Today is World Oceans Day, when we can all celebrate the wonderful world that lives out of our sight beneath the level of the sea. It is also a time to acknowledge how little we, as humans, know about what lives beneath the waves.
Given that we know so little, today is also a time for us to reflect about how much damage we are doing to an environment we know so little about.
These photos were taken at the PPCS meat processing plant at Pareora, south of Timaru, which has consent to discharge up to 15,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day into the South Pacific Ocean. During peak killing time between 10,000 and 12,000 cubic metres goes into the sea each day.
This has to stop.
And don’t forget of course the hideous mass destruction of the forest floor through Bottom Trawling. Check out the Rainbow Warrior blog as they travel around the Tasman Sea hassling the hell out of bottom trawling vessels. Massive respect to the crew on board!