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Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Truth : Nothing More

Take the Red Pill
Morpheus opens a container which holds two pills : a blue one, and a red one. He puts one in each hand, and holds them out to Neo. 
Morpheus : This is your _last chance_. After this, there is no turning back.....You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up and believe...whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill.....you stay in wonderland...and I show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Neo pauses for an instant, then reaches for the red pill. He swallows it down with a glass of water, and looks at Morpheus.
Morpheus : Remember...all I'm offering you is the truth : nothing more.
The Matrix

We all recognise this as a classic, but until recently I never realised just how true the words would turn out to be. It may even seem corny to some of you, but for me the world of ecological or conversational activism remained almost completely unknown to me.

I didn't realise that whaling continued to the extent it does, even beyond the moratorium that strictly forbids commercial whaling. That's what drives this site. The knowledge I continue to gain from like minded "activists" and supporters of anti-whaling. This is a repository for my findings and hopefully a red pill to all those who encounter it.

You don't have to take the pill. You can leave right now, but for those of you that stick around and continue to read, follow the truth. Don't take what is printed here as gospel. Pick up the source, cross reference the information, seek out material to contradict or support these words... but whichever you do, you'll find like me, you learn a hell of a lot on the journey. What you chose to do with the new found knowledge is up to you.
I know you're out there...I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us, you're afraid of change...I don't know the future...I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end, I came here to tell you how this is going to begin. Now, I'm going to hang up this phone, and I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you.
The sad thing is I really can't tell you how this is going to end, no one can. But without radical changes to the way we live our lives and consume the planets resources the way we do right now, in a very short time we are going to find ourselves on a barren Earth.

Beyond whales is a whole other series of crimes and misdemeanour's against our ecology. We seem to think that the Earth's resources are endless or that we understand them so well we can repair the damage we are doing today, tomorrow. This isn't true. We understand so little about our ecosystem that even the slightest of changes we cause could cause a catastrophe we could not foresee or even understand.

But this site focuses on the whales. Out impact on them has been huge. Since whaling began we have decimated their numbers by killing over 2,000,000 of them. We still continue the slaughter without any real idea of just how many are left.

We are doing untold damage to the complex food webs of our oceans. Food isn't the simple chain you may think. It's not quite A eats B, B eats C, C eats D. It's far, far more involved than that. With whales at the apex of their food web their demise/disappearance will have far reaching consequences that could destroy the very air we breath.

Consider phytoplankton - responsible for as much as 50% of our Oxygen and the absorption of Carbon Dioxide from out atmosphere. The whale eats the predators of this vital plankton. They eat fish and zoo-plankton, krill. Without the whale the predators of the phytoplankton multiply unchecked, eating their way through the phytoplankton and we see a drop in Oxygen production and Carbon Dioxide absorption and our atmosphere dies! Again, it's not quite that simple, but it is one of the many roads we could be travelling on.

But, whichever way you consider things, it makes no sense to destroy things we do not understand. Especially when we are destroying it at the rate we are for material gain rather than need.

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