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They're Calling on You

They're Calling on You

Posted 27 July 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: gorillas, mobile phones, recycling, conservation, environment, deforestation, Jane Goodall, Africa, Congo, extinction

Pop quiz...

Q: What do gorillas and mobile phones have in common?

A: They're both native to the Congo.

Ok, so that might be a stretch. But there is a tiny piece of metallic ore inside your phone, called coltan, which was mined in the Congo. And every time your mobile rings, it's the coltan inside that makes that call possible.

It turns out that whilst a mobile may be convenient for you and me, the mining of coltan to make that phone isn't so convenient for gorillas. Mining in the Congo River Basin is causing deforestation and unrest in the region. And that's bad news for the gorillas, whose populations are dropping at a troubling rate.

Fortunately the ever amazing Jane Goodall is onto the case, and is spearheading a mobile phone recycling program, "They're Calling on YOU". Giving the coltan in your phone a second life, might just help spare a gorilla's in the process. Not to mention the fact that recycling your phone means less landfill. And to top it all off, the sale of refurbished phones helps fund the Jane Goodall Institute's primate conservation work in Africa!

If you're saying "bye bye" to your old hand set then hand it over to the "They're Calling on YOU" recycling program to help protect gorillas.

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xatiese74 xatiese74 28 July 2009
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Lets help save this great foundation and these beautiful animals - spread the word via facebook or twitter  monkey
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KirstyGirl KirstyGirl 30 July 2009
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This is a beautiful idea. Most people that are buying a new phone have probably done so before and thus have an old one lying around. Better to recycle than chuck it in a landfill. Nice one.
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Ali Ali 6 August 2009
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i have a Roots and Shoots group (3 to 16yr olds) that are organising a mobile phone reclamation in order to reduce the mining of coltan and at the same time money raised from these phones will be used by the Jane Goodall Foundation to pay for armed patrols and conservationists to protect a gorilla sanctuary in the Congo region (3 tiger conservation... Read more parks in india no longer have tigers because of inadequate patrols and corruption!) - they need money, and you can help.
if your in sth aust. send me a message so i can get your old phones! Help Us!!!
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MARY!!!!!!!!!!!! MARY!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 August 2009
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wwoooooooooooo ecstatic
save the animals peace
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Apple Scruff Apple Scruff 8 August 2009
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documentary on other issues raised by the miining of coltan in the congo

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/blood-coltan/
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Happyhoney Happyhoney 24 August 2009
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hey everyone.... You can drop your old mobile phone off at any of the 3 zoos in Victoria. Melbourne, Weribee or Healesville. It was amazing how many old phones i had sitting around!!!!
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izzybella izzybella 29 August 2009
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There doing this at my school! Though I never really understood it, now i'll defiantly donate!!!

P.S Are these only in modern phones or all mobiles? peace_out
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MerlinLemon MerlinLemon 24 October 2009
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i don't have a phone and it makes me sad to hear that the poor little gorillas are losing their homes to make mobiles.
SAVE THE GORILLAS!
monkey
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