While I abhor anyone trashing the environment just as much as I abhorred tourists chipping away bricks from the 1000-year-old White Tower of the Tower of London as they did in the '50s, the fact of the matter is that these things are much more complex than a simple solution would suggest. For example, we in the West have fuelled the shark-finning industry by buying cheap goods from those countries that want the end-product, enriching them and pushing up the price, thereby making shark fins so much more valuable. We are ALL to blame. Modern industrial society in which we live and benefit brings with it many negatives.
I like what you're saying here John!
Along while ago, I came to the conclusion that the only real tangible power I have in our "democracy" was in my comsumptional behaviour- who received the money I spend (big corp or little family operator- more likely to care- personally).
If you give wealth to bad people/non people and enable them to get rich, nothing good can come from it, it only increases problems, both environmentally, culturally and socially.
So Idea's like linking PADI/etc tickets to regulations, just opens the corruption possibilities and damages the sport's integrity.
For me social awareness is priority here, commercialisation of recreational activities isn't making anything better; only more elitist, classist and corrupt.
Until the individual accepts that the onis is truly on them, the damage will continue- so making environmental impact education a foremost priority is key to this issue.
Commercial operators that train divers in fragile environments should be exposed, beratted and boycotted- dives conducted in such places should have a pre-dive briefing which headlines the issue of damaging the site.
I dive firstly because I love the marine environment, "the shot" comes way down in the order of priorities- in that I let karma bring things to me and concentrate on minimalising my impact and making my presence an overall benifit to that environment, via my out of water influences on consumerism and politics.
Big Oil and it's political influence is the biggest enemy this planet has, making this industry more transparent and accountable internationally is paramount.
Edited by DamonA, 21 April 2013 - 08:24 PM.