PART 1: Out of control of our environment
First of all… ‘yes’ I did get this title from a line in the film Juno.
I recently watched a documentary named The End of the Line which investigated the rapidly depleting population of fish in our oceans. Tuna, Salmon and most of the other popular fishes that we find in our cheap sushi and local supermarkets. The fish populations in our oceans have taken a sharp turn for the worse, as fishing companies continue to keep their cut of the ocean’s abundance at a dangerously high level.
The restrictions that have been introduced are enough to keep the fish from depleting much further, but not enough for the fish to increase to a comfortable and sustainable level of survival.
The most shocking, I found, was that some of the Asian countries were encouraging ‘fishing ’til extinction’ because they are freezing the remaining fish to gain a huge profit for when the demand for the close-to-extint fish are at its highest.
We, as human beings, are able to ruin nature, which these few, but powerful people want to see to believe.
In India, the company Coca-Cola is taking the water to use in their bottled products. The water table of India has decreased to the point where the wells no longer work.
The pollution from the factories has, however, made it into other water systems including the Ganges. I mean, they’re pretty much using the water to sell right back to the public with additional contamination.
Thankfully, people are taking a stand. But it’s obviously not easy telling a HUGE company who is making millions to move.
How could I possibly blog about the destruction of our environment without mentioning the Amazon Rainforest. The shear destruction of the rainforest is evident by the layer of smoke that now hangs above the rainforest due to the immense amount of burning that occurs to make way for farming and housing. The forest once made up 14% of the Earth’s surface. Now it makes up 6% with one and a half acres lost every second.
The Amazon makes up 20% of our oxygen, but we are polluting the Earth’s lungs and cutting the size of them down. But it’s all good. At least we got enough pasture for the cows and at least we have enough Amazonian wooden furniture.
I’m just losing faith in our kind because we have green dollar signs in our eyes and can’t seem to look at anything in the world and appreciate it, unless it’s cut down or burned or modified or over/under produced to accommodate our living style at the time.
I’ve quoted him before, but I feel it’s an awesome line from the film, The School of Rock:
…The world is run by The Man. Oh, you don’t know The Man? Well, he’s everywhere. In the White House, down the hall. Miss Mullins, she’s The Man. And The Man ruined the ozone, and he’s burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank…
Regretfully a part of the human race and longing for simpler times, Jodie.