Pierce Brosnan Calls for Citizen Action to Save Alaska’s Endangered Belugas

by Frances Beinecke, President, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Imagine dynamite going off near your home every 10 seconds, injuring your family, rattling your windows, drowning out all your attempts at conversation. Imagine that these deafening, non-stop explosions go on for days, weeks, even years on end. There is no escape from the excruciating noise.

What toll would this relentless sonic assault take on your hearing, on your nervous system, on your very ability to function?

That’s the situation that the last 284 beluga whales of Alaska’s Cook Inlet are facing right now.

Actor and environmental activist Pierce Brosnan has made a new powerful one-minute video for NRDC to help us rally support for the Cook Inlet belugas. Watch the video now.

The Apache Alaska Corporation has launched a deafening airgun assault as it explores for oil and gas in Cook Inlet — the belugas’ only home in the world. At close range, the explosive noise of airguns can cause injury, hearing loss and even death. The blasts will repeat every 10 to 12 seconds and could last 3 to 5 years.

Worse, the Obama Administration gave Apache the green light to proceed with this operation — in the very home waters that our government is supposed to be protecting.

Make no mistake: Apache’s plan is a violation of the federal laws that are meant to safeguard marine mammals from threats like this one.

The National Marine Fisheries Services itself predicts that the airguns will harm at least 30 belugas in the first year of operations alone. After three years, those harmed would equal one third of all the Cook Inlet belugas left on Earth. The agency is calling that impact “negligible.”

In recent years, we’ve watched the number of Cook Inlet belugas plummet from 1,300 to the 284 that exist today. It’s more critical than ever that we generate a massive public outcry and ensure that these endangered whales won’t be sacrificed — ever — to oil company profits.

Send a message to the Obama Administration to withdraw its approval for this devastating airgun assault — before it pushes the last Cook Inlet belugas one tragic step closer to extinction.

 

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69 comments

Veselin Varbanov
Veselin Varbanov2 years ago

This makes me sad ..we humans (homo sapiense) spicies are extingting more and more being ..What a tragedy ..PLEASE STOP !

Intan Surya Dawood

Petition signed.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright3 years ago

I have always liked him as an actor and now I respect him for being an animal advocate. Hopefull by lending his voice he can help make a difference for these magestic creatures.

Thank you Mr. Brosnan.

Claire Morgenstern

On behalf of NRDC, thank you all for signing our petition and leaving your comments! It is so great to see so many of you taking action and engaging in discussion about this very important issue.

One thing I'd like to clear up. One of you commented that:
"Cook Inlet is NOT the only Beluga home in the world! There are sizable populations in both Hudson Bay and Ungava Bay in Canada. Get your facts straight."

Here, we are referring to Cook Inlet as the only home of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, not of ALL belugas. The Cook Inlet belugas are a genetically-distinct population of beluga whales that are particularly threatened by extinction, and the sole habitat of this group is in Cook Inlet. Outside of Cook Inlet belugas specifically, you are absolutely right in your assertion that belugas are found in other locations.

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Disgusting, selfish Alaskan criminals. Many thanks to the handsome Pierce for standing up for the precious, endangered Belugas. You rock!

paola ballanti
Paola Ballanti3 years ago

ho firmato con piacere

Patricia Brendel
Patricia B.3 years ago

The terror and injury about to be inflicted on these beautiful, peaceful creatures is outrageous. How can we as humans allow this to happen to these graceful, white whales who are loved by children around the world. I could just cry thinking of how much my kids loves the Baby Beluga song. If I had little ones now, I don't know how I could explain this much cruelty to them. I hope someone can stop this from happening.

"Baby Beluga, oh, baby Beluga, sing your little song
Sing for all your friends, we'll like to hear you
When it's dark you're home and fed Curl up snug in your water bed
Moon is shining and the stars are out Good night, little whale, goodnight
Baby Beluga, oh, baby Beluga, with tomorrow's sun
Another day's begun, you'll soon be waking
Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea
Swim so wild and you swim so free
Heaven above and the sea below
And a little white whale on the go You're just a little white whale on the go."

Read more: RAFFI - BABY BELUGA LYRICS http://www.metrolyrics.com/baby-beluga-lyrics-raffi.html#ixzz222uGrE3N
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Patricia Brendel
Patricia B.3 years ago

The terror and injury about to be inflicted on these beautiful, peaceful creatures is outrageous. How can we as humans allow this to happen to these graceful, white whales who are loved by children around the world. I could just cry thinking of how much my kids loves the Baby Beluga song. If I had little ones now, I don't know how I could explain this much cruelty to them. I hope someone can stop this from happening.

"Baby Beluga, oh, baby Beluga, sing your little song
Sing for all your friends, we'll like to hear you
When it's dark you're home and fed Curl up snug in your water bed
Moon is shining and the stars are out Good night, little whale, goodnight
Baby Beluga, oh, baby Beluga, with tomorrow's sun
Another day's begun, you'll soon be waking
Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea
Swim so wild and you swim so free
Heaven above and the sea below
And a little white whale on the go You're just a little white whale on the go."

Read more: RAFFI - BABY BELUGA LYRICS http://www.metrolyrics.com/baby-beluga-lyrics-raffi.html#ixzz222uGrE3N
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Janet C.
Janet C.3 years ago

Rudy B-and just what are your qualifications to judge an actor's performance? Got a degree in criticism? I do-and you are full of crap.
Brosnan is at the very least using his celebrity to bring attention to an intolerable situation. Leave your ill-considered comments about an actor's performance out of it. One would think that you are in support of those who are destroying wildlife and ecosystems around the world. At the very least your comments lack validity, at the most they demonstrate what many of us believe: the Public at large lacks empathy for creatures who have done them no harm.

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim3 years ago

Signed.