Thousands of shark fins were recently found on a factory rooftop in Hong Kong, hidden far from the public eye. These fins were likely intended for shark fin soup - a gourmet East Asian dish - which surges in popularity around the Chinese New Year.
Shark finning is a terrible process. Fisherman catch sharks, cut their fins off, then throw the rest of the animal back, leaving it to suffer and die. As demand for shark fin soup has skyrocketed, shark populations have plummeted worldwide.
Many countries have restricted the sale of shark fins, but precious few have outright banned shark fishing itself. If we want to save the world’s sharks and end this cruel practice, we need a worldwide ban adopted by ever nation and enforced by the United Nations.
There are some things in the world we can’t change - gravity, entropy, the speed of light, and our biological nature that requires clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean energy and biodiversity for our health and wellbeing. Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority of else we sicken and die. Other things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate economics above the biosphere.
When you die, you can have your ashes made into a rock that will form the base of an ‘eternal memorial reef’ so that you can help coral reefs bloom after you have died. <3
When a whale dies, its carcass can support a localised ecosystem for many decades, including at least 30 species which have never been identified anywhere else.
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.