Be As One Foundation
Compassionate Conservation, Community Action and Research

hand Stand for South Atlantic

hand Stand for the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary is a visual petition which represents YOUR support for the proposed South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary.  All banners in this 10 month campaign will be taken to Panama City in July 2012 when the bext International Whaling Commission (IWC) takes place and where the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary will be up for discussion once again.

Together with the existing Souther Ocean and Indian Ocean sanctuaries this will become the largest protected area in the world.  We beleive in showing the world as well as the IWC voting delegates just how many people support this sanctary for the great whlaes.

Make your voice heard by joining our campaign, create your own whale poster filled with hand prints!

All content below is  available to download: 

icon Kids4Whales CreativeHearts (1.47 MB. Nov 2011)

icon hand Stand Fun Pack (10.23 MB, Nov 2011)

You will need:

  • A large whie sheet, Cheap cotton fabric

  • Normal acrylic paint, a surface to mix the paint on, paint tubs and/or paint brushes.
PaintPain Tray

  • Red, green,blue and  thick markers coloured pencils, something long and straight to use as a ruler.


Set up:

1)Spread out your fabric on a smooth hard surface, remember to lay newspaper underneath so you don´t leave a mess. You could even cut out the fabric into the shape and size of a great whale!

2)    Plan out your words using your coloured pencil and ruler, examples as follows:

Writing on the top:


Writing on the bottom:

Your family/school/university/organization and your country

3)    Paint in your words using acrylic paint

4)    When the paint has dried go back over the words and the whale, with a black marker to
make it stand out!

5)To avoid messing up the writing suggest taping up the bottom line.

6)    Pick your favourite whale, and use the pencil to draw as best as you can.
It doesn't have to  be  perfect -
Don't worry about making mistakes paint over it later.

The South Atlantic Ocean is home to an amazing 54 species of cetaceans and you can draw any one of them!  But here are a few:

Blue Whale (B. Musculus)
Various shades of bluish -grey dorsally and somewhat lighter underneath.
Click here for step-by-step drawing instructions from dragonart.com

Sperm Whale (Physeter catodon)
A dark brownish grey with light streeks, spots and scratches.
Click here for step-by-step drawing instructions from dragonart.com

Orca WHale Sketch
Orca Whale (Orcinus orca)
Distingtive black back, white chest and sides, with a white patch above and behind the eye.
Click here for step-by-step drawing instructions from dragonart.com

Bottlenode Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)
Grey, varing from dark grey at the top, near the dorsal fin to very light grey and almost white on the underside.
Click here for step-by-step drawing instructions from dragonart.com

7)  When you are happy with your shapes use a black marker to trace out the lines

8) Paint the whales
-  Keep whale light coloured for the hand prints by using and mixing in a lot of white paint.
-  Mix some light blues and greens with water and paint in the darkest shadows.

Don't be too fussy - this gets easier with practise and hand prints will provide colourful
decoration to hide any imprefections

hand STAND day of fun

CHECKLIST for your hand STAND day of fun

o   your banner, (try and have a 2nd sheet underneath or newspapers, old cardboard)
o   paint brushes, acrylic paint, surface to mix paint on
- paint can either brushed on hands or better still have paint tubs
o   marker pens
o   camera
o   old cloth and container (filled with soapy water for washing hands)

o   leaflets to hand-out
o   petition form or laptop (for each hand PRINTS details)

Get Involved - Make some hand prints

Don't be shy!

Get your family / friends / schols / univerity / organization involved.

Take your banner to parties and functions; to schol or to work ... you'll be surprised at how much fun everyone will have!

Sign each hand print using marker pen (e.g. John Smith, UK)


Please send all completed posters and paper submissions to one of the addresses below.

Please also send any group photos of you and your team holding the banner would also be great.

We want to know your story, your inspiration, comments from people or kids that participated.

If you are a teacher and are doing this with the kids, we would love to hear more of your story.
  • Which species of whale did the kids choose and why?
  • How do they feel about saving whales by creating safe places in the ocean called sanctuaries?
  • Do they have a message for the children of Latino America? (Location of the sanctuary)
Postal Address:
Be As One Foundation
Templewod Lane
Farnham Common


If you wish to make public your hand STAND event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the campaign and about whale conservation please email Nori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information can be found at

This banner represents your collective voice which we will take to the annual International Whaling Conference (IWC) in Panama June 2012, where 85 countries will once again vote for/against the South Atlantic Whale sanctuary.

Ensuring sanctuary for the future of the great whales is a responsibility of all of us who are aware and wish our children to have the privilege of sharing this planet with these sentient beings. The whales are a link in a grand chain that keeps our ocean alive, and if the oceans die we die too. It’s time for each and every one of us to take responsibility to save our future.

Thank you for taking action with us!

Hand STAND campaign in partnership with:

Centro de Conserva Cetacea (CCC)
Be As One Foundation

Full Details are available to download:

icon Kids4Whales CreativeHearts (1.47 MB. Nov 2011)

icon hand Stand Fun Pack (10.23 MB, Nov 2011)

cheap cotton fabric, an old sheet will do