The Planet Strikes Back
As most of the press, broadsheets or blogs, are predicated on facilitating drama –one way or another – negative stories always trump those waving a flag of encouragement. I don’t know if this is a human quirk, a prehistoric perversion
akin to staring at a car wreck, or if it has more to do with a modern model of ‘what sells?’ Perhaps both. Nonetheless, it’s lovely to read about multinational environmental initiatives that work, and are actually on schedule!
From the diminishing ice in the Arctic (now at unforeseen dangerously low levels), to political fumbling over Kyoto or renewable energy investments – the news is hardly ever good. A classic case of humans hoping environmental problems will just go away if they avert their eyes.
So it was with a renewed sense of faith in my bipedal friends, Homo sapiens, that I’ve read a brief article by the BBC’s environmental correspondent, Roger Harrabin, that marine protected areas of the planet are on target for 10% by 2020. ‘Mark Spalding from the Nature Conservancy, lead author of the report, told BBC News: “This is great news in the sense that the prospect looked so hopeless until recently. We really should manage to meet the 10% target now.”
The only down side to the project comes in a cautious warning that most of these protected marine areas
are ‘far from humans anyway.’ Regardless, that shouldn’t sully a sense of global achievement – from participating nations like the US, UK and Australia with its constant battle to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. This is certainly worthy of a collective pat on the back, and a renewed sense that saving us from ourselves is possible, if we just continue to take the process seriously.