Whale Festival 2019Understanding the importance of Whales for the local comunity
First Whale Festival of Cabo San Lucas!
Whale watching in Mexico began as a formal activity in 1980. Tourists from all over the world visit Los Cabos to experience whale watching for the first time. Many tourists return every year exclusively for this type of tourist activity between the months of December-April.
The fact that whales are considered a charismatic and “umbrella” animal, also acts in the preservation of different species and coastal marine environments, makes Los Cabos recognized as an area of extreme importance not only environmental, but in different social, economic and cultural levels.
The identity of Los Cabos can and should be recognized as one of the most important areas for migration, reproduction and continuity in protecting the life of these animals that, unfortunately, face many threats.
In view of this, the first Whale Festival Los Cabos was held on the topic of the impacts of marine pollution by the group, non-profit, Zero Waste Los Cabos and the Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committee Los Cabos, and had the support from different business sectors and tourism operators, as well as Cabo Trek. The objective of the Festival was to spread information about whales and sensitizing people through workshops, talks, recreational activities and art. Whale watching, if practiced responsibly, with conservation efforts and environmental education practices, can bring numerous benefits to coastal municipalities targeted by the annual migration of the whales.
The initiative, in addition to having offered educational, scientific and cultural activities, has focused on a new tourism panorama. Based on sustainable ecological development, promoting clean industry, and serving as a vector for environmental awareness.
The Festival also had the objective of raising funds to support the actions for rescue marine animals entangled in fishing nets.
Activities carried out:
The artistic intervention ¨Sea Giants¨ aimed to enhance the protected the Protected Area of Flora and Fauna of Cabo San Lucas and leading the debate on the importance of preserving the marine environment, through the art of graffiti and its different techniques of urban art.
For the graffiti intervention, the proposal was to revitalize a wall that has an extension of approximately 40m x 3m at the Playa del Corsario. Six mexican artists were invited, Alan Isac Hernandez Jimenez, Rodrigo Oceguera, Erick Ecsel, Miguel Angel, Ali Rene Mena Lopez, David Lopez who painted some representative animals of the Protected Area:Humpback whale, California sea lions, Munkiana Mobulas, Marlin, Mako Shark and Olive RidleyTurtle.
Throughout the Festival, a series of informative and educational talks were held on the environment, marine animals and actions to protect the oceans. With the support of invited researchers, authorities and conservation organizations to discuss these issues about marine conservation in Los Cabos. The local community and tourism operators had the opportunity to learn and clarify doubts through dialogue.
Tianquiztli – Ancestral, Cultural Market of Solidarity Economy: The proposal was to promote the balanced well-being of society with the economy in mind
local within the municipality of Los Cabos, with the option to reuse ancient concepts such as the use of barter, giving opportunity to the harmonious fair balance of supply-demand for local products. The Tianquiztli Market participated in the Festival offering local food and products, sustainable, vegan and disposable. Also, It had the participation of local band singing and reciting historical poetry with references to nature.
Clean Up Dive
The Clean up dive had the collaboration from volunteers and divers, dive operators and authorities. It was a very important action to show that the trash ends up in the ocean and makes the people rethink their habits.
During the Festival was offered a cinema on the beach with the presentation of films about whales and the effect of plastic pollution in the oceans.
During the Festival volunteers visited some local schools to give presentations for kids and teenagers about Zero Waste lifestyle, marine conservation, whales and the effects of the trash in the oceans.