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Do we really want to kill our planet?
THANKS to The Press of September 19 and to Stephen Lewis for a thoughtful article on how human activity is destroying our oceans.
It is easy to stand at the edge of the sea and imagine it is infinite and unless we are personally confronted by the floating sea of plastic bags in the Pacific, it is tempting to imagine that it doesn’t exist.
We take our planet for granted, barely conscious of how amazing or how fragile it is. Distracted by our daily preoccupations and worries, we are sleepwalking witnesses to a tragic loss of life and biodiversity that will change earth forever.
Which of us has consciously decided we are comfortable to see so many animals and plants become extinct? Which of us believes the world would be a better place without sharks, tigers, lemurs or lapwings? Yet every week, species disappear forever.
As a trained scientist and Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher spoke out about the way human beings were treating the atmosphere, the land, and the oceans as a dustbin. It is a tragedy that the political consensus of that time has vanished.
Thatcher played a key role in banning CFCs and now the ozone holes at the poles are slowly healing. We can put right the damage we are causing, but we must show the collective will to act now before it is too late.
Christian Vassie , Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.
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