PCBs & Orcas

by Radha Mistry September. 30, 2018 819 views
Photo taken by Paul Nicklen from National Geographic

Photo taken by Paul Nicklen from National Geographic

Sometimes I cannot write because there is so much I want to say, that I literally have no idea how to put it down in a coherent order.

I have no pictures for this content; in these instances, I will use downloads (and always reference, as above).

I feel the need to write about all this, even if its just so I build a catalogue of things I feel strongly about, and have it saved somewhere to refer back to easily.

Photoblog and the community here has welcomed me in, and given me somewhere to share my thoughts, frustrations and hopes.

I am thankful for this, and wish to make the most of it.

My writings are often strongly opinionated and fairly confrontational, and so I apologise to anyone who does not appreciate my vocal cords.

However, I am compelled to do this, and my hope is that my writings trigger something in you, which then triggers something in another, and so on.


I am going to start with what I read this morning;

The Impact leaching PCBs are having on Orcas all around the World



Often when I read these articles, I feel slightly numb, a dull sensation in the stomach area.

Then I brush it off and carry on with my day.

I met some people my age this week. I say that like it is an achievement because it kind of is.

What surprised me the most, was how passionately they felt about issues I also feel strongly about.

I felt filled with hope just to know there were others out there feeling the same way.

Why do I not come across these voices more I wondered?

Then I found the answer;

‘Were all f**ked’

Is what people have resigned to.

So deeply entrenched is the feeling of powerlessness that we all feel.

Another person who was there informed me how he was going to move ‘off the grid’ and live where no where could find him.

I laughed, I understood his feelings, but I also realised how dark a situation we are in.

That is our best solution?

To run away? Hide? Reject the world?

How long does that work for before they find you?

Come blazing in with their bulldozers and trucks and destroy your small piece of sanctuary?

They are doing it to every single indigenous population across the planet.

What makes you think they will leave you to live in peace?

The time to stand is now.

It is the train of thought that has always said,

'Another man’s problem. I am going to take care of my seeds and someone else can deal with that’

Which has led us into our state of affairs.

The same choices will only take us further into ruin.

And yes, one may get some pleasures before they pass, but is it really pleasure to know you just took care of yourself, whilst everything around you fell to pieces?

Is that pleasure?

Or is that fear?

It is exactly this apathy that the forces in power are quietly promoting.

Thats why we are bombarded daily with depressing news.

If you depress a person enough; make them feel it is all completely futile, they themselves will choose to do nothing.

Nothing else needs be done.

When I read the news, I take something I have read, and try not to let it depress me.

Which is does, and I am not immune to it.

But I try to be thankful for the fact that now I know.

Even if it is terrible, and awful, how can we be any sort of force in the world if we first do not know?

So thank the news website for depressing you so graciously.

And then spend time doing one tiny tiny small thing which might help towards making it better.

For me, right now, it is writing.

Sharing what I care about.

But I am also increasingly getting to the point where we all know about this and that, or that and this.

Talking and being aware is starting to not be enough.

Please write anything you wish below - but particularly anything people have learnt along the way regarding effective activism.


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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 9 months ago

Antonio is right - and I have met him in Portugal! You must do same. If we all do our best to contribute to better community support, we will move forward. Mxx

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

If each one of us could contribute to a better world this kind of things would change very quickly, and I believe we can do it.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

I hope to meet you one-day Antonio. X

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Radha Mistry 2 years, 9 months ago

Who knows? This world is getting smaller and smaller smile

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Anna Molly 2 years, 9 months ago

Please do keep us updated and thank you for sharing this.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Francesc 2 years, 9 months ago

Great post

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry Replied to Francesc 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the support Francesc Xxxx

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
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