Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Connections

So what do two posts on giving birth have to do with a blog on marine environmental management - apart from the chance to drop in a couple of cute kiddy photos?

Most of my blogging will be of the life that Sofie and I had during our four years in Norway. Including her eclampsia. Turns out that of all the situations we'd encountered – on ice floes tagging seal pups; in a small boat darting killer whales – the most dangerous was in the labour ward of the local hospital.

Like everyone, scientists are products of their society, as our time in Norway demonstrated. The mindset of hospital staff that allowed Sofie's condition to collapse into disaster - their lack of professionalism – was something distinctly different from anything Sofie or I had ever encountered. That same mindset was prevalent in many of the biologists with whom I worked. Its legacy is ecological devastation of the European Arctic.

But ecological collapse in the ocean isn't immediate and obvious like eclampsia, so their conduct goes unchallenged. My recognition of impending disaster, my decision to act were borne of an understanding of the risks Sofie faced. Unless we understand what's at risk from the mess we're making in the ocean, we'll never act.

Maybe we won't anyway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Peter,

This is the first blog I have ever accessed, thinking that they are a total wast of time. At the end of a fascinating hour and a few seconds to place it high on the favorites list, all I can say is keep absorbing nearby leakages armed with a syringe & MgSO4 vials...

Dani Kerem