It’s time for change

Our salmon campaign has been very successful with alliances set up across the board. The M/V Wii Seeks heads to Friday harbor tomorrow to work with Orca Protection headed up by Captain Hobbes Buchanan. Scott West arrives tonight to help with the trip and we will start meetings to get the project funded. The Southern Resident Orcas are in real trouble. After a quick dry dock for needed maintenance we’ll be ready to go. Dr. Joe Valencic has helped set the boat up to live stream the situation that will allow law enforcement to watch the enforcement. The whale industry is pretty much an unregulated fisheries as boats of all sizes daily follow the pods to view these creatures.

Now I understand the wonderment of seeing whales, and much like the aquariums of old, whale watching serves as an educational opportunity… but is it working? Maybe for us humans, but it has become disastrous for the whales. Although there are laws to keep boats away, there is no enforcement. No one is there to watch and keep the boats at a safe distance. Some days there are up to 75 boats, many too close following the pods. Think about it. The pod is often surrounded and herded into better viewing positions.

All the heavy motor noise and close proximity of the humans kill any semblance of nature. The whales stop feeding and become confused and almost catatonic. There have been on surviving births in the southern orcas since 2015. The latest casualty was viewed recently live in the media. We all cared as the point of a mourning mother was brought into our homes. Huge amounts of funds were raised but little addressed the problem. Think of trying to communicate with your family with a half a dozen rock bands blaring rock music into your dining room? Would your family communicate? Could you talk to your kids? Make love? Hell no! This is what human viewing is doing to these whales. We are loving them to death.

Of course we all point our fingers at the other guy. Well, wake up and look in the mirror. It is all of us. Much like capturing these animals and putting them into tanks to entertain the masses, natural viewing has become no better. Regulation and boat free areas where the pods can escape are imperative to their future survival. I know that “jobs” are at stake as greater distance and few numbers will discourage tourists from paying whale watch operators, but something has to be done or the only viewing we will have in the future will be on TV. Do we all want to view nature in the future on TV? I do not.

It is not only whale watching that is the problem, but we can start there with regulation. They might even help… We need to educate ourselves, stop run off pollution and stop dumping sewage and garbage into the oceans; their habitat. The city of Victoria on Vancouver Island continues to pump un-treated sewage into the ocean… the ocean that is home to these whales. Did you ever swim there?

In this day and age with what we all know, this is unacceptable. Call the tourist bureau. Boycott the city and force them the wake up and join the 21st century no matter the cost. Money is always an excuse, but what will be the cost of extinction?

The time is now to change and give these animals a chance. Do what you can individually. Vote for change if you are Canadian, demand that whale watch operators obey the few laws that exist, and join the effort to enforce and make new laws to protect nature. Many of us have children and grand children… think of them. Love them to death so to speak, and leave the whales alone.

We at gaianetwork.net will do what we can, join us and become part of the solution.

Time for change

We are in Friday Harbor trying to arrange dry dock for the Wii Seeks and I have been getting caught up to speed on the Orca Protection plans. So much needs to be done I guess it is up to us to help Captain Hobbes and other parties start. Yesterday at Lopez Island I learned that local activists have been trying for a large number of years to get an Orca Sanctuary imposed to give the mammals a place of peace from whale watching boats. They have been trying for years??? What is the problem? From further investigation I learn that all they seem to do is go to meetings to discuss the problem. No commercial businesses or researchers want to give up their access to these animals. Kind of like the “not in my backyard” philosophy… make others stop but not us.

As always the problem is discussed and nothing gets done. The local citizens are frustrated, and I don’t blame them. My suggestion is always to end the BS, politics, and meetings and go to the streets. Flood county government meetings. Throw out the representatives who have been discussing the subject for years. Make the powers that be, DO SOMETHING. We humans often, so as not to upset our friends and neighbors, will talk and study a problem to death before anything is done. It is time for a change in tactics.

Remember we are not doing the dying, the whales are… and quickly. They all have alphabet names and people know them by sight. A false alarm was raised the other day as J50 was missing and then claimed lost. It turns out she is still with us, but now NOAA is talking of capturing her to treat whatever illness she has to treat her. I mean really? Capturing a wild animal in my opinion is never good. First, I realize it makes us feel good as heroes… what does the animal feel? Do we know? Of course not. Maybe nature should run its course, and we should spend our time and money cleaning up her home? This is way more difficult as we need to look at ourselves. Clean up the ocean and put pressure on Canada to stop dumping raw sewage, and Washington to stop the introduction of 800,000 Atlantin salmon to fill up the site where a similar ni=umber escaped recently… just a thought.

Why we cannot impose regulations, self imposed or not to save the Southern Resident Orcas is beyond me. There are always a few bad apples who push the rules to make their clients happy by driving too close or in short harassing the creatures. Well stop them. If you are opposed to direct intervention then use public scorn… it usually works. I remember people originally ignoring smoking rules until the public really got aggressive and pushed the subject. The concerned public got into smokers’ faces and demanded they obey the rules. They put aside their fear and timid natures and spoke up. Oncce scorned others did the same, and in a few short years you see no one lighting up in a bar or restaurant. Public pressure works.

Confront your friends and neighbors and stand up for the whales. You might regret it now, but when they are gone, your children and grand children will spit on your graves for allowing yet another species to go extinct under your watch. Be brave take a stand and do it now.

I also understand there are a number of researches crowding the whales. I understand the importance of science and research, but don’t we have enough for now? What are we researching? How the whales can stand swimming in our sewage? How the whales communicate and replicate surrounded by the noise boats emit? Maybe, why they can’t find salmon to eat while we suck up all the resources and allow salmon farms to poison our oceans. I mean really do we need all this up close research just now? My answer is no we don’t. Start your research again when they are extinct, but give them peace now. It is the least we can do.

In the meantime clean up our act. Maybe, just maybe if we give them some peace they will reproduce again and come back. I know salmon farms should be removed, and this is another situation the local people know is bad. They all know the open pen salmon farms pollute their waters and add sea lice, antibiotics, and pesticides to the oceans that have made the San Juans a beautiful place to live in the first place. Really think about it? People around the world are holding protests in far off cities to show they are concerned. It is up to the local people, local fishermen, and Natives to take it upon themselves and hold their governments, local businesses, and the themselves responsible.

Now we at gaianetwork.net have thrown our support behind Captain Hobbes Buchanan of Friday Harbor. We have offered our assets free of charge, but it takes money and volunteers to keep the whole thing a float so to speak. Help him out, make a donation, offer your services to help. We can all do something and we don’t have to be rich to contribute. We at gaianetwork.net ask people to donate $5.00; the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks. We, of course need more, but the five dollars will get you involved and give you “skin in the game” so to speak. It is necessary for everyone to get involved. Start today or there will be no tomorrow for the wild oceans!

I appreciate your indulgence to my rant, but I am here, and I am getting more concerned daily. Speak up and become part of the solution. Thank you.

 

 

It’s time for change

Our salmon campaign has been very successful with alliances set up across the board. The M/V Wii Seeks heads to Friday harbor tomorrow to work with Orca Protection headed up by Captain Hobbes Buchanan. Scott West arrives tonight to help with the trip and we will start meetings to get the project funded. The Southern Resident Orcas are in real trouble. After a quick dry dock for needed maintenance we’ll be ready to go. Dr. Joe Valencic has helped set the boat up to live stream the situation that will allow law enforcement to watch the enforcement. The whale industry is pretty much an unregulated fisheries as boats of all sizes daily follow the pods to view these creatures.

Now I understand the wonderment of seeing whales, and much like the aquariums of old, whale watching serves as an educational opportunity… but is it working? Maybe for us humans, but it has become disastrous for the whales. Althought there are laws to keep boats away, there is no enforcement. No one is there to watch and keep the boats at a safe distance. Some days there are up to 75 boats, many too close following the pods. Think about it. The pod is often surrounded and hered into better viewing positions. All the heavy motor noise and close proximity of the humans kill any semblance of nature. The whales stop feeding and become confused and almost catatonic. There have been on surviving births in the southern orcas since 2015. The latest casualty was viewed recently live in the media.We all cared as the point of a mourning mother was brought into our homes. Huge amounts of funds were raised but little addressed the problem. Think of trying to communicate with your family with a half a dozen rock bands blaring rock music into your dining room? Would your family communicate? Could you talk to your kids? Make love? Hell no! This is what human viewing is doing to these whales. We are loving them to death.

Of course everyone points their fingers at the other guy. Well wake up and look in the mirror. It is all of us. Much like capturing these animals and putting them into tanks to entertain the masses, natural viewing has become no better. Regulation and boat free areas where the pods can escape are imperative to their future survival. I know that “jobs” are at stake as greater distance and few numbers will discourage tourists from paying whale watch operators, but something has to be done or the only viewing we will have in the future will be on TV. Do we all want to view nature in the future on TV? I do not.

It is not only whale watching that is the problem, but we can start there.We need to educate ourselves, stop run off pollution and stop dumping sewage and garbage into their habitat. The city of Victoria on Vancouver Island continues to pump un-treated sewage in the the ocean… the ocean that is home to these whales. In this day and age with what we all know, this is unacceptable. Call the tourist bureau. Botcott the city and force them the wake up and join the 21st century no matter the cost. Money is always an excuse, but what will be the cost of extinction?

The time is now to change and give these animals a chance. Do what you can individually. Vote for change if you are Canadian, demand that whale watchoperators obey the few laws that exist, and join the effort to enforce and make new laws to protect nature. Many of us have children and grand children… think of them. Love them to death so to speak, and leave the whales alone.

We at gaianetwork.net will do what we can, join us and become part of the solution.

 

 

 

Blame is easily placed on others… wake up and look in the mirror.

Well, although life in nature is a beautiful thing to those of us who visit. What about the people left behind? The local fishermen and natives are left to survive, many in poverty as their environments are depleted and the tourist dollars are seasonal. The tourists all go back home to watch football and argue national politics… life as usual.

For the orcas of the San Juans it is not so great. Their food source of wild salmon are packed in ice and shipped across the world to feed the rich. Now I have no issue with the rich in general, but do any really care about those left behind?

Animal lovers the world over, and anyone with a heart recently spent time and energy mourning for the mother orca pushing her dead baby for weeks trying to avoid ships. Animal lovers rallied to save her. I received numerous appeals to help. Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd and just about every other eco-corporation saw this as an opportunity to raise money. Let’s face it, money is the real motivation… Western consumer societies feel good throwing money at problems. It is our way. The question is; does it really do any good except to sweep our guilt under the rug and talk of how the problem has been solved. It has not been solved and usually the issue not only continues to exist, but gets worse.

We began this eco-movement years ago with all the good intentions. We were idealists thinking we could change the world. Paul Watson made his reputation hammering Greenpeace as “the fuller brush salesmen” of the eco-movement. For those too young to know, he meant they went door to door collecting money from home makers to allay their guilt. A huge percentage of their money went into the “volunteers” pockets and the rest went to NGO administration. Did any of their money go to the whales? Not much if any at all, but we all felt we were doing something. The rich got tax breaks, but still the whales suffered.

I, myself, tried to do differently and actually thought I was “better then that”. My plan was to actually show up. I crewed boats, I was willing to do whatever it took, and sacrificed time with my family to do just that. Was it worth it in the end? The jury is still out on that.

In Antarctica huge amounts of money were spent to make this point… but in the end the Japanese are still whaling. Sea Shepherd after paying the Japanese 2.5 million to save the tails of those in power, continue to brag about the few whales saved. The public has forgotten and for most, for them the problem is solved. Much like freeing Willie. I think 20 million was raised on the heels of a popular film. A single orca was released only to die later alone; probably miserable in it’s new although larger prison. Did we care really? I say no. We felt good to release the one orca, an individual who was unsuited for release, but to hell with the whale. Money was raised and Willie had to be released. I can only imagine if the money had been spent; say putting in sewage treatment for the city of Victoria BC which continues to dump raw sewage into whale habitat. I’m just saying that humans need to wake up and stop concentrating on symbols to feel good, and actually try to solve the big picture. The big picture is far more difficult, I know but it must be addressed.

First, the local people who live close to nature have known from the beginning the problem is not solved by saving one whale. Presently we are losing the Southern Resident Orcas of the San Juan Islands. There are numerous issues to be addressed, but many too big for our simple minds to comprehend. We are a media “sound bite” society… if it can’t be summed up in a few sentences we get bored and our money and efforts go elsewhere. Wake up humans, the problem is us!

Stop dumping sewage, plastics and garbage in the oceans. Forget about green lawns and golf courses and think about all those chemicals we are dumping into the environment. Instead of focusing on others, look at yourselves. It is easy to save seals or polar bears… well it is easy to think we can save them while cranking up our air conditioners and increasing our energy demands thinking we are helping. The power used by New York city comes from Montreal Power. Montreal Power has been releasing warm water into the northern ice fields, home to the seals and polar bears, for years melting the very homes these animals need to survive. More power, more ice melt… simple as that. No one hears about Montreal Power because it is huge business and too much money is at stake. Instead blame the auto manufactures. Why blame them? My tribe, the priveledged shite folk, continues to drive huge SUVs and trucks around Los Angeles. When was the last time four-wheel drive was needed in LA? Our solution is to buy hybrids and electric cars without even caring where or how the power is produced. The batteries for hybrids are mostly produced in China where mining and manufacture is hidden. Maybe a solution is to drive less? Maybe the solution is to use less electricity or to choose to expect fewer comforts? These are unbelievable solutions and unacceptable in our modern culture. Not in my back yard is the philosophy we continue to live by. Hide the mining of metals needed for batteries, let the Chinese people… the poor masses, suffer for the elite.

As I sit here in Vancouver and look at the skyscrapers popping up like weeds around town, everyone knows it is Chinese money doing the building. It is probably poetic justice for the native Canadians as the buildings sit empty while local residents can’t afford to live. We are talking of millions and perhaps billions of dollars being dumped or should I say laundered by the elite of China. Where does this money come from in this communist society? From the poor of course. Profits come from western money being paid for cheap products made in China with cheap labor. It is easy to ignore this as we shop at Costco and Walmart to save a few bucks.

I am not trying to depress anyone, I am just suggesting to all that we start looking at the big picture. Stop playing “holier than thou”, when we are the culprits. I am hoping that the young people today with all their access to information might see the light, but I am not so sure. In my life, I am lucky and deal with active and informed young people, but we need to all try harder to live closer to nature and respect the earth we live on. All NGOs need your donations for sure, but look at where it is going. Don’t believe the slick media campaigns and false promises. Take charge yourself and act locally. Humanity has come to a cliff… take a 180 degree turn and continue forward to a simplier life style, and actually help the planet.

Eco-corporations are as much a part of the problem as the industrial giants they hate. It is easier to believe the slogans and crap delivered by groups that the public believes have their best interests at heart. Think for yourself, follow the money, do what is right for the earth.

Unbelievable… what are we thinking?

The end of summer and boating season will come to an end soon in the northwest. Beautiful and expensive yachts will be heading home to their winter marinas to be prepped for next year. Tourists and mariners alike will spend the upcoming winter reveling in their summer’s adventures and bragging to friends about their recent adventures. Whales, dolphins, bears, eagles, and salmon stories will abound around Thanksgiving tables as we from the west stuff ourselves with abundance. To those who do not know, all is good in the world.

BUT PAY ATTENTION!

The Seattle Times announces although the legislature has spoken out against open pen salmon farming after the disastrous escape recently, it was announced today that 800 thousand Atlantic Salmon will be allowed in again! How stupid are we as a species? Even with history smacking us in the face, the Washington state government is opening the doors to even more of these franken-fish?

I mean really? How can the citizens sit back and allow this travesty of justice. Was the problem not addressed and solved? Talk to your government officials… hell, go to the streets and demand them gone. This is important.

I read the article and heard all the crappy excuses of why, but go to hell. It is time we citizens of the earth demand that government follow our wishes. I realize America is no democracy even though we are brain washed to think so, but make your opinions known, TODAY.

Do you want wild oceans? Do you want Orcas and eagles and clean rivers? Hell yes I say and it is time for others to let the officials who make these laws know. Forget what an idiot Donald Trump is; Don’t let fake news and propaganda distract you. Make “your” government throw the bastards out or quite frankly do it yourself. As citizens, bankrupt the company with your consumer dollars. Make their presence uncomfortable to all involved. Blacken their names for all to see. Recall your officials and make them afraid to concentrate on anything else until they fulfill their obligations. We as citizens can make these men and woman who claim to represent us worry about their jobs. Throw the bastards out unless, and/or until they listen. The future of not only orcas, eagles, and wild salmon at stake… it is our future. We need biodiversity, and nature to survive.

It is time today, as no time in the past to drive a stake through the heart of open pen salmon farms. Get out there and do it today before it is too late.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/800000-more-farmed-atlantic-salmon-coming-to-puget-sound-before-industrys-permits-expire/

Peta: “crabs are people too!”

Once again I am amazed at the hypocrisy of the eco-corporations time and time again. Peta announces a campaign to stop cooking and eating crabs and launch it in the crab eating territory, Maryland. Why, you might ask? To impact the economics of those meat eaters among us… Now I have no issues with Peta, but get a grip.

I am not an animal rights believer as I think “respect” is a better term. I have the ultimate respect for all nature. I believe we humans are mammals and that all creatures on earth are interdependent. We are all dependent on the earth we all live on to eat, live, and survive. Our ancestors were omnivores, and continue to be. This is a fact. Just because we have become so arrogant as to believe our increasing intelligence can change that, I feel differently. We are a part of nature… we eat animals, and especially as babies need animal protein to grow. Get over it… intelligence will not change this. Now we might believe we are better then that, and that might be the case, but the laws of nature have not changed.

Well I am not a scientist, but when last I looked crabs are crustaceans. Crustaceans are bugs. Bugs are definitely part of nature and deserve respect, but what about all the bugs that get whacked growing all the vegetables? I would guess millions of tons get eliminated around the world to supply this new “clean”, “guilt-free” food trumpeted by vegetarians and especially vegans. When will Peta stick up for them? I, and I am sure other “sinners” have often been preached to by vegans that they eat nothing that “has a mother”. Well crabs, as all insects do have mothers, and fathers for that matter. Will Peta come out with a campaign to save bugs? Of course not… donors hate bugs, and donations is what eco-corporations hold dear.

Now let’s get serious and maybe it is time to grow up and realize no matter how noble our food, to many, bugs are not worth saving. I believe differently. All nature needs to be saved… not just cows, pigs, fish, etc. And what about the huge carbon footprint of all those bananas, avocados, and soya beans needed to maintain peoples noble diets?

So before we preach to others look at your own house. Nature is nature… bugs to cows. I try to maintain a local diet. I support local farmers, including meat producers who raise grass fed animals and fish sustainable resources… like crabs. I do not preach to others but local food is not only healthy, but also sustainable. No rain forests are whacked, no feed lots, no GMO, and especially no farmed fish that destroy wild oceans. In my humble opinion this is truly an earth friendly diet. If as a vegan, you grow your own food or eat local fruits and vegetables as many indigenous people do; then preach away. If not, shut up or you become a typical arrogant human demigod.

I hope all eco-groups flourish but let’s stick to the facts. Eat whatever diet you feel comfortable with, and leave the rest of us alone. Veganism is a diet choice… good for some, but not for all. It is not necessarily good for the earth. If you choose veganism for health reasons, more power to you. If you think gluten is our enemy, so be it… Many are just fads made popular by gulfstream environmentalist, and limousine liberals. The media buys in, and we all feel better, but the earth suffers. It is really time we get together and look at the big picture. All nature has a place. We humans are part of it. Discuss consumerism, economics, big pharma, over population, and all the evils we humans propagate, but prioritize our arrogance and start making a real difference. The oceans are dying. The landmasses are being raped by over cultivation and we worry about crabs? Give me a break. We need to get together and not drive wedges into the very alliances that can make a difference.

As many know I am against salmon farms among other things… not because people eat fish, but because they are killing nature so the sheik can enjoy sushi bars worldwide. I know, I know the media has made them cool, but really do we need sushi bars in Ohio? Do we need to destroy indigenous fisheries to supply fake food for the elite to enjoy? I say no. Local poor people eat fish, their catch should not go primarily to fish farms as they do in many localities.

I am sure this will piss many off, but I hope it will start a conversation which will help us preserve the little wilderness the earth has left. As my good friend Doug Tompkins said: “if humanity comes to a cliff, why not make a 180 degree turn and continue forward… this is true progress. To continue forward will just send us all off the cliff. I’m just saying.

Do yourself a favor and THINK ABOUT IT!

We have met the enemy…

Aug 26 Vancouver BC

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After a long summer cruising the west coast of Canada supporting the elimination of open pen salmon farming, I was uplifted to find even those earning a living from the industry understand the situation. Where salmon farms are, wild salmon are not.

If we humans want wild oceans we need to not only understand, we need to act.

Ask yourself what is more important: do you want a future for your children and grandchildren, or do you want a bigger house or new truck. As a person immersed in western culture myself, I’ve decided to change my focus and forget about the bling and go all in for a future. I find many young people today are agreeing with me.

We all need to make a living to live, but there are choices…

In a world that continues to be divided by extreme views, I suggest we step back and realize that even our enemies think they are doing what is right. Instead of condemning the other side, open your mind and make differences in yourself that will convince the other side; not through threats and lawsuits, but through conversation and respect.

To deal with the salmon issue by blaming others is ignorant: we must blame ourselves and try to do better.

Recently the story about the death of a baby orca, and the mourning of a mother has dominated the news and has brought the distress of orcas front and center. Who do we blame? Sea lions, fishermen, native tribes and anyone else but ourselves. The city of Victoria, B.C. dumps raw untreated sewage directly into their habitat. Whale watching tours with as many as 75 boats follow a pod to get a view of these magnificent animals… are we loving these animals to death? Think of trying to live in an environment with numerous rock bands playing in your vicinity. How can the whales, talk, feed or raise their young? I couldn’t live that way. I doubt you could, and either can they.

I certainly understand the educational purpose of people seeing whales. They are special. You can feel their presence and they deserve to live in harmony without with their environment without human intervention. Let’s face it we humans have had a larger effect on the earth then any other species. We have over populated to an extent that we deplete the finite resources of our planet. We have eaten our way through numerous other species, and have caused more species to go extinct then anytime in history. Volcanoes, an asterroid or other worldly disasters drove the dinosaurs to extinction… we humans are doing the same to the planet today. Interdependence is a law of nature. By destroying one species we affect all others… and who is to blame? Corporations, governments, or maybe just look in the mirror, we have met the enemy, and it is us.