All The More Reason


On Environmentalism
June 23, 2007, 2:53 am
Filed under: Environment

Global warming seems to be the hot topic in environmentalism. Why do some topics curry favour faster than others? I watched a ripping documentary on the state of the European fisheries last night, and it cited the example of the Newfoundland fisheries. For those who are not aware, the Grand Banks off Newfoundland used to be the home of cod country. In the 1980s with the growth of certain technologies these areas were overfished to the point where, despite there being a moratorium for the last 14 year, the cod has never resurged. If Europe is not careful, it could face a similar fate in the decades to come. And yet this topic, and many others such as the state of fresh water, receive less attention than the current temperature of the earth. Could it really be as simple as the fact that these topics are less sexy and apocalyptic?

J.S.

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