Adopt to Help to Protect
At the end of many lectures I have given at schools, to any age level, the children often ask me what they could do to help to protect the whales. Children are touched by the whales. They are fascinated by them. And they are concerned for them.
Yet, this is not a question that is easy to answer. Of course we can do many things to protect nature in general; anywhere and anytime. And we can directly and indirectly contribute to the conservation of the oceans and their inhabitants. But what exactly can a child do to help a whale to survive the many dangers of life in today's oceans?
Godmothers and godfathers of Loca and Co.
For ten years ORES has offered the unique possibility to school classes to adopt a known minke whale, to directly support whale research and to contribute to a better understanding and therefore better protection of whales.
In exchange the children receive many mailings throughout the year to help them experience what it means to be part of the research team and to learn about the lives of minke whales. By knowing an individual Minke “personally”, the connection with the whale and the urge to help to protect it is very strong. A dedication, which we believe, will last into their adulthood until the time when they themselves shape and are an active part of the local and global society.
Three steps towards the adoption
1. Collect money
There are many ways to collect the money needed. The children learn to present their request to outsiders. They sell paintings, handicrafts and cake. Or they offer to do a little job such as car washing or dishwashing for a contribution. Then the teacher gets in touch with ORES and transfers the amount the children want to donate.
2. Choose a whale
For each 200 Swiss francs collected, the children can choose a known minke whale presented on our web page.
3. Receive whale-mailings
Right away the children receive their rewards for their huge efforts. At first they receive a full colour certificate with a picture of their chosen whale(s).
During the following year they will not only receive our newsletters and a creative mailing when their whale is sighted for the first time. They will also receive about 12 more informative mailings, photo cards, posters, brochures and many games which the teacher can easily integrate into the learning experience.
As many teachers have confirmed the childrens' hearts beat for their minke whale(s) and they regularly come to school and report any news related to whales they hear of in the media.
Or as three graders put it
“I think it was super cool that we took on a minke whale adoption and it is a pity that it is already over. I am truly sad that we won’t be informed anymore what you and the whales experience. I find it mega what you do. Hopefully all have survived the winter and all return next year again. Also Loca, with her super amazing technique. All the best to her, you, Mrs Tscherter, the most cool whaleresearcher of the world!”
Jasmin Heiniger, 10 years
“I very much like this topic and I would also love to be on board to do research and it is very exciting. Never would I have stopped the adoption.”
Fabienne Krebs, 11 years
“Mrs Tscherter I like your research. I liked your lecture… Too bad that we can’t have another adoption and I have learned so many great things.” Dario, 10 years