When I started this comic I set up a google news alert for anything elephant related. After over a year of reading the worlds elephant stories I can authoritatively say that elephants are screwed ab-so-lutely everywhere. They’re being shot, electrified, hit by trains, falling into drains, cut off from migration routes, and just generally being run over by civilization. It’s a disheartening daily ritual to read the news.

In these posts I sometimes focus on a positive piece of elephant news, if there is any, to highlight the fact that there is hope. Today I read about a skin care fad in Myanmar that has authorities finding more and more elephant carcasses stripped of their flesh. Man…..how do you have hope in light of that? I want to wallow in despair sometimes. What else can I possibly do?!

I wrote the above, honestly, in a mini state of despair. I really didn’t know what else to say after that last line, so I went to bed. In the morning I remembered Jane Goodall and googled her name, plus “hope”. This came up:

“Most of us don’t realize the difference we could make. We love to shrug off our own responsibilities, to point fingers at others. “Surely,” we say, “the pollution, waste, and other ills are not our fault. They are the fault of the industry, business, science. They are the fault of the politicians,” This leads to a destructive and potentially deadly apathy.”

― Jane Goodall, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

OK! It makes sense that apathy is the real problem, it’s the enemy of getting anything done! And despair seems like apathy’s good buddy. So I’ve decided to stay away from those guys and take inspiration from Jane’s life. Let’s keep hope alive by doing something about this situation.