Why are BC's wild herring bleeding? This joins a host of questions to which answers seem sometimes to be hidden.
What do we really know about the quality of our water table after "fracking," the amount of fuel oil leaking from tankers, the effect of sonar on our whale populations, the reasons the orcas are not replenishing their numbers, the reasons the world's fisheries are dwindling, the role fish farming plays in this, the role pesticides have in the collapse of bee colonies?
What do we know about how much of our meat gets inspected, whether circuses, rodeos and racetracks are monitored for animal cruelty, how many exotic species get smuggled across our borders for the pet trade? Crowd surveillance and hit-and-miss cell phone photos help, but really we rely on public agencies to warn, inform and protect us (and the animals around us) -- which brings it back to us. We must monitor, warn and inform them. We're all us. Keep in mind these wise words from Alexandra Morton of Salmon People:
"As we enter the turbulent era of climate change it is going to be very important that we can believe our governments. I think that as citizens we need to help them be more accurate when communicating to us about resources as valuable as herring. I believe it is our duty as citizens in a great democracy that we do not allow comments to stand that ask us to ignore degradation of essential natural systems. We are not lacking for intelligence and we need to be informed accurately of the risks we face. ... I think the good people in government need us to speak up in large numbers so they can do right by us."