☀ Whales Gain Legal Recognition

AND Transforming Phoenix One Fruit At A Time

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Here’s what to know for Tuesday:

  • Whales are now considered legal persons in Polynesian waters

  • 105-year-old engineer turned eclipse chaser inspires generations

  • Nonprofit on a mission to end food insecurity


In a major move for whale rights, Indigenous leaders from New Zealand, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands have inked a groundbreaking treaty recognizing whales as legal persons.

For these Indigenous groups, whales aren't just some creatures swimming around—they're deeply woven into their history and spirituality.

Whales, or as the Māori call them, tohorā, have been guiding their ancestors across the vast Pacific Ocean since who knows when. And now, they're getting the VIP treatment.

The treaty, named He Whakaputanga Moana (which roughly translates to "declaration for the ocean"), was signed in a ceremony on Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands.

We're talking leis, chiefs, and the Māori king himself—Tūheitia Potatau te Wherowhero VII.

Whales are the OG navigators of the Pacific, leading the way for island-hopping adventures and shaping Māori culture along the way.

Now, before you start picturing whales in courtrooms with tiny suits and briefcases, let's break down what this all means.

Recognizing whales as legal persons doesn't mean they're suddenly going to start paying taxes or voting. It means they get some serious protection and respect in the eyes of the law.

Climate change, ship strikes, and fishing gear entanglement are just a few of the dangers lurking in the ocean.

Conservationists have a plan. With new tech and a $100 million fund in their arsenal, they're ready to track, protect, and ensure these majestic creatures thrive.

So, what's next?

Well, it's all about spreading the word and convincing other world leaders to jump on board.

The Māori king and his crew aren't stopping here.

They're already chatting with officials from Tahiti, Tonga, and beyond.

Who knows, maybe one day we'll see whales sitting at the UN, demanding equal rights for all ocean dwellers. Now wouldn't that be a sight to sea?

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Jérémy Chevallier and his team at Homegrown are on a mission to change thousands of fruit going to waste.

Well, it turns out there are fruit trees all over Phoenix begging to be picked. 

He's the brains behind Homegrown, a nonprofit on a mission to make sure no fruit gets left behind and no belly goes unfed.

With a team of green-thumbed volunteers and a whole lot of heart, Homegrown is turning urban food deserts into delicious oases, one backyard at a time.

And it's not just about fruit; Homegrown is turning Phoenix into a food-producing paradise with permaculture.

They're spreading the love with grants and resources, so everyone can join the food revolution.

Let's raise a toast (or a fruit salad) to making the world a tastier, healthier place, one backyard at a time!

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