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are sold out of the t-shirts with the image of DOC. As soon
as they are re-ordered, we will post them to the site. Also,
if you would like to read the story of DOC, please reference
the section on this site entitled "Acknowledgment".
time has come to realize that what we do to the earth, we
do to ourselves. As advanced as we are, there is no excuse
for ignoring the well-being of our fellow earth inhabitants
in pursuit of our own petty needs. We are destroying our
planet and it seems to me that those who have the power
to do anything about it are the ones causing the greatest
On July 16, 2002 the US Navy got permission to go ahead
with tests for using low frequency sonar in our oceans.
The high-powered submarine detection system will operate
at noise levels billions of times more intense than those
known to disturb the migration and communication of large
whales. This testing is effecting close to 80 percent of
the world's oceans. It is estimated that the system which
is referred to as the LFA system generates sounds capable
of reaching 140 decibels more than 300 miles away.
permit to do so exempts the Navy from the responsibilities
of the Marine Mammal Protection Act http://tis.eh.doe.gov/oepa/law_sum/MMPA.HTM
it to harm whales, dolphins, and other species while flooding
the oceans with intense sound. It has been known by scientists
and the US Navy as well, that these tests injure marine
life. (See update on Law Suit and
Navy response per Sept 3rd below)
You may be aware that in the early summer of 2002, there
have been many reports of marine mammals strandings. Sixty
False Killer Whales beached themselves off Australia, reports
of hundreds of Giant Squid had beached themselves along
the Californian coastline, along with unusual numbers of
(harmless) Leopard Sharks coming in close to shore very
disorientated. Twelve Manatees (another endangered species)
have also been reported to have died on the Florida coast
within the same time frame. Then, close to 60 more Pilot
Whales beached themselves off Cape Cod and eventually most
have perished. All of this within a week of the Navy's go
ahead to use this low frequency sonar. Coincidence?
The sonar is equivalent in decibels to us standing next
to a rocket being launched. It causes brain hemorrhaging
& disorientation to cetaceans and other marine life.
There are innumerable accounts of how dolphins and whales
have helped us in life threatening situations. Isn't it
time to help them? It is so hard to believe that we all
cannot put energy and recourses into finding peaceful solutions,
that save lives instead of taking them.
Please take action today if these facts move you. Send a
letter to Hon. Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy
Here. It takes only a few minutes. Or you can register
your opinion on a petition - Click
Please spread the words on your outrage of this chain of
event. Make sure you keep positive thoughts and keep these
animals on your mind, whether it be in prayer, or with spoken
word or in direct action. In mass, there is much we can
Someone once told me that in order to change the conditions
of our outer world, we must actually become the conditions
of our desire from within. If we all strive for "Peace"
to our world we must become "Peace" ourselves.
I believe that there is much to be said with regards to
creative imagery...and conscious awareness. Just today,
when you read this or pass this onto to someone in your
life, imagine that it has already happened, that we have
accomplished our wish to stop this useless testing which
is killing our creatures. Miracles are possible, and they
can start within each of us.
We can effectively change the course of our future, we have
been given a choice.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of groups led
by the Natural Resources Defense Council said it would file
suit on Wednesday to block the U.S. Navy from using a powerful
new sonar that scientists say could injure whales and other
which was to be filed in federal court in San Francisco,
challenges deployment of the low-frequency active sonar,
also known as LFA, under several federal laws, including
the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species
Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Resources Defense Council is joined in the lawsuit by the
Humane Society, the League for Coastal Protection, the Cetacean
Society International and the Ocean Futures Society and
its president, Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Aug 28: -NRDC's Earth Action Alert-
Calls to Navy
made the difference!
reports that action requested from the public to the U.S.
Navy to voice concerns about the sonar and whale stranding
issues, and the fact that the Navy was deliberately blocking
faxes has been rectified. Because of the public outcry-
within three hours reports indicated that the Navy's phones
were "ringing off the hook," and that the Navy
public affairs office had to set up a 'hotline' phone bank
to handle all calls. Less than an hour after the start of
the calling and web site campaign, the Navy contacted NRDC
to inform of the flood of calls, they have added "three"
working fax numbers.
you would like to contact the NRDC...please reference the
section in my site under favorite links for more information.
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