Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

06 June 2007

The large sea mammals will be the first to go

It's a guess, but I'm thinking the large marine mammals will be the first to go.

That's ironic since Douglas Adams saw the dolphins remaining here until the very end.

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984, ISBN 0-345-39183-7) is the fourth book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series written by Douglas Adams. Its title is the message left by the dolphins when they departed Planet Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspatial express route, as described in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." - wikipedia

Anyway, I think things might pan out differently because it seems the dolphins will be wiped out before the endgame. This is sad.

The U.S. and Japanese governments are planning to destroy the best remaining habitat of a unique and critically endangered marine mammal — the Okinawa dugong. This dugong, a relative of the manatee, is a rare marine mammal that feeds in the seagrass beds and coral reefs of Okinawa's Henoko Bay. Fewer than 50 individual dugongs remain in an area described by the United Nations Environment Programme as "the most important known dugong habitat in Japan." If the U.S. military proceeds with its Camp Scwab construction plan this exceptional, rare animal will lose the best habitat it has left and begin its last slide toward extinction.

Camp Schwab is located adjacent to and in Henoko Bay, and for years nonviolent citizens' groups, led primarily by community elders, have peacefully blocked U.S. military expansion efforts there. But now, the likelihood of Camp Schwab's expansion looms ever larger. On May 18, 2007, Henoko community members took to their kayaks and canoes to protest against private, pre-construction drilling surveys in Henoko Bay. In response to this peaceful demonstration, the Japanese Coast Guard was called in to deter citizen demonstrators. Unfortunately, the approaching completion of some drilling surveys brings expansion of Camp Schwab ever nearer.

Several organisations and Okinawan individuals have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco against the U.S. Department of Defense base expansion plan. Environmental law firm Earthjustice represents the plaintiffs. The case will go to trial in September 2007.

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