There are so many different causes in today's world that are worthy of our time and advocacy, but one that always rises to the forefront of my point of view (and I'm sure many others' points of view, if Leonardo DiCaprio's Instagram feed is any indication) is the cause of conservation and species protection. When I think about the problems facing many of this planet's great species, an unexpected quote often comes to mind - I think of Captain America: Civil War when Peter Parker (Tom Holland) talks with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) about what it means to be a superhero. He says, "When you can do the things that I can, but you don't, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you." We have the ability to help. So if we lose species, then it is our fault. And there's another species in danger now: the North Atlantic right whales.
In northern waters, North Atlantic right whales have been found dead with increasing frequency. In response to this, many politicians and conservation activists have rallied together to make the effort to save this species of marine animal outside of the Massachusetts State House later on today.
Earlier in July, off the coast of Canada, six North Atlantic right whales were found dead, with at least three of them being killed by ships in the water. The protests from those at the State House would seek to employ protections for the whales through federal research and resources. Limiting fishing gear and proposing scientific efforts to curb the disruptions to the ocean are among the plans for the conservation groups. Their plans are not only rooted in protecting the right whales, but also in helping to rebuild the population.
Hopefully, we can count on the lawmakers of Massachusetts to do the right thing.
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