We’re excited to share some very encouraging news with you…
According to a recent study, the western South Atlantic humpback whale has made an amazing recovery in its population.
Records suggest that in the 1830s there were an estimated 27,000 of these beautiful giants … but after heavy hunting, that number decreased to 450 by the mid-1950s.
In response to the threat of extinction, commercial whaling was banned in 1986 — and this has led to a wonderful rebound for the whale, which is now at an estimated 93% of its original population size!
By taking away the threat of hunting and providing safe spaces for them, they were able to fight to live and are now thriving.
Isn’t it encouraging to see that it’s not too late for us to make changes in our behavior so that nature can run its course and become restored?
But this news isn’t only great for the whales … it’s great for our climate, too. You see, keeping carbon out of the atmosphere is key to tackling the climate crisis.
A single whale stores around 33 tonnes of CO2, and if we consider the humpback whales that breed in Brazil, alone — the population has resulted in 813,780 tonnes of CO2 being stored in the deep sea … away from the atmosphere where it could do damage. Even when a whale dies naturally, it exports carbon stored in its body to the deep sea, locking it up for centuries.
When we take care of nature, it takes care of us. At Karmagawa, we want to keep spreading that message…
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What are other ways we can make space for nature so that other animals can recover? Leave a comment below … we’d love to hear your suggestions!
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