According to April’s National Geographic, we’re severely overfishing our oceans. Deap sea trawlers are hauling in targeted fish, and hundreds of thousands that are tossed back into the ocean dead. Certain nets are not only indiscriminate in what they catch, but are also cruel in how the fish ‘drowns’. Fishing boats are taking more than they can use, dynamite and cyanide are destroying coral, and world stocks are going down – way down.
In recent issues, NG has reminded us that we are also using too much oil, producing too much garbage, emitting too much CO2, and cutting down too many trees. Local groups are slashing and burning rainforests, eating bushmeat (animals native to certain areas including chimpanzees and gorillas), and polluting water systems.
The man who could have been president (and invented the Internet incidentally) our friend Al, reminds us that we’re on a collision course with a world that will be out of control. Inclement weather, worldwide flooding, food shortages, overpopulation….the list goes on.
This is all very depressing. There doesn’t seem to be much we can do about it either. I mean, we’re told not to eat red meat so often, we’re supposed to eat fish. How can we get to work if we don’t drive? We can compost, use electric lawn-mowers, recycle our tin cans and cardboard and still how much difference does it really make?