December 29, 2016

They’re calling on you!

Gorillas are on the brink of extinction. They’re calling on YOU to donate your phone today!

Zoos Victoria and the Jane Goodall Institute are working together to help save Gorillas in Africa.

By simply donating your old mobile phone (I am guilty – I think I have 2 sitting in a cupboard somewhere!) to the Aussie Recycling Project you will help by;

  • Diverting your phone from landfill
  • Helping Melbourne Zoo raise money to support the Jane Goodall Institutes primate conservation work in Africa through the sale of refurbished phones
  • Lessening the demand for coltan mining by providing the coltan coated capacitor in your old mobile phone a second life.

Coltan – what’s that you ask?According to the They’re Calling On You website

Coltan is a metallic ore that is mined both in and out of Africa and can be found within many electronic devices such as mobile phones. The mining of coltan within the Congo River Basin is contributing to forest loss and unrest in the region, and is accelerating the loss of mountain gorillas at an alarmingly fast rate. Whilst efforts are being made to tackle this issue, the majority of the worlds known coltan reserves are found within Africa, and the mining of coltan within gorilla habitat continues.

It is unknown exactly which phones contain coltan, so they recommend donating all your old phones just to be sure.

Did you know…

Australians typically upgrade their phones every 18-24 months! This exerts enormous pressure on the mining of resources such as coltan needed to manufacture new phones.

That’s a lot of phones being labelled as “old” and “out of fashion”!

This just doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to upgrade your phone! Especially considering:

80% of the world’s coltan reserves are located within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As the forest is denuded for mining, the protection once offered by the habitat in it’s pristine state is now no longer able to shelter gorillas and a range of other species from the bush meat crisis.

In Kahuzi Biega National Park, more than fifty percent of the lowland eastern gorilla population has been lost, leaving the species on the brink of extinction.

So you can simply and EASILY make a small difference and donate your phone. You can download and print out a reply paid postage label here or you can visit any of the Zoos within Victoria or go online to find more information about recycling phones in your business and also school projects.

PDF INFORMATION

More Information can be found here:

Pulitzer Center:
http://www.pulitzercenter.org/openitem.cfm?id=177

Friends of the Congo:
http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/new/coltan.php

Jane Goodall Institute:
http://www.janegoodall.org/africa-programs/programs/CCCDRC.asp

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Comments

  1. The gorillas affected by the mining in Kahuzi-Biega are not mountain gorillas, they are eastern lowland gorillas

  2. Im learning about this in school and its so sad to see how many gorillas die from our human behaviour

    • Caitlin,

      It is great to hear that you are learning about this in school.

      Keeping young people informed of what is happening and not shielding them from this kind of upsetting information is crucial to understand the problems around them and in their lifetime, make better choices.

      :)