Consider the ratio of environmental change between these two projects, and then consider the ratio of alarm and controversy.
We must look below the surface of the attack on the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and their project to restore iron balance to the North Pacific. There are a number of topics that could bear close scrutiny in the case of the media and green attack on the project. I encourage everyone who is interested in fairness, justice, and truth in the media to see if they can identify key topics that are being hidden, as the ETC Group and the media hold up the effigy of Russ George in a ‘straw man’ distraction from the real issues – issues pertinent to the ethics, morals and codes by which non-governmental environmental groups, government agencies, and the media should be held accountable.
I encourage all readers to think holistically, to consider the contribution of propaganda, polarizing public opinion, and fear-based promulgation of false and misleading statements to the ‘ecology of learning’ we are situated within. The only power we have to protect and enhance salmon habitat is our individual and collective examination of statements – identify what claims are being made, and then identify what warrants are being put forth to support those claims.
The story of the HSRC and their ocean restoration project is about many issues, and complex inter-relationships amongst anthropogenic climate change, non-governmental environmental groups, the media, international politics, and the Canadian government. Our strength is in our intelligence and our ability to broaden our perspectives and deepen our understanding. There are no simple, reductive answers to this situation we are in. Anyone promulgating such ideas is doing a disservice to our intelligence, and to the future sustainability of our human existence on this planet.
Speak for the salmon.