Whale Activities in Colombia

by Michelle Frey

May 12, 2009

I wanted to share some recent activities of my Greenpeace colleagues in Colombia. Recently, they "invaded" the Colombian Senate with an inflatable giant.

Senators and Representatives to the Chamber were greeted at their office building with the Greenpeace whale, lots and lots of them went out to the hall and looked over the balconies, some of them took pictures with Greenpeace banners, and most importantly asked a LOT of questions of what they were doing there.

Greenpeace visited the Colombian government to ask them to join the International Whaling Commission and vote for whale conservation. And, it looks like they may have succeeded.

At the end of the day, the Senate had voted unanimously to approve the project. Three senators publicly THANKED Greenpeace for being there, for having "awakened" Colombia to the importance of whale conservation. At the end the vote was taken and every senator raised their card and shouted "APPROVED!"

The project now moves to the Chamber of Representatives in hopes that they will approve it as well. Looks like they are off to a good start. I hope the momentum for the project continues.




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