Campaign against the power plants

Save the date „save the penguin“!

NewsWorld Penguin Day 2020, the same procedure as every year! This is unfortunately necessary, considering the current developments in Chile, in a particularly way. The country is in upheaval, the people are fighting for a new constitution and for the fair distribution of materials and natural resources. At the moment, it is totally unclear whether reforms can be pushed through, and how the developments will affect natural and environmental protection.

Also in this year, the balance regarding protection of the Humboldt Penguin turns out somewhat mixed:  for over 20 years, natural and environmental activists have successfully protected the habitat of the Humboldt Penguin, lastly with a spectacular victory at the Chilean Supreme Court. Nevertheless, they were not able to get permanent and sustainable protection of this ecosystem established.

Sphenisco therefore calls for campaigns around World Penguin Day (25. April), and will make materials available for this. Please check to see if it’s possible to support with a small or large campaign on the fight for the Humboldt Penguin’s habitat at your institution, in the time period between 18. April and 03. May 2020, or even if necessary, at another time. The citizens and the local environmental movement urgently need international support.
Please inform us of your plans.
translated by Erich Greiner

“Yes to the Marine Protection Area”

Campaigns about World Penguin Day on April 25th

Proteste_ChileIn the main habitat of the threatened Humboldt Penguin in northern Chile, two industrial ports are supposed to be built. These intended projects are provoking many protests on World Penguin Day, in Chile and in many other countries as well.

Last year, already over 220,000 people from all over the globe signed the online petition from the organization “Save the Rainforest”, in order to bring attention to the threatened destruction of nature in northern Chile. In the affected area, many citizens objected to the planned building of the port projects and are fighting back in many ways (see the article about this issue on our website). For years, Sphenisco has committed itself to the creation of a marine protection area, and supports local residents with their efforts to preserve the marine area and to use it exclusively in a sustainable fashion.

For this year’s World Penguin Day on April 25th, Sphenisco is calling for its members and zoos in Europe and the Americas to call attention to this dramatic situation in the Humboldt Penguin’s habitat through diverse campaigns on April 25th. Among the planned actions are a worldwide photo campaign under the motto “Yes to the Marine Protection Area!” and the new online petition “A Home for Penguin & Co.”, that we are organizing with the environmental group, Save the Rainforest. Together with our partner organizations in Chile and natural protectionists around the globe, Sphenisco is appealing to Chilean President Bachelet to lastingly protect the survival of the population of wild Humboldt Penguins, and not to endanger them through the building of these port projects. The PDF file “World Penguin Day 2017” can provide more details about the campaigns.


translated by Erich Greiner

Penguin Power in Berlin

Landau, 28. April, 2016

World Penguin Day in Berlin. It is 9:30 AM. Three species of penguins waddle to the entrance of the Chilean Embassy in Mohrenstrasse. They unroll a banner and hold signs with “Salven los pingüinos – 210,000 firmas”, or, “Save the Penguins”. Penguins are comical, and especially penguins that demonstrate. The police on standby in the nearby van are amused. Lea Horak from the organisation “Rainforest Rescue” is given permission to enter the embassy, and is received by the Minister of the Embassy, Manuel Galdames. Ms. Horak tells him of the conflict in the Coquimbo Region in Chile, and presents him with the 210,000 signatures that were collected. That is how many people all over the world have so far signed the petition sent to President Bachelet. The Minister of the Embassy is also given the “La Higuera-Isla Chañaral Declaration”, that is supported by about 550 institutions and organisations – very small ones and very large ones. The Minister received the declaration and the petition signatures, and promised to pass them on.

On May 9th, Sphenisco, accompanied by the artists' cooperative “Chao Pescao”, the citizens' movement “Movimento en Defensa del Medio Ambienta (MODEMA)”, the non-governmental organisation “Oceana”, members of the Chilean Parliament, as well as citizens of the Coquimbo Region, will directly present the hertofore-collected total of 215,000 signatures for the campaign “Save 26,000 Humbodt Penguins” either to President Bachelet herself, or to her government.

The fact that so many people and institutions are against the port projects, and that these people and institutions are observing the developments in Chile, provides more emphasis on the demand for an appropriate, factual review.


translated by Erich Greiner


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