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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir

When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if they are allowed to recover, could be seen as a benign form of geo-engineering. It could undo some of the damage we have done, both to the living systems of the sea, and to the atmosphere.


Editor: Steve Agnos

Producer: Chris Agnos

Narration: George Monbiot
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Music Credits:
Cylinder 2 – Chris Zabriskie (
Dramatic Film Strings (Cinematic Movie Soundtrack) – RamazanYuksel (

Film Credits:
The majority of footage found in this film was generously donated courtesy of Peter Schneider of (

Other sources:
Humpback Whales Startle Kayakers – Discovery (
Biggest Teahupoo Ever – leounn (
Nature: Fellowship of the Whales – PBS (
Coral Reef Adventure – mobilmsm (
Humpback whales’ attempt to stop killer whale attack – BBC (
Humpback Whales – Bubble Net Feeding – BBC (
Bait Ball Feast – Nature’s Great Events – BBC (
Become a Direct Action Crew Member – Sea Shepard (

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Featured on Votiv Earth on February 13th, 2015