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A Wave of Change

A movie I just watched over the weekend, A Plastic Ocean, tells the story about how plastics decompose in a million year life cycle and in the meantime how they keep disintegrate into smaller pieces until every species have it in their food & blood. It’s just daunting how few people really cares about this issue. Are we really that short sighted?

But the truth is maybe we are. Like Leo said in Before The Flood, people usually tune off when you start to talk to them about the environment and conservation. But few realise that, the things you are busy dealing with everyday, the things you work hard for, won’t be there any more if we all choose to ignore this warning.

Not long ago I watching Rob Stewart’s Revolution in Asia Dive Expo. Apart from the cute baby flamboyant cuttlefishes coming out of their eggs, the ocean didn’t really stick in my mind after first viewing. Instead, an aerial footage of Canada’s ancient forests being eaten up and polluted by the tar sand oil mines shocked me.

Alberta forests eaten up by tar sand mines (Screenshot from Revolution)

Canadian forests being polluted by tar sand washing (Screenshot from Revolution)

I could not believe what I was seen. It looked almost unreal.

I think if everyone can watch this film then the problem will be solved. Here’s a bit of behind-the-scenes of what’s in the movie:

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Unfortunately the good die young. Rob Stewart sacrificed his life for the cause, his life’s devotion to ocean and environment conservation, at the age of 37.

I also read something thought-provoking recently, that I’d like to share:

The environmental problems we have now is really nothing compared to the long geological and biological cycles of earth’s evolution. Millions of years from now on, the planet’s carbon and ecological imbalance will return to normal. Life will thrive once again on earth. But we won’t be the ones writing that part of the story. In fact we might not even last pass the end of this century, if we continue to live the way we do. The earth does not necessarily need our saving, but we really need to save OURSELVES.

It dawned on me: conservation is really just conserving our own species’ future. When our generation is gone, our children will be the ones questioning “why didn’t they do anything back then?” The whole film of Revolution revolves around how people from all over the world protest against environmental issues, among them the youths especially. The young people, the next generation kids, are are ones caring about the future, when WE are doing nothing about it. In the film there’s this 9 year old German kid Felix Finkbeiner who founded a worldwide organization to plant trees and campaigns passionately about it. It gave me hope.

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