Religious Influence on Climate Change
Globally acclaimed filmmaker, author, founder of VFAES and Nat Geo Explorer Sangita Iyer is a passionate elephant conservationist and climate advocate, dedicated to protecting her native India's heritage animal. Asian elephants are endangered with approximately 40,000 left on the entire planet and fully 27,000+ in India - their last bastion. Sangita has conducted extensive research and has discovered that elephants are climate mitigators. They disperse seeds in their dung and promote the growth of hardwood trees that sequester more CO2, a potent greenhouse gas. Yet, across Asia, they're being captured from the wild in order to be paraded in glamorous festivals and exploited for profit behind the insidious veil of culture and religion. This disrupts the forest ecosystems that sustain life.
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