Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore In Peru

This will probably not be one of our most popular posts but F’ it, I’m pissed and have to write this. 

Back in January dead dolphins started washing ashore in Peru. When I say dolphin(s), as in plural, I mean a LOT of f’in dolphins.

Initially conservationists counted 615 dead dolphins along a 90-mile stretch of beach in northern Peru. Then the number went to 800. Then the count zone expanded from Ecuador to Lima. Then the number went into the thousands.

Dead dolphins continue to wash ashore today, 6 months later. You can be sure there are a great many more out at sea that never make it to shore. Experts estimate the real number is well over ten thousand. 

At first there was great mystery surrounding these deaths. The Peruvian government was slow to release any information, and when they did it was vague. Could it be a virus? Could it be starvation? Hummm, let me think about it. Could it be you selfish bastards are getting paid off by big US oil companies? Yeah, that sounds more accurate.

Despite the Peruvian governments denial, the leading suspect is acoustic testing offshore by US oil companies. Tests on dead dolphins show evidence of acoustical impact from sonic blasts used in exploration for oil. They know what’s going on. Those lying bastards know.

As if these poor dolphins don’t have enough to worry about with those killers in Japan, (rent the movie The Cove – click here), now they have to worry about money hungry, greedy bitches engaged in seismic testing.

This practice involves ships towing high-pressure air guns that release sound waves that can be analyzed to locate oil and gas deposits deep under the ocean floor.

You dumb F’ing IDIOTS, these mammals use sonar. 

What’s that oil bitch? You don’t believe your little blast is to blame? In March of 2000, four different whale species beached themselves simultaneously off the coast of the Bahamas. This happened following navy sonar exercises in the area. Investigations confirmed that navy sonar caused these deaths and that acoustic testing, in essence a sonic blast, leads to disorientation, loss of equilibrium, and damage to internal organs causing internal bleeding resulting in an agonizing death over a prolonged period of time. BlueVoice.org noted that the U.S. has suspended similar testing in the Gulf of Mexico due to recent sightings of dead and sick dolphins.

You want to hear something really F’ing funny? A final report by the Peruvian government’s Ocean Institute blamed the massive dolphin deaths on “natural causes”.

But the conservation group ORCA disputes the official findings. Their autopsies showed 30 out of 30 dead dolphins had fractures in their middle ears, an injury caused by air gun blasts.

The simple math US oil companies pay off Peruvian government officials to bury the issue so they can continue to explore for oil and gas, which the Peruvian government gladly allows because the contacts are important to their economy.

Meanwhile, back in the U.S.A, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is currently looking into the Peruvian mass mortality of dolphins, and at the same time they are also reviewing a decision about whether to allow seismic testing for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast from Florida to Delaware.

People, I’m tired of seeing dead dolphins wash up on shore every day. I’m so sick and tired of watching us human beings rape and destroy this planet. I’m sick of the hollow arguments about how there is no overpopulation problem driving resource scarcity wars. I’m sick of capitalism and everyone who defends it as the best system in the world when all it does is pursue profits at the cost of every living thing in this world. I’m sick of people saying we can’t get off oil. And if one more person tells me that this is part of God’s plan, I’m going to puke.

And one more thing, if you’re a person who supports offshore oil drilling…

FUCK YOU.

 

P.S. On a related note:

In the Navy’s own estimate, their use of high frequency underwater sound testing in Hawaii, the California and Atlantic Coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico will deafen more than 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next 5 years.

Please take a moment to sign this petition so we can maybe stop them…

http://signon.org/sign/navy-under-water-sound.fb13

And here is another petition you can sign. Please help make a difference…

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/541/907/358/

 

thanks.
TREE

 

 

Comments

  1. here is another petition you can sign. please help make a difference…

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/541/907/358/?cid=Facebook_petition_beluga-airgun

  2. Wow, I am freaking out. So increadably sad, thank you for raising awarness on this. Kathy

  3. Teri Hogan says:

    Hi Stevie and Tree, I got this petition (below) to sign on Tues., it sounds like the same kind of testing. Does that mean they are both doing the same kind of testing, the Navy and Oil Companies?The poor fuckin dolphins and whaIes don’t have a chance. I signed the petition and wanted to get more information, then I read your blog Tree, now I am twice as pissed off.

    MoveOn is Democratic organization I got involved with during Obama’s original campaign.

    I was sick after reading the reason for this petition now I twice as sick.

    Huzzah to you Tree for your Blog, if people want to keep their heads in the sand about the deterioriation of this planet and get offended by your blog, like you said Fuckem!

    Distressed in Mexico,
    Teri

  4. Frank Cody Bartos-Ortiz says:

    NOOOOOOOOOO!! These Motther F#!!@@# will never stop drilling!! That’s the problem!!

  5. Roma Gee says:

    suck….cool that you added the link to the petition against Navy sonar testing…i right away thought of that story when I saw your post only 1800 more signature to go right now

  6. Judy Shuman ‎ says:

    So sad ~ Breaks my heart! ~ There’s got to be an answer! ~

  7. Mother fuckers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    this is a warning sign……they will have to stop, eventually. karen

  9. Paul Hendriks says:

    yes i have seen. so sad.

  10. Peter Stevens says:

    That is so fucked up… Petitions signed

    By the way… nice shirt!

  11. Uncle Tree,
    I wish the oil companies would swim down and check for themselves if there was oil, instead of hurting the dolphins. I just know in my heart that hurting animals is really really really wrong. Keep trying to save them Uncle Tree.
    nica xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Hi Nica,
      It makes me so happy that you know hurting animals is wrong. You have been a big inspiration to me and Aunt Stevie. We are in the process of making the transition to becoming vegetarians because the more we learn about the food/meat industry, the more we realize how wrong it is. You inspire us because you just knew it in your heart, and you followed your heart even though everyone around you was doing something different. We are so proud of you and we thank you for being such a great example for the rest of us.

      We are going to need people like you in the world Nica, because the sad thing is that the oil companies don’t need to swim down to see that the dolphins are hurt. They already know it. They just care more about money than they do about animals and the planet. We are going to need people like you to go out into the world and spread awareness and consciousness.

      You have love in your heart Nica and you have so much to share and contribute to this world.

      We cherish you.

      Love Uncle Tree.

  12. It’s insane. Heart-breakingly insane.
    I re-posted. And my friends are re-posting.

  13. Suzanne Voss says:

    wrong in sooo many ways!

  14. Alexis Collette Mobley says:

    Terrible!!!

  15. Paul Schraeder says:

    SUCKS! So sad.

  16. Cathy Fanandakis Alexander says:

    Awful, they also washed up around here some beach! Not a good situation!

  17. Cynthia Rouzee Franken says:

    Greed will be the destruction of all that is good and beautiful in this world.

  18. Nancy McClure May says:

    sad to see this is what we do to the environment

  19. Guy Loften says:

    Unfortunately, its only the beginning. Earth dint suck, just some people in it!

  20. John Welcher says:

    Not cool.

  21. I signed both petitions. It’s so disgusting that there are people out there that don’t care that what they’re doing is killing thousands of animals. I really feel the government should incentivize the research and eventual conversion of oil companies to clean energy companies. If all they care about is profit and money then the government should show them the money in it. Appealing to their sense of responsibility clearly doesn’t mean anything. Which is ridiculous. The impact killing thousands of any animals can’t help but be a negative impact on our world as a whole. I feel those oil companies should be fined $50,000 an animal. So disgusting.

    • mashoud says:

      Unless you have forgotten the Gulf disaster, apparently, the entire cost of paying the fines, clean up, claims etc of that whole disaster amounted to nothing but a few days of earnings by the oil company and it did not dent or curtail their thirst for oil.
      Fines are a joke to them because they can recover them by manipulating oil prices only for a few hours…which they do on a regular basis.

      My solution would be to hang one oil company Exec. in a town square for each loss of a dolphin using a fishing line…That would send a clear message for sure.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I am gonna cry!!! Totally horrified also just heard about hbo documentry how the gas dogs by the bundels everyday! At the pounds puppies too. My heart is to weak to handlel humankinds cruelty….super sad.

  23. DaReel Tfreezy ‎ says:

    🙁

  24. Anonymous says:

    Tree, I received a petition this morning and posted it on my Facebook page. Not sure if it’s one of those you’ve posted, but it’s precisely worded to stop this acoustic testing. Those photos are beyond heartbreaking…such a waste.
    xoVictoria

  25. Mashoud Janjua says:

    Quite candidly, this should really not surprise anyone unless you have chosen to remain deaf , dumb and blind to some of the atrocities carried out on a daily basis by the U.S. on live human beings let alone living creatures like these dolphins and whales.
    The bloody energy and oil requirements of the U.S. is responsible for a lot of misery in the world and it is done without conscience , shame or any regard for who they hurt.

    Thank you Tree for being so passionate and for expressing your rage no uncertain terms.

    This is terrorism at its worst and completely cannot be overlooked or forgiven. Someone should answer to what is going on and perhaps we can take our world back and try to shape it in a way that we would like to see it…We demand some justice and some heads to roll….
    The main Question always….How can anyone Question the the U.S.A. unless it begins from within.

    • Well said Mashoud. Even though Tree and I are sometimes castigated by our fellow citizens and accused of not being ‘patriotic’ for speaking out against the many injustices against the planet and humanity committed by our government and our corporations to support the American lifestyle, we feel, as the great historian Howard Zinn did, that “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” We must educate ourselves, speak out, and take direct action to ‘take our world back and try to shape it in a way that we would like to see it,’ as you say 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting!!!!

      • Stevie, you and Tree are the ultimate patriots; to your country your plant and your universe.
        Bless you two for the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It gives others strength to recognize and join in.

  26. Brian Parsons says:

    bogus

  27. Christopher Shinpaugh says:

    beyond sad.

  28. Helen McAdory says:

    Shared….. through tears…

  29. Hey Tree- I appreciate this post and your passion. I signed and shared both petitions. Those gorgeous mauve creatures lifeless on that beach gaul my innards. May we humans some day regain sanity. I want to simultaneously blow up buildings and weep. I have to believe we have some power to change the forward march of greed….so when someone sees some sign of a slowdown, send me the good news.

  30. scottie says:

    Hey Guys, this is all sickeningly upsetting, however, I feel the need to tweak the path this conversation is going down in the spirit of seeking real answers, truth and justice for all that are fighting to exist on our planet. Unfortunately, we are at a point in which signing a petition is the physical equivalent to shaking our fingers at an oil company commercial on TV. Peaceful and skilled direct action is our only weapon with any real clout. The fact is, if you choose to drive a car or air condition your house, you approve of oil drilling, offshore included. To stop the oil companies from raping the land and destroy our planet, we, the people, must stop our dependency on fossil fuels. It is a power we all have, it is the motivation we are often lacking. i believe this motivation begins with posts such as yours Tree, publicizing the problem, but it must then move on into ickier waters, where we research and take ownership for our own personal responsibilities and actions which propagate these problems. An example of a peaceful direct action step I have taken occurred in 2009, when, after several years of studying the fossil fuel industry and my everyday involvement with it, I decided to switch my mode of transportation from automobile to bicycle. This was by far one of the hardest decisions I have ever made but it was also one of the most morally correct. I do not believe I would have make this decision with out the effort I put into learning about and understanding my personal role in the problem. I had known there was a problem for a long time, but without fully understanding that parts of it were in fact MY problem, I was not motivated to do what needed to be done. I want to close by saying that I write this post on a computer made with toxic materials as I sit in 95 degree humid heat (it’s 105 at the moment according to the heat index) with two fans plugged into the wall blowing directly on my mostly naked body. In short, I am hardly perfect. Thanks Tree for calling attention to this horrific problem, now how can we help ourselves help each other fix it. best, scottie

    • Hey Scottie,
      Thank you so much for the comment. I LOVE that you brought this up, because you’re right, it’s not just enough to be horrified anymore. It’s not just enough to get pissed of. We MUST take collective action. I mention in the post that I am sick of people saying we can’t get off oil. We can, and we must. Will it be easy? Hell no. But we can do it, and it starts with people like you and I making personal decisions. Bravo.

      From there we must work together on changes to our society that will have significant impacts against our oil dependency. Here is a short list of things we could do to significantly reduce oil consumption. I welcome any and all suggestions.

      -Legalize industrial hemp – the only reason this is illegal is because the plastics industry (companies like Dupont) have a strangle hold on our media and politicians. Legalizing hemp would put a HUGE dent in oil, and would also reduce plastic use, which is another serious problem for our oceans. Read these two posts…

      http://sprinterlife.com/2012/03/marijuana-the-business-behind-getting-high.html

      http://sprinterlife.com/2012/01/pacific-trash-vortex.html

      -Algae Biofuel – Every diesel engine in the world could run on Algae Biofuel today, with no engine modifications. Algae yields between 10 and 100 times more fuel per unit area than other biofuel crops. It could be the only viable method by which to produce enough fuel to replace current world diesel usage, but of course it is being suppressed by the big oil industry. (watch the documentary FUEL)

      – End oil subsidies immediately. Invest the money in subsidies for renewable energy.

      -Invest in public transportation. We are decades behind Asia and Europe already.

      – Raise fuel efficiency requirements. The Obama administration has succeeded in raising “mileage standards” a modest amount, but existing technology sitting on car-company research shelves is capable of doing much more. The standards can and should be raised further.

      -Fund more research. A number of “radical” energy technologies are being advanced that could directly replace liquid petroleum with other liquid fuels. Biofuels of all sorts are being attempted. For example, the Energy Department’s ARPA-E program is funding a number of solar fuel projects, in which sunlight converts carbon dioxide and water into hydrogen fuel.

      -Encourage new hybrid vehicles. The new “extended range” hybrids like the Chevy Volt can cover up to 40 miles on batteries alone, without using their onboard gasoline engines, unlike traditional hybrids such as the Prius

      – Create a task force to get off oil. We could put our best and brightest minds to work on energy and tell them we want to be independent of fossil fuel in ten years. It can be done. We just lack the political will to do it. Part of it is that the oil companies have a strangle hold on our government. Another part of it is the cynical calculations being made to make as much money off oil as possible before it runs out. I’d love to have a President who would throw down the gauntlet and declare a Manhattan Project or Apollo Project to get off oil for good within ten years. It would spur innovation and give our Nation a singular purpose we could all focus on. If we were to get off oil we would no longer have to spend so much money on our military fighting oil wars and protecting oil shipping lanes. The rest of the world would come breaking down our door for the technology we develop.

      -Repeal Citizens United and get money out of politics. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL, because if we don’t do this, nothing else will be accomplished. The government is bought and paid for by special interests like big oil. We have to take it back.

      Thanks again Scottie, good stuff.

      cheers – TREE

  31. Here’s how I think people can help. Kids can ride their bikes to school or walk like I do. My daddy walks with me. Everyone can walk and it doesn’t take oil. We can play games like rope swings instead of buying plastic toys that are made out of oil. You can put solar panels on the top of your house (need adult help because kids might might tear up your roof by mistake ;-0 ). Kids can tell all their friends that the dolphins are being killed, and the kids can talk to their parents about it. EVERYBODY should know because killing dolphins is bad and sad.

    • Wow, those are great ideas Nica. I especially like to one about telling all your friends. A lot of people still don’t know about this problem, so if we tell them, then they can help us solve the problem!

      love you – Uncle Tree

  32. mamatuyas says:

    Worthy ideas Tree.

  33. Mike VanPelt says:

    Shocking!!!

  34. Tree absolutely disgusting, we as humans are destroying everything what God has given us on earth! I don’t give a rats ass about politics because we as regular lay people can protest all we want is the big government big shots who run this country, including other countries in the world. Some countries the people have no say what so ever. At list we can express ourselves but to no avail it seems. More and more atrocities seem to be happening. Once we had paradises and beautiful creatures and now are becoming instinct! I do give credit to the groups that have the means to put a stop and use the intelligence God gave to repopulate those that are nearly gone. We used Dolphins in one of our world wars because of their sonar and can be trained! I forget what exactly they were doing because I read about a long time ago. To see that many Dolphins washed ashore is horrifying! I hope for our sake and our children’s which will deal with this after we are gone! They better for all mankind and animals they smarten up!!!! I painted dolphins jumping out of the water with a red sunset! Also white baby seals that they club to death for their hide! I love Whales to but not sharks so much but they are coming to close because there is no food or there is something else wrong. We are taking a lot of animals natural habitat and they have to survive somehow and now they are in our back yards looking for food! We’ll the big shots have to start listening to people that what they are doing affects us all! The Indians used to get pissed of because the settlers that came killed the Buffalo for sport and left the rest to rot. A Indian feels equal to a animal while some people view them as lower than us. The Indians used every part of the Buffalo and let nothing go to waste. I feel the same about animals they are not lower than us! If anything they only kill for food, territory and their offspring! A man will kill for no reason at times and have the cruelty and no conscience when they do so. I hate Hitler the devil himself and a coward and totally insane. Piles of bodies just makes me want to puke!!!:-( No one believed the Holocaust was real. Now they are disclosing what he had done. I’m really sorry about this and I did hear about it on the news. I hope something can be done before it is to late. Sometimes I just want to get out of this world because it is real sick and it is distressing. Take care Love Cathy

    • Hey Cathy!!

      Our heart is with you. This world, and the cruelty of humans, is very distressing 🙁

      We have to keep spreading awareness and fighting though. We have to protest, vote, hell…we may even have to revolt. We can’t continue on this path. It’s just not sustainable. The earth is headed for MAJOR disaster within 50 years…..and we’re taking out so many amazing species along the way. It’s just not right. I agree with you, animals are not lower than us. All species are entitled to live on this planet as nature intended. Humans have a terrible case of narcissism and entitlement…we think we are allowed to take what we want for our own gain and destroy everything in our path. It’s a very sad reality. But….we can educate our friends and family. We can make choices to lessen our dependence on oil. We can vote for politicians who DO NOT support big oil, who are not funded by big oil. We need to make sure we vote in leaders who believe in environmental stewardship. We need to get corporate money out of politics, and we can start by overturning Citizens United. And, we must protest and take direct civic action to make sure that our voices are heard!!

      The poor dolphins can’t do anything to save themselves….we need to do it for them.

      xoxoxoxo.

  35. Helene Remzi-Bey Stevens says:

    Unforgivable !!

  36. cheryll says:

    This post is heart-breaking. Words to describe my feelings were failing me til I got to Indra’s comment. I LOVE you Trujillos! So honest, so truthful, so succinct.
    I just heard on the news this morning that a petition was circulating in Oregon to legalize industrial hemp that received twice as many signatures as needed to be included on the ballot. Efforts are being made. GO OREGON!

    • Hey Cheryll,
      Go Oregon is right! Legalizing industrial hemp would have a huge impact. It’s possible the single biggest thing we could do right now. Oil is used in the production of everything plastic… which is basically everything!

      We miss you, love you, can’t wait to see you soon!
      xox – TREE

  37. Hey ….Tree?

    Let me throw in my 2 cents.

    I’m just a regular guy trying to make ends meet. I’m paying around $3.50 a gal for gas and the list of “oil related” price increases is long. The end result for this guy on a fixed income is….I’m having trouble making ends meet. The environmental influence has resulted in unbelievable reductions in productivity in almost every arena. America has become a place where it is almost impossible to make anything because of all the “restrictions” and concessions to the “greenies” This is why companies are getting out of the U.S.A. and moving to countries that are business friendly. To be honest I’m sick of that. The problem with your concern it this. Animals are not as important as people. I would not condone deliberate abuse to any animal BUT if it comes to a choice between the dolphins or the whales or some little beetle I will choose people and jobs every time. To me, it just doesn’t pass the common sense test that some poor guy trying to use his land to grow something can’t do it because EPA says some little bug lives in said field and is in danger of going extinct. And on hybrids ? That is a total joke. They cost way too much, and they aren’t even close to being a valid alternative to a gas car. I’m really tire of the hysterics. If we go on “kissing the environmental butt” ….I guess we’ll all be sitting in a grass hut eating veggies. World would be a way better place without the EPA and for that matter PETA.

    • Hi Chuck,
      First let me welcome you to the blog. I don’t think I’ve seen you comment before?

      It sounds like you are struggling to survive in this system, just like a lot of people. Although I appreciate your personal situation Chuck, I have to say that your viewpoints are mistaken in ways that I don’t think you even understand.

      In your comment you attempt to sum up the problem as follows…

      “Animals are not as important as people. I would not condone deliberate abuse to any animal BUT if it comes to a choice between the dolphins or the whales or some little beetle, I will choose people and jobs every time.”

      What this incredibly short sighted and selfish viewpoint fails to realize that that our continued existence on this planet RELIES on all the other species and their survival. They call it a food chain for a reason Chuck, because it’s all connected.

      Let me give you a small example. Albert Einstein, probably one of the smartest people who ever lived, once said the following:

      “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”

      He wasn’t an entomologist, but entomologists around the world agree that the sudden and mysterious disappearance of bees from their hives poses serious problems today. The Honey Bee is responsible for the pollination of over 90% of the fruit and vegetable crops worldwide. The bee is a fragile part of our system and an important indicator of our out of balance world. Their extinction will have far-reaching implications for our agricultural food supply and is definitely not an issue to be ignored.

      Lets look at another example, the ocean. Over the last 100 years of commercial fishing, humans have fundamentally changed the ocean ecosystems. An international group of ecologists and economists warned that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue at current rates, based on a four-year study of catch data and the effects of fisheries collapses. The paper, published in the Journal Science, concludes that overfishing, pollution and other environmental factors are wiping out important species around the globe, hampering the ocean’s ability to produce seafood, filter nutrients and resist the spread of disease.

      According to the United Nations, one in every five humans depends on fish as the primary source of protein. What are we going to do when that supply runs out Chuck?

      In order to understand the significance of these problems, you have to stop thinking about yourself. I don’t know how old you are Chuck. You may not live to see these problems come to fruition. But they are coming. My hope is that you, and others with your viewpoint, would step back from your personal situation and consider these issues and what they mean to future generations.

      And if that doesn’t bother you, if all you care about is yourself, about the job you have today, about what’s on your plate today, about whether or not you get what you want today…. well then, I already left you a personal message in the main blog post above. It’s located in bold orange writing directly above the picture of me and the dead dolphin.

      I hope this doesn’t discourage you from commenting in the future. 🙂

      Cheers – TREE

    • Chuck!!.. you are right on!! ..it’s a sad sight to see those pics.. but we have been doing off shore drilling and those test’s for a long time.. why all of sudden.. this many it dosen’t make sence those pics are supposed to anger people… it dosen’t anger me ..makes me sad!!.. angry people react irrationally do things that make them feel good.. compassion is a wonderful thing.. but misguided with lack of real knowlege and acting out over emotion rather than common sence is a bigger problem to the world but idelogues lack common sence and feed on each others feelings a billion people could tell them there full of crap and it would be useless and fall on deaf ears they don’t want to hear it but life goes on some die some live and when there is over population some don’t!!..

      • Hi Rod,
        Welcome to the blog and thanks for commenting. I will try to answer your question with as little “anger and irrationality” as possible. 🙂

        You asked…

        “but we have been doing off shore drilling and those test’s for a long time.. why all of sudden..”

        We actually have not been doing these tests for a long time. You see, there is this thing called Peak Oil. It’s not a crazy left wing conspiracy. It’s actually a real thing that describes the point in time when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production falls into terminal decline. This is an accepted fact by everybody, including the oil industry. Well, we’ve past Peak Oil and are now at the point of decline. That means that oil is no longer easy to get to, and that is why we are looking for it in the ocean. When we first started ocean drilling, it was in shallow waters and was easy to find. Today it is not. We have to look in deeper and more remote waters, hence necessitating the use of seismic testing.

        So, to answer your question, the reason this is happening “all of a sudden” is because seismic testing for oil is a relatively new practice. The military, however, does have a record of doing sonic testing dating back much farther, and the same exact damage to marine wildlife has been throughly documented.

        You mention “lack of knowledge”, and I agree with you that this is a major problem. Therefore I humbly request that you please do some research, because when you make assumptions like “…life goes on”, you are showing a grave lack of knowledge about the course humanity is on.

        cheers

        • Your answers are well-thought out and well-researched. I think we all want the world to be livable, beautiful, healthy. But people are deliberately misinformed and “dumbed down” by the corporations who want to continue “extracting” resources,( no matter what the cost to the planet). Your efforts to inform people and encourage action are absolutely important. Thank you.

  38. Gail Heenan says:

    positively awful

  39. hi Stevie this is bills neice i saw the pics of the dolphins that is so sad for them to do such a thing and i love your dogs they so cute i also have a little sister named natalee and my name is sarah i am twelve years old and my sister is 6 i hope they stop killing the dolphins i love dolphins they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute.

    from sarah and natalee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    • Hi Sarah!! Hi Natalee!! Welcome to Sprinter Life!! I am so happy that you are participating in our blog. I know our post about the dolphins was very sad, but remember, there is hope. Together, we can teach all of our friends and family about what is happening, and, most importantly, why it is happening. Then, we can make changes in our own lifestyle by using less oil and products made from oil (ask Uncle Bill to talk with you about this) and stand up against the big oil companies and our government to demand that they make changes too to protect the dolphins and all life on this planet. Believe it or not, you and Natalee are very powerful!! You two are the next generation that is growing up much wiser than we did so you can make much better decisions. I am soooooo excited about the world that you and your sister and our own daughter are going to help create!! Keep it up girls!! Also, I’d like to suggest a REALLY GOOD BOOK. It’s called The Ancient Realm by Sarah Leith Bahn. It’s about girls your age (both you and Natalee) who become princess warriors to protect our rivers and oceans!! I loved it!! Keep leaving us comments please. It’s great to hear from you!

  40. Brienna Hall-Ricciardi says:

    boo hisssssssss

  41. Lorenzo says:

    The last post was a very sad post. Sorry that I don’t have more to say about it. I guess that we never fully respect what we have until it’s gone.

    Michael Lorenzo

  42. Kayden Simko says:

    I don’t like that, it’s not appropriate. Dolphins don’t deserve it.
    Kayden

    How do you explain this to your 8 year old? We just crossed the channel to Catalina last weekend and saw a pod of dolphins 300 strong. Quite the opposite of what you are seeing.

    Big oil, big government= Big corruption and greed.

    • Hi Kayden,
      We certainly agree with you. The dolphins don’t deserve it. They are amazing creatures and it is sad to see them treated like this in the name of profit. Spread the word, because we have a chance to help them through awareness and action. There are suggestions in the comments above on how we can make a difference. Let us know if you have any ideas. We’d love to hear them. Know that you can make a difference Kayden. I am glad to hear that there are 300 healthy dolphins up in San Diego! 🙂
      -TREE

      “…….How do you explain this to your 8 year old?”

      I know this was a rhetorical question, but I’ll answer it anyway. As you know, Stevie and I are just getting started with our first child, but we’ve talk extensively about how we plan to share these issues with our daughter. All I can say is that we plan to do it honestly, and frequently. As difficult and ugly as these issues are to look at, we feel that we owe it to the kids to tell them not only exactly what is going on, but also to encourage them to take action. We are going to need to raise an entire generation of activists if we have any hope of reversing the damage that is being caused. And of course this action is taught by example through our actions, so we are educating ourselves about these issues and are engaging in them. At a minimum, I want to be able to look my kid and my grand kids in the eye and say

      “I tried. I fought. I’m sorry.”

      Love you guys.
      XOXOXO – TREE

  43. Cole Turtle De Garmo says:

    This shit makes me so angry why as humans must we strive to destroy

  44. Michelle Hamilton says:

    this is everyones planet, not just human!!!!

  45. If you were wondering what you life’s work might be….I think you found it. It’ll be a hard job, for sure, but worthwhile beyond words.

  46. Anonymous says:

    That’s a sad situation–I’ve signed the petitions.

    Let’s not forget, though, that there’s two sides to every story and It’s dog eat dog out there. Have you ever seen footage of dolphins hunting? Rounding up their prey and savagely attacking and picking off their meals? How about that video of 4 whales, yeah, 4 large whales, attacking a hapless seal trapped on an ice floe? We all have to do what’s best for our species in the long run, i.e. survive.

    • Hi Anonymous,
      Thanks for signing the petitions. It’s probably not fair to compare animals hunting in nature to the mass murder that is occurring due to our unwillingness to change our behavior on oil dependence. Those seem like pretty different things to me. Having said that, I couldn’t agree with you more on your final comment…

      “We all have to do what’s best for our species in the long run, i.e. survive.”

      This is exactly the point I’ve been trying to get across to people. Below I will repost a reply I made to our friend Chuck in a comment above to illustrate this point again. Thanks for commenting.
      Here ‘s to our survival….

      ————————————————–

      CHUCK SAID – “Animals are not as important as people. I would not condone deliberate abuse to any animal BUT if it comes to a choice between the dolphins or the whales or some little beetle, I will choose people and jobs every time.”

      What this incredibly short sighted and selfish viewpoint fails to realize that that our continued existence on this planet RELIES on all the other species and their survival. They call it a food chain for a reason Chuck, because it’s all connected.

      Let me give you a small example. Albert Einstein, probably one of the smartest people who ever lived, once said the following:

      “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”

      He wasn’t an entomologist, but entomologists around the world agree that the sudden and mysterious disappearance of bees from their hives poses serious problems today. The Honey Bee is responsible for the pollination of over 90% of the fruit and vegetable crops worldwide. The bee is a fragile part of our system and an important indicator of our out of balance world. Their extinction will have far-reaching implications for our agricultural food supply and is definitely not an issue to be ignored.

      Lets look at another example, the ocean. Over the last 100 years of commercial fishing, humans have fundamentally changed the ocean ecosystems. An international group of ecologists and economists warned that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue at current rates, based on a four-year study of catch data and the effects of fisheries collapses. The paper, published in the Journal Science, concludes that overfishing, pollution and other environmental factors are wiping out important species around the globe, hampering the ocean’s ability to produce seafood, filter nutrients and resist the spread of disease.

      According to the United Nations, one in every five humans depends on fish as the primary source of protein. What are we going to do when that supply runs out Chuck?

      In order to understand the significance of these problems, you have to stop thinking about yourself. I don’t know how old you are Chuck. You may not live to see these problems come to fruition. But they are coming. My hope is that you, and others with your viewpoint, would step back from your personal situation and consider these issues and what they mean to future generations.

  47. I will spread the word Tree and Stevie. I will talk with my kids, my co-workers and friends about this. I will buy local and organic as much as possible. I will make a vegatarian menu for a week. And then try again next week. I will walk when I can. I will sign the current petitions and ones in the future. I will find out where WA state is in steps to join the the communities that have resolved to take the money out of politics and undo CU.

    I love you Tree and Stevie, and am so proud of your courage and inspiration. You two are AMAZING.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I am soooo disappointed in our world greed…

  49. Stevie, you and Tree are the ultimate patriots; to your country your plant and your universe.
    Bless you two for the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It gives others strength to recognize and join in.

  50. Let me purpose another scenario……….

    Surfing Mongo: Look flipper, you snake me again and I’m taking out the whole friggin’ pod.

    Flipper: yea right dog…

    • I was needing to laugh today and this got me. What a visual. And not that far fetched. Miss you bud.
      TREE

  51. When I was a teenager back in the 1970’s, people were starting to ACT. Over-population was talked about, recycling was starting to happen at home, seals were being butchered, but we were going to make things better for the planet! WTF happened? Did we talk so much we thought we didn’t have to do anything? So many people say, It’s the big corporations that really make the impact. True. And lots of us tiny people impacting the BIG people HAS to make a dent. We are so running out of time… 🙁

    • people are doing anything. That is the problem. Last fall when the occupy movement popped up, most of our population just became irritated. We have to raise awareness. From there we can incite action.

  52. Thanks Tree for bringing awareness to the issue. I’ll be sending this out to my network on twitter and facebook. This is a complete travesty.

  53. Hi guys. Excellent posts, excellent life style. Good for you! I was just surprised about your strong comment (and replies) regarding the off shore drilling. Yes, it went wrong many times before. Like extraction of any other natural resources it is not without problems which must be addressed and strictly monitored. But please let’s be realistic. You frequently use a vehicle that heavily relies on natural resources = fuel for truck, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, propane for stove, window glass, seat belts, seat covers, all the plastic from dash board to baby car seat, steel, tires, and much more. That represents a large amount of natural resources, plus the energy to process and assemble all that together into one vehicle. Then using an airplane, ultra sound and other technology in hospital, medical research based on natural resources, etc. And then comes the household you gave up but acquire again. And that means all the ever present electricity, living with pets, synthetic materials, and more. It all spells resources, resources, and more resources. I don’t suppose you would live in a log house without electricity, riding horses, grow own food, etc. It sound romantic and adventurous, but very few people really live like that (I don’t suppose anyone posting here). It’s hard. On a good note, there are many good people in large North American cities that gave up their vehicles and went to bicycles (probably some posting here). Some of the people also speak against overlanding, off-roading and vehicles in general. Then it goes in circles. You mentioned many dead dolphins on the beach. That is truly devastating. Yes, it is very scary to see how easy it is to damage our planet. Humanity is not willing to give up the achieved standard of living. We grew and evolved too fast. Stay safe and good luck. George

    • Hi George,
      Thanks for the comment. Oil is a finite resource and the realistic thing to do is get off it as quickly as possible and move to alternatives. I feel like I’ve laid out achievable ideas on how to do this in my responses to other comments above, so check hem out.

      I agree that humanity is not willing to give up the achieved standard of living, and I actually believe that this will lead to collapse in my lifetime. Two things to check out on our awareness page

      http://sprinterlife.com/awareness

      End Civilization – examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations.

      Endgame, The Problem With Civilization

      cheers,
      TREE

  54. Plain and simple it’s an overpopulation problem with limited resources. We are slowly killing ourselves along with every living thing on the planet. If you are having kids you are part of the problem not part of the solution.

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