Life back home in Australia has been a little difficult to get used to since returning a few days ago from Taiji… Not only are the obvious things different, such as the much warmer climate and the fact that I no longer have to converse with most people in disjointed Japanese, but I have noticed a few other vast changes since returning home…
As I have previously mentioned, being in Taiji has completely altered my life, my way of thinking, and really gave me a much more profound perspective on life and priorities… When I was in Japan, I had people around me who were experiencing the exact same things, as we learned from eachother. I am now learning how to transition myself back into reality, whilst keeping in mind all of the lessons I have learnt. The hardest thing I have found is trying to convey to people back home exactly what it was like in Taiji- and have found that this is virtually impossible… along with that, I’ve found that I am no longer caught up with every-day stresses and issues that, in the wider scheme of things, aren’t of huge importance.
I’ve been really busying myself with preparing my school talks, which will begin in a week’s time… Also, in a few days I am intending on embarking upon a trip out along the beaches of the Gold Coast (one of the biggest tourist-areas in Australia), to gather footage to hopefully bring attention to the dire issue of shark netting and bait hooking along the coast here… Humankind’s irrational fear of sharks really saddens me, as people have been deprived of the love and respect that we all should have had for these magnificent creatures… The fact that you’re more likely to be killed by a vending machine, ostrich attack, coconut tree or a bolt of lightening escapes most people’s minds. In fact, only three fatal shark attacks have been recorded on Gold Coast beaches in over one hundred years… the last one back in 1964. The nets were implemented in the 1960’s… therefore there was only two fatal attacks in over 60 years without the nets.
Yet an average of over 600 sharks and marine animals such as rays, turtles and even dolphins and migrating whales are killed each year in these nets and hooks. This has got to end… creating the awareness and giving people the correct information about the ‘threat’ of shark attacks is the main tool in which we can use to creating the change here.
I will update you all on how I go in the next few days!
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