One of the most shocking images when it comes to climate change is to see those orbeaches on the beaches covered with hundreds of plastic waste or dead animals due to the high degree of pollution of some oceans.
They are images that reach us from the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea or the Indian Ocean. These images have caused a widespread worldwide alarm that, to some extent, has helped make climate change the focus of many governments today.
It is sad to see how marine fauna is annihilated by human waste that we pour into the sea. Although the coasts of Asian countries are the hardest hit areas (see plastic island located in the Pacific Ocean), in our country we are not exempt from such situations.
We have already seen how many beaches on the Spanish coast have suffered such incidents, although a few days ago something totally overwhelming happened in the Mar Menor.
La Manga del Mar Menor is one of the great natural places that we have in our country, and due to a laziness quasi Total by the competent institutions, it has become an area of scientific study around the consequences of climate change.
Without going any further, on October 12 la San Pedro de Pintanar beach in La Manga appeared covered with dead fish and crustaceans. The images speak for themselves. A great animal cemetery that has alerted its own and strangers.
If in 2016, the call “Great green soup” covered the Mediterranean waters that bathe La Manga Due to the excess of nutrients contained in its waters, this week another sad chapter has been written in the history of this emblematic natural space.
If the origins of the "green soup" were in the amount of fertilizers that were discharged into the sea from intensive agronomic exploitation from the Cartagena countryside, the causes of this wave of dead animals are still to be known. According to environmental studies collected last week, the oxygen level in the Mar Menor Coast is very low.
Although from the local administration blame the torrential rains of this unpleasant event, the truth is that, according to the Scientific Committee of the Mar Menor, this is “another episode of the climate crisis” that is lived in the region of Murcia and "Fragile state of its ecosystem". It is that they have already collected more than 3 tons of dead animals on the Murcian coast.
From the scientific authorities say that this is the result of “The mismanagement of the last 30 years” by local authorities and trust that once and for all, politicians go to scientific bases to correct a problem that increasingly denotes greater importance.
As well the Southeast Meteorological Association believes that “it is a tremendous irresponsibility to attribute this climatic crisis to the cold drop and asks for rigorous studies on the mortality of the fauna recorded in this last week.
Therefore, a group of Spanish, British, Chinese, Chilean and American scientists and academics have initiated a collection of signatures to save the Mar MenorCalled “Let's use science to save the Mar Menor”. In addition, hastag #SOSMarmenor It is trying to spread what is probably the biggest climate crisis in our country since the Prestige discharge.
The overexploitation of tourism in the area, water scarcity and uncontrolled agricultural exploitation have caused this natural site that concentrated one of the richest regions in fauna and flora of our peninsula today is a sad focus of study for the scientific authorities, who see that, although there is a solution, it is essential to act now.