Save the Whales
My name is Sena, and I am 12 years old. I care greatly about whales and I am trying to help them. If you would like to team up with me, please contact me through my parents email.
Whale populations that once numbered in the millions, have decreased to thousands, and in some species, below hundreds. Many whales are endangered. Their current precipitous state is further threatened by a number of factors that we have tried to outline in this pamphlet. Look for the W to skip to solutions you can put into practice.
POLLUTION / ENVIRONMENT
Pollution from many sources is threatening the whales. Pollutants that persist in the environment are accumulating in the blubber of certain types of whales. The first-born whales of such species often do not survive because of the influx of toxins from the mother when nursing.
Other forms of pollution, for example, garbage in the oceans, are causing whale deaths. Some types of whales mistake plastic bags for squid. The bags end up in the whale’s digestive system, killing the whale. Garbage kills whales in other ways as well.
W Consider the impacts of all your purchases. Whether buying a shirt, a car or a tomato, what will the impact be on the environment? Are there alternatives? How was it manufactured / grown? Ask questions wherever you shop.
W A few websites have been created to try to answer questions regarding the environmental impact of your purchases. Visit them before you purchase.
· links from csiwhalesalive.org
W Consider helping clean-up beaches, roadways, and rivers. There are numerous local organizations you can join to assist in cleaning up these locales. And remember, dispose of it properly!
Phosphates from agricultural runoff and home detergents cause dead zones in rivers, lakes and oceans. This further destroys the shrinking habitat of whales.
W Using detergents in your home that do not contain phosphates will help protect our rivers, lakes, and oceans. If you visit a drycleaner, ask what they are using for detergents.
W When making food choices, spend the time to find food that was grown without synthetic fertilizers.
W Runoff from roadways impacts the rivers and the oceans. Keep your car leak free.
Climate change will also have an impact on whales. Some whales will lose their habitat if the ocean temperatures rise too much. And, our ocean’s survival is threatened due to acidification from increased carbon dioxide threatening all ocean life, and therefore our own.
W Be green! Using less electricity, less fuel, etcetera will help our environment and that of the whales.
BY-CATCH / ENTANGLEMENT
Certain methods of fishing cause harm to a number of fish and mammals, including whales and dolphins.
If you eat fish, learn about how the fish is caught. The Monterey Bay Aquarium puts out a Sustainable Seafood Guide. WVisit the following site when making seafood choices: seafoodwatch.org. (click Seafood Recommendations, Seafood Search or use the Pocket Guide)
W If you spend time on the ocean, you may see a whale or other marine mammal entangled in a net or rope. If so, call the following organizations:
· Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (RI & MA) 1-800-900-3622
· Mystic Aquarium (CT) 860-572-5955
· NOAA (US) 1-800-853-1964
The Provincetown Center for Coastal Research inspired me by their efforts to save whales in a book they published: Ibis, A True Whale Story, by John Himmelman. Here they are in the spring of 2010 disentangling a whale.
Human-made sounds can deafen, disorient and kill marine mammals. Naval sonar, cargo ships, and noise from seismic oil / gas mapping has resulted in mass strandings of whales and dolphins.
W Contact Cetacean Society International or check out Natural Resource Defense Council’s information on ocean noise and what you can do to help.
Since 1986 there has been a ban on commercial whaling. In spite of the ban, Japanese companies have been slaughtering over a thousand whales per year, which they claim is necessary in the name of “research”. In addition, exceptions to the ban are made for indigenous populations in the US, Canada, and Russia.
The International Whaling Commission makes decisions regarding whether whales can be hunted. Many organizations are lobbying their governments and are attending the International Whaling Commission meetings to influence the outcome.
W If you would like to learn the latest and/or support organizations trying to prevent whaling, here is a list of organizations that are helping and need your support.
· Cetacean Society International <csiwhalesalive.org>
· NY4Whales <ny4whales.org>
· Animal Welfare Institute
· Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society
They can help you to find the most effective ways to fight whaling.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Do you want to help my efforts? Let me know if you want to team up with me to help protect the whales, and our environment, by contacting me through my parents’ email or the Cetacean Society International, P.O.Box 953 Georgetown CT 06829, 203-770-8615, or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Cetacean Society International (CSI) wants to help me voice my concerns because, as they wrote:
· She speaks for many children who know more about what’s happening around them than we may be aware of or even comfortable with;
· When children tell us of their concerns we must listen and answer as honestly as we can;
· When we do not have answers the effort to find them helps us as well as the children;
· Their questions simplify and focus issues and concerns that may seem insurmountable to us;
· Sena’s generation has a right to ask about the world that they will inherit from us;
· And we have a duty to leave them and all future generations the Earth they deserve.
· An article was written about me by Cetacean Society International in April 2010, Page 4 (www.csiwhalesalive.org).
· I did a Public Service Announcement in 2010 that discussed how plastic bags look like squid and hurt whales (Listen).
· I did a Public Service Announcement in 2011 that discussed how carbon dioxide is hurting the oceans and whales (Listen).
· I was filmed for the Decide to Be Kind Campaign, and my challenge for the audience was to use re-usable containers in order to generate less garbage.
· An article written by me in Whales Alive, Cetacean Society International’s newsletter in April 2016, Page 1l.
· An article written by me in Whales Alive, Cetacean Society International’s newsletter in July 2016, Page 10.