The War On Environmental Damage: Here’s Why We’re Finally Starting To Win

Eco-friendly strategies

A sense of optimism for the environment. Pixabay photo (CC0).

Environmental damage has been one of the hottest social topics of recent generations. The human race has put the future of our planet as we know it at great risk with irresponsible activities. Sadly, the growing population only makes those threats even greater. However, there are signs that we are finally starting to regain control.

A number of factors have contributed to our growing authority in the war to keep the planet in good health. While there is a still long way to go, here are some of the main reasons we can start to feel more optimistic. Continue reading

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4 Ways We Are Achieving Sustainable Growth In Aquaculture

The big topic of our generation, and all generations to come, will be the environment. It will be about the challenges of going green and how to be more sustainable, and one of the big subtopics is that of food and fish farming. Despite all the evidence, all the arguments and all the new knowledge surrounding this topic and what it means for marine life, the demand for seafood is increasing by the day. This is partly because the global population is on the rise and partly because seafood is the only source of protein a huge portion of the population, especially those living below the poverty line in developing countries.

The rise of aquaculture

Fish are the main protein source for many people. Pexels, CC0 License.

To meet this growing demand, aquaculture has been on the rise. In fact, the production of seafood through aquaculture methods have doubled in the past decade. However, they need to double again in order to meet the demands of protein and population.

As such, we have researched inspiring women and men who work in this sector at different levels and in different roles to determine how companies and governments are working to achieve sustainable growth in aquaculture.

Seafood Watch

One of the best ways to tackle the environmental problems surrounding this issue is to educate the consumer, and that is exactly what the Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch Program aims to do. It educates people on what should be avoided in order to give sustainability a chance. For example, lake trout currently have populations levels that are way too low, while oysters are perfectly suited to aquaculture methods.

Genetically Engineered Yeast

Farming Atlantic salmon has been a problem simply because it takes three pounds of wild fish to grow a pound of farmed salmon. That is not sustainable. However, genetically engineered yeast has now been developed that provides salmon with all the Omega-3 they need, reducing the need for feeder fish by seventy-five percent. The companies leading the way on this are DuPont, AquaChile, and Verlasso, whose joint venture was the first to receive the “good alternative stamp”.

Global Salmon Initiative

The need for protein is going to grow by 40% between now and 2050. That is where farmed salmon can have a huge role to play in meeting this demand, and a huge reason why everyone with an interest in the environment should learn about the Global Salmoning Initiative, which aims to bolster sustainable aquaculture while simultaneously reducing the impact it has on the ecosystem. This initiative, which is made up of fifteen companies with a market share of over 70%, aims to achieve the necessary changes through collaboration, research, investment and the sharing of knowledge. It is a huge step forward in an industry that has proven it can grow.

Learning about valid aquaculture methods

Highlighting marine life issues and the initiatives that appear to be helping. Pexels image.

New Technology

Shrimp is a big issue, with the majority of it consumed in the US yet produced in Asia. Here the producers feed these shrimps wild fish and allow waste to be discharged into coastal waters. This could change thanks to a David Brune who has developed a way to produce shrimp more quickly and with less waste. It involves a paddle wheel that generates algae, which not only deals with waste but can also be harvested by brine shrimp that can be used as food for Pacific white shrimp. This development is both cost and time effective too.

The Challenges of Going Green (And Why It’s Still Worthwhile)

These days, more people are realizing the importance of living in a cleaner and greener kind of way. But it’s not as easy as we all wish it was. Green lifestyles come with their own problems and challenges. You have to be prepared to deal with these if you’re going to live successfully with a green lifestyle. Here are some of the main issues that you’ll face, and why it’s still worth doing more to go green.

Tech Problems

There are some problems that will necessarily arise when you are using technologies that allow you to will in a green way. For example, you might be using new energy saving appliances in the home. Sometimes, these tech items are brand new, and they can be relatively untested.

This can lead to problems and issues with things breaking down. These teething problems just have to be accepted and overcome if you want to push forward and become greener. Even solar panels can experience difficulties; repairing solar panels can be necessary sometimes. Make sure that you let an expert take care of that work, though.

Problems can occur with new eco-friendly technology

Leave repairs of green technologies, such as solar panels, up to the experts. Image via Pixabay.

Changing Your Everyday Behavior

For many people, this is the most challenging thing of all. Breaking those simple everyday habits that you’re so used to can be a real struggle for some people. It’s a struggle that you should work hard at, though. You might occasionally forget to recycle things or turn the lights off or conserve water.

But if you start to pick up on these mistakes and correct them, you will eventually get into the habit of doing things differently. We’re all creatures of habit, so it’s not going to be easy for you, but it certainly can be done.

Sometimes Sacrificing Convenience and Ease

It’s occasionally necessary to sacrifice some of the modern world’s ease and convenience when you want to go green. You have to do without some of the things that make life simpler.

For example, you might want to cut down on the amount of plastic you use and throw away. But if you choose to do that, you will have to cut down on the amount of quick, processed and packaged food you buy from supermarkets each week. It’s definitely a positive step, but that doesn’t make it any easier for you to implement. That’s just one example of how convenience may have to be sacrificed a little.

Environmentally friendly actions in your house

Going green within the home may mean sacrificing a bit of convenience. Flickr Photo.

Why You Should Still Do Everything Possible to be Greener

After reading all the things above, you might be wondering why you should bother going green at all. But that’s the wrong conclusion to draw. In fact, you should see these challenges as worth overcoming because you have a very positive impact on our environment if you do.

Still not convinced? Well, the biggest issue for most ordinary people is the financial side of things. If you start conserving energy and water, and looking to clean, renewable alternatives, you can save your family a lot of money. That’s why you should push ahead regardless.