Training a New Generation of Future Environmental Leaders—at Green School in Bali
Our planet is in peril, and we along with it. If the ecosystem collapses as some scientists predict, we humans will be the first to perish. Just turning off the electricity brings us to our knees. While awaiting our Eco-Armageddon, we bandy around many solutions, some during conversations at our heavily laden dinner tables. According to the pleas of vegans and vegetarians, one solution lurks in the very food upon our tables: By being vegetarian, not only do we spare the lives of farm animals, we also save the world!
Survival is “a continuation of life” as defined by the dictionary.
I believe it is now possible to achieve a society where people would be able to live longer, healthier, and more meaningfully productive lives. In such a society, the measure of success would be based upon the fulfillment of oneâ€™s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power. Although many of the concepts presented here may appear as unattainable goals, all of the ideas are based upon known scientific principles.
It is a beautiful, picture-perfect morning off the west coast of Ireland as we leave the picturesque harbor to spend the day out on the Atlantic Ocean. As our boat nears the water we shout in unison, “Dolphins!”
Some people are concerned about the dangers of Genetically Modified (GM) fish, while others are blissfully unaware of what is going on in the field of genetics and animal breeding. In this article, I’ll attempt to answer one simple question: If left to play out to its natural outcome, what consequences could government-sanctioned production of GM fish entail?
In recent years, it has become alarmingly clear that the food we put on our plate can be devastating not only to land, but to ocean ecosystems. Canadian marine biologist Dr. Boris Worm at Dalhousie University, Halifax, published a study on global fisheries in Science that stunned the fisheries industry.1 Dr. Worm’s abstract says it all:
The issue of aquaculture (fish farming) is not a simple one. When only considering the basic theory of fish farming, and not its ugly real world repercussions, one could put forth the argument that some forms of aquaculture can help take pressure off wild fisheries and provide much-needed income to coastal communities in trying economic times. However, when one takes a closer look at the impact aquaculture has on the environment and wild marine species, it becomes clear that the communities in question can end up suffering rather than thriving.