«The situation is grave and urgent. Beaches have been closed for reasons of public health. Fish stocks are dwindling. Oil blobs are everywhere. The effluents of the affluent society, industrial and domestic waste - mostly untreated - are fouling waters and sands. Ghost pines, stretching their bare dead branches, attest to the quality of the winds rising from the poisoned waters like bad burning breath. One hundred thousand tons of oil are dumped into the Mediterranean every year; 110'000 tons of detergents, along the coasts of Italy alone. - Yet, the situation is not irreversible. We have not reached the point of no return. Therefore, let us act.» (Elisabeth Mann Borgese).