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Protect the Whale Songline Country - Part One

This week Sam and Jack are joined by Jemila Rushton from the Friends of the Earth Melbourne's Gas Collective and joined Keerray Woorroong Gunditjmara First Nations Peoples this World Environment Day to Protect Whale Songline Country in Gunditjmara Sea Country. Jemila kindly recorded this special event which Dirt Radio is airing in a two part series. 

Every year Koontapool (Southern Right Whales) return to their birthing grounds along the coastlines of South West Victoria. Travelling up from the colder Southern and Antarctic waters, they use the southern coast, waters and songlines to navigate their journeys to and through Gunditjmara Sea Country to feed and birth. Over the past year we have seen state and federal governments earmark vast expanses of Gunditjmara Sea Country for a massive expansion of gas mining as part of a national economic recovery.
The event was hosted by the Southern Ocean Protection Embassy Collective and supported by Friends of The Earth and Surfers For Climate in solidarity with Gunditjmara Whale Dreaming Custodians and Local Gunditj community in proclaiming protection for Southern Right Whale Birthing and Songline

You will need to click through to the 3CR website for podcasts as we don't want to support Spotify whilst they continue to host purveyors of misinformation. 

See the call to action is the Citizens Protection Declaration which is listed here:
Part two of this special event will be broadcast on Dirt Radio on the 21st June 2022
Photo of the Southern Right Whale by Cape Whale Coast 

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