Target: Bolivian President Evo Morales
Goal: Applaud the enactment of environmental policies which protect endangered dolphins
Bolivian President Evo Morales has recently enacted a law to protect the endangered pink river dolphin, Bolivia’s only freshwater mammal. The president’s new law pronounces the pink dolphin a national treasure and, in addition to banning all fishing of the species, actively promotes programs aimed at protecting it. Morales went so far as to call upon the Bolivian armed forces to protect the dolphins’ habitats during his speech along the Ibare River.
The pink river dolphin, locally known as “boto,” faces numerous threats, including erosion, pollution, and the ongoing logging within the Amazon region. Furthermore, an appendix to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna point to the overfishing of the Amazon basin as a dangerous hazard making the dolphin particularly vulnerable. Yet, the main risk comes from ongoing and illegal gold mining which pollutes the rivers of the region with deadly mercury.
President Morales’ legislation comes as a welcome relief for the Bolivian pink dolphin and will serve as an important example in a region of the world rich in ecological diversity. Similar river dolphins can be found in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela and face the same challenges as their Bolivian counterpart. Morales, as the first indigenous president of Bolivia, has been an outspoken proponent for international environmental protection, often pointing to the indigenous tradition that lived in harmony with Pachamama, “Mother Earth.”
Thank President Evo Morales for his efforts to protect the Bolivian pink river dolphin and encourage him to continue his work developing an environmentally conscious agenda, both within Bolivia and beyond.
Dear President Evo Morales,
Thank you for enacting recent legislation to protect the Bolivian pink river dolphin. Threatened by pollution, overfishing, erosion, and logging, your efforts to preserve this unique species come not a moment too soon. Your ongoing support of ecologically conscious policies is a welcome change in a world that often turns away from the challenges facing our environment.
Please continue to fight on behalf of Mother Earth, both at home and abroad. Bolivia is a country rich in natural treasures and diversity and deserves to maintain that beauty for generations to come.
[Your Name Here]
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