POSTCARD FROM THE STUDIO
I needed some time to reflect on the busy and often frustrating month of June before releasing the months postcard, hence the delayed arrival of this email into your mailboxes.
News broke of Tokyo’s alarming decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission after 30 years in early June, and the first whaling boats set sail with their harpoons covered by plastic sheets on July 1st. As a life-long animal lover and passionate conservationist I was heart-broken at the news and have carried out a great deal of research in order to try and comprehend the decision.
It is expected that Japanese boats will kill 227 whales between now and the years end with the meat being sold on local markets across the country. Yoshifumi Kai, head of the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association said of the decision “It was worth waiting for 31 years. Today is the best day.”
Another alarming story was the release of figures from Brazil’s space agency stating that the monthly deforestation is up 88.4% compared with a year ago.
Legally, President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is under pressure to protect the Amazon under trade deal terms, but the fiery president is a strong supporter of development in the Amazon and his influence has undoubtedly fuelled the spike in deforestation. His administration will effect the lives of people across the world long after it has left office.
Clearly laws do not hold the power that they once did, presidents overlook the long-term health of their country for short-term economic gain and have led the world blindly into a climate emergency.
The big question is, of course, how do you go about changing that? Having spent many hours contemplating the issue I arrived at two methods — education and peaceful protest.
I think the impact of both have been quite clear in 2019. The genius of Greta Thunberg has touched people in all corners of the globe, and it is people like her that hold the power to influence those at the top, and engage the frustrated masses.
Thunberg is exactly what is needed in 2019, her school climate strike movement has united a global group of anxious youngsters and created a powerful voice that cannot be ignored — and will not go away. We must wake-up, before we loose everything.
It has always been my aim to raise awareness of the plight facing our natural world, and hard-hitting news stories such as those mentioned above act as a sobering reminder that their is still much to be done.