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Crisis in Japan: How You Can Help

March 18, 2011 by Ric O'Barry, Earth Island Institute

Crisis in Japan: How You Can Help

By Ric O’Barry

Campaign Director

Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island Institute

Japan has endured a natural disaster of epic proportions.  On March 11, 2011, the northern prefectures were rocked by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, by far the most powerful to strike Japan in recorded history.  The coastlines were then ravaged by a massive tsunami, so intense its power was felt on the other side of the Pacific.  Now, with search and rescue efforts still underway, the entire country is faced with the possibility of a full nuclear meltdown.  It’s unimaginable.

We have many friends and extended Earth Island Institute/Save Japan Dolphins family in Japan, and we also had volunteers just a few miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.  They witnessed an entire fishing town reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes.  They made it out safely, in no small part due to the overwhelming kindness of the Japanese people they met with along the way.  Many in Japan did not make it out, and many more still face an uncertain future.  

We are dedicated to protecting dolphins and whales, but now is the time for us all to help our dear friends in Japan with their terrible ordeal.  As I’ve said from the beginning of our campaign, we are not against “Japan” or the Japanese people.  Our Campaign is not about hate, but about helping dolphins and the people of Japan.


If you can, please donate to help our friends in Japan.  

If you do make a donation prompted by this informal fundraising drive, send me an email and I'll add your donation into our grand total:


Here's a list of organizations and resources:

Japanese Red Cross:

Peace Boat:

Japanese Americans Citizen's League:

Otsuchi Recovery Effort:

Japan Society:

Yoshiki Foundation:

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS)


Or find an organization you're comfortable with here:


Google Crisis Response:

Charity Navigator:




Photography in Iwate Prefecture by Brian Barnes.

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