We are friends of the osprey!

By Marcelo Kawanami

Distribution of osprey in Canada

Today I would like to share with you an interesting organization from the Kawartha regionand its incredible work. Called Friends of the Osprey, it is a volunteer organization for the Kawartha Lakes region that focuses on the osprey, which is an indicator species for the health of the Kawartha Lakes environment.

Ospreys are very important as an umbrella species, which reflects the health of an aquatic ecosystem. Being the Kawartha lake region an important aquatic system for Canada, we can easily understand the importance of the ospreys for our ecosystem.

Picture1Ospreys are good indicators of the health and abundance of the fish stocks they hunt, and can alert us to the impending threats to that fish stock in the form of harmful pollutants such as DDT and DDE.

Friends of the Osprey work we do involve osprey nest building, workshops and visits to elementary schools to teach young people about the importance of the osprey. If you want to learn more about this amazing organization, please visit their website: http://www.friendsoftheosprey.org/index.html

Nature Horoscope? Good vibrations for 2014!

By Marcelo Kawanami

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As skeptic a person can be, many cannot avoid reading some predictions that the universe might have planned for the year ahead. And for the first post of 2014, we are bringing you a great article written by Stephen Bede Scharper, associate professor of environment and religious studies at the University of Toronto, for The Star publication in which he predicts some positive insights within the environmental field for 2014. I would like to thank Mieke Schipper, volunteer executive director of Gamiing Nature Centre, for recommending this article for the blog!

According to Scharper, environmentalists, which tend to be very pessimists, can have some reasons for smile in 2014. From the new pope to a wave of young activists, there’s plenty of cause for hope that this year will be the beginning of a new age of environmentalism.

Picture2One of his big hopes relies on the new environmental bill passed in Bolivia called The Pachamama law. Bolivia’s new environmental law is part of a larger movement growing in Latin America, the most bio-diverse region in the world, concerned with the protection of the environment. Despite having little historical responsibility in terms of gas emissions and environmental damage, a number of new, often revolutionary, initiatives have been implemented in the region. In 2011 Ecuador put forward the first ecological project in which it gathered money to not exploit the oil reserves it discovered under Yasuní, its largest national park.

Scharper also mentions Pope Francis as another good sign for the environment in 2014. He is positioning himself as an environmentalist through his speeches and calls. Pointed as one of the most influential persons in the world, he is constantly making Planet Earth a key component of his messages on masses and ceremonies.

To read the full article and more detailed predictions made by Scharper for 2014, please click in the following link: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/12/29/environmentalists_have_reason_for_hope_in_2014_scharper.html