Environmental own goals: Overfishing
In a single human lifetime we have inflicted a crisis on the oceans greater than anything we've ever done to the rainforests.
And the coup-de-grace of it all is that we are getting less food from the sea. We're landing smaller, younger fish. We're wiping out entire fish populations.
And so our industrialized fleets are now taking fish away from poorer African coastlines (hey – we've already fished out our own shores, so lets do it somewhere else as well). And when the fish stocks go, so do the jobs. Just take the example of the cod collapse in the Grand Banks in Canada: 40,000 people suddenly without work.
Is this smart? Is this clever? Nope. But it is really a spectacular own goal.
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