Coal mines have always been dangerous places. Before modern technology was available, one way of testing whether the mine was safe was for one miner to go in ahead of the others, carrying a canary in a cage. If the mine was emitting toxic gases, the canary would become sick or die – serving as a warning to the miners.
I think of that canary when I hear of whales that lose their navigational abilities and wash up on shores because they’re so polluted or when I read about PCB exposed marine life with both male and female sexual characteristics. I’m further reminded when I read that the number of childhood leukemia cases is on the rise along with many other diseases. These days, there are a lot of ‘canaries’ serving as our warning.
I’m also hoping that you get the message because it’s a very powerful one. The first step toward making a change is to become informed. That’s often difficult when the information is alarming. It’s worthwhile though, because once you’re informed, you’ll have a lot more control over your health and your family’s health. Think about it – the animals and marine life that we’re polluting have no say in the matter. They don’t get a vote. You do, so why not use your information to your advantage?