I watched a riveting show on ITV today called Coextinction. The program was made in Canada and was an exposé of the Norwegian salmon farms on the rivers leading to the sea. Some of these farms can breed up to 1,000,000 salmon for profit.
The farms excrete their pollutants into the rivers and build huge weirs which stop and kill the migratory salmon and interfere with their breeding habits, which is decimating the wild population.
A lot of the native people who rely on the salmon are now getting sick with diseases like diabetes.
The orcas, seals, and grizzly bears are starving and the smaller organisms that eat the byproducts are endangered as well.
Sea Shepherd and other wonderful environmentalists and the traditional people are doing their best and fighting hard to stop this exploitation – more power to them. I’m not much of a crier, but fair dinkum my eyes got wet thinking about the terrible harm that humans do to our fellow planet-sharers, mostly for money. Just another brick in our wall of devastations and I just want to throw my arms up in despair sometimes.
For intelligent beings we are just so bloody stupid. We have to learn (quickly) to live more simply, more locally, to want less and to do as little harm as possible, or not only is our entire natural environment fucked, but we are too.