Yesterday, a friend from Greenpeace West Dorset read my blog and sent me a quick email. It was entitled ‘It’s not all doom and gloom’, and there was a link attached to the story of some Americans who had come across an humpback whale entangled in a net, hours from death, who had managed to free her and save her life. They were rewarded with a show of sheer joy. The whale swam along side them providing a surface exhibition of acrobatics. They said that if she wasn’t trying to say thank you, she was definitely celebrating being free.* I thought, in retrospect, it might be time for a more… positive post.
Certainly, my post on The Cove dealt with some unpleasant stuff, but, perhaps because I was fresh from watching it, I didn’t feel too disheartened as I wrote it. In fact, I think at moments I felt something almost akin to strong positivity. I was outraged at the slaughter of the dolphins, and it was horrific to watch, but the story was also led by some heroic humans – who put themselves on the line for the sake of getting the story to the rest of us. People who continue to campaign to make a difference and to get these things changed. For all mankind’s evils and horrors, there are some fantastic, brave, passionate people out there who are truly inspirational. There are people, as illustrated in the story of the whale, who do their bit, be it big or small, to help other beings on this planet.
As I write, a new Greenpeace action is unfolding. An hour ago, Greenpeace activists entered Carin Energy’s headquarters dressed as polar bears. They’re trying to bring attention to the fact that Carin want to drill in the arctic, but will not make their spillage response plans public. This is one of Greenpeace’s more creative publicity stunts, but you don’t have to search hard to find stories of activists (not only from Greenpeace) putting themselves in harms way, boarding vessels or swimming in front of boats. The world is full of injustice, of uncaring people – and maybe their results are more evident, but there are also courageous people out there for us to take inspiration from.
But as well as feeling uplifted by positive tales such as these, we have to keep aware of what is going on around us. During the weekend we passed ‘Fish Dependence Day‘, the point in the year that marks when our ability to fish in British waters, runs out if we were to fish constantly, not supplementing our tables with fish caught in foreign waters. A couple of days ago, pro whaling countries (led by Japan) walked out in protest against a proposed marine sanctuary in the south atlantic. The Independent reported that it was unclear as to whether the vote would be able to go ahead.
The good news is that there are people out there who are interested by these things, who feel motivated to act. There are folks in boats freeing humpback whales from nets, and free divers planting under water cameras to show us the slaughter of dolphins. There are Greenpeace activist spray painting seals to render their fluffy coats fiscally worthless, and Sea Shepherd members chasing whaling fleets across the seas. So, don’t feel disheartened if my blogs take a negative turn again. If you feel negative or powerless, remember to do something, be motivated to action. Don’t allow it to beat you.
*Follow the link – they managed to take video of the whole proceedings as well. Watching it will brighten your day!