Philosophy of Living for a Modern Naturalist

Philosophy of Living for a Modern Naturalist

Philosophy of Living for a Modern Naturalist

Green Living in the Age of Consumerism

Trying to live in Accord with Nature, it is my belief that cutting into our human tendency for consumerism, by using the valuable products of the field and forest we achieve the first step in lowering the impact of humanity on the earth. Through learning, implementing, and adapting a medley of modern and ancient skills, ideas, tools, and materials we believe it is possible for our planet to support our human population without degrading it in any way. But even though it is possible, it is certainly not something that can happen overnight, and it requires a shift in perspective.

Navigating the modern landscape is often difficult because our time and energy are consumed by driving cars, tedious jobs or chores, and overly available entertainment. Many of us feel that living in Accord with Nature is out of the realm of possibility, and wouldn't know where to start even if we made the decision to start. We know that we want to eat healthy, but feel we don't have the time or knowledge to cook a healthy meal. Likewise we have come to distrust food, due to faltering commentaries on organic certification and the industrial agriculture foodstuffs that are so common today. Often when we are inundated by so much information our brain's give up trying to process it all.

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Protect the Pinyon-Juniper Forest

Protect the Pinyon-Juniper Forest

Protect the Pinyon-Juniper Forest

AwN | It is relatively easy to garner support for a big tree like a redwood or a lovable animal like a panda, but there are onslaughts on life all around us. Please take sometime to defend the Pinyon-Juniper forest from the Bureau of Land Management (ranching interests)... and while you are at it consider buying less of their product... because anything else is lip service.

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Flint, Another Day Another Toxin

Flint, Another Day Another Toxin

Flint, Michigan Poisoning Residents with Toxic Lead Water

Update 1/22/16

AwN | There is no real end in sight to the Flint Lead poisoning story. The EPA regional administrator, Susan Hedman, has resigned. Her administration will be forever remembered for its retaliation against employees investigating sexual harassment claims, and her June response to the Flint water contamination:

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The Tuna Saga, What's on your Sandwich?

The Tuna Saga, What's on your Sandwich?

Update 1/22/16

The Tuna Saga

In Japan, a David vs Goliath Battle to Preserve Bluefin Tuna

Yale360 | The targeting of these bluefin tuna spawning aggregations in Japanese waters mirrors a similar practice in the Mediterranean Sea, where for roughly two decades purse-seine fleets from Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Libya, and other nations used spotter planes and sonar to net spawning Atlantic bluefin tuna. European fisheries scientists say that, as a result, bluefin tuna stocks in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic fell drastically. In the past several years, however, international fisheries agencies at last implemented tougher fishing restrictions, leading to a tentative recovery of bluefin populations in the Mediterranean.

In Japan, 347 of Iki’s family fishermen formed an organization in 2014 to lobby for stricter rules on the fishery, and last year they took the economically punishing step of halting their own harvest of adult tuna during the spawning season. The purse seiners did not follow suit. Nor has Japan’s government imposed an official ban on the practice; fisheries ministry officials argue that overfishing of juveniles, not spawning adults, is responsible for the species’ decline, and cite data from international management bodies to back up their claim. But some fisheries scientists say that the targeting of spawning bluefin is also threatening the future of the species.

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Idaho Officals Break Law | Confuse Wolves for Elk

Idaho Officals Break Law | Confuse Wolves for Elk

Idaho Breaks Law, Environmental Groups Worried

AwN | Deputy Director of Fish and Wildlife Ed Shriever (Directors Office - (208) 334-3771,) due to incompetence or malice, has allowed 4 wolves to be radio collared despite the fact that it is illegal. In response to questioning he replied, "I accept full responsibility for this. We made a mistake in not clearly communicating mission limitations to one of our helicopter crews. We will refine our procedures to make sure this doesn’t happen again."Apparently while tagging dozens of elk they just happened to think wolves were roughly the same thing. Nevermind that they were in a rush to complete the elk collaring mission to accomplish it before a legal challenge by EarthJustice; the problem is that environmental groups suspect the intentions of Fissh and Game is to locate, accrue data, and use this information to assist in the killing of entire wolf packs.

Tim Presno, attorney of EarthJustice released the following statement, "(Fish and Game) rushed to complete its operations in the first three days after the Forest Service issued a permit, before the court could even consider whether that action is legal. Now we learn that the state compounded its degradation of wilderness character by taking action that even the Forest Service did not authorize – collaring wild wolves in the wilderness in addition to 60 elk."

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Water News Roundup, January 2016

Water News Roundup, January 2016

Water News Roundup, January 2016

AwN | A lot of times I cut out some interesting topics and news because I don't have the time to give a rundown of each topic. I think by combining some of the more interesting, (or threatening) topics, I can present a more completete picture of what is going on. Though I won't always be offering as much analysis of the topic. On a similar note, I think I will be trying to follow a schedule for the roundup posts and release them on the 15th and at the end of the month. 

Microbead Ban, Pollution Tracking, GMO Salmon

I am leading with the banning of Microbeads in the U.S. I reported on this back in September and it is a major relief that action has been taken, however, as the following article notes, there remains major work to be done.

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Clean and Dirty Energy Roundup, January, 2016

Clean and Dirty Energy Roundup, January, 2016

The Energy Sector January, 2016

AwN | The energy sector is in a state of flux. Coal production is down, and so is the price of oil, largely due to the glut of natural gas from fracking. While earthquakes, air contamination, and water contamination are side effects of fracking, and natural gas still requires combustion (read: carbon in the atmosphere) for its usage, the cleaner energy sector is also making strides, and in some cases a lot faster than was expected. 

There is probably nothing more important to the life of the modern person than the energy sector. It is both interesting and vital that people understand the nature of energy, what it is necessary for, and what the ramifications are. Energy is one of the news topics that I can be swamped by and so I choose to include it in a roundup post. I am putting these posts together to help people get an overview of what is going on in some of the most vital sectors for someone with an eco-mind. 

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Balancing Wildlands with Liberty

Balancing Wildlands with Liberty

Balancing Wildlands with Liberty

AwN | I have advocated liberty on this blog before, and I also commonly reference the government failing to protect the wild environment while being charged with the duty to do so. If you have similar proclivity you might think there is a contradiction. For sure, on its surface there is a problem reconciling the belief that people have basic rights to their land, and that they are also a danger to their land via ownership. 

The problem is that when these groups like Ammon Bundy's and the American Lands Council want control of Federal Land all they really want is the right to exploit that land. When they demand the right to land, what they really want is to remove public protection of the land for their private interest and profit. The problem here is both human nature, which has a certain element of greed, and the capitalist imperative to earn large sums of money by any means necessary. Even when it is not 'large sums of money' but merely a living, you will still find that it is the capitalist structure driving them to the exploitation of the land (along with the aforementioned greed). I doubt you would find too many subsistence farmers among the lot of 'liberty activists' toting guns to federal lands for a standoff. That day is not here, nor is America overpopulated enough to justify destroying forest for 'subsistence farming'.

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