environmentalist protest

Doom and gloom won't save the world
The best way to encourage conservation is to share our success stories, not to write obituaries for the planet, says Nancy Knowlton.

In 2001, my colleagues and I at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Core to our programme was an interdisciplinary summer course, which brought together students ranging from marine biologists to physical oceanographers, economists and anthropologists. We thought of it as medical school for the ocean.

We began with what we thought was a logical starting point — the state of the ocean. These were depressing lectures. Doom and gloom consumed the entire course. Basically, we were training our students to write ever-more-refined obituaries for the seas.

We quickly realized the folly of focusing so much on the problems — we could see it on our students’ faces. There had to be another way. After all, in medical school the focus is on preserving life, not describing death. So in 2009, my husband Jeremy Jackson and I began running symposia at academic meetings called ‘Beyond the Obituaries’, which were about success stories in ocean conservation. A small workshop in 2014 led to a Twitter campaign, #OceanOptimism, which has now reached more than 76 million Twitter accounts.

This journey has taught me several lessons. First, unrelenting doom and gloom in the absence of solutions is not effective. Social scientists have known for decades that large problems without solutions lead to apathy, not action. Yet much of conservation communication still seems to be focused on scaring people into caring.

As a community, we seem to be addicted to despair. For example, when the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) was bumped down from endangered to threatened status under the US Endangered Species Act last month, many environmentalists protested and worried about relaxed protections, rather than celebrating the practices (boat speed limits and winter-refuge safeguards) that enabled the animals’ partial recovery.

Second, an extraordinary number of success stories are largely unknown — not just to the general public but also to conservation scientists, policymakers and philanthropists. Searching Twitter for #OceanOptimism (and its offspring #EarthOptimism) is still one of the best ways to find examples. My favourite instance of unrecognized success was the 2015 announcement of the recovery of seagrasses in Tampa Bay, Florida, to 1950s levels. Of the 300 or so people I have mentioned this to (including 200 marine scientists at a research meeting in Tampa), fewer than 10 were aware of this important conservation achievement, which was the result of keeping fertilizer-filled run-off waters from flowing into the bay. Elsewhere, stocks of Chilean loco (an edible sea snail), Madagascar octopus and marine fish in parts of the Philippines are healthier thanks to the establishment of small-scale, locally empowered, sustainable fisheries.

whitmerule  asked:


  • who’s the werewolf and who’s the hunter

dean is the hunter, for obvious reasons. sam is the werewolf because he has a lot of hair. castiel is an environmentalist protesting in front of the forest trying to end werewolf cruelty

  • who’s the mermaid and who’s the fisherman

cASTIEL IS THE MERMAID dean is a fisherman because have you SEEN 4x20 (lol blaze it) fisherman dean is literally canon. sam is castiel’s mermaid husband let’s just have all the mermaids

  • who’s the witch and who’s the familiar

ooooOOOOOH let’s have dean as the witch and then sam the puppy and dean the kitten are always fighting for his affection and yeah this is the adorable kind of witch that just makes sparks with their wand and rides a broomstick around to play minor pranks on people who deserve it (gabriel is also this kind of witch)

  • who’s the barista and who’s the coffee addict

oh my god i love this BECAUSE cas is the longsuffering barista (think steve!cas) and dean is the dude in leather who only drinks black coffee, extra large, extra strong, and none of that frothy foamy bullshit. meanwhile sam loves trying out the different lattes and specials (along with his fruit granola of course, because who is sam winchester without a salad) and he keeps offering dean a sip until one day dean gives in and tries the maple white chocolate coconut milk iced cappuccino with extra whipped cream and caramelized sugar and dean is like hOLY SHIT

  • who’s the professor and who’s the TA

oh my GOD this is easy cas is sweater vest professor and sam and dean are brothers in the same grad school and they have a bet on who can get that hot professor in the staff room’s number first 

  • who’s the knight and who’s the prince(ss)

dean is the knight i mean have you SEEN him larping
castiel is the dragon, an adorable socially awkward dragon

  • who’s the teacher and who’s the single parent

shit ok i like sam as the single parent trying desperately to be involved in the kid’s school life and make healthy organic lunches every morning and volunteer for field trips as well as having a stressful full time job. dean is the nanny who takes care of the kid occasionally. and castiel is the kindergarten teacher who never smiles at adults but positively beams around children

  • who’s the writer and who’s the editor

whit. the point is they’re all gay and i’m tired

(sam is the writer cas is the editor and dean is a fucking fanboy)

anonymous asked:

Percy and annabeth forbidden lovers au?

  • Annabeth’s mother, Athena, was head of a multi-million architecture cooperation which Annabeth was the heir of. 
  • The first thing that Athena taught her about was her rival, Poseidon. He was the environmentalist that protested against her projects. Poseidon wasn’t as rich and powerful as Athena, but his voice moved people to join him.
  • He couldn’t even get arrested because of the peaceful protests. He knew how to avoid going to jail. 
  • Annabeth was walking along the sidewalk of the greatest city in the world, New York. Her headphones were in as she was psyching herself up for this meeting she was having. 
  • She didn’t even hear the guy running behind her say, “On your left” until he crashed right into her.
  • She looked at him with a glare. “Excuse me!”
  • “I said on your left.” He told her. “But I’m sorry. Are you okay?” 
  • “Yeah, I’m fine.” She replied, straightening herself up. 
  • Annabeth looked at the jogger and could feel herself flushing. He was really handsome. Probably one of the most beautiful guys she’s ever seen. His dark hair, golden tan skin, and green eyes. Gorgeous. 
  • “Can I make it up to you some how? Get you some coffee or tea?” He asked.
  • “Tea would be great.” She replied.
  • “Right now?” He asked, almost hopeful.
  • Annabeth took out her phone and checked the time. She could make her clients wait five minutes. Her mother’s rule number 5: Make them sweat.
  • “Sure.” She smiled. “I’m Annabeth.”
  • “Percy.” He replied. “I would shake your hand but I’m sweaty.” 
  • She nodded. “To Starbucks?”
  • He smiled and led the way. “So, where were you going?” 
  • “A meeting, but I got some time.” She added. “Are you a runner?”
  • “Not really.” He replied. “Just getting in some exercise and its better than taking the subway or bus.”
  • “Big on saving the environment?” She asked.
  • “A bit.” He replied, opening the door for her. “Are you?”
  • “I’ll save some energy and into renewable sources.” She told him. “But going to a meeting uptown in ten minutes, I will take the subway.”
  • He shrugged his shoulders. “Fair enough. What kind of tea would you like?”
  • “Earl grey, black.” She replied. “You really didn’t have to do this.” 
  • He looked at her with a smile. “I wanted to.”
  • Annabeth smiled back as her phone went off. She looked and sighed when she saw it was her mother. 
  • “Yes?” She answered.
  • “Annabeth, have you arrived at your meeting?” Her mother’s crisp voice came through the phone. 
  • “Not yet. I’m on my way. What’s wrong?” 
  • “Poseidon. He’s out there protesting the project I assigned you.” Athena told her daughter. “Now, when you get there, you need to go in the back way. If he doesn’t know you’re there, then you can get this deal done.”
  • “Mom, he doesn’t know what I look like. Besides, I could just be another client or worker.” She told her. “Relax.”
  • “Alright. I trust you. But if he gets out of line, call me.” She hung up.
  • Annabeth sighed and put her phone in her purse, not noticing that Percy came back with her tea and a huge cup of water for him. 
  • “Is everything okay?” He asked.
  • “Yeah. Apparently there are protesters outside the building I’m having my meeting in.” She took her tea.
  • “Where’s your meeting?” His head perked up. 
  • “Rockefeller Plaza.” She told him. “Why?”
  • “That’s where I was heading. My dad is leading a big protest there.”
  • Annabeth felt her brain come to a halt as she stared at Percy. He couldn’t be…
  • “Is your dad Poseidon?” 
  • Percy nodded. “How do you know that?”
  • “He’s been protesting all of my mom’s projects and making it difficult for her to get her job done.”
  • “Well Athena has a ton of money that she could use to help the environment and not build building that hurt the environment. And besides, New York has plenty of pollution already and buildings.” He rambled before staring at her. “Your mom is Athena?”
  • She nodded. 
  • Percy ran his hand through his hair. “Well…this is awkward.”
  • “No kidding.” Annabeth breathed. “So now what?”
  • Percy looked at her. His green eyes looking right into her grey ones, hoping she was thinking the same thing.
  • “I like you Annabeth. I don’t want our parents feud to ruin our friendship.” Percy started. “So, do you want to take the subway to Rockefeller together before going our separate ways?”
  • Annabeth slightly smiled. “Yeah. Sounds good to me.”


  • Ever since that day, Annabeth and Percy have been sneaking around to hang out with each other. It was getting more and more difficult lately.
  • Athena announced that Annabeth was going to take over the company within the next five years under her guidance. Her mother never looked so proud.
  • She wouldn’t be if she knew who Annabeth was hanging out with.
  • Percy, on the other hand, easily kept this information from his father. But now that he knows what Annabeth looks like, he had to disappear before she went towards any building that his dad was protesting.
  • All the sneaking around, it was fun for them. They got to be themselves and not worry about their parents. 
  • Annabeth thought it was the exhilarating. She felt a rush every time she hung out with Percy. The excitement of sneaking around and being with someone who wanted to be with her
  • Percy looked at Annabeth as they sat across from each other in his favorite dive. His smile lit up his face and her heart swelled.
  • “Isn’t this place great?” He asked.
  • “Yeah, it’s pretty great.” She said before popping a fry into her mouth. “I think you find the best food places in New York.”
  • Percy grinned his stupid grin. He has to stop being cute. “Thanks. Also, you got ketchup in the corner of your mouth.” He leaned over and wiped it away.
  • She blushed. 
  • Percy looked at her before getting up and moving over to sit next to her. “Annabeth, can I kiss you?” 
  • Her heart was pounding as she wanted to say yes. How she desperately wanted to kiss him.
  • “Yes. “ She whispered. 
  • Percy leaned over until their lips met. Her heart was pounding as they kissed. 
  • When they broke the kiss, Annabeth was bright red. 
  • And that’s how their forbidden romance started.
We Shall Overcome
Pete Seeger
We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement and co-wrote some of its most enduring songs such as “If I Had a Hammer,” died on Monday at the age of 94.

Seeger, a Woody Guthrie protege whose songwriting credits included folk classics “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” died of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his grandson Kitama Cahill Jackson told the New York Times and the Associated Press.

Seeger also was known for his liberal politics, working as an environmentalist, protesting against wars from Vietnam to Iraq and being sentenced to prison for refusing to testify to Congress about his time in the Communist Party.

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“Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.

"Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, “rolling coal” has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.


“The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal,” a roller named Ryan told Vocativ. “I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me.”

Weigel spoke to a seller of coal rolling customization equipment who described why some drivers see spewing smoke as a political protest.

“I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all,” the salesperson said. “If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”

This is, in a very real sense, why we can’t have nice things.

National Park AU

Setting: the characters of Tokyo Ghoul all work at a large national park, it’s split into different sections like wards certain areas are more dangerous than others with different animals and terrain.

  • Haise is a park ranger who loves entertaining children, but spends a lot of time out in nature. He used to work in the park police. But after  particularly gruesome case where a group of campers “appeared to have been mauled by wild grizzly bears” he changed his job.
  • Mutsuki a junior ranger who spends a lot of time with Haise, he’s not very happy about how much mosquito’s love him.
  • Shirazu is usually on the back of a 4-wheeler works mainly in the trails and often has to be sent out to bring in visitors lost off the paths.
  • Touka works and helps with the biological aspects of the park keeping tracking plant and animal health.
  • Akira is a park ranger and Botanist in charge of most of the Park’s public domain and Haise and many other’s boss.
  • Urie a Junior park ranger called Haise’s ranger hat dorky one to many times. He was punished by being forced to man the Welcome Center gift shop for a week, and be in contact with… customers…shudder.
  • Hinami and Ayato work in the animal rehabilitation clinic taking care of injuried birds of prey and other wildlife.
  • Amon and Seidou were both posted at fire watchtowers set deep into the park. Lets just say Seidou did not suffer the isolation well.
  • Saiko spends her off time searching with Hairu for the big black bigfoot she saw one time.
  • The Bigfoot was Amon
  • Suzuya started working for the park service because it used to freak them out a lot when he’d disappear into the forest for more than a month at a time. He was fine because he’s extremely skilled and Shinhara convinced him to use his survival skills to help the park service.
  • Tsukiyama came with his father and younger cousin on a Tsukiyama Group team building exercise, while they were camping in the woods he got terribly lost and a certain young park ranger was the one to find and save him after 36 hours, he developed a little bit of an obsession with him and shows up ever once in a while to stalk him enjoy the park.
  • Shirohara is the park’s version of smoky the bear.
  • Hide runs the canoe and kayak rentals or he did until Aogiri blew up the boat house, now he sells ice cream.
  • Donato is the legendary hermit of the wood, legend goes he eats small children.
  • Furuta was banned from the park for 3 years after he purposefully started an environmentalist protest to save a nonexistent rabbit species the “Kirishima Bunnies”
  • Aogiri tree is an environmental extremist group with rather dangerous tactics.
  • Naki is a member of the Aogiri Tree group, though it’s unclear if someone has taught him the difference between endangered and extinct, he has been seen with a sign that reads “save the sabertooth lions!”
  • Arima is the head of the Park police and often comes toe to toe with Aogiri tree.
  • Uta curates the nature museum in the most publicly open area of the park, including cleaning, adding to and up keeping the taxidermy animals.

That’s it for now, who else needs a job?

Eclipse - Chapter 1: Lavender Mint


Chapter 1: Lavender Mint

“Are you robbing me?” Iris walks up behind Barry and peers over his shoulder as he shamelessly rummages through her purse where she’d left it behind the counter at Jitters. She absently begins closing out her register without really expecting a reply.

It’s Wednesday, which means that while she has to be at work to open at 6 am, she only works a half shift. Barry always comes over for his break in time for her to close up, and they have a coffee together and catch up before she heads off to study or, more often lately, write her blog.

Wednesdays have become Iris’ favorite day. She would never do it without the motivation of having to be somewhere, but she has come to love being awake at dawn. Last week she’d made Barry come over to walk her to work and watch the sunrise with her. He’d called her on his way over to grumble about having to be up so early and they stayed on the phone until he arrived. He had shown up adorably sleepy and fake-grumpy, going silent only to watch her put on her make-up with a look in his eyes Iris couldn’t quite place because she never understood why he seemed to enjoy watching her get ready so much given how often he’d seen it over the years.

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anonymous asked:

While you're here on tumblr and making videos about animals being killed... people are still eating cows. Being vegan is ok and healthy but humanity are never gonna stop killing animals. That's the sad true :/ sorry, peace out.

While environmentalist protest green house pollution, countless factories continue to pollute the environment. 

While black rights activists march in the streets, racism is running rapid throughout the world.

While feminists are fighting for equality, women are continuously being taken advantage of and abused.

While LGTBQIA+ activists are fighting for their right to be accepted for who they are, trans men and women are being banned from using the bathroom.

Please don’t tell me that a fight for justice is any less significant because the world is a shitty place. 

If anything, this makes a fight even more significant. 

French parliament bans genetically modified maize

France’s lower house of parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting genetically modified (GM) maize from being grown, citing environmental concerns. The law can be applied to any GM strain that is adopted at EU level.

The law follows a decree last month, which halted the planting of Monsanto’s insect-resistant maize MON810, which will be allowed for cultivation in the EU, Reuters reported.

But if any strain of GM crop is adopted in the future at EU level – including Pioneer 1507, which was developed by DuPont and Dow Chemical – it will be subsequently banned in France.

Pioneer 1507 could be approved by the EU later this year, after 19 of the 28 EU member states failed to gather enough votes to block it.

The law adopted Tuesday by France’s lower house (National Assembly) is similar to one rejected by the upper house (Senate) in February, which was seen as unconstitutional.

“It is essential today to renew a widely shared desire to maintain the French ban. This bill strengthens the decree passed last March by preventing the immediate cultivation of GMO and extending their reach to all transgenic maize varieties” Jean Marie Le Guen, the minister in charge of relations with parliament, told the National Assembly.

The current Socialist-led government in France, like the previous conservative one, has opposed the growing of GM crops because of public suspicion and protests by environmentalists.

Le Guen called for an EU system that would make sure that the decisions of member states not to adopt GM crops could not be challenged legally.

A debate on the future of EU policy is going on at EU level, with the European Commission suggesting an opt-out that would allow individual countries to ban GM crops.

The French ban on GM maize will now have to go to the Senate for approval. However, even if it is rejected again, the National Assembly will have the final say.

While France is against genetically modified crops, the UK argues that without them, Europe risks becoming “the museum of world farming.” Spain also says its own farmers have to be able to compete with those outside the EU – many of whom are growing GM crops.

GM crops, though still unpopular in Europe, are widely grown in the US and Asia.