Observations on local and not so local environmental events, including people and their surroundings.
Win a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest!
Forest Ethics Advocacy is sponsoring this competition
Got talent? The Great Bear Rainforest needs you to participate in our 'Great
Bear's Got Talent' contest! The winner gets an all-expense paid trip for two
from Vancouver into the Great Bear Rainforest.
is working with Greenpeace and Sierra Club BC to raise awareness about the Great
Bear Rainforest - home to thriving schools of salmon, grizzly bears, coastal
gray wolves, bald eagles and iconic species like the white Spirit Bear. An
outpouring of public support will inspire the provincial government and other
organizations to complete the forest safeguards the Great Bear needs to survive
it works: You createan artful and stirring homage to this
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Show us what’s
possible. Celebrate the Great Bear Rainforest.
Vancouver Island is surrounded by clean, cold water. The
Pacific Ocean cradles the island moderating its climate and providing
livelihoods for many in the fishing industry. One of the successful, modern
fisheries is raising of scallops in the Georgia Strait in Qualicum Bay.
Vancouver Island Scallops have developed a method for
farming the delectable little morsels and until the past few years, been very
successful at it. The scallops are started in the hatchery and when they have
attached to lines are put in nets and placed in the ocean waters. Scallops are
filter feeders so they get their food from plankton floating in the cold
waters. It usually takes about three years before a scallop is ready for
Scallops are called bivalves(two shells). The shells are
made up of chalky material high in calcium carbonate. You know what a scallop
shell looks like if you’ve ever seen the Shell Oil symbol. That’s it.
Unfortunately for the scallops and their shellf…
Soon you might be allowed to kill them in their sleep.
It is not too strong an allegation to make. In a vote of 225
to 198 Congress voted in H J Resolution 69 which has been described as “The
stuff of wildlife snuff films.”Both sides of the house voted for
the bill and both sides against. If US President Trump signs the bill
it will be legal to hunt predators in the Alaska Federal Game Refuges. To use
the term ‘hunt’ loosely, it will allow humans to dig wolf puppies out of their
den to kill them. It will allow hunters to extirpate whole packs from large
areas. But wait, there’s more. Hibernating
bears will be fair game for the ruthless. Female bears denned up with cubs will
be a two for one as no cubs can survive without their mother’s care. To ensure
an adequate amount of suffering and maiming, the bill also would allow bear
traps and snares to be placed in the refuge areas. Both black and grizzlies
would be targets. If the bears are reluctant to step into the leghold traps,
Most of us are aware of the part that Styrofoam and plastic
bags have played in contributing to the load of plastics in the oceans. Have
you ever wondered what happens to the stuff of tires when they wear down? The
tiny bits that wear off your tires and those of all those other “rubber” tires
around the world mostly ends up in the oceans.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) has
published a report that points to two big polluters – tiny plastic particles
from modern tires and synthetic clothing.
Both contribute about 30% of the overall plastic load being
funneled into our oceans today. These two sources alone are estimated to add
about 9.5 million tonnes annually to our waters.
The IUCN lists the top seven plastic polluters and surprisingly
plastic shopping bags don’t make the list. Following are the seven worst
polluters according to the group. ·Tires – many are not made of rubber any longer
but are a complex mixture including plastics·Synthetic textiles – the gr…