STARING AT THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS
This is the conservation message that accompanied "The Ocean Reglitterized", an exhibit that displayed my underwater photography at the Pelham Art Center. In showcasing my imagery, a primary goal was to have viewers come away with new insight about the relationship and responsibility of stewardship they had with the ocean environment.
ENOUGH WITH SHARK FIN SOUP!
The world's sharks are being killed off at a frighteningly rapid pace, primarily to display prosperity through the custom of serving expensive shark fin soup at Asian banquets and weddings. Shark finners slice off the fins (worth up to US$800 a kilo) and the less valuable mutilated shark is discarded back into the ocean to slowly die.
Aside from this grotesque cruelty and waste, the harm from killing off sharks extends nearly everywhere on Earth. Many shark species are necessary in regulating species abundance and distribution to uphold the biodiversity vital for the ocean's functionality and, in turn, maintaining terrestrial ecosystems as well.
Speciescide – driving a species towards regional or global extinction – is an abomination from every perspective that must be eradicated using every means necessary.
THE STAR THROWER
This is a tale for all those who feel compelled to make a difference. Let your actions speak for you...they will echo forever.
“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
~ Aldous Huxley