Our Wonderful Oceans

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The ocean is a constant source of wonder for me. The more I learn about it the more I learn to love it. Not only is it simply wonderful to look at and understand, 95% of it is totally un-explored. We’ve mapped the entirety of the moon’s surface yet only 5% of the seabed. If you’ve ever been scuba diving you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s another world down there. Every single one of your senses receives different stimuli compared to on land.

Our waters also play a fundamental part in the world’s ecosystem. From sea creatures providing food for countless animals including humans, to phytoplankton producing 70% of the oxygen in our air, oceans are vitally important to life being able to flourish on land. Look back far enough and every person on earth has a distant (and I mean very distant) ancestor that lived under the waves. It’s where all life on Earth originated and evolved from.

I try to be as positive as possible with what I’m writing about but that’s no easy task, especially when it comes to the sea. By 2048, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, our oceans will be devoid of life, which spells the end for humanity. This is due to massive amounts of plastic in the water, over-fishing and ocean acidification caused by heightened levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. These are desperate times indeed for one of the greatest wonders of the world.

I love the sea, and if, in my lifetime, I saw it destroyed by human activity, I’ll regret it until the day I die (which would be pretty bloody soon after that).

There are numerous ways you can help in the effort to save our seas.

As previously mentioned, stop buying John West and Princes Tuna, instead opt for own brand or “pole and line caught” tins.

Try to use less plastic products by bringing your own reusable bag for groceries as opposed to buying plastic bags.

Walk or cycle instead of taking the car to reduce your personal CO2 output.

It takes very little to make a huge difference in the fight for the life of the Earth’s seas.

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/ 

http://www.theinertia.com/environment/the-oceans-could-be-dead-by-the-year-2048/

The Frightening Number of Politicians that Don’t Believe in Climate Change

Watching the climate being discussed and debated in politics is one of the most painful ways of spending your time (maybe a slight exaggeration, but it is phenomenally frustrating). As I’ve previously written about, there are politicians in the US (and I’m sure the UK) that are in the pocket of fossil fuel companies and therefore significantly slow down the progress humans are making in fighting climate change.

There are in total 182 climate change deniers in Congress and the Senate, meaning 202 million American’s (or 63% of the US population) that are represented by politicians who simply do not believe in climate change.

This terrifyingly high number of climate deniers in politics means that it becomes almost impossible to push any legislation or policy changes and so no progress is made.

This is an urgent issue that I struggle to see a solution to unless the general public start to genuinely care about the environment.

Politics and industry follow public opinion. The only real hurdle we need to overcome is indifference.

Source: https://www.ecowatch.com/182-total-number-of-climate-deniers-in-congress-1882189472.html

Before The Flood

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If there is one piece of media I would urge everyone to watch in order to realise the dangers of climate change it would be “Before the flood” by National Geographic. Leonardo DiCaprio travels the world and investigates the effects climate change is having on the planet and if you didn’t fully care yet, this documentary will definitely convince you action has to be taken today. It was what inspired me to start this blog.

Frustratingly, however, DiCaprio’s integrity has been called into question due to the fact that he uses private jets to travel the world which obviously have a much higher CO2 output compared to commercial aircraft. This has inevitably been highlighted by his opposition and has harmed his reputation.

His personal life shouldn’t take away from the validity of his message, however, and it is important that as many people as possible hear what he has to say.

So, if you haven’t already, I strongly suggest you give it a watch and share it with your friends and family. The message needs to be spread.

Watch here on YouTube for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpWlzFJw3v8

James Inhofe – Straight up Snake.

If I’m honest, the photo in the last blog post really got under my skin, so I did some research on the man in question.

Who you’re looking at is James Inhofe, a senator from Oklahoma and in 2014 he took a snowball into the U.S. congress and presented it as evidence that disproves climate change.

To become a politician you have to be relatively intelligent, so I decided to dig deeper on this elderly senator.

As it turns out, his top investor in his political campaign was Devon Energy, a massive energy corporation that will directly profit from the US population becoming sceptical over climate change.

It turns out that oil and gas companies were by far the biggest investors in Mr Inhofe’s campaign. It would make sense that he would proliferate lies about a massively agreed upon science for personal financial gain. Am I being cynical, or have I touched on a rather unsettling example of human selfishness?

I wonder how many other politicians block the truth about climate change because of financial incentive…

If you want to help to seek out other Politicians that don’t seem to be operating in the interests of the people, opensecrets.org and http://www.theyworkforyou.com are both great websites to keep track of their actions in both the UK and US.

Source: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00005582

The Phrase That’s Destroying the World

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Although overall the planet’s temperature is increasing, the phrase “Global Warming” is at times very damaging to the climate movement. Some places are getting warmer, but many are also cooling. We’re seeing much more extreme and volatile weather events including droughts, blizzards, hurricanes and tornadoes.

“Global warming” allows a misinformed Senator to bring a snowball into congress and millions to hold it up as evidence against climate change.

Global warming, although accurate, has proved a very damaging phrase.

Fox News – Brainwashing the World

Regardless of how you feel about the rest of Fox News’ overall content, its coverage of climate change is, quite frankly, nonsense. The now ex-anchor Bill O’Reilly once said “It’s easier to believe in a benevolent God – the baby Jesus – than it is to believe in some kind of theory about global warming.”

Fox News is THE MOST trusted news channel in the US today and so has an unparalleled influence over the American public’s attitude toward many key issues,  most dangerously, climate change. This stance, however, is not sprung from an unbiased standpoint (unsurprisingly).

Rupert Murdoch, the Australian media mogul is the owner of Fox News and so undoubtedly will have the power to set the stance Fox anchors take when it comes to the issue of climate change. Dig just a little bit deeper into Mr Murdoch’s business ventures and you’ll find why he takes this stance.

Murdoch, along with Jacob Rothschild hold major shares in a company called Genie energy which has been granted access to explore for oil and gas in the Judean hills and Syrian land,  which violates international law. However, if you manipulate the opinions of the public by undermining the climate movement at any opportunity you get, will anyone really care?

I’ve never come across a climate denier that doesn’t have some sort of vested interest in the continued use of fossil fuels for personal financial gain. Mr Murdoch is likely the most powerful man alive that is fighting climate change.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/03/09/fox-news-is-the-most-trusted-national-news-channel-and-its-not-that-close/?utm_term=.cf7edcaa6509

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101115007704/en/Business-Financial-Leaders-Lord-Rothschild-Rupert-Murdoch

Tesla Motor’s

In the first quarter of 2017, Tesla became the most valuable car company in the US, surpassing Ford and General Motors. This is a massive step forward in terms of a sustainable future for all of us. It’s also an exciting example of how where there is a demand for a product there will inevitably be someone there to supply it. In my opinion, Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla) is one of the most innovative, ambitious and inspiring business people in the world today. He’s realised the threat that climate change poses and he’s doing something about it. The world needs more Elon Musk’s I reckon.

A Can of Fish That’s Devastating Our Oceans

John West tuna are destroying the oceans and don’t give a damn about it.

Their use of trawling nets to catch the tuna rip up the sea bed and much worse, trap every type of shark, dolphin and big fish in their path. Footage has emerged of whale sharks caught in John West nets which subsequently died. There are multiple ongoing campaigns against john west to stop them from using these nets and use the much more sustainable method of pole and line but they have refused to adjust their practices.

All of us, however, can easily cripple the company and force them to change simply by not buying their products. Once it is no longer profitable to use these nets they will inevitably stop.

Industry adapts to public attitude and you can send them a message by buying a more sustainably caught tin of tuna such as Tesco’s own brand.