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Ocean Armageddon

Dr. Steve Best’s spot-on, thought-provoking blog post, “Climate Armageddon: How the World’s Weather Could Quickly Run Amok,” prompted this, my reply:

The bad part is that it doesn’t take a perfect storm and domino effects to make the planet uninhabitable for today’s earthlings.  It takes just a small fraction of that.  While some may suggest that THIS scientist is spewing doom and gloom, it’s an apt and fair assessment.

Consider the recent weather, the extremes that caused people to stop using “Global Warming” and call it Climate Change.  These seemingly capricious swings are already making this planet uninhabitable for those in flood and drought areas, in places of extreme heat or cold, and creating radical changes in places like Greenland as the ice melts.  In science-fiction worlds, we see human ingenuity compensating.  In that speculative fiction universe, mankind develops new ways to live within the harsher climate.  But that’s only for the rich.  The everyman, the villager, the lower class (even in urban areas) doesn’t possess the resources to have such housing, transportation, etc.  It’s great to say “Well, we’ll just live in air conditioning, as they do in Dubai.”  But Dubai has the money (from oil, how ironic) to pay for those comforts.  The upper mucky-muck in the UAE doesn’t even pay for electricity.  What will the everyman do?  He will suffer, and he will die, and his wife and children with him. Read more

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A Human Issue

It is often said that the killing of dolphins in Taiji and whales in Antarctic waters is a matter for the Japanese to handle.  Similarly, the Danes say that the people of the Faroe Islands must decide to stop killing pilot “whales” (which are actually large dolphins).  These may seem apt excuses, and may even seem to make sense, given a perfunctory glance.  But such boundaries and distinctions are artificial, man-made, and ultimately invalid.

This is the amazing transformation performed by whaling

Whaling turns this majestic being into this corpse, and they don’t even need the meat.

The killing of dolphins and whales is not a matter of national sovereignty, any more than human rights are a state-by-state issue.  This is a HUMAN behavior; humans are doing these killings, so it is up to we humans to police ourselves, regardless of what nationality those humans may give themselves.  Wherever such slaughters may be happening, it is up to fellow humans to stop it. Read more

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Dr. Sylvia Earle, Louie Psihoyos & Many More at Colorado Ocean Coalition Symposium

If you’re anywhere near Denver or Boulder, Colorado, this is one you won’t want to miss!  The Colorado Ocean Coalition is celebrating their first anniversary with an unparalleled ocean symposium.

Colorado Ocean Coalition logoTomorrow, November 13, 2011, beginning shortly after noon at the Boulder Public Library, the Colorado Ocean Coalition is sponsoring an amazing list of guest speakers for an ocean symposium.  The daytime events will be open to the public, and evening sessions are part of a fundraiser.   Dr. Sylvia Earle is a life-long champion of the ocean and Explorer-In-Residence with National Geographic.  Louie Psihoyos has been a National Geographic photographer and won an Academy Award for his documentary, “The Cove.”  These  two giants are amongst several great speakers scheduled to provide very enlightening presentations.  Jim Toomey, the cartoonist of Sherman’s Lagoon, David Helvarg (“50 Ways To Save The Ocean”,) Dan Basta (Director of NOAA’s Marine Sanctuary program, and representatives from the Plastic Pollution Coalition and the 5 Gyres Institute are also amongst guest speakers.  Check out the afternoon schedule!

According to the Colorado Ocean Coalition press release, presentation subjects include  “a variety of climate/ocean topics, marine protected areas, plastics and environmental impacts, sustainable seafood, and agricultural and watershed connections.”

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ocean Champion and National Geographic Explorer In Residence

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Special guests include Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer inResidence, Jim Toomey, cartoonist of Sherman’s Lagoon, David Helvarg, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Dan Basta, Director of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program, Plastic Pollution Coalition, 5 Gyres Institute, Margo Pellegrino, famous paddler and rower, and others.   The press release goes on to share that  “Teens4Oceans and Keep it Clean will be offering programs for youth of all ages throughout the event. Teacher workshops by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Explore The Ocean by Google will be held. Organizations will be disseminating information throughout the library on subjects ranging from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to what Coloradans can do to protect our oceans.”

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the other 3/4 of the planet, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get the straight story right from the seahorse’s mouth!   We thank Vicki Goldstein and all the others who have worked to bring this symposium to fruition.  Happy birthday, Colorado Ocean Coalition!

Directions to the Boulder Public Library can be gotten from this link.