Organizations

These are some of the amazing organizations working on the critical issues addressed in Eye of the Whale, many of which I have been fortunate enough to partner with in our shared mission.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment   Birth Defects Research for Children, Inc.
Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. (BDRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides parents and expectant parents with information about birth defects and support services for their children. BDRC has a parent-matching program that links families who have children with similar birth defects. BDRC also sponsors the National Birth Defect Registry, a research project that studies associations between birth defects and exposures to radiation, medication, alcohol, smoking, chemicals, pesticides, lead, mercury, dioxin and other environmental toxins.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment  

Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is is a diverse network of more than 3000 individual and organizational partners who are working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors. Their director, Elise Miller, MEd, has been an enthusiastic advocate for my novel, and I have deeply appreciated her advice and feedback. Elise and the CHE are doing wonderful work to raise awareness about the environmental hazards we face in our everyday lives, and I am proud to share our common mission with such a great force for good.

EcoMom Alliance  

EcoMom Alliance
Kimberly Danek Pinkson and the EcoMom Alliance are doing amazing work by mobilizing, inspiring, and empowering women to reduce global warming and propel an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future.

Environmental Working Group (EWG)  

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
One of the most effective groups working to educate people about the dangers of toxins in our environment is the Environmental Working Group, headed by the tireless and inspired Ken Cook. We have been able to join forces w/ Ken and EWG to help spread the word about toxins and the importance of the Kid-Safe Chemical Act. Ken has been invaluable in supporting the novel and in telling the truth about the dangers to our children and the very real villians that are polluting the next generation. Click here to read Ken’s comments about the book, and for more information on Ken and his work with the EWG, see their website at http://www.ewg.org

Healthy Child, Healthy World   Healthy Child, Healthy World
Healthy Child Healthy World and their CEO, Christopher Gavigan, are inspiring and extraordinary leaders in the environmental movement and the fight to keep our kids’ bodies toxin-free. Healthy Child Healthy World has showed parents everywhere how to make healthy, toxin-free choices for their children and the planet. He is also the author of "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home".
Marine Mammal Center  

Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, is one of the truly great organizations working on behalf of marine mammals. Their director of veterinary science, Frances Gulland, answered innumerable questions and read several drafts, and her devotion to the whales and to marine mammals in general informed and inspired Elizabeth’s quest to save Apollo. For more information on Dr. Gulland and the work of the Marine Mammal Center, see http://www.marinemammalcenter.org

Ocean Alliance  

Ocean Alliance
I was lucky to work closely on Eye of the Whale with Dr. Roger Payne and Iain Kerr of Ocean Alliance, a research organization that focuses on whales and marine toxicology. Along with other important work, Ocean Aliiance has been testing the health of the oceans around the world, and many of the frightening discoverires in my novel were originally theirs, including the fact about chromium in the Gilbert Islands.

Ocean Futures Society  

Ocean Futures Society

Oceana  

Oceana
Oceana is the largest international organization focused 100 percent on ocean conservation, and is working to restore our oceans to the health and abundance they enjoyed just 100 years ago. I was humbled and delighted by the amazing review they gave Eye of the Whale on their blog, and am happy to know that my novel is furthering their essential goals:

"If you are looking for a good summer beach read, Eye of the Whale may be just the ticket. Billed as an ecological thriller, Douglas Carlton Abrams manages to successfully weave science into engaging storylines, providing a rich fictional entree into many of the issues Oceana works on."

Save Our Shores  

Save Our Shores

Save the Whales  

Save the Whales
One of the many wonderful marine organizations local to the Monterey Bay Area, Save the Whales was founded in 1977 when its founder, Maris Sidenstecker was just fourteen years old. Their goal is to educate children and adults about marine mammals, their environment and their preservation.

Surfrider Foundation  

Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, and now has over 50,000 members who are all dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. I especially appreciate the work of my local chapters in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco.