Prevent Fur Seals from Washing Up Dead on Beaches


Target: David Bunn, Conservation Director at the California Department of Conservation

Goal: Save endangered Guadalupe fur seals by planting plants along California’s coast that can help reduce ocean temperatures.

This year alone 80 Guadalupe fur seals have either washed up dead or have been found stranded on the California coast. Activists need to take action to try and save these beautiful animals.

Scientists think that the animals are getting sick and dying as a result of rising ocean temperatures. Rising temperatures are thought to be a result of climate change, because when carbon emissions or chemicals are released into the air from things like driving cars and drilling for oil, the atmosphere becomes hotter, causing it to rain and to become even more humid outside. When this happens air temperatures heat up and—in turn—ocean temperatures also become warmer.

Planting appropriate plants along the coast or using green infrastructure, which is using materials from nature to alleviate the effects of things like climate change, may help to mitigate climate change’s adverse effects and better ensure that both air and ocean temperatures remain cooler. Plants have the ability to reduce greenhouse gasses by absorbing carbon dioxide, better ensuring that less emissions are emitted into the air. Ocean temperatures are then not able to get as hot.

If more of these plants were to be planted along the coasts, it is more likely that Guadalupe fur seals would have a much better chance of surviving.

Sign this petition and request that greenery be planted along the California coast that will help to mitigate hot air temperatures and—in turn—also mitigate the heat of warmer ocean waters. Guadalupe fur seals may have a much better chance to prosper if such a method were to be used.


Dear Director Bunn,

Experts think that 80 Guadalupe fur seals have washed up on California’s coast this year because of rising ocean temperatures. If something is not done to help save them, these beautiful animals may disappear forever.

The rising ocean temperatures are thought to be caused by hotter air temperatures, which has been shown to be a result of climate change. Since people are unlikely to stop driving cars or drilling for oil any time soon, it is important that more steps be taken to try and mitigate climate change’s adverse effects.

One way that this could be done is by planting plants on the coasts of California beaches. Using this type of green infrastructure or natural method to help have a positive impact on the environment could prove extremely advantageous. Because plants absorb carbon dioxide, less emissions are emitted into the air, resulting in less atmospheric changes, less rain and less humidity, better ensuring that air and ocean temperatures remain cooler.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to support and implement a project that would involve using green infrastructure to help reduce the adverse effects of climate change. Like the endangered Guadalupe fur seals, many other animals would likely benefit as a result.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Baird

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  1. It has to be more than planting plants. Oil spills and other toxic substances in the water have to be stopped too.

  2. Heather Brophy says:


  3. Let’s do right by these seals — they need human intervention to survive a&nd thrive — let’s rescue them — our eco-system needs seals — our planet needs these beautiful animals.

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