Fish no more: Searching for a viable future

(The Mataura River, from the Main Street Bridge, Gore, NZ; image from Environment Southland)
(Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash)
My Father took this photo before I was ready, explaining the gawky look. Tramp was intent on smelling the trouts, as dogs do!
(Coastal Rock Pool, Goby territory; Image by Pauline Moir, public domain pictures)
(Round Goby: Dept of Environmental Science, University of Basel)
(Rainbow Trout. Image by Wilfried Kopetzky from Pixabay)
(Image from https://artgrid.io/)
Image uploaded from https://i.redd.it/q0hzo9yamew51.jpg
https://www.fishwatch.gov/profiles/pacific-halibut

In the light of the compounding climate and ecological crises we face, it is clear that we have lost our way

There is a bigger issue here than just a story about Halibut. In light of the compounding climate and ecological crises we face, it is clear that we have lost our way. In disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the living world, we maintain the increasingly shaky mythology that we can continue to rule the planet unrestrained by natural limits. We may have smart phones, but our genetics binds us to the evolutionary journey of the planet. If we forget that we are part of this entangled living system, we will perish. Perhaps if there were only a few million of us, the planet could tolerate our localised impact. But that world no longer exists. We now dominate and therefore are poised to destroy the very foundation of our success. Salvation for our species will not lie in escaping the earth, as Kim Stanley Robinson suggests in his magnificent novel Aurora. It lies in reconnecting with life on earth through growing empathy with all living creatures.

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Simon Kerr

Simon Kerr

Climate change activist, research fellow, musician, creator of ‘Music for a Warming World’, http://www.musicforawarmingworld.org