PRESIDENT OBAMA: IT'S TIME FOR A NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY! June 04, 2010 7:45 AM
Oil has been jetting into the Gulf of Mexico for more than a month now. It's been one month of fear for coastal communities, and one month of anguish for a nation.
Now, more than ever, we need a new awakening of ocean environmentalism in America. We must make sure that BP's blowout disaster never happens again. We must undertake sustained and far-reaching reform. And we must call for a new approach that puts the health of our ocean first.
Please add your name to our petition to President Obama and the chair of his Ocean Policy Task Force, Nancy Sutley, today. A suspension of offshore drilling in the Arctic is a good first step, but it's not enough: We need a national ocean policy that prioritizes ecosystem health and protects, maintains, and restores our ocean.
Tell Obama: No Whaling on Our Watch June 07, 2010 1:00 PM
Right now President Obama is poised to support a proposal that will allow commercial whaling. Such whaling has been prohibited for decades, and this would be an unacceptable setback for ocean conservation.
Beginning June 21, 2010, the International Whaling Commission will meet to consider a proposal to allowing whale harvests by certain countries. This would lift a moratorium on commercial whaling that has protected whales since 1986. The United States is currently developing its negotiating position and will decide whether to support the proposal. So far, it has made statements supporting the proposal.
President Obama told Americans on the campaign trail that "allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable." Japan currently hunts whales and illegally sells their meat under the guise of scientific research. DNA testing has made it possible to identify Japanese-caught whale meat in restaurants as remote from Japan as Los Angeles. Now the U.S. government is considering rewarding Japan's killing of thousands of whales instead of opposing Japanese whaling.
The commission's proposal to sanction killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary in Antarctica and in the North Pacific is not the only threat to these magnificent creatures. Bycatch, pollution, rise in ocean noise, offshore energy development, and climate change all threaten their lives. As icebergs melt, plankton, the main source of food for whales, lose their protected breeding grounds under the ice shelf. Plankton blooms may also be occurring earlier, making food unavailable when the whales arrive at their feeding grounds. Increasing atmospheric carbon levels are making the seas more acidic and making it difficult for crustaceans, another food source for whales, to form their calcium-based shells. With so many emerging threats, this is a disastrous time to resume commercial whaling.
Your comments to President Obama and Ms. Medina are necessary to protect whales for future generations. Conservation of whales helps keep our world alive, gives us hope and courage, and keeps us in wonder of the beauty of the world. Please act now to show your support for the moratorium on commercial whaling and demand international compliance with its intent.
Stop Boom and Burn of Endangered Sea Turtles June 23, 2010 10:58 AM
In a rare interview by a BP-hired local boat owner involved in the cleanup operations, eye-witness evidence has been established that endangered sea turtles are being burned alive in BP's cleanup efforts. To watch the YouTube video first-hand account of the boom and burn operation and read about BP blocking sea turtle rescue from the oil, click here to go to our website Campaign Updates. To read Los Angeles Times' story on "Death by Fire in the Gulf", click here.
Send the Letter Below to Rescue All Sea Turtles from Oil Before Boom and Burn
BP has already killed countless sea turtles in its careless and cruel operations managing the Gulf oil spill, and we must send a strong message to local, federal, and BP officials that the public will not stand for this.
Demand relief for Gulf fishermen and communities! June 24, 2010 1:16 PM
Kenneth Feinberg, President Obama's appointee to administer BP's $20 billion compensation fund, has committed to helping Gulf communities cope with the economic and environmental disaster that is unfolding in the Gulf. He knows what they're going through down there, warning shortly after being appointed to his post, "Do not underestimate the anger and frustration of people in the Gulf."
We're encouraged by his commitment to get relief to the Gulf quickly, but we know it won't be easyand we know we'll need your help. Tell Mr. Feinberg that you're angry and frustrated, too, and that you fully support fast and fair relief to make Gulf communities whole again.
Fill out the form below to send your message to Mr. Feinberg. Your public support of relief will send a powerful message to Washington, DC, and to the communities that have been devastated in the Gulf.
Save Hawaii’s rare false killer whales February 07, 2011 2:01 PM
Hawaiis near-shore population of false killer whales has plummeted in recent decades. Today, only about 150 whales remain. Tell the Obama Administration that you support endangered species protection for these imperiled whales.
Save Pacific Smelt, the Small Fish with a Big Impact March 02, 2011 8:19 AM
Salmon, whales, dolphins, and people eat PAcific smelt.
But what if there isnt enough to eat?
Historically, eulachon, a type of Pacific smelt, have played important ecological, cultural, and economic roles in the Pacific Northwest. But their numbers have declined drastically in recent decades and they are now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. But more needs to be done.
The US government recently proposed to designate 292 miles of river in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington but they failed to inculde ocean waters, where Pacific smelt spend 97% of their lives.
Speak up by March 7 to save the small fish with a big impact.