITLE: Golden Lion Tamarin
ARTIST: Carolynn McDade

Why I'm using my creativity to save the rainforest...

Earth is blessed with beautiful wilderness, rugged mountains, sparkling water and the life that abounds within. We all belong to this exquisite planet, and each life given is precious. Whether it's the massive blue whale, a timid wren, or the insect in your garden, these remain our fellow, earthly residents.

As the human creatures of this planet, we seemed to take advantage of what Earth had to give us in ways which has destroyed natural home grounds for many of our fellow creatures. I don't think we did it on purpose. Perhaps it was because we thought Earth would give endlessly.

In the past few decades, however, we have come to realize Mother Earth can't always replenish herself... environments are unwittingly destroyed, and animals lose their comfortable, flourishing homes.

Today, governments around the world are making the move to guard species which are dwindling. Preserved wilderness areas are being set aside for much of earth's wildlife, on land as well as in the waters.

The Golden Lion Tamarin ACEO is a good example of an animal which may not be able to survive the wilds of our planet much longer. Their habitats in Brazil have been invaded by logging and farming/agriculture. The once beautiful canopies are all but lost - 1-3% remain. These canopies were the Tamarin's source of food and shelter. Sadly, the remaining 400 or so Tamarins are in grave danger of extinction.

I am pleased to be a part of the Endangered Species Quilt project as a contributing artist. I urge everyone to re-use, recycle and take care of our planet.