The West coast orcas are facing extinction. Three more have died and only 73 remain. They are vital to these waters and their suffering also reflects the suffering of salmon populations. Despite this, the US just approved mining in a formerly protected public park in Alaska, home of one of the largest salmon runs. They are approving pipelines and military practices that make the water uninhabitable for, what Lummi Nation have named, our relatives under the water. We must act.
Here are some clear ways to support efforts to defend the Salish seas:
- Attend the Gathering to Celebrate Xw’ullemy (the Salish Sea) on both sides of the border on Lummi and Tsawwassen nation land (Peace Arch border). It takes place on September 27 from 5-7.
- Donate to Sacred Seas: for a Living Salish Sea.
- Donate to Red Line Salish Sea and their fight against pipelines.
- Join the peaceful protests on Burnaby Mountain against the BC pipelines.
- Find a local Stand Earth action in your area.
- Use the (primarily personal) action checklist from Washington Environmental Council.
This is not a time to let give in to feelings of helplessness. This is time for action. No matter what, please do what you can. Even if it is small. #Togetherwearestrong.