Earth in Earnest
Welcome to the June edition of the New Community Project’s environmental e-newsletter, Earth in Earnest
In this edition:
The ocean covers 71 percent of the earth's surface and contains nearly 50 percent of its species. We are connected as humans by the sea, and we all have a vested interest in protecting this vast and vital part of our planet. We have seen how quickly oil spills at sea can travel and threaten waters far away, and we also witness global effects on the ecosystems of the ocean from climate change. And yet we are facing the threat of mass extinction of marine life if we do not take action now to reverse it. Wherever we live in the world, our actions impact ocean life and then other inhabitants of the world. The question is, what will be the nature of that impact?
"For Jesus is our peace, who has made us one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility."
World Environment -I have recently seen a disturbing number of articles that warn of imminent danger for life in the seas if we, as humans, don't take immediate action. We could see mass extinction of ocean species and entire ecosystems within a single generation. One threat is the acidification of the waters which happens as the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas caused by human use of fossil fuels. Another significant problem is overfishing, which accounts for over 60 percent of local and global extinction of marine fish. Further, both acidification and overfishing have been blamed for a huge spike in the jellyfish population, which, among other things, has thoroughly disrupted the ocean food cycle.
.To get a closer look, check out Oceana by Ted Danson. It is a comprehensive, photogenic and impassioned look at the state of the world's oceans, compiled by the Cheers actor-turned-ocean activist.
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." ~Frank Lloyd Wright
Facts to Act on -One of the easiest issues to fix may be over-fishing which could be handled via stringent government regulation. Additionally, we as consumers can make greener seafood choices. Check out Greenpeace's Carting Away the Oceans, a guide to the ocean-friendliness of our major supermarkets. Also, find Seas and Trees, New Community Project's guide to green seafood selection here.
.Further, there are multiple resources available at Ocean for Life, a unique program aimed a building cultural understanding among peoples through ocean science and conservation. Get up close and personal with whales, orcas and sea otters on the Seward, AK part of next summer's Denali/Kenai Fjords Learning Tour
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes, 1755
No need to feel left out at the cookout. This delicious burger can be vegetarian or vegan and can be made with whatever beans you like.
Vegetarian (or vegan) Bean Burger
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