A memorial for James Cook - Sarah Read
27 August - 23 September 2018
It’s 250 years since James Cook first set sail for the South Pacific.
Cook’s voyages were unprecedented feats of navigation, exploration and scientific documentation that greatly expanded Western knowledge of the globe. Charles Darwin’s take: “Cook gave us a Southern Hemisphere.”
For the people of the island nations, Cook’s voyages presaged loss and colonisation. The enforcement of Western systems altered the way they had lived for thousands of years, to the net detriment of their cultures, languages, values and identities:
As the repercussions of globalisation intensify, its negative effects are felt disproportionately in smaller, less technologically advanced countries:
* By 2015, the population of Pacific Island nations had risen to the top of the worldwide obesity scale, with 70-75% of deaths attributable in part to non-communicable diseases (www.healthcareglobal.com).
**In 2017, Henderson Island in the South Pacific was announced the most plastic-polluted place on Earth (earthsky.org).
Sincere thanks to Viv Atkinson and Caroline Thomas
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