Sunday, February 9, 2014

two fascinating things.

I have stumbled across two fascinating things in the past couple of days. Both of them are environmental in nature. I am posting a lot of environmental things, because as a kayaker there is nothing more important than the environment. I am also thinking about the environment more as I plan for the Alaskan Glacier Awareness Project. I can't help but think about all the little impacts that we make without even thinking about.

For lunch I order a salad to go, and the container gets used for 10 minutes, and is hopefully recycled but it is still a tremendous waste. I am also thinking about all the little impacts of the expedition, the plastic bags the food are stored in. The Carbon offsets we have to buy for the drive. The plastic the boat is made out of. At least the boat has a long life.

Speaking of impacts that the expedition will have, one of the things I stumbled across via twitter, was this. The environmental impacts of Sea kayakers. It is beautifully written and very eye opening.  Please pass it around.

Next is a TED talk that was passed to me by little.environmentalist.  About the concept of rewilding.

The section on the reintroduction of the wolves to Yellowstone is fascinating. Well worth your time to watch it. I think it is important to think about the impacts our days have on the world. Give that bottle of soda or water some thought before you buy it. Can you do it with a reusable bottle?

I think - at least I hope - my biggest impact is paper towels. I use them, and I know I shouldn't I guess there is always something to work on.

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