A brand new blog by Doug Abrams
Posted by: dcabrams
in Eye of the Whale
on Jun 08, 2010
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World Oceans Day--The Deepwater Disaster should help us all to see the fragility of the oceans and that our oceans everywhere are in peril from our environmental decisions. The petrochemical civilization we have created is not just destroying the oceans with crude oil spills and ocean acidification through global warming, but also as a result of chemical pollution throughout the entire marine food web. Killer whales off the coast of California have incredibly high concentrations of fire retardant chemicals and beluga whales in the remote Hudson Bay are so filled with industrial chemicals that when there bodies wash up dead they must be treated like toxic waste. It is no surprise that we are finding these same chemicals in women's breast milk and in our newborn children. We are the sea. We are all dependent on the 70% of the world that is water and our bodies are made of water--66%. What we do to water, what we do to the oceans we ultimately do to ourselves. The oil spill will work its way into all life on the planet because the currents and tides spread pollution everywhere. What we so often forget is that despite our maps, there really is only one ocean. What happened in the Gulf of Mexico is coming to water near you. We must heal our worldwide ocean and its collapsing ecosystems now to preserve the future of life on our planet.