From a column by Jon Carroll.
Either we are one planet or we are not. Either we all breathe the same air, drink the same water, fish in the same oceans and hunt in the same forests, or we don’t. Evidence strongly suggests that we are and we do. This island Earth floating through the great airless cosmos - if we mess this one up, we don’t get another.
And technology won’t protect us from our own misbehavior. We actually have to change our habits. It’s hard to change a habit, particularly when it’s wrapped in the various pieties of identity politics.
Shark fin soup is tasty. It’s a staple of Chinese cuisine. Whales are tasty. They’re a staple of Japanese cuisine. Baby harp seals have warm, soft coats. They are a staple of the Norwegian fashion industry. But each of these animals is endangered in one way or another. Whales and sharks are at the top of the food chain. Eliminate them and the oceans suffer because the ecosystem is compromised. And, candidly, haven’t the oceans suffered enough?
But here’s a thing: Tuna is tasty and a staple of American cuisine. The world would be a lot better off if those tuna were in the ocean rather than in cans. Yes, I know there are uncruel “sustainable” ways to catch tuna, but the most sustainable way of all is to leave them the heck alone. Nothing is more sustainable than living fish.