PenderPOD Mission Statement

The Pender Ocean Defenders (PenderPOD) was established in 2014 with “the vision of honouring, protecting and defending the Natural Environment of the Salish Sea from actions that could harm it”.

The group now consists of a Steering Committee of 8 Pender Island Citizen Scientists/Activists who are focussed on the health of the Marine Eco System of the Salish Sea and specifically the Southern Resident Killer Whales(Orca), Chinook Salmon(aka Spring/King) and Herring which make up the marine food web.

We do this by various peaceful actions such as education, art, theatre, song, films, poetry, parades, Spoken Word, panel  discussions and letter writing campaigns.

Open Letter to Biden: We Don’t Want KXL

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to cancel the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline once he’s in office. But in Canada, Justin Trudeau, Jason Kenney and Big Oil have said they’re making saving this dirty oil pipeline a top priority.

To counter this, we’re joining our friends at in asking people across North America to sign this open letter urging Biden to stand strong. Your voice is needed to urge him to listen to the overwhelming majority of people in Canada and the U.S. who want bold climate action and massive investments in good, green jobs.

Will you add your name and tell Biden that we don’t need another dangerous pipeline?

Marble Surface

RCMP Fought to Avoid Responsibility after Wet’suwet’en Diesel Spill

Two New calves: 

J57, with mom, J35

and another with mom J41

2 new calves

The Center for Whale Research confirms that another calf has been born into the Southern Resident killer whale community, and the mother is J41. CWR will eagerly await the whales' return to evaluate the calf's condition and hopefully determine its sex. J41's new calf is the second birth in J pod in September 2020.

Imminent extinction. How much clearer can it be? All over the planet, species facing extinction are treated with love and respect that includes protection--except for here in the Salish Sea. The Southern Resident orcas are unique in their intelligence, their complexity of language, their family loyalty, and their echo-location abilities that enable them to find salmon to eat, to communicate with one another, and to navigate through their waters. So, as a critically endangered species facing extinction, why are they still being harassed by whale-watching tourism? Sadly, like so much of our world--it is money first--over life itself. Please love the SRKWs from land. It is the right thing to do--for their lives and for life itself.

Many thanks to everyone who commemorated an Orca.

Sasha, a member of the Kawakatoose First Nation, did two prayer flags for the project.  Here she is with her little sister holding her flag for Samish (J14).  She also did one for Tanya(L5).  Go to the prayer flags and click on her flags to read her story.

Natasha and her family completed 7 flags.   Here she is holding Luna and Hugo.

Dear friends,

These twin crises of COVID-19 and climate breakdown show us one thing: we have to use this moment to transform. We’re living through a societal shift unlike any other in recent memory – and our efforts to rebuild must continue to be bold, imaginative, and restorative.


A major gap in government regulation and oversight is allowing giant international cargo ships to anchor as long as they want in the “protected” waters of the Southern Gulf Islands and Cowichan Bay.

Negative Impacts include:

  • Massive anchor chains scraping the ocean floor, destroying entire marine habitats

  • Diesel generators running 24/7 causing air, noise and light pollution

  • Acoustic Interference and collision risk to Resident Killer Whales

  • Risk of grounding or collisions causing catastrophic oil spills

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Local First Nations and coastal community groups are demanding Transport Canada put an end to this harmful spillover of commercial activity from the Port of Vancouver.

The Seventh Generation Principle is based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable 

world seven generations into the future.

“Some of you may die, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.” – Lord Farquaard, in the animated classic Shrek.

“Fossil fuels require sacrifice zones: they always have.”

–Naomi Klein, 2016

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