Target: Russ George
Goal: Hold reckless businessman accountable for dumping 100 tons of iron into the Pacific Ocean
Recently, an entrepreneur named Russ George recklessly took his boat out onto the Pacific Ocean on the Canadian coast and unloaded 100 tons of iron dust. George claimed that what he was doing was benefitting the locals who needed to see an increase in their salmon population, as iron is believed to increase plankton growth and encourage growth in salmon population. However, such tests are not completely conclusive, especially when done outside of the scientific community.
George was warned by several different Canadian agencies that if he were to carry this action out, he would be violating treaties Canada had signed. George also convinced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association in the United States to lend him buoys under false pretenses. Even fully aware that it was illegal, George proceeded to dump the iron in the ocean anyways. It has caught the attention of Canada’s environment ministry, and a full investigation is expected to occur.
While it may seem Russ George had good intentions, the effects of his actions could be devastating. Ocean ecosystems can be very delicate, with any introduction of a foreign substance possibly jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of oceanic species. Without proper oversight by the scientific community, it could be catastrophic and cause more harm than good. While his goal of helping the salmon population may or may not come true, it could come at the cost of hundreds of other populations of other species.
Sign the petition and tell Russ George and all others who think they can dump whatever they want into the ocean that it is not justifiable or pardonable. Those who have not studied the delicate ocean ecosystem have no idea what effect they are having on it. Do not stand by and let hundreds of oceanic species be destroyed.
Dear Russ George,
Your actions off the coast of Canada have recently come to light. While you claim you had the best of intentions and only wished to help the locals and the salmon population, you have possibly just done more harm than good.
Using iron in order to grow plankton in order to combat declines in certain fish populations is controversial enough in the scientific community. Not only did you undertake this controversial action but you did so without the support and consent of any part of the scientific community.
By dropping 100 tons of iron dust into the Pacific Ocean, you just disrupted the delicate ecosystem that includes hundreds of species of oceanic plants and animals. You were so focused on one issue that you failed to take into account how much damage you were doing to so many more species. Increasing plankton growth does not justify the damage you have caused.
You deceived the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and ignored the advising of Canadian regulatory agencies. Please pay whatever fines come your way, apologize for your reckless actions, and promise to never interfere with oceanic ecosystems again. You cannot undo what you have done, but you can go forward and no longer endanger the environment in such a way again.
[Your Name Here]
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