Declaration/Petition

We, the peoples and natural communities of the Salish Sea, do DECLARE the following:

Eight million people and the survival of countless species depend on a healthy Salish Sea. Yet human-induced impacts such as climate change, ocean acidification, increased shipping traffic, dams and other fish passage barriers, as well as wastewater and sewage runoff, have contributed to the pollution and degradation of the Salish Sea.

The Southern Resident Orcas are critically endangered with only 72 remaining. Their survival is dependent on healthy and functioning ecosystems including the Salish Sea, the Fraser River Watershed, the Columbia River Basin, and the lower Snake River Watershed.

Our legal system has proven inadequate in addressing the threats to these ecosystems and to the Southern Resident Orcas. Therefore, we need to join other communities and governments worldwide in adopting a new framework for environmental protection based upon the recognition that Nature has inherent rights and should be heard as a real party and interest in legal actions affecting her rights.

Despite being protected in the United States and Canada as endangered or at risk species, the Orcas do not have a legal right to life. As a result, human interests have outweighed protection and necessary action to recover the species, and the Orcas are not considered a party or stakeholder in policy decisions that may affect their health and life.

Because the Southern Resident Orcas do not acknowledge the border between the United States and Canada, or the difference between such governments and Tribal and First Nations, collective and collaborative action is needed to recover the species.

Therefore, we do PROCLAIM that:

Nature and all living beings have inherent rights to exist, flourish, evolve, and regenerate, and to restoration, recovery and preservation. This includes the Southern Resident Orcas and the Salish Sea.

The rights of the Southern Resident Orcas include, but are not limited to, the right to:

~Life

~Autonomy

~Free and safe passage

~Adequate food supply from naturally occurring sources

~Freedom from conditions causing physical, emotional or mental harm, including a habitat degraded by noise, pollution and contamination.

We have a responsibility to conserve, protect and defend Nature, the Southern Residents and the Salish Sea. We need a transformational shift in our behavioral, societal, and economic relationships, as well as our governance, in order to live in harmony with Nature.

 In accordance with our connection and interdependence with the Salish Sea, we DEMAND the following:

~That national, state, provincial, and local governments and their citizens follow the Tribal and First Nations in recognizing the inherent rights of the Southern Resident Orcas and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

~The immediate creation of a stewardship board for the Salish Sea based on a Rights of Nature framework, including guardian representation for the Southern Resident Orcas.

~ Immediate actions to support the Southern Residents’ needs and address the main threats to their survival, which scientists have identified as prey availability, vessel and noise disturbance, and pollution.

Immediate actions include:

~Restoring wild Chinook salmon populations and their habitats so that the Southern Residents may enjoy their right to life and right to an adequate food supply from naturally occurring sources.

~Reducing noise and disturbance in Southern Resident Orca habitat so that they may enjoy their rights to life, to free and safe passage, to freedom from conditions causing physical, emotional or mental harm, and to autonomy.

~Decreasing the level of pollution and contaminants throughout the range of Southern Resident Orcas so that they may enjoy their right to life and right to freedom from conditions causing physical, emotional or mental harm.

The undersigned do hereby certify that the foregoing Declaration was duly adopted.

*This declaration was created collaboratively with:

 

Legal Rights for the Salish Sea, Gig Harbor, WA

Earth Law Center, USA

Elizabeth Dunne, Esq., Dam Sense, Port Angeles, WA

Orca Network, Freeland, WA

Toledoans for Safe Water

Boulder Rights of Nature

RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)

Orca Protection and Rescue

Friends of Brooks Point, Pender Island, BC, Canada

Pender Ocean Defenders, Pender Island, BC, Canada

Peter Holcomb, Democracy Awakening, Bellingham, WA

Rethink Captivity, Seattle, WA

Save Our Whales, Pender Island, BC, Canada

Endangered Species Coalition

Kitsap Environmental Coalition

Green Vegans / The New Human Ecology

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, USA

Climate Pierce County

PLEASE HELP US GET AS MANY SIGNATURES AS POSSIBLE!

IN FACT, LET’S SHOOT FOR A MILLION, IF NOT MORE! THANK YOU!

Declaration of the Rights of the Southern Resident Orcas

Declaration of the Rights of the Southern Resident Orcas

We, the peoples and natural communities of the Salish Sea, do DECLARE the following:

Eight million people and the survival of countless species depend on a healthy Salish Sea. Yet human-induced impacts such as climate change, ocean acidification, increased shipping traffic, dams and other fish passage barriers, as well as wastewater and sewage runoff have contributed to the pollution and degradation of the Salish Sea.

The Southern Resident orcas are critically endangered with only 74 remaining at the time of this declaration (December, 2018). Their survival is dependent on healthy and functioning ecosystems, including the Salish Sea, the Columbia River Basin, and the lower Snake River Watershed.

Our legal system has proven inadequate in addressing the threats to these ecosystems and to the Southern Resident orcas.Therefore, we need to join other communities and governments worldwide in adopting a new framework for environmental protection based upon the recognition that nature has inherent rights and should be heard as a real party and interest in legal actions affecting her rights.

Because the Southern Resident orcas do not acknowledge the border between the United States and Canada, or the difference between such governments and Tribal and First Nations, collective and collaborative action is needed to recover the species.

Therefore, we do PROCLAIM that:

Nature and all living beings have inherent rights to exist, flourish, evolve, and regenerate, and to restoration, recovery and preservation. This includes the Southern Resident orcas and the Salish Sea.

The rights of the Southern Resident orcas include, but are not limited to, the right to:
life
autonomy
free and safe passage
adequate food supply from naturally occurring sources
and freedom from conditions causing physical, emotional or mental harm, including a habitat degraded by noise, pollution and contamination.

We have a responsibility to conserve, protect and defend Nature, the Southern Residents and the Salish Sea; and we need a transformational shift in our behavioral, societal, governance and economic relationships in order to live in harmony with Nature.
In accordance with our connection and interdependence with the Salish Sea, we DEMAND the following:

~That national, state, provincial, and local governments and their citizens follow the Tribal and First Nations in recognizing the inherent rights of the Southern Resident orcas and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
~The immediate creation of a stewardship board for the Salish Sea based on a rights of nature framework, including guardian representation for the Southern Resident orcas; and
~The immediate action to support the Southern Residents’ needs, and address the main threats to survival, which scientists have identified as prey availability, vessel and noise disturbance, and pollution.

Immediate actions include:
~Restoring wild Chinook salmon populations and their habitat;
~Reducing noise and disturbance in Southern Resident orca habitat;
~Decreasing the level of pollution and contaminants throughout the range of Southern Resident orcas.

The undersigned do hereby certify that the foregoing Declaration was duly adopted.

**your signature**

2,940 signatures

Share this with your friends:

   


Latest Signatures
2,940 Mrs Erinn C. Gig Harbor, WA 98335 USA May 31, 2020
2,939 Ms adrienne r. Santa Barbara, CA 93109 United States May 30, 2020
2,938 Ms Terrie C. Fort smith, Ar 72908 United States May 16, 2020
2,937 Ms Amy B. Tacoma, WA 98407 United States May 14, 2020
2,936 Ms Desiree C. China spring, Texas 76633 United States May 08, 2020
2,935 Ms Carly L. Bradenton, FL 34209-3011 United States May 07, 2020
2,934 Ms Maeva Kelly D. Quebec, Quebec G1V3W4 Canada Apr 24, 2020
2,933 Ms Alessia F. Vaughan, ontario L4H2V2 Canada Apr 23, 2020
2,932 Miss Sabrina Ann L. Québec, Québec G2B 1C9 Canada Apr 16, 2020
2,931 Ms Caroline W. Somerville , MA 02144 USA Apr 14, 2020
2,930 Ms Susan S. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 United States Apr 14, 2020
2,929 Mr Blaire H. Seattle, WA 98178 USA Apr 14, 2020
2,928 Ms Special L. Portland , Oregon 97206 United States Apr 14, 2020
2,927 Ms Ayla N. Nevada City, Ca 95959 Usa Apr 14, 2020
2,926 Ms Juan O. BS as, Buenos aires 1430 Argentina Apr 14, 2020
2,925 Mrs Christie B. Rockport, Maine 04856 USA Apr 14, 2020
2,924 Ms Thorly J. Burien, WA 98166 USA Apr 14, 2020
2,923 Ms Dawn O. Spokane , Wa 99205 USA Apr 14, 2020
2,922 Ms Alicia A. Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,921 Ms John M. Colorado City, Colorado 81019 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,920 Ms Johanna M. Point Roberts , WA 98281 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,919 Ms Dan S. Portland, Or 97035 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,918 Ms Maggie S. Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,917 Ms Paula O. Keene, Ny 12943 United states Apr 13, 2020
2,916 Mrs Jessica S. loveland, Colorado 80538 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,915 Ms Lindsey B. Philipsburg, MT 59858 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,914 Ms Danielle W. Belfair, WA 98528 United States Apr 13, 2020
2,913 Ms Hailey H. Murrieta , CA 92562 US Apr 12, 2020
2,912 Ms Yannick T. Peterborough, Ontario K9H1W8 Canada Apr 12, 2020
2,911 Ms Staci A. Denver, Co 80110 United States Apr 11, 2020
2,910 Ms Louisa P. Kitchener , Ontario N2H 4H5 CA Apr 11, 2020
2,909 Ms Jodi L. Rogers, Arkansas 27256 USA Apr 01, 2020
2,908 Ms Heather P. Phoenix, AZ 85024 United States Feb 13, 2020
2,907 Ms Liv E. London , London N15 UK Feb 02, 2020
2,906 Ms Chelsea C. BOULDER, Colorado 80303 United States Jan 31, 2020
2,905 Mr AD G. LO/BP, CA 95004 US Jan 24, 2020
2,904 Mr Patrick M. Midland Park, New Jersey 07432 Midland Park Jan 11, 2020
2,903 Ms Maddie S. Bellingham , WA 98225 United States Jan 06, 2020
2,902 Ms Chantal Anna D. Chieti, Chieri italy 66100 Chieti Jan 01, 2020
2,901 Mr Jim C. Bethesda, MD 20814 US Dec 12, 2019
2,900 Mr Stephen B. Port Townsend, WA 98368 United States Dec 08, 2019
2,899 Ms Rish H. Memphis, TN 38116-1804 United States Nov 18, 2019
2,898 Ms Sarah G. Cambridge, Ontario N1s4h9 Canada Nov 15, 2019
2,897 Ms Nancy R. Seattle, wa 98118 United States Nov 14, 2019
2,896 Ms Alicia J. Olympia, WA 98501 United States Nov 14, 2019
2,895 Ms Tarra S. Bremerton , WA 98311 USA Nov 13, 2019
2,894 Mrs Megan E. Salem, MA 01970 USA Nov 13, 2019
2,893 Mr Elisabeth W. NEW YORK, New York 10011 United States Nov 13, 2019
2,892 Dr. Claudia G. Poulsbo, WA 98370 USA Nov 12, 2019
2,891 Mrs BEVERLEY ANN C. DIDIN AYDIN, AYDIN 09270 Turkey Nov 12, 2019