by Frances Beinecke
President, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Every spring, gray whales swim thousands of miles to return to the sheltered waters of Laguna San Ignacio in Baja, Mexico, where they give birth and nurse their calves in tranquility. And with good reason — this magnificent birthing ground is the only undisturbed gray whale nursery left on the planet.
You’ll see all this for yourself in our new video, narrated by Pierce Brosnan, about this magical place:
More than a decade ago, NRDC and our international partners mobilized a million people around the world to stop the Mitsubishi Corporation from building the world’s largest salt factory on the lagoon’s shores. It was the first time in history that the multinational company had ever withdrawn an industrial project because of environmental pressure.
Despite this magnificent victory, Laguna San Ignacio never received permanent protection. Today, the whale sanctuary remains vulnerable to overfishing, unregulated tourism schemes and industrial projects that could threaten to destroy its shores.
Every other gray whale nursery on Earth has been despoiled by human encroachment — and industrial developers keep targeting Laguna San Ignacio as well. That’s why NRDC is working to make sure that this irreplaceable habitat remains a safe and pristine haven for gray whales by putting 500,000 acres around the lagoon off-limits to industry — forever.
This Earth Day, you can help create this lasting legacy by saving an acre of the whale nursery in the name of a friend or family member.
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