Jan 3, 2007

2007: Year of the Dolphin (and no, it's not a Chinese year)

Sadly and shamefully, the end of 2006 saw the end of the baiji. The baiji is was a freshwater dolphin that lived in China's Yangtze River for some 20 million years, commonly known as the Chinese river dolphin.

And things are not looking too good for other species as well. 2007 has been declared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Convention on Migratory Species - together with its specialized agreements on dolphin conservation ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) - as the Year of the Dolphin.

If conservation efforts are intensified and more people -particularly governments and companies- become aware that we are wiping out species that existed long before us, we may have a chance in hell to keep hope and dwindling species alive.


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3 comments:

Windfall Woman said...

First, Happy 2007 my "sister" blogger! I also thought I had you on my blogroll and was shocked to realize I didn't! You are now on it, and please accept my apologies for the tardiness. I am very worried about the state of our environment AND the endangered species. Thanks for keeping it on the forefront.

nuntius said...

Well everything on this planet seems to have an end. That's the meaning of existence and these dolphins are (were) part of this. The only thing that seems to be endless is human stupidity.

Snake (a Cambridge kind of guy) said...

You're right FW. It's an alarming trend. I write about conservation issues often, and it's quite disheartening.