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Couple Protect Over 2 Million Acres & Donate Land To The Public

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“Conservation is our passion: we feel privileged to make it the second part of our life’s work. Even at discouraging moments—when we read reports on accelerating biodiversity loss, learn of a new road planned through the Serengeti, or watch how Japan keeps killing whales under the false claim of research—we cannot imagine stopping this work we are doing to help reverse the extinction crisis. From our point of view, there’s no better thing to do—plus, we find ourselves working with the best people on the planet.”

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Doug and Kris Tompkins

The Passing of a Legend

Most people would not be familiar with Doug Tompkins, yet many would have some awareness of the now household name brands of North Face and Esprit, both of which he founded. Doug Tompkins passed away in early December of last year in a tragic kayaking accident in southern Chile when strong waves caused his kayak to capsize, causing the onset of fatal hypothermia.

Tompkins started out as an avid outdoorsman, being a competent ski racer and rock climber in the early 1960’s and going on to found the California Mountaineering Guide Service. Having a passion for being outdoors, Tompkins began The North Face Inc. in 1964 with his former wife Susie Tompkins in San Francisco as a small mail order and retail company, selling rock climbing and camping equipment. In 1966 the first store was opened, at which the band The Grateful Dead played. Two years later Tompkins sold out his stake for $50,000, using the profit to join his wife in co-founding Esprit, a fashion house. (1) Together they turned Esprit into one of the most popular brands of the 70’s and 80’s; it became a transnational company operating in 60 countries and generating revenues of over $100 million a year.

From Industry to Ecology  

Witnessing the growth, externalities, and ecological impacts of the fashion industry, Tompkins removed himself from the business world, selling his stake in Espirt in the late 1980’s to focus on land conservation.  After selling his interest in Esprit, Tompkins moved to south Chile, where he had previously spent much time climbing, kayaking, and skiing, to focus on land conservation and environmental activism. He founded the ‘Foundation for Deep Ecology’ in 1990, which supports environmental activism, and the ‘The Conservation Land Trust’ in 1992, which works to protect wildlands, primarily in Chile and Argentina. (2) In 1993, Doug Tompkins remarried Kristine McDivitt Wear, a former chief executive of the Patagonia retail chain. Kristine Tompkins retired from the chain and moved to Patagonia with Doug to work full time on conservation. Between the two, Doug and Kris Tompkins spent the last 25 years working on creating protected national parks in vulnerable areas of Chile and Argentina to provide a vital refuge for endangered wildlife at a time when the human demands on the non-human world increase daily. Between them, they  protected more land from ‘development’ than any other private individuals in history – over 2 million acres in total, and there were plans for more.(3)

A Man on a Mission

The Tompkins’ conservation efforts focused on preserving wild landscapes and biodiversity. According to a friend of Tompkins, Paul Kingsnorth, who posts the Dark MountainBlog, “Doug saw the protection of non-human life, in the face of the human onslaught, as the crucial work of our time. This remarkable display of both philanthropy and ecological ambition was a long-term project not simply to preserve wild nature and  give it some chance of recovery, but also to persaude others to contribute to an overarching plan to connect protected areas throughout the continent, and in so doing to provide a wild corridor through which non-human life could move and survive.” (4)

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In 1996 Tompkins Conservation Land Trust CLT continued to purchase land from absentee landowners to create Pumalín Park, a process that lasted nearly a decade and resulted in a protected area of more than 711,000 acres. The park was developed to encourage Chileans and citizens of the world to experience these unique and spectacular landscapes, and so CLT developed a network of cabins, campgrounds, trails, information centers, and other public facilities. The Conservation Land Trust later donated the protected lands to Fundacion Pumalín, a Chilean foundation, for their administration and ongoing preservation as a public park under private initiative. In 2004 Patagonia National Park project began: Conservacion Patagonica purchased Estancia Valle Chacabuco, a 175,000-acre sheep ranch in Chile’s Aysen Province, with the plan of creating and donating a new national park to the Chilean park system.(5)

In 2005, Tompkins, with the help of another American philanthropist (Peter Buckley), acquired 208,000 acres along the southern Chilean coast to help secure Corcovado National Park, Chile’s sixth largest, which he then gifted to the people of Chile. Previously the land had been held by a European corporation whose principal owner, an Italian businessman, had targeted it for a massive development and logging operation. For more details on the Thompkins Conservation Trust Click Here.

To access a full interview with Doug and Kris Tompkins with Paul Kingsnorth Click Here.

Article compiled by Andrew Martin, author of One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future…and Rethink…Your World, Your Future.

CoverONENOV(1) Sarah Kaplan (December 9, 2015). “North Face co-founder turned ‘eco baron’ Douglas Tompkins is killed in Chile kayaking accident”. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 9, 2015.

(2) Diana Saverin, Sept 15th 2014, The Atlantic, The Entrepreneur who Wants to Save Paradise. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/09/the-entrepreneur-who-wants-to-save-paradise/380116/

(3) Paul Kingsnorth, Doug Tompkins Remembered, 16th December 2015.  http://dark-mountain.net/

(4) http://dark-mountain.net/

(5) http://www.parquepumalin.cl/en/pumalin_history.htm

Cover Image: http://www.parquepumalin.cl/en/photo_gallery.htm#prettyPhoto

 

 

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Wisconsin Loses More Than 300 Dairy Farms (2nd Largest Dairy Producing State In America)

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Because of the decline in the consumption of milk and dairy products, dozens of dairy farms are being forced to close down their doors.

  • Reflect On:

    This is happening because of a growing awareness and concern for animal welfare, environmental protection and a more thorough understanding of health. We have the power to create the type of world we want to live in. Vote with your dollar.

The second largest dairy producing state in the US, Wisconsin had 338 dairy farms close their doors this year, according to the media outlet, Dairy Herd Management, among many others, like Mercy For Animals.

Wisconsin has also been known as America’s Dairyland and was home to 9,520 dairy farms last year, but because of a growing decline in the consumption of dairy milk, the state is seeing a record number of farms closing down. Since this time last year, in fact, the rate of closures have increased by 30 percent.

International dairy company, Arla foods announced that it would end its contracts with 11 dairy farms in Wisconsin due to “increased production and market volatility.”

Although this is a major loss for the dairy industry of Wisconsin, they aren’t the only ones who are finding it difficult to stay in business. In general, the demand for milk and dairy products are declining at a rapid pace, these closures are happening all over the United States. The countries third largest dairy producer, New York has had more than 60 dairy farms close down over the past 40 years.

Even America’s largest dairy company, Dean Foods recently announced the closure of a factory in Illinois due to a decline in consumption. Dean Foods also issued a notice to dozens more dairy suppliers that it would not be renewing their contracts because the lack of demand had caused an overproduction of milk.

The USDA reported in 2013 that dairy consumption has been on the decline for decades, as each new generation consumes less milk than the generation before. Since 1970, CBS New York reported that the consumption of fluid milk has fallen 37 percent.

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So, Why Aren’t We Consuming As Much Milk?

As more and more awareness grows in regards to the health implications of consuming too much dairy, the treatment of dairy cows and the environmental concerns around creating the space not only to hold these animals but also to grow the food to feed, more activism and change will occur, and lifestyle changes as well. There are many milk alternatives available on the market today and nut milks are also incredibly easy to make yourself. Aside from just milk, we are also seeing a wide variety of dairy-free alternatives to cheese and yogurt too.

There is also calcium found in an abundance of foods!

Agribusiness giant, Cargill conducted a survey which revealed that half of US dairy consumers also use vegan alternatives. As a result of this, the American dairy industry is losing a large portion of its business.

It would appear that those clever, “got milk?” ads are no longer succeeding in tricking us into believing that “Milk does a body good,” or that we need it to be strong and healthy.

Related CE Article regarding the science of milk consumption:

Milk Does Not Do A Body Good – Massive New Study Syas

What About The Loss Of Business & Jobs For Farmers?

While in some ways it is unfortunate for these dairy farmers to lose their business and shut down their doors, others have clearly seen this issue as an opportunity to rise to the occasion and adapt to these changes. Take Dannon for example, who is famous for their yogurt made from cows milk, recently they invested nearly $60 million in a plant-based beverage facility in Mount Crawford Virginia. Stonyfield dropped their brand, which sold animal-based dairy products. Earlier this year we also saw, Elmhurst Dairy from Queens, New York close down their dairy making doors after 90 years in business and switch over to exclusively nut-based milk.

As dairy consumption continues to decline, farmers have no choice but to go out of business or to turn over to other industries. In 2017 a report issued by the Plant-Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute showed a 20 percent increase in one year in purchases of dairy alternatives which included vegan cheese, ice cream, and yogurt, accounting for over $700 million in sales.

Compassion For All

The drastic decline in dairy consumption across America is great news for dairy cows, who are generally treated as nothing more than milk-producing machines, forcibly impregnated, have their babies taken away from them at birth and are kept in unsanitary living conditions. By ditching dairy, you are taking a stand for these sentient beings and telling these corporations that you do not support or condone these business practices. If the demand for dairy continues to decline, we can expect farmers to use more humane practices to raise their cattle with.

This is just another fine example of how awareness creates change, and by spreading this kind of information and making informed choices we are changing an entire industry, and thus, changing the world as we know it.

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Great Solutions To Cut Plastic Out Of Your Life — For Good

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  • The Facts:

    Plastic is polluting our environment and our oceans. It is up to us to do our part to protect our planet. Below are some simple ways you can get started.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflet on your own plastic use, and on why we are still manufacturing these products when greater more harmonious products are available, there are several, like Hemp.

By now, most of us are aware of the harm that plastics are causing to our environment and our oceans. Thankfully, many cities are becoming proactive on the matter and banning the use of single-use plastic bags, and some even take it farther by banning single-use plastic of any kind altogether. Hopefully soon, we will have no choice because plastic as we know it, will be a thing of the past — we can only hope, right?

If you’d like to get ahead of the game, there are some very simple ways you can begin to cut plastic from your life today. While it may seem difficult at first there are alternatives to pretty much everything that comes wrapped in plastic. The thing is, we often are simply unaware of how much plastic we are actually consuming and because the waste is out of sight out of mind, we tend not to question where it ends up.

If you don’t think you consume that much plastic, I would strongly encourage you to hold on the all of the plastic that you would otherwise recycle or throw away for one week. This will give you a visual representation of what you are consuming, and perhaps after this, you may be willing to do something about it.

Great, now let’s get started.

Reusable Coffee Cups, Water Bottles, Take Out Containers & Cutlery

Really, the heading speaks for itself. There are a huge variety of reusable food and beverage containers out there, remembering to carry these with you might seem like a little bit more effort at first, but when you can sleep at night knowing you did your part to protect our planet, I’m sure you’ll begin to see the value. An added bonus here is that many coffee shops and restaurants will offer discounts if you bring your own takeout cups or containers in and you can save money by opting out of purchasing bottled water and refilling your reusable bottle at a filling station. Of course, glass and stainless steel options are ideal, as they last longer and if they break they can always be melted down and reutilized for something else. You could also just have your coffee at the cafe as well.

Reusable Bags

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This is a given. Many grocery stores are opting out of carrying these types of bags altogether and encouraging the use of reusable bags before paper ones. To take this a step further, opt for bag made from cotton or hemp as they will last longer and can be used for something else if they were to break or wear out. There are even reusable produce bags available that can also be used for bulk items.

Say No To Straws

Think about it, do you really need a straw? It’s simple to turn down straws at restaurants, but if you just can’t get past the concept of sipping from a glass — well, they make reusable straws too. There are many varieties available, made from glass, bamboo, stainless steel and silicon. Bring it next time you go out and remind your server or cashier that you brought your own and you won’t be needing one. You never know, you may just be inspiring your friends by leading the way to a straw free world.

Make Your Own Condiments & Dressings

Think of all the condiment bottles that you potentially have in your fridge right now, chances are most are packed in plastic. While you can opt for glass alternatives you can also easily make your own. There are tons of recipes for homemade condiments available online. Not only can you ensure the reduction of plastic, but by making your own you can avoid chemicals, artificial sweeteners and preservatives which means it is better for the environment, and you!

Hold Back On Online Shopping

Just 1-click away, it’s so easy these days to get pretty much anything you want on the world wide web, but if you have ordered online before then you are probably already aware of how wasteful it can be. A single battery might be shipped in a large box containing copious amounts of plastic — this is beyond wasteful. This is also a great opportunity to support local businesses and keep the money in the local economy.

Support Businesses That Are Zero Waste

Yes! This is possible, many businesses are doing their part to drastically cut back their waste of even become zero waste, by only offering recyclable or compostable products and eliminating their trash altogether. Of course, this may be more accessible if you are living in a bigger city, but you can encourage your local coffee shops and restaurants to consider it and start something big in your small town.

Lead By Example

By choosing to opt out of plastic and having your alternatives ready you are inspiring those around you to see that there are other options and that we can all do our part to make a huge impact. At first sure, people might give you a raised eyebrow look, but then they may just walk away reflecting on their actions and what they can do to make a difference.

We can all do our part! It’s up to each one of us to take responsibility for our own lives and do what we can to protect our planet.

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Canada’s Premiers Sour On Carbon Tax: Positive Signs?

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  • The Facts:

    Justin Trudeau's Carbon Tax legislation seemed to be on track just a year ago, when 9 of 10 provinces had signed on to it. But times have changed, as today at least half of the Premiers are speaking against it.

  • Reflect On:

    What does it mean if Canada, once on track to implement a Carbon Tax, is now having great difficulties getting it implemented? Does this mean people are starting to wake up to the fact that it is a money-grabbing hoax?

(Note: the video embedded down below by Annie Leonard is a clear and simple explanation of the Carbon Tax / Cap and Trade system. It might be of benefit to view this video first if you are unclear about these concepts.)

For a while, it seemed like the powers that be had won another high-stakes battle, pushing their cap-and-trade scheme through Canada by way of Justin Trudeau’s federal government. It was only a year ago that nine of ten provinces had agreed to Trudeau’s plan to usurp provincial jurisdiction and mandate a national carbon tax.

Now Saskatchewan, the lone objector at that time, has filed a reference case to its provincial court of appeal, arguing that the matter falls under provincial jurisdiction. And they are no longer the lone voice of dissent.

Ontario Bails

The newly elected Ontario government announced recently it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, fulfilling one of Premier Doug Ford’s election promises.

 “Cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes are no more than government cash grabs that do nothing for the environment, while hitting people in the wallet in order to fund big government programs.”–Doug Ford

Citing the auditor general, the Ford government said the program could cost Ontario consumers and businesses C$8 billion, with a minimal impact on the province’s carbon emissions.

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Other Provinces Join In

As this Financial Post article notes:

This week, going into the meeting of the premiers, the number of provinces supporting the Trudeau carbon tax looks like it’s down to five — or maybe even four. Soon it could be down to three.

Along with Saskatchewan and Doug Ford’s Ontario, Prince Edward Island has now said it will not accept Trudeau’s mandatory carbon tax. That’s right: a Liberal provincial government, under P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan, is now siding with conservative premiers in Ontario and Saskatchewan in fighting Trudeau’s federally imposed carbon tax. And in Newfoundland and Labrador another Liberal provincial government, led by Premier Dwight Ball, has yet to legislate a carbon tax. They wanted to wait, he said, to see what Ontario would do, first. They have their answer now.

There’s also Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. You might remember he was in a rush to announce his own <less expensive> “made-in-Manitoba” carbon-tax plan a few months ago. More recently, Pallister’s government has said it is willing to take the Trudeau government to court so it can follow its made-in-Manitoba tax plan, not one made in Ottawa. Even New Brunswick’s Liberal Premier Brian Gallant, who is hosting the St. Andrews meeting this week, seems to be backpedaling on his support of a Trudeau carbon tax.

Power Shift

While most of the reasoning behind the political about-face of Canada’s Premiers is based on jurisdiction issues with the federal government, there may be more at play here. Behind the scenes, there may be a shift in power towards those who are not set to benefit from the cap-and-trade scheme. In the video below, Annie Leonard speaks about who is really promoting cap-and-trade and what kind of benefits they hope to get from it. She also indicates, as Doug Ford alluded to and Donald Trump has certainly said, the whole scheme does little to nothing for the environment or for humanity’s future.

I personally believe the whole CO2/Global Warming narrative to be a hoax. But that’s a story for another article. Even if the ‘science’ is true, Leonard makes it clear that with this cap-and-trade system, world leaders are merely promoting a complicated system designed to increases the wealth and control of the powers that be. Seeing a growing number of Premiers in Canada starting to line up against the cap-and-trade system is a sign to me that things may be going in a better direction.

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