About Whale of a Time

Whale of a Time is riding the wave of change, promoting successful stewardship of our planet to create a peaceful, morally just, humane and sustainable culture, while ensuring survival of all species and their natural habitats. Whale of a Time organises creative and fun, inspiring and empowering events on environmental issues to encourage active participation living a sustainable lifestyle inspired by a positive attitude. We engage young and old from all walks of life through the Whale of a Time Community, the Whale of a Time Festival and the Whale of a Time Workshop. Our work has been recognised by many national and community and environmental awards schemes.

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Monday, 14 December 2009

How Will the Sixth Extinction Affect Evolution of Species?

The current extinction crisis, if unchecked, will disrupt evolution to a degree that:
  • earth will see a proliferation of pests and a decline of large mammals
  • the tropics will no longer be powerhouses for the evolution of new species
  • the biodiversity losses will persist for millions of years

Friday, 11 December 2009

Dear Ministers and Humble Fellow Human Beings!

Just to remind us all there are many ambitions to live for in this life. Looking at the essence of everything that has intrinsic value for us we can open up to find more revealing links between our human species and the mysterious world on our planet. With so many thousands of species we share this planet and call it our home. The Earth is a miracle bursting with life. Most outstanding creatures emerging from its evolution. Let’s search for meaningful living and the way we treat each other in this more-than-human world, where I live for you and you live for me. They live for us and we live for them. We care for each other and we share this era of our time in simultaneous co-existence.

Deepening our understanding, letting our imagination run wild, giving birth to a new awareness when time is right. The human population is exponentially exploding... do we understand our humble existence? Are we some kind of decoration, this planet's curlicues with no other meaning but to eat and thrive? Is there something to live for other than to survive?

Going, going, gone. We can never forget what we never had and was gone in a blink, think! What about future generations? How long will money last? Is there a price to pay for millions of years of evolution that is gone forever? The past can't be hidden, it's bones and it's fossil are our vows. They're talking about climate change, they are talking about the end of time as we know it now. Let it come let it be - for who is stupid to see.

I'm here today and in deep devotion I pray, “Please don't listen to me, but try to see! Hour by hour, day by day, minute by minute.. life is wasted, blood washed away. Tears shed, hearts broken, relationships gone. If we break the bond of life, we break our own. If they're not there no more, only a few left by now. If they are gone tomorrow because we watched them die, in front of our eyes. Because some wanted to eat them, turn them into cash and goodbye. Then we should contemplate for a second and melt through that hard shell that covers our feelings in cold frozen ice and delve deeper to warm our hearts. Search for the truth that's inside us, that guides us on our way... that leads us to full awareness that these creatures, that die out there in millions are here to stay.

Like a war shed against our cousins, our brothers and sisters, our family to die. Beaten to death, the blood leaves a note on the frozen shore, where once there was a seal mother and her baby to cry. Now just the bones and a blood trail to show the struggle of life that had no chance to survive. With superior weapons of the human mind. I hear out for the laughter, those men from some kind of race, I think they call themselves human beings – whatever that means. The man who evolved with such wisdom to kill brutally with his means. His wild cousins, his family, his Earth clan for a few pennies and some paper notes. With no deeper meaning but economical growth. Greed - what kind of subsistence? Paid off by illusion, excessive desires and narrow-minded views. Too little consideration of life for abuse. Life of another kind was not accepted, intrinsic value was not understood. God was not scientifically proven in a culture based on materialistic truth.

The hour is dooming, we hear the clock ticking, while we're tapping our feet. The story of the great whale is vanishing from the depths of the oceans, trees kidnapped in pure daylight in the name of economic evaluation. Tomorrow's world fading with rising pollution, the atmosphere changing, insurance exclusion, "from natural disaster", when I paid my contribution.

Once upon a time there lived these majestic sentient beings that hold the magic for us humans of ancient story telling, lost in modern times. Their sheer size incomprehensible to our small minds, we have yet to evolve to such an expandable size, manifold to start truly understanding their significance in our universe. Living beyond the human evolution, beyond a human life, beyond human communication, that had millions of years time to unfold. The story has not yet been told, that this universe can fulfil our lives with such uniqueness and natural beauty - why does man kill?

Yours truthfully

The Great Whale, a Mother Seal and Irene (from Whale of a Time)

Here is a list of Ministers of Fisheries and Agriculture, responsible for Whaling Nations' policies... permitting these atrocities... send an email to remind them what it means to be human in the 21st Century

johanna@althingi.is, postur@for.stjr.is, hrannar.bjorn.arnarsson@for.stjr.is, sturla.sigurjonsson@for.stjr.is, agust.geir.agustsson@for.stjr.is, Katrin.Juliusdottir@for.stjr.is, riomfr@fo.stm.dk, stm@stm.dk, Kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp, postur@for.stjr.is, fisheries@fisheries.is, postmottak@smk.dep.no, postmottak@fkd.dep.no, pmoffice@candw.lc, chieffish@slumaffe.org, deptfish@slumaffe.org, ragna.arnadottir@dkm.stjr.is, sigurdur.gudmundsson@fjr.stjr.is, thor.thorarinsson@fel.stjr.is, ingimar.einarsson@htr.stjr.is, snorri@byggdastofnun.is, gudrun.thorleifsdottir@ivr.stjr.is, helga.bardadottir@ivr.stjr.is, thorsteinn.tomasson@lan.stjr.is, kristinn.hugason@sjr.stjr.is, niels.arni.lund@lan.stjr.is, ingimar.sigurdsson@umh.stjr.is, danfridur.skarphedinsdottir@umh.stjr.is, karitas.gunnarsdottir@mrn.stjr.is, ragnheidur.h.thorarinsdottir@mrn.stjr.is, ingi.v.johannsson@fel.stjr.is, kristin@jafnretti.is, einar.jorundsson@mrn.stjr.is, hanna.sigridur.gunnsteinsdottir@fel.stjr.is, gylfi.kristinsson@fel.stjr.is, external@utn.stjr.is, klm@althingi.is, koho_kaigai@nm.maff.go.jp, adminag@candw.lc, info@sof.or.jp, daishiro_nagahata@nm.maff.go.jp, shingo_oota@nm.maff.go.jp, takanori_ohashi@nm.maff.go.jp, kengo_tanaka@nm.maff.go.jp, tsuyoshi_iwata@nm.maff.go.jp, takagi@ofcf.or.jp, ozaki@intldiv.japantuna.or.jp, dgoodman@spa.att.ne.jp, ggomez@icr-unet.ocn.ne.jp, JDB00775@nifty.ne.jp

Here is a list of Ministers of Fisheries and Agriculture, responsible for Seal Hunting Nations' policies... permitting these atrocities... send an email to remind them what it means to be human in the 21st Century

pm@pm.gc.ca, ashfield.k@parl.gc.ca, LebelD@parl.gc.ca, GoodyG@parl.gc.ca, Fletcher.S@parl.gc.ca, Yelich.L@parl.gc.ca, Merrifield.R@parl.gc.ca, calgary@ablonczy.com, AblonD@parl.gc.ca, guergh@parl.gc.ca, oconnor.g@parl.gc.ca, Lunn.G@parl.gc.ca, Shea.G@parl.gc.ca, Raitt.L@parl.gc.ca, Aglukkaq.L@parl.gc.ca, MooreJ@parl.gc.ca, ParadC@parl.gc.ca, Kenney.J@parl.gc.ca, Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca, vanloan.p@parl.gc.ca, HillJ@parl.gc.ca, Verner.J@parl.gc.ca, flaherty.j@parl.gc.ca, Clement.T@parl.gc.ca, Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca, bairdj@parl.gc.ca, Prentice.J@parl.gc.ca, Oda.B@parl.gc.ca, finleyD@parl.gc.ca, AmbroR@parl.gc.ca, ToewsV@parl.gc.ca, DayS@parl.gc.ca, MacKay.P@parl.gc.ca, StrahC@parl.gc.ca, lebreton.m@parl.gc.ca, Thompson.G@parl.gc.ca, jean-pierre.blackburn@agr.gc.ca, BlackJ@parl.gc.ca, NichoR@parl.gc.ca, HarpeS@parl.gc.ca

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Climate Debate with Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Irene Schleining, Director of Whale of a Time said, that "I think that we got to really push the reasons for change. There is a lot of controversy and polarisation on climate change issues. We need to put the emphasis on the question of should we maintain “business as usual” or is this also a change of consciousness. We need to realise that climate change is not a business question anymore because should we win the business instead of nature then we’ll be out of business soon. I think that priority has to be given to the fact that nature is not going to play our games. Nature is going to play by the law of nature. We’re loosing species at an unprecedented rate. What value has the atmosphere to our lives. What value has an ecosystem and biodiversity for our atmosphere? I think that these are the questions that should be taken into consideration for a sustainable future."