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We have an opportunity to make significant headway in fighting climate change by saving whales. Your donation on Crowdrise not only helps us do that, but puts us in the running to win an additional $100,000 grand prize. During the Earth Day Roadmap Climate Challenge, our goal is to raise the most funds of all the participating charities between now and May 18th. The challenge is open to Doers - agents (and agencies) of change, looking to fight for a healthier planet.
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Your donation helps us save whales, and will help us in our quest to win $100,000!

Because whales and dolphins play a critical ecological role, our mission is to ensure whale and dolphin populations survive and thrive as key contributors to the health of our shared planet. 

Evidence is mounting that whales are an essential part of the ecosystem by providing us with oxygen, supporting vibrant fish stocks, and combatting climate change and all because of where they take their bathroom breaks.  A microscopic forest of tiny plant-like organisms, called phytoplankton, drift just below the ocean’s surface in sunlit waters. 

These phytoplankton are the very base for the marine food web and produce at least half of the world’s oxygen as they take in carbon dioxide during a complex chemical reaction known as photosynthesis.  Like plants on land, phytoplankton need the sun’s energy, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients like iron and phosphate to photosynthesize; a process  which provides them with food and the planet with oxygen.

However, unlike plants on land, this microscopic forest cannot root into the ocean’s bottom to absorb nutrients and that is where whale poo comes into play! 


Infographics depicting how whales eat at depth and defecate near the surface, allowing the whale poo to feed the phytoplankton.

While whales can dive to great depths to feed, they must wait to surface to relieve themselves as they are unable to poo under pressure (atmospheric pressure, that is!). It is here that the whales’ nutrient rich waste fertilizes the phytoplankton and supports this ocean garden on which we all depend.  And because large whales  migrate, they continue to free nutrients and mobilize their ecological value for drifting phytoplankton across latitudes.  The relatively short life spans of phytoplankton means that the phytoplankton can sequester hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon annually as these cells eventually sink to the ocean’s body, taking with them the carbon they have absorbed from the atmosphere.  

Whales themselves also act as carbon sinks at their end of their natural lives. ”Whale fall” (a sunken whale carcass) also sequesters large amounts of carbon as it becomes a mini-ecosystem of its own, supporting deep-sea organisms for decades.   

According to the World Economic Forum, the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change is among the biggest global risks. Researchers estimate that as a direct result of whaling, large whales now store approximately 9 million tons less carbon than before whaling.  With 2016 being the warmest year on record and sea levels continuing to rise, the need to recover whale populations is more important now than ever before.  

We need to save these ocean gardeners to save our planet. Your generous contribution will support our ongoing work.

Please make a donation to our Earth Day Roadmap Climate Challenge today. Thank you!

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