“A couple of wins for the good guys!”

It was wonderful news hearing that the Pebble mine was defeated in Alaska. This news is long over due news to protect our oceans I might add.

Numerous activists struggled to save the Sockeye. Humans against industry, David against Goliath…  and the Pebble gold mine was finally defeated.  About “f*cking” time!

The mine in question was to put “at risk” half the wild Alaskan sockeye salmon stock… that means “whacked”… Why you might ask?  For pretty trinkets that, although unquestionably a big draw for humans, are not really worth the death of one single species…

It was good to see Native groups standing firm and defending our general human natural heritage. If tribes do not take care of their futures, who will?  Governments? Corporations?

I doubt it . We, concerned humans,  need to do it ourselves.  I would like to think that we humans have finally smartened up after the last 1000+ years of earth’s exploitation.  This time the decision was between wild fish or shiny gold… for once the fish won!

This is very unusual.  In history, most  often gold wins… The Aztec were wiped out for the shiny metal, and many a stream in the western United States has been raped for a chance few nuggets. What are they really worth, these nuggets?  Are they worth the food we eat? The culture and future of our children?

Not to me. Maybe more humans are beginning to see the “real value” of nature… This is a start.

Far across the pacific, one of the world’s great exploiters of wilderness, the Chinese have also chocked up a win for the good guys. In this case they have outlawed the sale of Ivory in Hong Kong, and the Mainland.  This is a huge win for elephants everywhere. Forget the trinkets most eco-groups show on TV,  that’s small change. it’s the chop sticks stupid!

Millions and millions of shiny ivory chop sticks. This could be big!

Now if we can just figure out a way to stop the same culture from buying Taiji dolphin, and using just about every part of every near extinct animal as a “medicine” to keep their dicks hard.  Then we’d have something. I mean is there no end to human absurdity.

Eco groups everywhere should give who ever is responsible for these victories a big atta boy. I am sure credit will be claimed by all with a website, but I don’t care. A WIN, is a win!

New ideas and tactics need to be used across the board if we want to win anything at all in the future.  Let’s build on this, and move forward as one movement.  Remember there are no animal rights, no vegan rights, and no human rights on a dead planet.

Get up off your couch and make a difference.  Hell, even some governments are following suit… the smart ones anyway.

Written by peter jay brown

Peter Jay Brown is a director and cinematographer, who specializes in real life stories, cultural adventures, LIVE events, and big sexy animals that can eat you! His 35 years of experience producing shows such as Real People, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous cable programs have given him a unique insight into the storytelling arts both in and out of the studio. From riots to intimate ceremonies Peter will deliver what is needed to translate the story on to the screen, be it TV or film. Best known recently on TV for his stint on Animal Planet’s hit show, Whale Wars, Brown has been active in the Sea Shepard Conservation Society for over 30+ years, and has recently released a feature length documentary based on his experiences, entitled “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist”. www.confessionsfilm.com Over the past years, Brown has produced and directed twenty films with the Kenya Wildlife Services for International television to champion wildlife conservation in Africa. In December 2001 Brown helped Mary MacMakin (winner of the EIS award in Chicago for her 40 years humanitarian work in Afghanistan) re-establish her charity PARSA in Kabul Afghanistan. Aside from his charity and conservation work, Brown created, wrote, directed and produced the Award Winning (NEA Golden Apple, NEA Bronze Apple, ABC Clio) self- esteem based television series “Pops”, which was also incorporated into the elementary level curriculum in five states. He was the original Field Producer/Director in 1981-82 for one of television’s most successful shows: “Entertainment Tonight”, and was the official film biographer of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale for the last years of his life. Early in his career, Brown created the conceptual foundation for NBC’s “Real People” #1 rated television series; producing and directing over 100 up lifting, positive stories between 1979-81. Brown has produced/directed LIVE concerts for Diana Ross, Jars of Clay , and worked on variety TV shows and the US Music festival. He has filmed religious and cultural events around the world. In October 2012 he produced a LIVE stream signal from Taiji, Japan via cell phone with his association with DSILIVE. December until the present ezearth.tv has been broadcasting LIVE from Antarctica... the ends of the earth. Presently in Hawaii working on reef restoration and defense with local environmental groups, Brown continues to use the media to promote and establish conservation priorities.

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