Put down your fat burger and swallow that carbonated sugar drink and hear me out for a second. I am not saying that we shouldn’t have environmentalists in the world but sometimes they take it to extremes. I experienced just this on my trip to French Guyana when trying to see the massive leather back turtles lay their eggs. I booked a tour at the Galibi Nature Reserve in Suriname where we were ironically taken to French Guyana to see the turtles.
It was 3am and it was pitch black outside. The captain of the super sized canoe boat had to use flash lights to ensure he wasn’t going to hit other boats as we were motoring along at a ferocious 5 miles an hour (8 kph). The tour operator told us to buy flash lights before we left so I willingly paid $1 for a flashlight and $20 for 2 sets of batteries. $20 for batteries people. When we arrived on the beach they told us that they follow Green Peace standards to see the turtles to ensure their safety since they are an endangered species. We had to hold our breathe and skip to save the sea turtles too.
They told us to be careful not to get in front of the turtles paths and also not to shine the lights in their eyes as they can get easily confused. I experienced first hand how Green Peace and other extreme environmentalists think they have the right to make decisions for whats best for everyone. It started when the only person that could have their flashlight on was the tour operator. Flashing a light into the sand or a random rock hurts sea turtles that are nearby. Don’t forget to hold your breathe! Everyone was taking pictures and below is what came out:
These people are serious. Whats the point of even going to see the turtles if you aren’t even able to take a picture of them and remember them? I decided to go hang out on the beach since I got the brilliant idea of renting a car come back to beach to take pictures with flash and yelling loudly “In your face Greenpeace!” As I was hanging out on the beach one of the people from the tour came over and told me I couldn’t have my flashlight on because of the sea turtles. I wasn’t anywhere near the turtles as I was looking for rocks for my insanely nerdy rock collection from around the world. Even at 50 feet away (15 meters) I couldn’t even have my flash light on.
Then the best thing in the world happens, a French researcher came over and started to work with the sea turtles. Not only did he have a flashlight more powerful than anyone in the group, he dug out the sea turtle as he was laying his eggs to measure its width. All while he was walking back and forth in front of the turtle, I thought flash lights weren’t allowed? After he finished that he took a needle and took the turtles blood. That doesn’t bother the sea turtles? If someone was pinching me with a needle as I was having some babies rest assured I would have some words that that guy.
A large part of the group walked over to another sea turtle and I stayed with the researcher and asked if I could take pictures, WITH FLASH. He promptly replied, “I don’t care go ahead”. The person that would have the most expertise in what harms sea turtles didn’t care if I used flash, irony anyone?
There are other situations around the world where they have done this as well. Hunting whales around the world is frowned upon just like bull fights are frowned up on in Spain. The only two countries that partake in whale hunting is Japan and Iceland. Greenpeace, knowing whats best for everyone, illegally would take ships and place them in between the vessels and whales so they couldn’t be hunted, even if it was for scientific purposes. In the northwest United States they wanted to shut down the timber industry to save the owls. While I love owls and want to save animals as much as anyone what gives Greenpeace the right to take a away a man’s livelihood? The ENTIRE timber industry.
In the Imperial Valley in California Greenpeace was the main influence in turning off water access in order to save the save darter fish. Now the farmers in the valley are out of jobs but at least the fish is safe. At the end of the day instead of being able to feed my family I want a fish to live. Don’t laugh I’m being serious.
One thing that Greenpeace doesn’t understand is that if people aren’t able to go and see the turtles and have a good experience why would they want to save them? If they don’t have a picture to remember that unique experience why would they even want to donate money to help save them? There is a right and wrong way to do things; putting farms out of business, wanting to stop the entire timber indusry, and not allowing pictures with flash behind a turtle is not one of them.
I would like to inform Greenpeace that I did in fact rent a car and take pictures with flash. A LOT OF THEM. I was grunted at and I did take time in-between pictures to ensure the turtles wouldn’t get confused. In Costa Rica they bring flood lights on the tours and then shine the light behind the animal so people can take pictures. Silly Greenpeace, don’t they know that when there is a will there is a way?
What are your thoughts on this? Am I taking it too far or is Greenpeace in the right.