Reading the story of the mother orca carrying her deceased newborn calf for the last seven days has been heartrending for me .1
The baby orca, born into an endangered Salish Sea orca population, represented hope for the last 75 Southern Resident orcas that are left in the world — but in the end, it only lived half an hour. The Salish Sea, the waters including the Puget Sound that connects Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada, is one of the most biologically diverse inland seas in the world. A new tar sands pipeline could turn the home of its remaining orcas into a tar sands tanker superhighway.
In June, I spent a week aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise following the route of the tar sands tankers that are threatening these endangered orcas. I promise you I will do everything I can to stop the pipeline and protect these iconic creatures, but I can’t do it without you.
Greenpeace was born for moments like these and we’re working to protect these orcas and all marine creatures on several fronts.
For the planet,
Rachel Rye Butler
Tar Sands Campaigner, Greenpeace USA
P.S. The threatened Southern Resident orca population could be driven toward extinction by a seven-fold increase in tar sands tanker traffic in the Salish Sea. We’re fighting to stop the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline and mobilizing tens of thousands of people just like you to protect the Endangered Species Act. Please give today to protect these orcas and support all our campaigns to protect wildlife and the environment.