The Huffington PostStephanie Moura Director, Massachusetts Ocean Partnership
For the first half of the 19th century New Bedford, Massachusetts was known as “The City that Lit the World”. Processing whale oil for fuel and candles made this city wealthy, famous and envied far and wide. But discovery of petroleum on land turned the tide on whale oil commerce, the country moved on to a new fuel source and an industry was born. Back then, not much was known about the potential for human impacts on a global scale. We now understand the effects that whaling had on some of the most majestic species in our ocean as well as the power of fossil fuels to alter our planet’s climate.