Help us help the whales
Your personal letters are one of the most effective ways to raise awareness and motivate people to help protect the whales.
by treading lightly on this earth,
working to restore and preserve our salmon runs,
watersheds and marine ecosystems.
Orca Network ACTION Page
What YOU can do to help the whales
If you'd like to help spread the word to encourage people to call in and email sightings when they see whales, download this
Got Whales poster to print, cut and post on bulletin boards around marinas and waterfront parks all around the Salish Sea.
Click HERE to see how to write a Letter to the Editor or to public officials
The information on this page is gathered from a variety of sources, including 101 Ways to Heal the Earth, in honor and memory of John Munn, WSU Extension Naturalist and Earth Steward extraordinaire. We invite all of you to be stewards of our earth and water, and to share these ideas with your friends, neighbors and families.
Insulate your home, caulk & weatherstrip doors & windows, install storm windows & doors (local power companies often offer good deals on energy-saving measures such as these - check with your local power company for details).
Close off unused areas of your home from heat & air conditioning.
Wear warm clothing & turn down heat in winter.
Switch to low-wattage or fluorescent light bulbs.
Turn off all lights that don't need to be on.
Use cold water instead of hot whenever possible.
Opt for small oven or stove-top cooking when preparing small meals.
Run dishwashers only when full.
Set refrigerators to 38 degrees F, freezers to 5 degrees F, no colder.
Run clothes washers full, but don't overload them.
Air dry your laundry when possible.
Clean the lint screen in your dryer.
Instead of ironing, hang clothes in the bathroom while showering.
Insulate your water heater, set it at 121 degrees F.
Plant deciduous shade trees that protect windows from summer sun but allow it in during the winter.
Explore getting a solar water heater for your home.
Take ACTION throughout the Salish Sea:
Help the Puget Sound Partnership clean up and restore the vitality of Puget Sound. The Partnership is co-chaired by the Governor; Billy Frank, Jr., Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission; and Bill Ruckelshaus, Chair of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. The public is welcome to attend the Partnership's regular meetings.
Orca Network has gone 100% Green with PSE!
Below is more information about PSE's Green Power program, & a link that takes you to their sign-up form. We ask you to join us in taking this step toward promoting renewable energy, & if you aren't a PSE customer, check with your local power company to see what programs they offer - if they don't have one, ask them to create one!
From Puget Sound Energy's website:
Thank you for joining PSE's voluntary Green Power Program to support the development of clean, renewable energy in our region, like wind, solar and biomass.
You decide how much green power you want to purchase:
You can participate for as little as $4 per month, which allows PSE to buy 320 kilowatt- hours (kWh) of renewable energy on your behalf from sources right here in the Northwest. If you'd like to do more, you can purchase additional green power blocks of 160 kWh at $2 each.
You can purchase 100 percent of your energy from renewable sources for only $0.0125 per kWh on top of your monthly electric charges. Your green power charge will depend on your monthly usage.
Green power charges are in addition to your monthly electric bill. It's an easy way to help protect the environment!
From April 1 through May 31, 2007, to welcome you to the Green Power Program, PSE is offering a free gift of coffee from Batdorf & Bronson and Dagoba Organic Chocolate, both produced using green power.
Here's a link to some simple ideas:
21 Practical Ways to help the Environment
Here's another link:
Ways to Help the Environment
More you can do! Courtesy of Mr. Gore.
You can stop junk mail with GreenDimes and with Catalog Choice.
Sign up for PSE's Green Power Program.
Get the latest news and information on the state's efforts to address climate change from a new ListServ provided by the Department of Ecology.
Get information on meetings, updates and accomplishments from the various committees working to address climate change. You also will get news and information on Washington state and global climate change issues.
To join, visit Ecology's climate change website (see link below), click on "Contacts" in the left-hand column to find the ListServ link.
Dept. of Ecology Climate Change Website
Take ACTION in your home:
Take quick showers instead of baths.
Install water-efficient showerheads & sink-faucet aerators.
Install an air-assisted, low-flow, or composting toilet.
Collect rainwater & graywater for gardening use.
Recycle, reduce & reuse all your household goods - from clothing to motor oil to appliances to newspaper, glass, tin, aluminum & plastic.
Use recycled or used products whenever possible.
Use post-consumer recycled paper or tree-free paper alternatives.
Bring your own cloth bag to the grocery store.
Start a recycling program at your workplace.
Limit or eliminate your use of "disposable" items.
Avoid using anything made of plastic foam. It is often made from CFC's & it never biodegrades.
Use small or moderate amounts of biodegradable detergents.
Avoid overuse of pesticides or fertilizers.
Take ACTION when you travel:
Join a carpool or use public transportation to commute.
Walk or bike instead of drive when traveling shorter distances.
If your car gets less than 35 mpg, sell it & buy a small fuel-efficient model or one of the hybrids now available.
Convert to biodiesel in your car, truck or boat.
Maintain & tune up your vehicle regularly for maximum gas mileage.
Eco-Encore - Recycle your used books, cd's, DVD's, & support Orca Network! Drop off items at our Seattle drop-off site (Eco-Elements, 1530 1st Ave, Seattle). You can also donate by mailing your items directly to Eco-encore via "media" mail, which is a cheaper postal rate (please note you would like proceeds to go to Orca Network). For more info. on how & what to donate, visit the Eco-Encore website.
Hoodsport Orca Wine - your purchase of Orca Wine helps support Orca Network's Whale Sighting Network & Education Programs.