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The Gift of the GAB

Things to do with kids can include listening to our concerns, discussing ideas and supporting our passions.

As you probably know, I think animals are awesome. I think things for kids to do with animals are some of the best activities for kids. But to do this we need animals, we need to be their voice, we need to recognise them as the citizens of this earth that they are, with lives, families & feelings. Today I’m talking about a topic that I am extremely passionate about – the baby whales in the whale nursery in The Great Australian Bight.

Yes !! The Great Australian Bight is a gift and it should be treasured, NOT taken for granted, as a spoiled child would treat a gift, but protected and kept for everyone to enjoy.

They used to say that children should be seen and not heard! This policy has not gone well for us kids, or our future, and I’m mad! So I say ‘Bight Me’, ‘Great Australian Bight me’ and it’s time to open our big mouths, bite down hard on this issue and for the whales sake – SPEAK UP !!

It has been said that us kids are one third of the population and all of the future, so it’s time that we had our say and it’s time somebody started listening!

This is a global concern. It is not fair to leave this fight to those who live in the rural and remote area of the Far West Coast of South Australia nor Australians alone. Ask just about any kids anywhere and tell them about the whales and I believe that they will want their parents etc to raise their voices too.

WE (the kids) NEED YOUR HELP, WE NEED YOUR VOICE. HELP US MAKE SOME NOISE.

Do people even know about the proposed mining of oil and gas in The Great Australian Bight, by four different mining companies? Don’t you think they should?

I do!

You can make sure your friends know by sharing this with your networks online – wherever you are in the world, and I thank you in advance.

Tookii at The Great Australian Bight
Tookii holding a baleen plate (kind of like a whales tooth)

In the above image I am at The Head of The Bight (Great Australian Bight – GAB).

I was lucky enough to experience this wild and pristine heaven on earth thanks to Rod and Simone Keogh of Fowlers Bay Eco Tours.

What about these award winning, hard working Aussie folks, what about the fishing industry, the tourism? Does no one care that in winter, the Southern Right Whales migrate to The Bight from the Antarctic to calve and breed. Don’t they care that The Head of The Bight is the largest and most significant breeding ground in the world for Southern Right Whales? It doesn’t take much imagination to see what is at risk here.

Don’t think this affects you? Watch this short video and think about the devastation area on a ‘land girt by sea’ …

So if you love your South Australian oysters, blue swimmer crabs or any and every resource this does affect you. Check out the path of the ocean currents and see how a spill in The Bight can affect Australia and even possibly New Zealand and beyond. Where does it end? How many of our natural wonders are worth the risk? NONE !

The worse thing about being a kid is feeling powerless and it is both frightening and frustrating to have adults react to our fears with a defeated attitude or like it doesn’t really matter today, I have to get tea on. 

Where are the adults with ‘the gift of the gab?’

We need more caring people like Allan Caswell, multi-award winning Golden Guitarist and well know for his hit “On the Inside” (the theme for the television show “Prisoner”). His magical lyrics on his song NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM such asDigging up the future and burying the past“, “What once was drinking water, you can light like kerosene“, “Where are we all gonna be when the mining boom burns out?“, and “at the rate we’re bloody going, there’ll be nothing left for them“,  take a listen, this is exactly my point …

We need more people like Aly Cook, New Zealand Female Country Artist of the Year 2012 and global marketing / PR powerhouse. Although she hails from New Zealand she is also passionate about Australia as proven by her work in the Kimberley, where they are also facing mining issues with fracking. We need voices like this for The Bight.

We need more of those people with ‘the gift of the gab’ like multi-award winning Golden Guitarist, Luke O’Shea using their voices for a cause, like Mr O’Shea does with his words paying off their debts with our lives“, “protect food and water for our sons and daughters and it’s time that we stood up and we rise for our country our King“, “Australia time to wake up our world needs a shake up“, “before we have lost everything, let’s combine for our country our Kingas his song MY COUNTRY’S MY KING offers …

Those with ‘the gift of the gab’ like Allison Forbes. Her song GONE for me is about my relationship with the planet and words like nothing seems to make no sense“, “I waited long enough for things to change, to make a difference, to turn the page“, “nothing seems to matter anyhow, I’ll disappear without a sound“, “I’ll be gone, gone, gone, gone, gone also suit how I feel about this topic.

Thank heavens for artists with ‘the gift of the gab’ and the amazing way they raise awareness with their words. We need this and others like this.

So what can you do?

GET MAD ! And use your gift of the gab to save our gift of The GAB or at least reblog, retweet, Google+1, repin, share and like this post and others around this issue to help raise the voices of those who are doing the talking. Use #fightforthebight to join the conversation. Sign the Statement of Concern. It all counts and I thank you in advance for your time and involvement and for caring about The Great Australian Bight and the future for us kids.

I’m mad ! I’m angry ! I don’t understand how grown ups can be so stupid to do these things even though they know it’s bad, and it’s not like there isn’t plenty of other choices that can bring results. In fact far better results. It makes no sense at all. It’s a silly and unnecessary risk with the potential for devastating and far-reaching consequences.

How do you think the end of the world would happen? By messing up this beautiful creation we call Earth and leaving it broken for us kids? It’s one way and the surest way I can see so far.

Please use the social links below to share among your friends and networks. Please lend us your voice, please use your ‘gift of the gab’ to help protect our ‘gift of The GAB’

Love Tookii xx

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter

Blogging friend LeggyPeggy enjoyed her time at The Great Australian Bight, read all about her adventure …

Bitten by the beauty of The Great Australian Bight by LeggyPeggy


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17 thoughts on “The Gift of the GAB

  1. Awesome post Tookii! I’m seriously impressed with how you’ve presented this and your passion for it. I totally agree with you. Drilling in the Bight is wrong. Companies have proven over and over again that things can and will go wrong. Should something go wrong in the Bight it will be irreparable damage.

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      1. Thank you so much for lending your voice and getting the word out over there in America for me and your kids Bang and Crash and all other kids too. Love Tookii xx

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  2. Yes I agree although that movie was set back in like the 1930s or something and alot has changed since then. Things are very, very different today but racists will always be racists in any country.

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    1. It is a sad pathetic world we live in. I don’t want to bring more children into this world of ours as much as I love my daughter. The world has a way of corrupting our souls and I can’t always be there to watch over her. I harness as much of her innocence and beauty as I can. I capture it in movies and pictures and one day I will show her who she was born to be. I hope I can guide her to retain her non judgemental attitude and compassion.

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