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Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

When dead whales wash up on dry land they provide a vital food source for...
Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

Talking crap and carcasses to protect our planet

We know we need to save the whale to save the world because they are...
Fin whale (balaenoptera physalus) Three fin whales Gulf of California.

Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling...

Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

People often ask me 'why' whales and dolphins do one thing or another.  I'm a...
A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Orca (ID171) breaches off the coast of Scotland © Steve Truluck.

Watching whales and dolphins in the wild can be life changing

Whales and dolphins are too intelligent, too large and too mobile to ever thrive in...
Kiska the orca

Real stories from the dark side of captivity

Since we launched our campaign, we've been talking a lot about what a dark place...

Giving Tuesday: A Day for Giving Back in the Midst of Holiday Deals

We have our days for getting deals, now it’s time for a day of giving back.

It’s estimated that a third of American adults participate in Black Friday, a yearly national wide bargain bonanza that occurs the Friday following Thanksgiving. In 2011 Americans spent $52 billion on Black Friday and that number is on the rise. While this event is amazing for the economy as well as the consumer’s average spending ticket, I think it’s indicative that we continue to lose sight of what really matters during the holiday season.

This year, things are getting even more out of hand; retailers such as Walmart and Target will be opening on Thanksgiving evening so shoppers can get a jump start on sales. Thanksgiving is meant to be spent with family and friends, and to give thanks for what we have in our lives. I don’t believe we should be shopping during the holiday, and I don’t believe that employers of these companies should have to work. Apparently I’m not alone in feeling that the holidays are about more than buying as many presents as possible because there is a new movement developing in the US to bring our focus back to what is important.

Giving Tuesday is the charitable sector’s answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a campaign to create a national day of giving to start the annual holiday season, and it encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. This day was created by New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered with The United Nations Foundations in 2012, and in its second year, I believe this can become an amazing day for giving back to your favorite charity. As a WDC intern I hope that’s us!

I’m asking anyone who can spare it, to donate a little of the money that you’ve saved over the course of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to WDC. With your donation you can help WDC end captivity for whales and dolphins, put a stop to whaling, end cruel dolphin hunts, limit boat traffic collision with cetaceans, and so much more. Please visit our WDC website on December 3, 2013 to support the work WDC is doing around the world. I’d like to thank any and all in advance who can donate to WDC during Giving Tuesday. With your help we can create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.