The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here 4 hours, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago, and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half the world’s forests.
The developed film has been corroded by the same chemicals humans have imposed upon the environment being photographed.
“What happens to the initial amount absorbed into the ground? Or by the plants or animals that are there at the spill site? If this is the effect they have on a piece of plastic, what is it doing to our environment?”
This is Peanut the turtle, shortly after being found in Missouri in 1993. She was taken to to a zoo in St. Louis where the six-pack ring was removed. It seems that she was trapped in the plastic ring as a young turtle and was unable to free herself. Subsequently her shell moulded itself to the plastic ring and she grew in the strange shape you see here. Unfortunately the damage is permanent, but peanut is expected to live a long life and today she serves as a mascot for the fight against beach littering.
Please, always remember to clean up after yourself at the beach.
An aerial view of a Greenpeace protest at the Place de L'Etoile during the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015, in Paris, France on December 11th 2015. Around 50 activists tried to draw a yellow sun around the Arc de Triomphe monument. The summit is entering its final stages in an effort to secure a global agreement that would offer a long-term strategy for dealing with climate change. Credit: EPA/GREENPEACE
Aaju Peter, a sealskin seamstress in Iqaluit, says Greenpeace should compensate each Inuk $1 million for the economic damage done by its anti-sealing campaign.]
An Inuk sealskin activist says it’s not enough to say sorry for the impacts anti-sealing campaigns have had on Inuit, and the environmental groups that profited from the campaigns should pay reparations.
“After all the money that was generated by Greenpeace over the years that they [should] compensate each Inuit $1 million,” said Aaju Peter, a sealskin seamstress in Iqaluit.
She was featured prominently in the documentary Angry Inuk, about how Inuit have been affected by anti-sealing “activism”.
“I liken it to burning someone’s house wilfully,” she said.
“If you do that and are found guilty you should compensate or you should go to jail.”
Peter said the $1-million figure is a starting point for talks, but that any conversation about righting the wrongs of the past would need to include financial compensation.
In 2014, Greenpeace Canada’s executive director Joanna Kerr wrote a blog post outlining the organization’s regret for their 1976 anti-sealing campaign and its cultural and financial impact on Inuit. In that post Kerr committed her organization to “go further” and back up their words with actions.