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Wildlife Entanglement

Marine wildlife death by entanglement is something we should all be aware of. Thousands of miles and literally tons of derelict rope and fishing nets are littered into our water.

I found out that there are 682 beaches out there. We must keep them clean and safe in order to sustain life on this planet. So let’s support a good cause and help clean up fishing nets!

Check out the link below to learn about what is done to prevent marine wildlife entanglement.

Source: Wildlife Entanglement – Planet Love Life

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Fishermen confirm shark finning on tuna longliners | Greenpeace International

The cruel yet lucrative shark fin trade is back in the headlines (August 2015)

Source: Fishermen confirm shark finning on tuna longliners | Greenpeace International

 

Why is America telling me this?

Almost 2 weeks ago a pipeline spill occurred in Alberta, Canada just south of Fort McMurray.
My only knowledge of this occurred when checking my inbox… What the hell, Canada?

Why have I not heard ANYTHING about this in Canadian news & media?  (to be fair, I haven’t checked CBC)

An American source sent me the email and THAT is how I heard about this! I’m appalled by us Canadians. Where have our values gone?!?
Nation of Change, an entirely non-profit American news source that encourages honest journalism about real issues that are not being covered by mainstream media was created because corporations buy mainstream news agencies and filter/sensor most of the news.
e.x. CP24, owned by Bell Media.
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The oil industry is so big, and with so much at stake for politicians (Harper loves his liquid dinosaurs and is still pushing new pipelines) and corporations.  I am sure covering something so close to home during a time of record-forest fires in Saskatchewan AND THE ELECTIONS is not the best move. When spills happen in California, along the Gulf Coast or in Asia, its o.k. to report: We are removed from the issue because it “does not directly affect us” making the news more sensational as opposed to catastrophic.

So what happened?

 “[…] the largest pipeline spill in the province in 35 years, when a 54,000 barrel oil spill became Canada’s worst-ever pipeline incident.”SourceAustralia's Great Barrier Reef

& This is not the only issue that has come up recently.

“Meanwhile, Alberta is not the only place where oil spills are demanding attention. Halfway around the world in Australia, a potential oil spill was found on Friday along the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef, an especially delicate ecosystem and World Heritage Site, has come under multiple stressors in recent years, including development, fossil fuel export, and climate change.” – Source

Australia has been extorted by fossil fuel exporters for a long time. With major detrimental effects on the quality of life for people and animals on the island. If you want to know more, watch the documentary I blogged about in  Fracking Our Lives Away

As shocked as I am, I’m not surprised.

These kind of events remind me to keep my eyes open and my mind constantly questioning, asking for more answers. It is our responsibility to take care of this planet. If we leave major decisions and law-making to a select few sociopaths, the next few generations may not have a planet worth living on.

I will leave you with my mantra, in the words of my favorite band ever: Free Thinkers are Dangerous.

xx Arisetotrash

*UPDATE* Toronto Hydroburgers

Results weren’t ideal for Toronto’s Hydro customers or environmental advocates.

18 out of 45 City Councillors voted in favour of ‘POLLUTER PAYS’

This would have gained the city of Toronto $1.6 million by charging hydro companies for their pollution instead of giving them discounts and allowing pollution fees to be passed down to hydro customers.

22 Councillors including the Mayor voted against full cost recovery.

They decided to allow corporate polluters to get discounts on the clean up costs associated with water treatment. This means hydro customers are still paying  double for clean up fees.

See how your Councillor voted:

how-burgerbrains-vote

Interesting how BOTH burger brains voted against making corporations pay money to the City. Notice Rob Ford’s conflict of interest …

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Write Tactics 3

Written Self Portrait.

Discover yourself using a stream of consciousness.
Write without stopping.
Change it up as you go, or wait until you finish and tweak it.
→ It can feel pretty meditative if you do it on paper… you might learn a few things about yourself.

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BlabberSamm and the Bricolage of D00M or, how I try to figure myself out [a self portrait]

Recently, I’ve been all over the map & I like it that way.
I am juxtaposed
up your nose.

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Toronto’s water is getting WA$TED

On antibiotics and chemical cleaning solutions leaking into our sewage (and drinking) water.
Awful? Totally.

What’s more awful is that the majority of it is coming from law-breaking companies that rely on OUR TAX MONEY to clean up their mess. This city must be drinking some hardcore, homemade brew-skis if they are not realizing all of this lost revenue.  Our TTC fare was raised by the lovely mayor so that “we could get some real progress on the joke we call ‘transit” but what I don’t understand is why they are ignoring the big boys and girls sleeping in the bathtub. (more…)

682 Plastic Beaches

8 Million Metric Tons of Plastic Dumped Into World’s Oceans Each Year – NationofChange.

Just finished reading this article on Nation of Change (independent journalism) about the excessive amount of waste in our oceans and how much of it we can’t even see.

Did you know that we have a series of ‘plastic islands’ aimlessly floating in our oceans due to individuals and large companies dumping waste into the water?

It’s incredible how much plastic actually exists on this earth.

Plastic is everywhere! In your clothing, wrapped around your food and in Canada it has even become money!  Most plastic does not break down. Those that do will take years to degrade and even then tiny micro-pellets will still exist. The amount of plastic on the surface of our oceans and beaches is only what we can see. There are hundreds of plastics underneath the ocean floor and broken down in creatures’ bellies that we will never know about.

Most people take plastic for granted and don’t think much of what it is.

Watch this video from Brentwood Plastics to learn more. He talks about what plastic is made of, and the biodegradability of some plastics:

There are a lot of things we can do to limit the amount of plastics we use. Here are 3 examples that are super easy:

  • STOP USING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES  – buy a reusable water bottle and take it with you! You will help save hundreds of water bottles a year. It drives me mad when I see people taking water bottle around their house when they have fully functional glasses that can be washed a reused infinitely.
  • BE A SMART SHOPPER – Think about how much packaging you are paying for. Do you need the mushrooms in the plastic tubs, wrapped in plastic? A lot of toys, electronics and other things come with unnecessary packaging. We buy it just to throw it away.
    Next time you shop, choose products that are modest about their packaging.
  • RE-USABLE SHOPPING BAGS FTW!! – Seriously. If you carried a roll-up bag in your purse or coat pocket, you could save so many plastic bags from going into the garbage. Less of them will be produced! Which means less water and less oil wasted on recycling these unnecessary objects. If you do have to use a plastic bag, reuse it! You can use plastic bags to carry your lunch or your dog/cat waste or as a liner for your green bin/garbage. Don’t throw away plastic bags, they can always be recycled.
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It’s crazy that you can only see the front of this man’s cart. We don’t even know how long it is… SO MUCH PLASTIC!

All this talk about plastic gets me thinking about a really good album… well, it gets me thinking about a lot of things. Some of them are depressing, some make me angry, and others make me hopeful and itching to make a change. It makes me want to share my love for the plants and trees and water and air with everybody!

We don’t need to live life always wanting more, never being satisfied with what we have. I love this life and believe me, mine is in no way perfect. I am a low-income citizen in a big city. I don’t have much, but I have love and knowledge and passion for the things I believe in. It’s better than any material objects I could own because in the end, those are not me and will never become me. they are impermanent and can be tossed away or broken.
I am me.
I am capable of loving every living thing on this earth and truly treating them as they deserve to be treated.

What are you capable of?

DRINK WAT-AHH!

“It’s the drink of life and its been here since the beginning of time.
So ditch the soda and give it a try!”

This video is ridiculous. x]

DRINK UP is a campaign directed by Partnership for a Healthier America [Michelle Obama] to promote the benefits of drinking water.  I can’t speak too much about the campaign itself, but water is my drink of choice.

The importance of good, clean water in our bodies and on our land is very important to me.

Without water, we wouldn’t exist… we are made of water! If we are made of water, we essentially ARE water. If we don’t drink water… then what do we become? Carbonated?!?

Living College-Free :: AWOL update

School is over!

I have been without internet for the past month and was searching frantically for a home.
A word to you hippies:

   BEWARE.     MAY IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST TIME TO LOOK FOR HOUSING IN DAWSON CITY.

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