Fish Farming… WHAT?!

A good alternative to the environmental challenges that come with raising livestock is land-raised fish. It is not only an answer to the world-wide fish shortage, but also solves many of the urgent issues that farmers and indeed the world face, a few of which are listed below:

  • Eco-friendly ✔
  • New jobs ✔
  • Cost efficient ✔
  • Economic viability ✔
  • Local ✔
  • Sustainable ✔
  • Fresh & healthy food ✔

This relatively new method, Recirculating Aquaculture System: RAS aka land-based closed-containment system, has gained popularity in recent years and has been featured on Fast Company’s “The World Changing Ideas of 2017.”

This win-win-win system boasts many positives:

“Imagine a world where our primary protein source wasn’t environmentally damaging factory farms, but these eco-friendly, land-based fish tanks. Instead of being served antibiotic- and hormone-laden portions of pork, beef, or chicken, people would have access to fresh fillets from a process that obviates the need to dose away sickness, or artificially spur growth rates.

Fish isn’t just an alternative protein; it’s a better one, with less saturated fat than beef, and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation. There’s also way less of it in the ocean these days. More than 90% of all fisheries are fully exploited or overfished. That’s caused the availability of many species to simply collapse.”

Next Weekend: CCL Regional Conference

Finding common ground: inspiring, educating and collaborating around effective climate action

I’m pleased to share that next weekend, March 4th & 5th will be the 2017 Greater Pacific North West Regional Conference – and guess what… I will be a guest speaker!

Citizen’s Climate Lobby advocates for national carbon fee and dividend legislation. This conference will inspire attendees to build political will for a livable world.

I will be facilitating a workshop on social media: how we can increase our presence online and shape the argument to move the needle on climate issues.

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Farmers Try Political Force to Twist Open California’s Taps

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“Few in agriculture have shaped the debate over water more than the
several hundred owners of an arid finger of farmland west of Fresno.” The battle for water in drought-stricken California is a complex issue, and this NY Times article sheds some light on voices that may normally be overlooked.

The Atlantic Bill Gates Interview “We need an energy miracle”

 

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It’s rare or near-impossible to find a story or interview without motives beyond sharing news and information. The Atlantic’s Bill Gates interview is no exception to that. Gates shares his opinions about climate change, environmentalists and the future of energy when he is largely invested in companies such as Shell, BP, etc. Despite this, the perspective this article shares is intriguing and sheds light on some interesting opinions on innovation in the energy market, and how government and private companies can get involved.

“People can always say, “Well, my country is such a small part of it—why should I make the sacrifice? Because I don’t know for sure that the other countries are going to do their part of it.” We don’t have a world government. Fortunately, we don’t have that many world problems—most problems can be solved locally—but this one is a world problem. Carbon is not a local pollutant. It mixes in the global atmosphere in a matter of days. So it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a coal plant in China or a coal plant in the U.S.—the heating effect for the entire globe is the same.”

The Guardians of the Forest: Deep in the Amazon

2015-09-22-rubber-tappers-amazon-028_custom-2e05aed27adcbfb124e54a54c22a87d98d3f16f0-s1300-c85NPR featured a story about the “guardians of the forest” in the Amazon Rain-forest. From mimicking the sound of local birds to disguise their noises to preventing illegal deforestation, these people are my heroes.

“To cut down a tree is like cutting out a piece of us. No one does anything to save us,” she says. “We people of the forest are peaceful. We don’t want this war.”

Disaster Foretold

20151107_irm920Last month, The Economist posted an article about El Niño and the how the offsets of the disasters can be deceiving when it comes to preparation, especially for poor countries.

“El Niño sees warm water, collected over several years in the western tropical Pacific, slosh back eastwards when winds that normally blow westwards weaken, or sometimes reverse. America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s Niño could be the strongest since records began in 1950.”

 

What Megablazes Tell Us About the Fiery Future of Climate Change

720x405-GettyImages-482741006Rolling Stone outlines a fantastic overview on the effects of the wildfires that have devastated the West this summer including the effects and the problems faced both environmentally and human-caused.

“This is the present, and the future, of climate change. Our overheated world is amplifying drought and making megafire commonplace. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” Despite near-normal precipitation, warm winter temperatures brought rain instead of snow to the region’s mountains. What little snow did hit the ground then melted early, leaving the Northwest dry — and ready to burn in the heat of summer.”

El Niño and it’s Ensuing Intensification

12El Nino intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history – Jason Samenow, The Washington Post

“A few models, notably the European model and the National Weather Service CFS model, point to the possibility of a near-record event in which a very strong or “super” El Niño develops.”

What does El Niño mean:

  • El Niño means strong and heavy rains, escalating radical weather conditions
  • Reduction of Atlantic hurricane activity, fewer than average and tropical storms and hurricanes; however when one strikes, it can be more detrimental to communities
  • Quieter than normal tornado activity, however when one strikes, it can be more detrimental to communities
  • Warmer winters, leaving less snow and ice pack leading to more summertime droughts

Let’s Make Moves Washingtonians: Initiative 732

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CarbonWa addresses climate change by empowering ordinary citizens to make a difference for our environment. I-732 would implement a $25 per ton tax on carbon pollution which creates incentives for everyone to reduce their carbon emissions. All of the revenue raised by the tax goes to reducing existing taxes. The majority goes toward a 1 percent reduction in the sales tax for everyone! Additionally, it virtually eliminates the B&O tax for manufacturers and finally a tax rebate for low income families called the “Working Families Rebate.” By signing your name you move this initiative to the state legislature which will vote Y or N! (Washington)