News Headlines. A call to arms


A few weeks ago, I wrote on this site about the need to decide on a course of action to improve our planets health, make a commitment for change and then take small steps towards the goal. I wrote this in the context of there being so many issues with our planet that need to be addressed. That all are important but we have limited time and resources so we should concentrate our efforts on priorities. The question is what is/ are the priorities? An awakening and acceptance of global warming must be up there, and of course the state of our oceans.

I previously mentioned in this post the huge traction in awareness that ‘ocean plastics’ was achieving. Again, a huge concern, but I could not understand how this issue had leaped to the fore. Then I saw the David Attenborough’s presentation and now it seems that CNN have taken this one by the throat. A recent piece by them elaborated on the million tons of plastic that enter the oceans every year, polluting our seas, littering beaches and endangering wildlife. This in turn comes back to haunt us as it proceeds through the food chain. The article referred to a recent study that found globally we humans are swallowing an average of 5 grams of plastic every week. That is shocking. What I found more worrying was the fact that this food chain plastic does not all come from oceans. What a mess.

So, action and small steps. I always sing the praises of Canada and the wild salmon. I loved the piece on the BBC website recently, regarding how salmon, which were trapped in a river by a landslide were airlifted to safety. In June of this year, BC officials found the rocks had blocked off a section of the Fraser River in British Columbia, stopping the salmon from swimming upstream to spawn. Rescuers spent weeks devising a plan to fly the fish by helicopter to a spot on the other side of the rockfall. It is not known exactly how many fish are stuck, but it is believed that only 700 have managed to pass through the area affected by the rockslide without help. The federal and local government already funds the replenishment of the BC rivers to ensure salmon populations, so this move is in support of a natural on going promises.

So, what exactly will this action entail, this ‘little step’? They are talking about a transfer of the fish from the pond where they are stuck into 780-2,700 litre tanks, before a helicopter moves them away from the landslide. The water in the tanks will be oxygenated, to help keep the fish calm. Additionally, while the holding pond is being built, workers are tagging the salmon in order to track their journey afterwards. Crews have also tried to move larger rocks around to make it a bit easier for the fish to pass through themselves, as well as to remove rocks from the nearby cliff face that could prove dangerous for the people working there.

For the sake of a relatively few fish, albeit with the potential of many babies, look what BC have done. So where can we all make that initial small step? Can I suggest we give it some serious thought??



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