27 September 2010 Painting for polar bears Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: EFA portrays polar bears through a wide variety of art ..and designing jewelry, purses and much more! September is almost over, which means NOW is the time to visit Team EFA (Etsy for Animals), also known as Artists Helping Animals. They’re supporting Defenders of Wildlife this month through their charity of the month program & petition signing. These EFA artists are shining a spotlight on the plight of the polar bear, an animal living at ground zero for global warming and increasingly feeling the threat of oil and gas development in their Alaskan habitat. This month, many of the creators of the handcrafted items featured on the EFA site have chosen to donate a portion of their proceeds to helping Defenders protect these iconic creatures of the Arctic. EFA is an offshoot of the larger indy crafts site, Etsy.com, which started in 2005. Etsy now boasts buyers and sellers in more than 150 countries, creating a virtual global community for handmade goods. Thank you to Etsy for Animals for working with Defenders this month and all the artists working to protect polar bears! One Response to “Painting for polar bears” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.