Creative Research – Activists
Ric O’Barry is most famously known for his contribution to the documentary film ‘The Cove’ and his on running campaign ‘The Dolphin Project’.
The Dolphin Project:
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a campaign under the International Marine Mammal Project at the non-profit Earth Island Institute. The Dolphin Project aims to stop dolphin slaughter and exploitation around the world. This work has been chronicled in films such as A Fall From Freedom, the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, and in the Animal Planet mini-series Blood Dolphin$.
Campaigns for dolphin protection are currently underway in a variety of locations around the globe, including the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Egypt, and Singapore.
Richard O’Barry has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.
After capturing and training dolphins Ric soon came to realise that what he was doing was wrong and shifted his participation with dolphin captivity, he has now made many altercations in the campaigns against dolphin captivity and is one of the biggest advocates for the cause.
I first discovered Ric O’Barry when I came across the film ‘The Cove’, I found the work he was doing to prevent dolphin captivity and killing very moving and inspiring as he is not bias and has seen both sides of the industry and therefor his work with the cause speaks the truth. In the near future I am looking to read both his books ‘Dolphin Smile’ and ‘To Free a Dolphin’.
O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program.
Jane Goodall is one of the world’s most famous conservationists and scientists. Her pioneering study of wild chimpanzees began 50 years ago in Tanzania and revolutionised how we think about both chimpanzees and ourselves. Jane thinks of herself as an ambassador for the chimps and is highly dedicated to their cause.
As a 26-year-old in 1960, she had traveled from England to Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and pair of binoculars. But with her rare degree of patience, and fortified by characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window onto their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.
Today Jane’s work revolves around mobilizing action on behalf of chimpanzees, who are endangered, and all wildlife species. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a holistic approach that addresses the real needs of local people.
Jane has worked with chimpanzees for the majority of her adult life and the thing that I find most inspiring is that when she started out in Tanzania she had no idea that this beautiful relationship would form between her and the chimps as she had no real experience with them but they still grew to love her as if she was one of their own.
Cindy Lowry is an American environmental activist and the former executive director of Greenpeace in Alaska who has dedicated more than 25 years to protect marine wildlife and the marine environment. She is also the founder of Oceans Public Trust Initiative, developed out of a concern over the rapid expansion of offshore renewable energy development, as well as oil and gas.
Cindy Lowry is an American environmental activist who has spent more than 25 years at the front lines of battles to protect marine wildlife and the marine environment. She has founded and directed environmental organizations and campaigns across the country, from Maine to California to Alaska. Lowry was the director of Greenpeace in Alaska and in 1988 played a lead role in the rescue of Gray Whales trapped in the ice off the coast of Barrow, Alaska – a role featured in the film entitled “The Big Miracle,” released by Universal Pictures in 2012.
It was during her 10 years with Greenpeace – including the Gray Whale rescue that received international attention – that Lowry developed her passion for marine wildlife and their protection. While serving on the DOI’s Oiled Wildlife Working Group, she developed a policy to ensure sea otters were included in an oil spill clean-up contingency plan which was implemented later during the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster.
I find it inspiring that it took her one huge act of generosity and care for animals to land herself a film made around the things she works hard at, to help marine animals be safe.