Wednesday, June 29, 2011

As the oceans go

So do we....
The report that the ocean is in trouble is no surprise. What is shocking is that it has taken so long for us to make the connection between the state of the ocean and everything we care about – the economy, health, security – and the existence of life itself.

If the ocean is in trouble – and it is – we are in trouble. Charles Clover pointed this out in The End of the Line, and Callum Roberts provided detailed documentation of the collapse of ocean wildlife – and the consequences – in The Unnatural History of the Sea.

Since the middle of the 20th century, more has been learned about the ocean than during all preceding human history; at the same time, more has been lost. Some 90 per cent of many fish, large and small, have been extracted. Some face extinction owing to the ocean's most voracious predator – us.
Paraphrasing from somewhere on the net: We use the ocean as our pantry and our toilet.

And now we are boiling it.


Steve Bates said...

Mankind will use the ocean
  as our pantry and our toilet,
And if that doesn't kill all ocean fauna...
  we shall boilet.

- SB the YDS

ellroon said...

I bow to your superior talent, Steve!