| Dear Ellen Sue,
Thank you for answering Pierce Brosnan’s call to action and petitioning the Defense Secretary to protect whales from the Navy’s sonar and explosives.
We must act swiftly on several fronts if we are going to get the Navy to change course before it’s too late.
Today I’m asking for your urgent financial support so that NRDC can challenge the Navy directly — in the media, before federal agencies, and in court, if that’s what it takes to stop its reckless assault on whales.
Make no mistake: the Navy’s use of sonar and explosives will threaten entire populations of marine mammals up and down almost every coast of the United States.
Here’s just one disturbing example: The Navy intends to detonate more than 50,000 underwater explosives per year off the coast of Southern California alone. Hundreds of these explosives pack enough charge to sink a warship — which is exactly what they’re used for.
At the same time, the Navy would run more 10,000 hours of the same high-intensity sonar that has injured and killed whales around the globe. That sonar is loud enough to cause a whale’s internal organs to hemorrhage.
Please watch this beautiful, 50-second video that shows how these magnificent animals depend on their extraordinary hearing to survive.
It’s no wonder the Navy predicts that its sonar and explosives will harm or harass our planet’s marine mammals a staggering 31 million times!
Yet the Navy is making virtually no attempt to minimize the carnage — even though it could do so without sacrificing one iota of national security.
Apparently the Navy needs to feel more pressure to do the right thing. And with your support, that’s exactly what NRDC is going to apply.
Please make an emergency, tax-deductible donation so that NRDC can hold the Navy accountable and defend our environment in the most effective way possible.
Your gift will enable us to generate a massive public outcry against the Navy’s reckless plan … sound the alarm in the media about the devastating impact that sonar and explosives will have on our planet’s whales … and haul the Navy into federal court if that’s what it takes to stop the killing and injury of thousands of marine mammals.
We will not stand down from this fight until the Navy adopts common-sense measures to protect whales — like putting their most important habitats off-limits to sonar and explosives.
Please donate today and help NRDC make sure that no more whales have to suffer and die for the sake of routine military training.
Natural Resources Defense Council