Friday, September 21, 2007
The 11th Hour
I'm going to see the movie documentary "The 11th Hour" tonight. The local premiere is being hosted by a conservation group.
I'm interested to see this film since I work in a field that deals with marine environmental issues. There are some experts who voice their opinions about the state of the environment. It will be interesting to hear about the creative solutions that they suggest. I personally am very concerned about what we are doing to the planet. I almost feel at times that the problem is so overwhelming that there is no chance of making right all that we are doing wrong. Species are disappearing, water quality is declining, the climate is changing, and the list goes on and on.
For me, the changes to the estuaries and oceans are most dramatic. Because of increased fishing pressure, many fish stocks are in decline. The blue crab which was so prevalent during my youth in Chesapeake Bay has been declining for years. The oyster population in the Bay has long been decimated due to poor water quality and disease.
I like to be optimistic but based on what I've seen I wonder if there is any hope of positive changes to the planet. Maybe the film will provide some glimmer of that. I think that a new mindset will have to occur before the pendulum will swing toward recovery of the ecosystem.