A Good Way to Start the Year?
I think not. And this is why I'm about to start changing the conversation we surfers have about polluted water. Why do we tolerate it? Why do we surf in it? Why don't we do more to protect our oceans? Why do we continue to act as if the ocean is only their to serve our needs? When will we recognize that it's not about us?
Silence equals assent. We, as a tribe, are guilty of not raising our voices on a daily basis. Therefore, it's as if we've said nothing at all. No one hears us because we're not even trying to be heard. That.is.just.wrong. And we should all be ashamed of ourselves.
This is still a surf blog. It's still my surf blog. I will continue to do "my thing" as a blogger, but I will also give some food for thought. I think our oceans are in peril. I've not had to do any research to prove this. The news is out there for all of us to hear. Hey, the big fucking insurance companies have lobbyists that speak for them and convince our lawmakers to protect them. Who is lobbying for the ocean? It's not asking for our money. It's not a greedy corporation. It gives us waves and we give comparatively little in return.
People, it's time to flip the script. It's not about us. The next time you paddle out, think about the fact that humans pollute the ocean with impunity. The ocean is already to the point where, in some locales, it can't clean itself. Did it ever occur to you that this may become a reality for us as well? Will you still be a surfer if your favorite spots consistently rate an "F"? Instead of worrying about yourself, your waves, your gear, your surf trip, spend some time thinking about a dying ocean that can't protect itself. Just sit with that thought for a time. Remember, it's not about you.