Protecting The Water On This Planet Is Vital To Every Human Being On This Planet
Returning visitors to our website here at GlobalSubDive will recall our eventful days with Miami Waterkeeper and Project Baseline.
An event during which we were raising awareness and concerns of the planned dredging work scheduled to commence in 2017 at the Port Everglades inlet in Fort Lauderdale.
In previous posts we have raised sincere concerns that the planned dredge work is likely to repeat a terrible disaster that was experience when similar work took place in Port Miami in 2014.
The effects of the Port Miami dredge work was the total destruction of vast areas of natural corals. The corals were simply smothered as a direct effect of the dredging that took place.
Miami Waterkeeper, Project Baseline and GlobalSubDive have raised deep concern on this issue, but so far it appears no changes to the planned dredging has been formulated.
Our event days, which took place in late March of this year also saw the visit of Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famous late Jacques Coustau. Philippe is a filmmaker, an explorer and advocate himself.
Philippe had the opportunity to board one of our submarines and go inspecting the reefs nearby the Port Everglades inlet.
While on board Baseline Explorer, Philippe shared some valuable thoughts we would like to share with you here:
“Well, I certainly have heard of Project Baseline for a few years. I’ve read about it and heard about it in the press and the news and things like that.”
“I think that the lack of investment as a whole in ocean exploration is a disgrace and platforms like this [points to deck of Baseline Explorer] are absolutely critical and give me great hope because we have to understand what’s happening in the world.”
“The oceans are changing so rapidly often times before we even have any concept of what they were like, what they were supposed to be like, what their baseline was. Without that data, without that information we are incapable of really making informed decisions about managing these systems and trying to understand how they will change in the future.”
“I’m very concerned about the changing health of our oceans and the lack of investment in not only conservation but just pure science and education. NASA’s budget for space exploration is 4 billion dollars. NOAA’s budget for exploration is 26 million dollars.”
“What I always remind people is while I’m not against science and space in principal, knowing and understanding this planet is critical to life. Knowing if there was ever water on Mars does not mean one iota to any human being on this planet other than an intellectual and scientific curiosity. Protecting the water on this plant is vital to the survival of every single human being on this planet.”
“Oceans are the life support system of this planet and we understand more about the surface of the moon that we do about the bottom of our own ocean. That is criminal in my opinion. The disparity between investments in ocean research and exploration and space exploration is, I think an indictment of humanity, no less. The oceans are in trouble our world is changing. We don’t even understand how and why in many cases and again we continue to look up when we should be looking down.”