The Great Whales Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to increase mankind's knowledge of whales and dolphins through education and research, held a Demonstration for the Whales on Earth Day 1993 in conjunction with Earth Island Institute. Earth Island Institute and The Humane Society of the U.S. have jointly launched an international campaign--The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP)--against Norway's plan to resume commercial whaling in complete defiance of the International Whaling Commission's ban. The IMMP has launched a successful media campaign and initiated public pressure against more than sixty companies that import products from Norway. At the end of May 1993, Greenpeace activists chained themselves to Norwegian whalers to protest Norway's decision.
A "Celebration of Whales" took place on the island of Maui, Hawaii from January 27 to 30, 1994. Appreciation and protection of whales was the topic at that international symposium presented by Whales Alive International, a non-profit educational program.