Elora Malama West (23) got her start in conservation and environmentalism in the fall of 2010 at age 16, when she accompanied her father, Scott West, to Taiji, Japan for the first Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardian campaign. They spent three months on the ground reporting everyday about the plight of the dolphins. While there Elora began this blog, A Teenage Activist: This Girl’s Soapbox and encouraged thousands of people to call the Japanese embassies in their area to protest the dolphin slaughter. Her young age combined with her blog reports brought international attention to what is happening in Taiji, Japan. Elora participated in the first ever meeting between the mayor of Taiji and the SSCS activists opposing the town’s annual slaughter. Currently finishing her Bachelors degree (in Creative Writing and Communications), Elora continues to participate on various projects in an effort to make the world a better place.
2010 Taiji Japan- Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians
Co-founder of the Infinite Patience Campaign in 2010 (90 days on the ground)
Returning Crew member in March 2012
See reports here.
December 2010 – June 2015
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – Advisory Board Member
Children’s Education and Activities (Resigned)
2012 High School Graduate
2012 SEA SHEPHERD AUSTRALIA
3 Months with Sea Shepherd Australia’s Operation Zero Tolerance to defend the whales in the Australian Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. (Early departure due to illness)
2012 Sea Shepherd Dam Guardian Campaign – Oregon Washington Volunteer.
Graduated with Associate of Arts: Shoreline Community College
2013-2014 Executive Assistant to Paul Watson
Return to school: Junior Year- Studied Media Activism at Burlington College
2014 GRINDSTOP 2014
Volunteer Coordinator for the Sea Shepherd Global campaign
Operation GrindStop 2014.
Accepted with Distinction at Western Washington University
Elora is completing her senior year of college at WWU.
2014-2015 LA TALK RADIO – STATE OF THE OCEANS
Elora acted full time as the Youth Correspondent and Media Activist for the radio show State of the Oceans, on LA Talk Radio for over a year. She now occasionally guest hosts. The show features panelists: Paul Watson, Sia and Shane Barbi, Jani Shultz, and weekly guests. Click here for show website.
2015 Associate Producer on upcoming Peter Jay Brown documentary.
Work with Kids
Various school assembly speeches and grade school class lectures/projects
(In both the United States and Australia)