The Environmental Movement’s Biggest Problem? Few Solutions.

February 21, 2010

As an ocean conservationist and owner of Planet Protect Sportswear, I’m guilty of telling all about the problems, and offering few solutions.  I feel its one of the biggest flaws in the environmental movement, we sound the alarm, and quickly pass the buck to someone else to solve.  I’m sure for many it seems like the problems are so massive, where do you start.  The other problem is there are too many preachers and not enough workers. 

The days of educating the public needs to end.  The days of signing petitions and holding candle lite vigils needs to end.  Joining causes on Facebook does not make you an activist it makes you in-active.  We love to sit at home and watch Whale Wars and marvel at these people fighting to save whales.  We are quick to watch documentaries, stream videos on our laptops, and recycle once a week and somehow we are doing our part.  Your are not doing your part.  Your $35 donation to Sierra Club makes a club member not an environmentalist.

Embracing the eco-lifestyle is not a trend, its a way of life we need to promote, not hide from.  Right now I’m watching the Tea Party participants protest, raise money, fight like hell, and for what – politics!  When the hell are we going to fight like hell for the only damn world we have?  When do one-million environmentalists show up in Washington DC and demand the end of pollution, toxicity, corporate influence and corruption? When do we take over the air-waves with our message – “we are done being poisoned, we are done being lied to, we are done with business as usual.”

Or maybe you can join a Facebook cause and call it a night…


Forget Climate Change – Focus on the Oceans for a Change

February 11, 2010

With all the focus on climate change – which is always difficult during winter as it tends to be cold, and hence the problem is instantly solved in the minds of many. We at Planet Protect keep beating the drum about ocean change, the drastic and immediate effect of CO2 on our oceans.  The nay-sayers about climate change stay far away from Ocean Acidification (the increase of acidity in our oceans).  Why?  Because the science is too solid, too complete to ignore.  The nay sayers can’t blame solar cycles, moon beams, or liberal plots by the Obama Administration (probably add in Al Gore too).  The PH balance of the ocean is shifting  – quickly and with devastating results.  The culprit is CO2, it’s the CO2 we produce and we are to blame.  Hey Fox News, ask me to be on the Glenn Beck show or Hannity and I’ll rip apart your hosts with facts…

Nature is a remarkably resilient and strong process, it can change and adapt in amazing situations, and life on our planet has endured much.  It will endure our tampering with the bio-chemistry, atmospheric chemistry of our world, the problem is, all the beauty, all the elements and life we have come to enjoy will also be changed.

What if all coral reefs died off in the next 15 years?  What if most shelled creatures died off (clams, oysters, shell-fish) in the next 20 years?  What if seas of weeds become the norm?  Yes, life would go on… but would we enjoy this changed world? What kind of world do we want to preserve?  What do we want to conserve?  Its time we focused on our water world, our planet of seas, and its time to see the change happening to our oceans.

Planet Protect Sportswear supports the Plastic Bag Ban in Oregon

February 6, 2010

Oregonians are typically supportive of environmental measures and laws.  It will be very interesting to see how a bill currently being circulated in our capital of Salem will be received.  The infamous “save the plastic bag coalition” is already circulating its talking points and mis-information.  Our major daily paper – the Oregonian – was quick to use the plastic industry PR bullet points (as fact), and report on the story.  These days, fact checking is rare, propaganda rules, and blogs are the news source… (please don’t use this as a news source, this is my opinion). 

Another disturbing fact, is that governmental agencies now routinely use industry stats as their own.  The EPA, is littered with Plastic Industry stats – provided by the Plastic Industry and once again presented as fact.  Sorry, I want third party measures for this kind of discussion.  The Plastic Industry’s new ploy is to make paper a dangerous and potentially devastating green house gas provided (when it decomposes) and a huge energy drain on our already over taxed power generation plants.

I agree, having millions of people shift to paper bags at grocery stores makes about as much sense as wiping your rear end with paper or using it to print out our email, spreadsheets, letters and faxes, or using paper for presents, milk cartons, boxes, greeting cards, posters, flyers, brochures, steamers, labels, confetti or really any other use…

Yes, paper is truly a menace as it is recycled over and over again and eventually ends up as insulation, mulch and degrades back into the soil.  Oh, for those of you who don’t know this.  Plastic has never been recycled in the history since its creation.  It can’t be recycled, its down-cycled into something else.  Let me repeat this – no milk jug has ever been made into another milk jug…  The plastic industry refuses to use used plastic in its manufacturing process.  So if no one wants it… guess what… its put into the landfill.  Go and research this for yourself..

This “save the plastic bag coalition” is all about keeping you hooked and misled.  Its time to end plastic bags. Go get bunch of  canvas bags, and use them, its really easy.