Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

I originally had two features for this post, but I decided to turn one into a future Science Lesson and elaborate on the other.  My friend Kyatto posted an Indiegogo for a documentary called Popoto: The Race to Save a Species.  It’s about the efforts to keep the world’s smallest dolphin, the Maui’s dolphin, from becoming extinct. There are only three days left to donate! 

One of the key players featured in the film is Peggy Oki, one of the original Zephyr skateboard team members. Her involvement in cetacean rights is not limited to Popoto.  She has founded the Origami Whales Project and is coordinating the “Let’s Face It” visual petition.  The latter focuses on raising awareness of the dire circumstances surrounding the survival of the Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin.  You can contribute a photo to the visual petition on the website (it’s not compatible with Mozilla Firefox though).  Here’s my picture:
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The site features Peggy alongside some of her fellow Z-Boys and celebrities like Slash and Juliette Lewis. Dave “Rasta” Rastovich, co-founder of Surfers for Cetaceans, is also in the gallery.  He and Peggy have teamed up to talk about the Maui’s dolphin.

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It’s been a while since I’ve come across random action sports posts on my Facebook feed, but these are two interesting stories that make up for the huge break I took since my last Facebook Findings post.  The first comes from  my tattooed burlesque dancer friend Honey Hula-la.  She linked an article about a DIY tattoo parlor in Colorado run by skater Jesse Brocado called No Class.  I’m not going to share the VICE article because I have issues with that magazine and their bigotry.  Instead I’ll link to Peter Garritano’s photos of No Class tattoos and skaters.  I don’t approve of what No Class does mainly because they admit to not sterilizing and the drunkenness plus lack of experience can do a lot of damage.  However, in today’s world of consumerism, we could use some hardcore DIY.

My friend Canon recently promoted the second finding, a video fro the project “Through the Surface”.  Created by Clinton Edward and Clifford Kapono, the project mixes surfing, science, and saving the ocean.  They’ve submitted it on National Geographic’s Expedition Granted competition.  I’m passionate about conservation and science education (and of course, action sports) so you can bet that they’ve got my vote.  Click here to vote. You can do so everyday until September 29.