Friday, May 30, 2014

Ahimsa, Orcas, and Yoga Oh My!

You may be asking yourself what do orcas have to do with yoga? Well, at the very core of yoga is a code of conduct called Ahimsa which means to cause no injury or harm and it applies to all living beings including animals. With this in mind we can look at the unethical treatment of animals as a practice that does not align with the core beliefs of yoga.

There has been a gradual conscious shift over the years that has recently gained momentum over the ethics of keeping killer whales in captivity for profit & human entertainment. The release of the documentary "Blackfish" by Gabriela Cowperthwaite has launched this global debate into hyper-speed and has led to a social movement dubbed the #Blackfish Effect.

So by combining my GIS (mapping) skills and my love for yoga and animals. I decided to contribute to this social movement and create The #Blackfish Effect, a web application that is a time-stamped and geolocated map tour of the key events that have led to this unprecedented movement for the ethical treatment of orcas.


For more info on this topic go to Voice of the Orcas