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How You Can Help the Gulf Oil Spill Wildlife

Everyone around the world has probably heard of the Gulf Oil Spill by now. The biggest environmental disaster of all time. Most of us feel helpless in our homes not sure what to do or how to help. I know I felt that way. Once that feeling left, the first question that popped into my mind was “How can I help?”.

After a few weeks of letting the idea mull in the back of my mind, I had an idea. I’ve been wanting to design photography related slogans and quotes for quite some time now but always shoved the idea aside by putting other projects in priority. But now I felt it was time for this project to take off because I knew that this was my small way to help. As most of you know by viewing my daily iPhone photos on Twitter or Facebook, I have a fondness for animals. And when I first saw images of the oil-soaked birds, I knew that I would focus my resources to help these poor innocent animals. So here was my plan…

1- Dust off my “photography sayings” file and start reviewing and creating new ones
2- Create a new logo that would represent my design brand (the camera)
3- Create at least 5 quality, original designs
4- Open a Zazzle store to sell my designs
5- Add my designs to cool Zazzle products

Ok… that was phase one. All and all, that took about 3 weeks of almost full time work including helpful input from fellow graphic artists and photographers. Now I had to move on to phase 2.

6- Research and choose a quality wildlife organization that was helping directly in the Gulf oil spill efforts
7- Contact the organization and see how best to go about with my fund raising plan

Phase 3… spread the word!

8- Use my contact list and social media to spread the word! (Hence this blog post). 🙂

The organization I chose to support is the National Wildlife Federation. NWF is the United States’ largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with over 4 million members and supporters, and 47 state and territorial affiliated organizations. They are working actively in the Gulf to save as many animals as possible and so much more.

Now comes the part where you help out! You could go directly to their site and make a boring old donation or…. you could purchase one of my über cool original designs on Zazzle! Here’s how it works. From today until August 30, 2010, 100% of the profits made from the products you buy will be donated directly to NWF! Not only will you be making a donation to NWF but you’ll look cool as well! How great is that! Psst…. they also make great gifts! 😉

Another way you can help is by spreading the word! So Tweet, Facebook, Blog and email it! What a great opportunity to make a difference. NWF and I thank you in advance for your help in saving the Gulf oil spill wildlife.

Here are the 5 copyrighted designs that I’ve created specifically for the launch of the store. Just click on any of the designs to be taken to my Zazzle store! The links are to the T-shirts but you can also purchase mugs, bags, hats…. go wild! 🙂 I’ll be adding more designs on a regular basis so make sure you follow me on Twitter or Facebook to be kept in the loop!

Your feedback is also appreciated. Let me know which design is your favorite by voting in the poll in the sidebar! ====>

Thank you!


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3 responses on "How You Can Help the Gulf Oil Spill Wildlife"

  1. Profile photo of Yanik

    Hi Mark!

    I hear ya! I’m actually working on something that will go live tomorrow or Monday! 🙂

  2. Hey Yanik.
    Please do a new blogpost. We need a new image because every day I have to look at the poor oil covered bird when I start my day because I RSS’ed your blog in igoogle.

    I know the cleanup goes on. but surely you can teach us something new about photography!

    kind regards
    MArk

  3. Hi Yanik, a really good idea!

    eugen

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