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Three weeks later!

I don’t know where to start… I know I have been really bad about blogging since I got home… You could say between catching up with sleep, catching up with friends and family, the holidays, and trying to adjust back into (or start a new) normal routine has made it so I either can’t blog, or I couldn’t yet find the words too. But some friends of ours told me to stop trying to come up with the words to describe how you are feeling, and to just see what comes out.

So about three weeks ago I landed in the Seattle area, back from Japan… back from the blood shed… and back from the people who became some very dear friends of mine. But seeing my friends and family again was wonderful. Even though I am far away from the people who I built a powerful bond with, I am home with my friends and family that I missed so much!

I can’t say that the transition has been easy, especially with all the holiday madness. I was not in the holiday spirit for a while. But having dinner with my family and opening presents was much needed! Just to enjoy each others company 🙂 I’ve been very short tempered lately, don’t like it, but I guess I’m frustrated with not being there anymore. I still feel like I abandoned them. I am frustrated that I don’t have the adventure, that I’m not meeting all the people who are going to the Cove anymore. But when I was there I was frustrated with being faraway from my mom and sister… and I sometimes wouldn’t talk to my best friends for a week cause of the time difference. I just wish I could clone myself so I can stay and do school but be there and helping end this on the front lines too!

But my mom said something when I got home… she told me that I need to be home right now and get through highschool/beginning college so that I am prepared to go back to  fight and so that I am ready to fight other things too. 🙂 So that’s how I’m choosing to look at this, just getting ready to cause a whole lot more chaos and work to end some really horrible things.

I have done one interview since I have been home. I think it’s pretty incredible that the independent news stations are the ones that have picked us up and done more for the dolphins in terms of media. I’m talking about here in the U.S I know there have been many others that have done articles about the dolphins in other countries. T R U T H O U T  picked up my blog and My Edmonds News just did their second interview with us (The link to the interview). It hasn’t been the really big famous news stations that have done much… they are too controlled I think. If only our corporate media was not controlled. I think that things like the oil spill wouldn’t have just disappeared from the news? It used to be all a lot of people were thinking about (at least in my world of environmental hippies haha)… and now I sometimes feel like it never happened. Because you don’t hear about it anymore. It’s too easy to forget things.

I am drafting a letter to send to some editors about a book!!! So that is all the news I really have on the whole book thing.

So glad to hear about day number 8 with no dolphins! EEE

Far fast and deep,

Elora Malama West

11 thoughts on “Three weeks later!”

  1. Elora,

    Would you consider writing about these two amazing kids?

    We wanted to share a story about a nonprofit organization which is helping clean up our environment, save endangered species and helping kids “Give Back”. We hope you will share this story about these two amazing elementary students who are sincerely making a difference. What these guys are accomplishing should be shared with youth around the world.

    These two will also be featured on Chicago’s Progressive Talk Radio on their new segment “Our Town” with host Julia Shu coming soon, and were just interviewed by New Zealand’s most popular Motivational Radio station with host Lisa Lomas. Carter and Olivia were also featured on German TV (ZDF/Logo) in August for their work with saving Sea Turtles caught up in the Gulf Oil Spill. They are scheduled to be featured on KooDooZ by Brandi Milloy later this month and Good Morning Atlanta will be airing their story in Dec as well.

    Carter (age 9.5) and his sister Olivia (age 8) are so passionate about wanting to make a difference that they started their own organization called One More Generation (OMG).
    The two students have been adopting Cheetah’s in South Africa (from the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Center) for years and as they started asking why some animals needed adopting, we told them that unless someone stepped in and helped, there might not be any Cheetah’s left in the wild by the time they had their own kids. Well that was all we had to say and these two sprang into action.

    Since starting OMG, Carter and Olivia have been involved in numerous initiatives both locally and globally to include:

    They just recently returned from making a trip to the Gulf where they delivered badly needed Animal Rescue Supplies to the folks at the Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Center in New Orleans. You can check out what they did in the Gulf to help save Sea Turtles: http://onemoregeneration.org/2010/09/07/animal-rescue-supplies-delivered/ and watch their video about the trip as well: http://vimeo.com/14798358

    Also check out what they are doing to help Sharks and Whales http://onemoregeneration.org/2010/09/17/save-the-sharks/ and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163429810347176

    They have been in communications with Pete Bethune (Ady Gil Captain from Sea Shepard) who suggested we attend one of their Nov World-Wide Anti Whaling demonstration in Atlanta. This was Carter and Olivia’s first demonstration and they absolutely loved it. Here are the pictures from the event: http://on.fb.me/9GnIdX

    Carter and Olivia recently won the Grand Prize in a Nestles Heroes Contest. The prize is essentially an ice cream party for them and up to 50 of their friends. They both decided to share the prize with their classmates at their school since the entire school has been so helpful with our organization from the start. The ice-cream party was last Friday and was held at the Fayette Montessori School in Fayetteville GA. All the kids had a blast. Here is a link to the story: http://bit.ly/bDt23G

    Working with our State Legislatures on proposing Legislative Language changes to the current laws written by the GA DNR (Georgia Department of Natural Resources) in an effort to help stop the Rattlesnake Roundups in our state. They have partnered with the folks from the Center of Biological Diversity out of AZ and their legal team has helped them write the language changes we want to introduce in Spring. So far these two enterprising young students have collected over 1,100 signatures on a petition asking for change to the Roundups. Last week they met with the head of the GA DNR to discuss changes for the future of these events.

    They are working to try and raise $50,000.00 for a Cheetah Rescue program in South Africa. The Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Center runs the program and they are doing a tremendous job. The process is slow and funds are extremely hard to come-by but they just held a silent auction a couple of weeks ago where they auctioned off painting kids in the community did of their favorite endangered species.

    They are working with various organizations in our immediate area on raising awareness to the plight of the many endangered species across the globe. We have an educational program that we present to the visitors of the Atlanta Zoo, The Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Cochran Mill Nature Center.

    They are in talks with the folks from The Art Miles Mural Project (http://artmiles.eplanetsystems.com/), which is an international organization that raises awareness to various initiatives globally through art. We recently proposed to them that we collaborate on such a project about endangered species. We are very excited about the prospect of organizing such an event.
    Carter and Olivia were just invited to be a guest speaker at the Caring for Creation 2011 Conference at Lake Junaluska, NC in March/April of 2011. They are preparing their presentation as we speak for what will definitely be their largest presentation to-date. See Sunday’s agenda here: http://www.lakejunaluska.com/events.aspx?id=5460

    Thanks to a meeting these two kids had with our State Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, a further meeting was just held with Deputy District Director Andy Bush were Carter and Olivia discussed the needed support for HR14 which covers Ocean Acidification. Carter and Olivia enjoyed the meeting and we will be reporting on the results in the coming weeks. Here is our link to the issue (http://bit.ly/aoaziw) along with an image of the two during the meeting.

    They just hosted a “Water Event” at the Fernbank Museum on Oct 10th, 2010 where they discussed the importance of water on all living things and also partnered with an organization called Ryan’s Well which helps build water wells to poor villages around the world to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water. Also on that same day, they participated in a celebration at our Sate Capital by being part of “Uniting Voices”: An Interfaith Worship Service Calling for Climate Justice, which is an event that hopes to raise awareness to the problems with our climate do to pollution etc.

    Both events were videoed for inclusion in the “One Day On Earth” organization that is hoping to document historical events from this special day and preserve them for future generations.

    We are also now working on a joint project with the folks at Healthy Vending and the folks at TerraCycle in an effort to create a program designed to reduce the amount of plastic in our environment and we are working on a program with several local churches to help create a Ban on Single Use Plastic bags in our community since single use plastic bags are now the number one pollutant item in our oceans. More on that later 😉

    Finally, they are attempting to work on a joint project with Jungle Jack Hanna from the Columbus Zoo and or Jeff Corwin to help raise awareness of the issues regarding endangered species to kids nationwide. (This is one of the projects, which they really want to move forward with. Although we do not yet have confirmed date for meeting with either, we are still trying 😉

    Well I think that about covers it. We hope you will agree that this story shows kids everywhere that Anybody Can Make A Difference, and that you will consider doing a story on their organization. Getting kids involved at an early age is our only hope to help change the global situation around and what these two have accomplished needs to be shared.

    Should you have any further questions, or need any additional information, please feel free to give me a call at anytime.

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and we hope to hear from you soon.
    Best Regards from the entire OMG Team 😉


  2. It’s great to hear from you Elora! I miss your blogs:)
    I totally agree with your Mom. You have to get through things to pursue your ultimate dream. I’m doing that as well, and my advice to you would be to pursue each step fully. Give 100% each step. Even if the ultimate goal is the only interest you have and the only thing you want to research, act and read about, the small steps to get to it will pay off!!!
    Dream big:)

  3. It was wonderful to watch you grow and I smile as I see your frustration, knowing there are very good things ahead. As you unlock your frustrations, they will point you toward your next steps. As you ask questions and listen for answers, the answers may surprise you.

    I look forward to following your decisions.

    As to Taiji and the dolphins, many people will help you stay as involved as you wish. There are more groups directly involved in the events there. Perhaps, you would like to talk to some of the other groups, just to say hello and see who’s interested. Your experience will open those doors to get input.

    Oh, yeah, your Mom’s advice: graduation for university is indeed a good goal.


  4. Elora, so glad to hear from you. Please let those of us working on this issue here in the states help with the media pressure. We are happy to do whatever we can to support the work of the Cove Guardians. You are an incredible young lady. A role model for so many! If you ever come to the East Coast, I have a couple of small groups that I would love to have you address. The world needs to hear your story.



  5. Hello, Elora….a belated Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your family and friends!!!! I just would like to touch on something you said…just for a moment…you feel angry sometimes…you feel torn between your loyalties to family, friends, NEW friendships many many miles from home and your commitment to the dolphins….you are still sorting everything out, sweetie…it’s ok…it really is…..if it just gets so darned hard…go and talk to someone…I would be very surprised if you were not experiencing PTSD…you have been through major emotional trauma for months….we are all here for you…so when you have the time and you need to vent…GO FOR IT and if that “doesn’t get it”….see someone…..that’s all, dear girl!!!! In the interim, the fight goes on….Take care, be well, and have fun with school and your friends!!!I It’s really important!
    Love to you!!!

  6. Elora,
    I just wanted to say how amazing you are. you are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for everything you have done and everything you have been through. Hang in there. You are amazing!!!
    Thank You!

  7. Aloha Elora,

    Mahalo for all you done and even more importantly what you will do for not only our dolphins but for all the issues that face our world. Lets start with saving the Taiji dolphins !!!! : )

  8. Hi Elora,
    I would like to say thank you for all you have done for the dolphins and all you will do in the future.
    Your updates were excellent !
    Hope you had a great christmas, it has been 9 dolphin free days now : )
    Please keep in touch and Take Care.

  9. Hello Elora,
    Thank you very much for all you have done to help dolphins. I wish you the best,and thanks again for the updates,especially the past few days of no captive dolphins 🙂

    ~For the Dolphins~
    ~For the Oceans~

  10. I have been doing the Happy Dance for 9 days straight. Good to hear from you. Taiji needs you to come back one day, so good luck with your studies and enjoy your time with your family and friends.
    We all miss your posts but we are all on edge waiting for your book;-)

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