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El próximo 17 de febrero se llevará a cabo una procesión en honor a la vaquita marina.  Una especie que hemos fallado en preservar y que está a punto de desaparecer del planeta a causa de la pesca ilegal en el mar de Cortez. 

No podemos permitir que esto le suceda a más especies.  Es nuestra responsabilidad preservar un ecosistema sustentable para todas las especies que habitamos el planeta.  Es importante participar en este evento para generar una conciencia colectiva que será el primer paso para evitar que esto le suceda a otras especies en un futuro.  


"We are convening a collective ritual in honor of the vaquita porpoise. It includes a procession on saturday, February 17, in Mexico City -10:oo hrs at Tamayo Museum esplanade, Bosque de Chapultepec. With participation gallery of altars  remembrance from around the world and multiple exhibitions in museums, galleries and other venues.

Needless to say, the success of the action depends on the number of people who participate. You’re invited to join us, and to help us to achieve the strength and breadth this call to conscience needs to succeed. Are you with us?


The world is about to witness an irreversible tragedy: the extinction of the vaquitaporpoise. We are talking about the final extinction on this planet of an exclusively Mexican species, and hence the loss of a unique form of life. It is easily said, but a creature that for millions of years has lived in Mexico’s upper Gulf of California will be gone forever as a result of indifference and ignorance, of illegal fishing and trafficking, and of humankind’s ambition. Its place in the natural world will be left empty and no other organism will be able to fill the void. It is a genuine tragedy and very sobering thought that should lead us to reflect on how our daily actions are driving thousands of species towards the same end.

The porpoise commonly known as “vaquita” (Phocoena sinus) is the smallest of the cetaceans, the group of marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. In 2016, the year of the last available estimate, the vaquita population was calculated to number fewer than thirty. This past October, over sixty experts from several countries attempted to capture a few specimens in order to preserve the species in captivity, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

In light of this tragic prospect, we the undersigned have resolved to stage a public demonstration in honor of the vaquita through a ceremonial act the purpose of which is to give the entire planet a reality check as to what the human race is wreaking on the natural world. The core message is to launch a worldwide appeal for us to change what we are doing wrong, and instead protect the natural species we humans depend on and are putting at risk of extinction, so that this story will never repeat itself.

We invite you to take part in the procession in honor of the vaquita, a silent and solemn ceremony of respect for the natural world to take place on Saturday, 17thFebruary 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The procession will depart from the Tamayo Museum and end at the National Museum of Anthropology. It will make its way through Chapultepec Park, safeguarded throughout by girls and boys forming two long barriers uniting both cultural venues, their presence acting as a silent reproach to our generation for the world we will be leaving them.

The procession’s highlight will be a “performance” conceived by Mexican artist and conservationist Patricio Robles Gil. He has created an evocative sculpture that is the centerpiece of the ceremony in honor of the vaquita, a symbolic fragment of which will be carried by various personalities along the route to the National Museum of Anthropology, where it will be incorporated back into the sculpture, which will thereafter be on public view.

Come to the procession with your family and friends! Let us act as witnesses and participants in a ritual that will help raise awareness of the significance of the irreparable loss of an animal species under our care, and of all that we must and can do to prevent this from occurring again. Please join us! Your participation is very important!"

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