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Saving the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge By Rob Moir

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Saving the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge By Rob Moir

Save the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) intends to close down the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, to cancel their property’s operating lease unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service increases federal expenditures to control invasive plants, notably Lygodium, or Old World Fern. The other seven parts of the eight-part partnership agreement are being well met by both federal and state agencies.

The threaten closure of the wildlife refuge comes at a convenient time when the U.S. Department of Justice has enforced water quality laws and ordered sugar industries to clean up their spoils harming the refuge.  Water quality is just as important an issue as is controlling invasive plants.

The National Wildlife Refuge (one of two in Florida) was created to protect wildlife and promote public access to natural areas.  Loxahatchee comes from the Seminole meaning “River of Turtles.” The Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is a mosaic of wet prairies, sawgrass ridges, sloughs, tree islands, cattail communities, and a 400-acre cypress swamp. The refuge provides essential wildlife habitats for the King Rail, Limpkin, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, White and Glossy Ibis, Sandhill Crane, threatened Wood Storks, and endangered Everglade Snail Kites – home for 250 species of birds and two turtles, Peninsula Cooter and Florida Softshell.
Your donation will fund our ability to work with individuals across the nation to write in their own words why the Loxahatchee is a national treasure worthy of increased federal funding. Words matter. I’ve employed two college interns and a high school student is volunteering to learn and assist with personal comments to assemble a most persuasive letter. We will work with you to express in your voice comments that are descriptive, accurate, unique and memorable.

“Management in state and federal partnership of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is working. The public is walking the raised trail in the largest remaining remnant of a cypress strand between the pine flatwoods and Everglade marshes.”    Rob Moir, Executive Director, Ocean River Institute.

Remember the turtles!

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The Thin Green Line with guest host Damien Mander, International Anti-Poaching Foundation By Eli Weiss

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The Thin Green Line with guest host Damien Mander, International Anti-Poaching Foundation By Eli Weiss

Tune in NOW as we discuss an on-going issue in conservation when it comes to Rhinos…. We have Damien Mander on who is a guest we have had on multiple times throughout the years discussing rhinos in sub-Saharan Africa and how they are being exterminated at a rate of more than one per day, leading to extinction by 2020. Listeners, realize that we are at a turning point for conservationists and saving wildlife in our minds and our wild world. We are providing wildlife with the latest tactics and operating procedures but WE NEED HELP…

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The Future Is Here With Dr .Kathy Alexander By Eli Weiss

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The Future Is Here With Dr .Kathy Alexander By Eli Weiss

Join Eli Weiss and Kathy Alexander NOW as we discuss ways to invent a Better Future for all! Since right now is such a pivotal time in human history with so many changes and roadblocks hitting us, its important to take time and think about the societal, animal, and environmental components that makes us who we are and how we can find more effective ways to approach our planets problems. Tune in now!!!

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Climate Change Battles; Where is the Collaboration? By David B. Savage

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Climate Change Battles; Where is the Collaboration? By David B. Savage

I am saddened by the constant battle for higher ground in the Climate Change Public Relations Wars. Where is the intelligence? Where is the collaboration? Where is the innovation? Where is the commitment? Our planet and our grandchildren deserve far better than this.

Like the famous painting shown here, the battle rages on and while there are peacemakers, where are those making the necessary changes? Or in the energy battles, will we continue to cut down those with great technical knowledge and reduce those with a great social conscience?

Like politics, in the climate discussion, the battles take the forefront while the war is being lost. It matters little who has a more acceptable or stronger social message, we must fix this mess. We must reduce emissions of all kinds. We must stop this dangerous trend.

Here is what I experience today (click the links to websites as you read);

1) Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio hopes his new film will inspire climate action

Before the Flood article
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/14/before-the-flood-leonardo-dicaprio-hopes-his-new-film-will-inspire-climate-action

2) Director of DiCaprio’s Before The Flood documentary ‘horrified’ by Alberta oilsands

Horrified by Tar Sands
http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/10/26/director-horrified-by-alberta-oilsands-in-leonardo-dicaprios-climate-change-doc-before-the-flood

3) this is where backgrounds, perceptions, and judgments divert us all into separate “camps”. Let’s move forward with additional perspectives.

4) Emissions by Country

EPA CO2 Emissions by Country
https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data#Country

5) The oil sands industry currently accounts for approximately 0.12% of global GHG emissions. (Environment Canada 2015)

Share of Global CO2 Emissions
http://www.energy.alberta.ca/OilSands/791.asp

6) The IEA forecasts that in the next 25 years oil sands production in Canada will increase by more than three million barrels per day, “but the emissions of this additional production is equal to only 23 hours of emissions of China — not even one day,”

IEA on Oil Sands Emissions
http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/new-emissions-from-canadas-oil-sands-extremely-low-says-ieas-chief-economist

7) Cowspiracy

What’s 10 x fossil fuel’s impact?
http://www.cowspiracy.com/

8) Transitioning

How do we go to renewables?
http://theconversation.com/phasing-out-fossil-fuels-for-renewables-may-not-be-a-straightforward-swap-54108

9) Energy Education

Primary Energy Information
http://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Primary_energy

10) More energy sources including nuclear

Nuclear and other energy
http://www.nucleartourist.com/basics/why.htm

11) Four Reasons Why the Transition From Fossil Fuels to a Green Energy Era Is Gaining Traction
Change is happening now
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30259-four-reasons-why-the-transition-from-fossil-fuels-to-a-green-energy-era-is-gaining-traction

12) Cumulative Effects
realize that cumulative effects are the elephant in the room.
http://www.ceanalytic.com/

Cumulative Effects

Call to Action;

Remember the saying; “Bull shit baffles brains”? Too often, special interest groups and powerful organizations divert us from finding our own truth. Let’s collaboration, learn what is true for us, explore and commit to innovation and, most importantly, change our own behaviors and purchasing.

Rather than give more of your money to King Leonardo with his massive yachts, or Al Gore as he flies the world to end (the use of jet fuel?) emissions, support oil interests, or keep buying large vehicles and consuming cheap energy like there is no accountability, let’s take our own decisions and put our time and money where we intelligently decide.

You have access to the internet, do your own fact checking! You have a global network, collaborate for a better tomorrow. Let’s talk.

As we explore (and Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration , here are few suggestions that I take to heart to reduce my own impact on climate change and GHG emissions;

a) walk most everywhere. Take public transit wherever it is too far to walk. Ride your bike! Cars are can be used as a secondary transport system for long distances as a backup, not a primary source. Think of moving around your neighborhood after supper rather than turning on the TV.

b) turn off stuff, especially lights. An estimated 25- 40% of our home energy use is “vampire power” (those 27 clocks and flatscreen TVs that must be ready to immediately turn on 24/7, the internet of everything (where everything in our homes is being connected to the internet…) homes

c) elect to purchase renewables from your electrical provider.

d) educate ourselves on energy and buy/ consume accordingly. Can we have an intelligent learning conversation on wind, sun, nuclear, oil, natural gas, geothermal,…?

e) get involved in networks/ organizations/ conversations that encourage healthy learning from diverse perspectives (rather than blaming and shaming).

f) eat less beef and more veggies…

g) start an energy literacy group and understand interests, outcomes, and directions.

h) Live in a Net Zero home

Net Zero Homes
http://zeroenergyproject.org/

i) Think sustainability, think collaboration, lead as if the future matters.

ThinkSustainAbility
http://thinksustainability.ca/

What you can do?

What will you do today?

The Collaborative Global Initiative is a group of professionals with very diverse views and backgrounds on energy and environmental protection that are changing the conversations between stakeholders to create a better future for all. CGI
http://www.collaborativeglobalinitiative.com/

Be the change.

Let’s start this change now. Let’s work together.

Let’s Break Through to Yes with Collaboration.

2017 weekly series starts January 26th!

Ecosystems And Biodiversity Consist of Individuals Not Just Concepts, with Dr. Ian Redmond By Eli Weiss

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Ecosystems And Biodiversity Consist of Individuals Not Just Concepts, with Dr. Ian Redmond By Eli Weiss

Ian Redmond says, “I am a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training, and a conservationist by necessity. But conservation for me isn’t just about saving species. On a larger scale, the planet needs us to save functioning eco-systems; on a smaller scale, we must also recognize that species are made up of individual animals. For me, it became personal when I had the privilege of getting to know individual wild animals in the wild… I can truthfully say that some of my best friends are gorillas, and I care passionately about them and the future of all life on Earth.” His career shifted from research to conservationist when one of his subjects was killed. His work on behalf of animals was recognized in 1996 when presented with PAWS Humane Achievement Award, and appointed O.B.E. in 2006 at the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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We Are the Ancestors of Our Future By Eli Weiss

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We Are the Ancestors of Our Future By Eli Weiss

So many critical efforts are happening right now! The CITES meeting in Bangkok, Thailand may well decide the future for elephants and rhinos around the world. The US. Wildlife Services are under fire for unethical killing of our wildlife- both endangered and non-targeted species. The USFW is working hard to keep up with the Environmental Protection Act and government policies, and we are facing global biodiversity tipping points everywhere we look. Our policies and politics and our everday choices do make a difference, both here at home and around the world. Despite all this, there is Hope, and it’s right beneath our feet – we just need to focus by each of us taking some small actions in our everyday lives to protect the future that our ancestors left to us and which we will leave to our children.

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April Fool’s Day- Are we really so foolish? By Eli Weiss

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April Fool’s Day- Are we really so foolish? By Eli Weiss

Wouldn’t it be great if today’s headlines were : It’s okay. We can all come out now! the Extinction and Global crises are over, and We’ve Won! We don’t have to worry about environmental collapse or losing our polar bears and elephants, and our world turning into one big corporate machine, because humanity came to its senses the other day – we all pulled together and turned our wild world around! Each of us one day said to the other, well… here’s what I did today, and I’m going to do it every day from now on, and it caught on.

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What Is CITES The Long View with Dr. Ronald Orenstein Part 1 By Eli Weiss

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What Is CITES The Long View with Dr. Ronald Orenstein Part 1 By Eli Weiss

Join Eli Weiss this week with Ron Orenstein, participant and Observer at CITES since 1987, and author of eleven books on science and nature. There has been a lot of discussion on the outcome of COP 17-so I thought I would look to an expert source to get the best understanding of how we can move forward within the framework we have . In Part One We delve in to the intricacies of CITES, what it is, what it can do, what it can’t do what we can expect it to do!

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Now What? By Eli Weiss

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Now What? By Eli Weiss

After such tremendous shifts in 2016 from the IUCN, to CITES, and to the US Presidential election… Now What? Tune in with Eli Weiss on Our Wild World Talk Radio as we go back to 2012 and hold the cards to the future. We’re on the razors edge of what we choose to implement good or bad.

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Are Lion the New Rhino with Pieter Kat LionAid By Eli Weiss

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Are Lion the New Rhino with Pieter Kat LionAid By Eli Weiss

Join Eli Weiss this Monday with long time guest on Our Wild World Talk Radio Show and Lion conservationist, Dr. Pieter Kat with Lion Aid. On Nov 7th at 8 a.m. PT, Tune In as we discuss the #illegaltrade in endangered species more specifically #Lions. As time goes on we all notice and realize more and more that it is all about money and the politics within the realm of the Canned Hunting industry are becoming even more corrupt. But the ultimate price, will be the loss of the very definition of ‘wildness’. In the illegal wildlife trade, the fact that the value of an animal is only tallied upon its worth as a carcass or its parts shows that money will win the day.

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