GP0DCFLike most people, there are times I feel helpless about saving the whales as I am not a politician, scientist or a crew member on the Greenpeace boats. But I am a voice, among many others, that can make a difference.

The future of the world’s whales will be decided at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Morocco next month and thousands of New Zealanders, like me, are calling on our Government to fight for a good outcome. The draft proposal, to be considered by the IWC, would be a backward step as it would legitimise commercial whaling including hunting in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The New Zealand Government has said the proposal is unacceptable and I agree. This is reassuring, but, the truth is, the whales have not been saved and our work is far from done.

We need to keep the pressure on the New Zealand Government to work with other countries that are committed to whale conservation, to improve the proposal into one that will end whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and ban the international trade of whale meat.

This may seem a lot to expect but we have the powerful voice of the people behind us. I know this because for the last few weeks we have had people signing petitions and sending postcards to John Key calling on the Government to save the whales and not whaling.

On the 2nd of June, Greenpeace and other groups will hold a rally outside parliament in Wellington to demonstrate public feeling and to deliver our petitions. I’ve been collecting petitions and have had a great response from the public. In a few cases people have walked past but turned around to say “Did I just hear you say the whales? - Alright then I will do it.” Often I will receive letters from children asking me what they can do to help Greenpeace save the whales.

There’s only one week to go before the rally but people around the country can still do a lot to help. You can find all the information on this link. This is a great opportunity for us to help these majestic creatures of the ocean. If you feel the same way, I will see you at the rally and if you can’t make it you can always sign a petition and support us.


Neha Oceans Volunteer