illegal ivory trade
We know the marches are seen and heard by these people and that is why they have such an important role to play, especially at the opening of CoP17. So if you can, please join a march near you and show them that all of us, humanity, wants change and a world where elephants are seen only as elephants and able to live without fear.
Theresa May has made clear she intends for Britain "to be even more outward-looking around the whole of the world" following our vote to leave the EU. As the Prime Minister speaks, the world is watching for indications of the nature of our new global perspective.
Terrified, grief stricken, lonely, confused, frightened and hungry, emotions and situations we would never wish our own child to have to go through, and yet Zongoloni is one of many elephant calves orphaned in this way, because of ivory poaching.
Last year, we witnessed some incredible highs but also some terrible lows for Africa's wildlife. From lions to elephants
The death of Cecil earlier this year evoked outrage across the planet, with people up in arms over the death of one of Africa's favourite lions. The killer, a dentist from Minnesota, endured the wrath of many, but the real villains are those that do not make the front pages.
This weekend presents a big opportunity to make our concerns for Africa's elephants known to our political leaders. Elephants might 'trumpet' and be able to communicate by infrasound - but at the political table they don't have a voice and we must be theirs, shouting loud.
Current human demand also extends to elephant meat. This is not just a local subsistence issue. Elephant meat bound for Fresno California was seized by Thai enforcement officials in May 2103 and is just one example of the international demand for this 'exotic flavour'.
We witness the terrible impact of the ivory trade in our work every day. Since 8 September, we have been called on to rescue 14 orphaned elephants in just 18 days. To date we have arrested 1,406 poachers and our veterinary teams have successfully treated over 500 wounded elephants.
So... what's the link? How did an ivory bracelet help cause this tragedy? How does dining with ivory chopsticks lead to the killing of pregnant women, families and children out shopping? The truth is that they are absolutely intrinsically linked.
Elephant poaching across Africa has reached an unprecedented high and now looks set to wipe out our beloved elephants from the planet in as little as 20 years. Some reports are now suggesting that up to 40,000 elephants are being killed for their tusks each year in Africa alone.