“While Morgan is still alive there is hope” -Dr Visser
Superpod 6 begins and so too my first time to the magnificent San Juan islands. During the Superpod talks I learnt a lot about the issues facing these populations and the efforts being made to stop their demise. Unfortunately I also learnt about the lack of action and the inability politicians have at listening to scientists and the recommendations. Tres tres fustrating but that is the world we live in. I had a wonderful time with my inspirational friends and mentors Alex and Maria who are making a documentary about the Southern Residents a population who are literally are on the brink of extinction. I also met an incredible young scientist called London and her family. If you want to keep up to date with my friends documentary you can follow them on the ‘gram @searchingforchinook.
Oh well I meant to post this ages ago but just seen its been stuck in “drafts” for an age, oh boy, must get better on this blogging lark.
Anyway incredible things happened while I was on the islands. Thanks to my friend Alex I was able to meet and interview my hero Dr Ingrid Visser. Dr Visser is the woman spearheading the fight to free Morgan, I got the low down and she filled me with hope. “While Morgan is still alive there is hope” Dr Visser. Unfortunately the sound recording I have from the interview is proper shite, so that has set me back a bit and made me feel a bit rubbish but its not the end of the world so will keep plugging on.
Að leggja höfuðið í bleyti , “To lay your head in the water” is an Icelandic saying which means to take some time to think about something, to look at a problem from a different angle or in a new way to find a solution.
I have spent the last 8 days in Iceland for Sea Shepherd documenting the whale hunts that occur here. Specifically the Fin Whale hunt. My college, Eleanor and I witnessed four of these endangered animals being dragged by their fluke up the fjord, winched on to the slip and meticulously butchered. It’s been a real hard week. We have spent hours in the car on watch, taking turns to sleep, desperately hoping the hunters come back empty handed. The Fin Whale hunt has no research or scientific argument to it. The meat taken from the gigantic bodies by this small group of humans (led by one stinkin’ rich egomaniac….(He reminds me of a certain heartless Entertainment Park owner)) will serve no scientific or cultural purpose whatsoever, it will simply be sold to Japan, for shed loads of money.
I won’t lie to you friendzz…(mainly ’cause riddle me this: what would the point of a blog if I did?) this week I really did feel overwhelmed with sorrow and I did struggle. And I feel a bit silly admitting that, like “boohoohoo” “poor me, a privileged white woman sitting in a car in Iceland typing on my laptop”, but I really can’t help how I feel. Sometimes, pretty often, …okay daily, when I think about the shite, the violence, the injustice and most heartbreaking of all, the sheer apathy that continues to pervade our little rock, it just feels exasperating. But…. *deep breath*… life is to short, and there is too much to do to dwell only on the glum so I would hereby like to give thanks for these three developments, because they are just spiffing and have surely put a smile on my dial.
Number one is: I’ve had such a lovely response to my wee blog, thank yee one and all for taking the time to read 🙂 I was wondering what exactly the point of a having a specific blog would be but thanks to you lovely friends of mine sharing the link etc, I have had friends of friends reach out to offer me help, which is a bloomin’ big deal (as previously mentioned I need ALL the help I can possibly get). So, for example, a friend of a friend (and now a bona fide actual friend of mine) works at a Media consultant firm and she emailed me to arrange a meeting. So, a massive, huge, mega thanks to Christine and intern Beautrix of Studio Graphene for our wonderful meeting. They shared loads of their pro tips, and knowledge of marketing and social media in this crazy tech age we live in. I can’t really repay those ladies for taking the time out of their hectic schedule to help me get the “free Morgan” out, but they shared so many fresh and new perspectives on the problem, I endeavour to put what they taught me to good use and do them proud.
Number two: Before I left for Iceland I had an email back form an agent of a celeb, not the actual celeb themselves but but still had me happy dancing around Tariqs kitchen like a loon…a darn tootin’ happy loon. But not much else to report re the “#letters4morgan” but that’s okay cause I have a shed more to write and send off. I’ll mention no names, much as I want to cause maybe it wouldn’t be fair, maybe it would? Maybe I should? Hmmm, I won’t, for now, I’ll just be happy with the knowledge that at least on of the first batch made it in to the hands of someone real.
And number three: This was the week that Dr Ingrid Visser and one Mr Matthew Speigal spoke to the European Parliament about the unjust sentence Morgan now serves. This is a massive step forward and months in the planning. To have such an important stage to speak on Morgans behalf is so exciting, not only from Morgans corner but because there are countless non-human persons who have, like Morgan, been let down by the current CITES system. We will hopefully get an update on how Dr Visser et als presentation went in the near future.
I have spent many hours thinking and writing while watching over Hvalfjördur (Whale Fjord). Iceland seems like a great country and one day I’ll return to explore it proper. But here, just so we all on the same page, I have distilled…(que dramatic music)… “The Plan”.
"Sometimes you just gotta put your big girl pants on and get on with it." - Constance Hall
“The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you’re going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.”
– I.F Stone
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
– Elon Musk