“We need to show up and speak up on behalf of dolphins in need.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project
If there was one message that came out of 2020, it was to keep our distance from others to help stop the spread of the novel pathogen known as COVID-19. Many individuals and organizations engaged in critical work across the world were left scrambling, searching for alternate ways to run and maintain their campaigns.
Dolphin Project, despite facing unprecedented challenges, was able to continue and expand on our efforts to help protect dolphins in need through its decades-long work with local activists. From the ongoing rehabilitation of the three rescued dolphins, Rocky, Rambo and Johnny at the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Bali, Indonesia to the seasonal documentation of the drive hunts taking place from September through end-February each year in Taiji, Japan, we developed infrastructures which allowed us to keep showing up, and keep our commitment to those who depend on us for a voice.
The power of social media has also never been more evident. By keeping our global network connected and informed, we can help empower, engage and enact change. Now, more than ever, we need each and every one of you to “show up.” Whether it’s contacting authorities to express your outrage over Taiji’s dolphin drive hunts; making a donation to help ensure the rescued dolphins have access to fresh food and veterinary care; or wearing Dolphin Project-branded gear to spark a conversation – every action helps, and every action counts.
“Our biggest hope for 2021 is that an empathy uprising takes place. Imagine if people from all over the world came together in the realization that whales, dolphins and other non-human beings share our ability to feel pain, grief, and joy, and that they have just as much right to be here as we do.” ~ Ric and Helene O’Barry
As we prepare to launch several exciting initiatives for 2021, let’s strengthen our bonds with one another, and the natural world. There is much to preserve and cherish, and we encourage everyone to set their own personal goals to help others in need. Thank you for all your support. Together, we are making a difference.
Featured image: Johnny chases a fish in the healing waters of the Umah Lumba Dolphin Center, Bali, Indonesia. Credit: DolphinProject.com