- June 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm #1642
What makes a person a real Shark/Ocean Activist/Conservationist?
Is it commenting on social media? Is it freediving with a shark, touching it to show how “friendly” these animals are, is it calling anyone who is fishing for sharks names? If you’re only doing the things above, are you an Activist or a Slacktivist?
Most exchanges on social media happen in an “echo chamber”! If you are commenting on a post in a shark related group, you are not talking to anyone who is not already “saved” and not the ones killing sharks? Do you think that calling out fishermen in those forums is going to change something? You may feel good about other people agreeing with you and think you really achieved something by telling off a person who in all likelihood will never even see your comment, but did that really make a difference? Did you really change someones mind?
Real activism involves hard work, doesn’t usually yield immediate results and most of the time happens far away from the eyes of the social media conservation groups. Take the example of the lady who keeps freediving with Great White Sharks to “proof” that these animals are harmless and to raise “awareness”. How many people, outside of her adoring fans will actually look at those pictures and think the sharks are harmless? Most who don’t already love sharks will think “this lady is crazy” or something similar. Besides, is raising awareness really helping to save sharks?
What do you think?
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