AN environmental activist has been cycling through Spain to highlight the damage mankind is doing to the natural world. Martin Hutchinson has spent nine years walking, cycling and making his case to whoever will listen, much of it in Latin America.
He wants to galvanise ordinary people into putting pressure on their governments to stop the dumping of waste in particular. The starkest example, he says, is the unprocessed rubbish being tipped by the truckload into the Amazon River.
We all need to be aware of the impact we have on the natural world. If we don’t the long-term consequences will be very severe,” said Martin
“They are just dumping rubbish into the Amazon four times a day and this has been going on for 20 years and nobody’s doing anything about it,” he said.
“We live on a most incredible planet but we’re not doing enough to protect it.
“For instance, everyone talks about protecting the Amazon but nobody’s doing anything to stop the damage.”
Martin says his journey has not been without hardship and he has been attacked three times, one of those with an axe, but he is not put off and is determined to continue.
He has set up a petition at https://goo.gl/Wm2JV7 in the hope of raising awareness and pressurising government bodies to act, and hopes EWN readers will join the campaign.