The Cove scares me. Images of dolphin slaughter, ocean destruction, and over-fishing flash through my mind at the mention of it. It makes me want to take action, to find a way I can contribute to the end of ‘dolphin holocausts’ around the globe. I hope to find people that feel the same, and we may produce artwork that has a positive impact on people’s seafood buying habits.
The movie makes one think, “How the heck can the Earth’s ecosystems possibly sustain this level of seafood harvesting by humans every day of every year?” Not only do we kill and serve fish up by the billions, we ensure they have a hard time repopulating by poisoning their habitats. Seventy percent of humanity relies on seafood as their primary source of protein. This is a time bomb waiting to explode.
But I don’t believe all is bleak, and I think most feel the same. We all have an image at the back of our heads of a resilient, healing Earth that will pull through the pollution and over-fishing we attack it with. A better future has to be possible, if we all just take the steps to remove our greasy human footprint from ecosystems around the globe and replace it with a green one. Just think of the Pacific Trash Vortex when you finish a bottle of water and think of tossing it into a regular trash can.
As for the dolphins near Taiji, the hunt still continues each year despite international pressure to desist. The kill count is down, however, and there are more opportunities to end the slaughter. Here is the link to a petition for President Obama and others on The Cove‘s website that you can actually sign! Go to: