John Church of Just Marketing has worked in the sports industry for more than two decades, and has developed an intense love of certain sports teams. While he enjoys watching many different sports, he is a big football fan, and a proud supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Established in 1933, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only National Football League team for the state of Pennsylvania aside from the Philadelphia Eagles. The two teams only meet on the field once every four years due to how the league games are scheduled. The Steelers weren’t always known by that name, however, they were originally called the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1933 until 1939. In 1940 the franchise was renamed the Pittsburgh Steelers, and for the most part has used that moniker exclusively.
For the last fifteen years, the Steelers have played all of their home games at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The team is a part of the American Football Conference, or AFC division. The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a successful career overall with twenty-nine playoff appearances, twenty-one division championships, and eight conference championships to their credit. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowl championships between 1974 and 2008. They boast victories in Super Bowls number nine, ten, thirteen, fourteen, forty, and forty three. Though the Pittsburgh Steelers have not attended or won a Super Bowl in recent years, John Church of Just Marketing is still a diehard fan. He roots for his team no matter who they are playing.
As an avid supporter of many wildlife and animal advocacy groups, John Church of Just Marketing is proud to donate to the Save the Whales Foundation. Founded in 1977, the Save the Whales Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on education of the public. The purpose of the program is to provide educational resources about marine animals, their preservation, and their environment. The concept that an organization can empower the public through education is true, and proves to work well on a daily basis. Save the Whales is also committed to educating children, as they are the future generation who will make a difference in the health and well-being of the ocean and marine mammals.
Though a worldwide ban on whaling was signed and passed in the mid 1980s, this has not stopped the atrocities from occurring. Even today, whales are killed due to poaching, bombings, illegal captures, and pollution. One of the ways that Save the Whales helps marine mammals is by helping to prevent Navy Ship Shock. Navy Ship Shock is the process of detonating nearly three hundred explosives in the coastal waters of California. It took testimony from scientific experts and attorney intervention, but tens of thousands of marine animals are now safe from this government practice.
Another way that Save the Whales has made a difference is through their efforts to stop salt mining operations. The Mitsubishi corporation had developed a plan to start salt mining in Baja California’s San Ignacio Lagoon. Working with environmentalists in Mexico and the United States, Save the Whales was able to stop this environmentally devastating procedure from happening. Rescue efforts are conducted often through the foundation. When commercial and private fishermen snare marine mammals off the coast of California, Save the Whales has their own rescue boat that is deployed to help. Thanks to those efforts, hundreds of seal, whales, dolphins, and marine birds have been saved.
Marine mammal capture and captivity has decreased over the last two and a half decades because of the work of activists and environmentalists at Save the Whales. Scientific research has proven that marine animals that are captured and taken to live in captivity have far less happy and healthy lives. In fact, a dolphin that would normally have a thirty-five-year life span in the wild may only live for five years in captivity. Reducing urban runoff is another aspect of the Save the Whales work. Through their cooperation with local, federal, and state agencies, the scientists are able to promote better business practices and more education about urban runoff pollution. John Church Just Marketing plans to continue his support of Save the Whales for years to come.