Sponsors Can Help Defend Ecosystems

We are asking corporations that are committed to conservation, sustainability, climate change, wildlife conservation and/or poverty alleviation to step to the plate to save the greater Kilimanjaro ecosystem. It’s an investment that can impact your bottom line for years in many ways.

Our partners in East Africa have developed some very impressive plans to help save the vanishing wildlife, communities and landscapes, while developing several jobs for men and women. We’re developing some permanent and powerful sponsorship opportunities for the corporate leaders who join us.

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Africa’s tropical belt is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Millions of people across the continent have already been displaced due to drought, famine and conflict. Desertification has already taken its toll in northern regions and its creeping southward because of resource-hungry humans and climate change. The humanitarian crisis is adding to the environmental crisis.

To address these challenges, we are developing our first projects in Tanzania and Kenya now. We are working in collaboration with several local NGOs, including Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania, EnviCulture, Earth Keepers Centre, Youth Link, Megabridge Foundation and others. The scope of projects now includes most of East Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

These diverse stakeholders are feeling the pressures of climate change. They believe in a shift to greater sustainability. They sense the urgency of more comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies, including aggressive community engagement, education and economic development.

Meanwhile, investments from India and China have created an economic boom in many parts of Africa. This economic disparity—including the entitlement of the investors, myths, cultural factors, and corruption—is driving a devastating trade in illegal wildlife parts, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and others. The illegal killing of endangered species is rapidly driving them closer to extinction every day.

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Both the African elephant and the rhino could be poached into extinction within a decade, if drought and starvation don’t wipe them out first. Lions will go right behind them. The collapse will continue until the land won’t support man or beast. The trend is established and requires comprehensive interventions in an attempt to slow the momentum.

The snowballing confluence of environmental and economic factors threatens to alter the future of Africa and the world forever. Containing this ecological and humanitarian disaster to Africa will be impossible. Therefore, the entire world has a stake in saving this delicate ecosystem and others from collapse. We can’t afford to stand by watching and wondering. Without aggressive intervention, it will escalate and the ecosystem will collapse.

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As you will see, several stakeholder organizations are eager to take action. They have submitted five separate proposals to help address all of these issues simultaneously. We promised to do what we can to help make these projects and others a lasting reality.

Crossbow’s founder, Gary Chandler also is the founder of Sacred Seedlings, the company behind the initiative. Chandler’s reputation as a wildlife conservation and sustainability advocate prompted several groups in East Africa to contact him in search of solutions to the region’s environmental crisis. He urged them all to submit comprehensive plans that revolve around reforestation and forest conservation as a springboard for economic development and wildlife conservation. If designed properly, the projects also would develop powerful weapons in our fight against climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with these very passionate visionaries from Tanzania and Kenya,” Chandler said. “The word is spreading and we are adding projects in Latin America now.”

As Chandler explained, the goal is to jumpstart these programs immediately to maximize their impact. He hopes to avoid the bureaucracy and delays often associated with grants from governments, foundations and NGOs (although he plans to engage those groups, too). For speed, Chandler hopes to attract corporations from around the world who are committed to sustainability, climate change and the overall branding opportunity that this unique project offers. Various opportunities are available to meet any budget. Industry exclusives also are available.

For more information, please visit our East Africa Plan at http://sacredseedlings.com/east-africa-projects/For details and custom packages, please contact Gary Chandler gary@crossbow1.com or call 602-999-7204 (USA).

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