So--this thread is to address concerns that pearl people have re: Global Warming and other environmental concerns. A huge problem that is facing us that I have come to see as even more of a concern than the "Warming" part of Global Warming is the increasing acidification of the oceans as they absorb CO2. CO2, when dissolved in water, forms carbolic acid--thus the problem. It has been reported that there have been pulses of acidic seawater in parts of the Pacific that have been strong enough to begin to degrade the shells of mulloscs and other shelly organisms. This process threatens all those of us who have a stake in salt water pearls. It is also most likely a threat to much, if not most, of the life in the seas in general and possibly as well to the health of every living organism on the planet. As I have stated elsewhere, this is not a histrionic statement. The evidence is irrefutable. The "Global Warming" problem caused by the increase in CO2 and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is occurring at a rate that greatly surpasses any of the worst case scenarios that have been posited in the last few years. There are many proven and workable technologies right now that, if implemented, could start us in the direction of halting and even reversing these threats to our environment and livelihoods. There is much research that remains to be done as well. What has been lacking so far is the political and economic will to take meaningful action. What are the things that you cherish worth to you?
For the sake of our children, our children's children, for our own self-interest, for the planet that gives us life and all it's wonders, we must do something to bring this travesty to a halt.
To quote Amrita from the "Raising CO2 Levels in the Ocean" thread:
How about us PGers forming an activist group of our own to take action on this issue, how so ever we can and where ever we are......?
To quote myself from the Green Pearl Brands thread:
"I can make one suggestion for making one's pearl products more green--a label attatched to them that states that a certain percentage of the sale price of these items is donated to combat Global Warming."