While on the Green Living Guy book tour I happened to meet up with the Earth Island Institute which was showing the movie the cove. I had heard something about it being an environmental movie but that was it. This is who I met and what they taught me.
Marine Mammal Specialist, Earth Island Institute Richard O’Barry has worked both sides of the dolphin street, the first 10 years with the dolphin captivity industry, the past 38 against it. Working back in the 1960s for Miami Seaquarium, O’Barry captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, OʼBarry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong. From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he founded the Dolphin Project, dedicated to freeing captive dolphins who were viable candidates and educating people throughout the world to the plight of dolphins in captivity. He launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry, telling the public what was really going on at dolphin shows and urging people not to buy tickets to see dolphins play the fool. O’Barry has rescued and released more than 25 captive dolphins in Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. His more than 45 years of experience with dolphins and his firsthand knowledge about the methods used to capture and train them has taken him all over the world to participate in lectures and conferences about the controversial dolphin captivity issue. As he knew it would, this created a lot of hostility toward him by those who stood to profit from the continued exploitation of dolphins.
“They’re in this for money. Take it away, and they’ll quit doing this,” OʼBarry says and adds: “Dolphins are free-ranging, intelligent, and complex wild animals, and they belong in the oceans, not playing the clown in our human schemes.”
Are dolphin and whale numbers worldwide stable?
Dolphins and whales have a long gestation period – about 11 months and they can nurture their young for years. They are not prolific breeders. The Southern Atlantic Blue Whale has yet to recover from the devastation wrought on that species by rampant over-fishing. Out of perhaps 311,000 Antarctic Blue Whales about 2,280 are left, or about 5%.
Despite a 20-year moratorium on whaling they have yet to come back in any significant numbers. In the 1964-65 killing season 5 catcher fleets of Japanese whalers could not find a single blue whale. As a result the Japanese whalers rented out whaling base stations from Chile, the winter home of Antarctic Blues and wiped out every one they could find. Chile has recently declared all of their territory waters a whale sanctuary.
For more information about Richard, visit the bio page on his website for the movie.
Charles Hambleton who handles his clandestine operations was also at the showing of the movie.
Charles was born in Miami, Florida. His father worked for Pan American Airlines, so he grew up all over the world. He studied English at Roanoke College in Virginia and Environmental Microbiology at University of Vermont.
Charles has worked as a dive master, commercial diver, and sailor and with treasure hunter Scott Mitchen. Together they have discovered numerous wrecks around the Caribbean and began to salvage old growth hardwood from the Great Lakes. He is a re-breather diver, has a private pilots license, and a 200 ton Yacht Master ticket.
Back in Antigua he worked on many commercials & local film productions, and also with the Marine Department on location for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Charles also met Louie Psihoyos in Antigua, and for more than 10 years he has worked with Louie on many photography assignments.
In rare spare time he races his wooden sloop “Summer Cloud” throughout the Caribbean.
What a great first interview with the radio show The Many Shades of Green. We mostly talked Electric cars this time but it was such a great interview that went so quick.
Here’s part of the interview description:
Do the electric slide into an EV (electric vehicle), and plug into a greener way to travel. My guest this week, Seth Leitman, a/k/a Green Living Guy, brings his expertise on vehicles that are electrifying the roadways. From Ford Fusion to Mitsubishi to Tesla, we learn about how the car industry is heading towards a more electric future.
Direct short link to your interview: http://wp.me/p206VE-yWV
The show can be heard live at the times below by going to BBoxRadio.com and clicking “Listen”.
With California’s drought in its fourth year, water conservation has become more urgent than ever. Following Governor Brown’s order to reduce statewide water consumption by 25 percent between June and February compared to 2013 levels, Californians rose to the occasion and cut usage 31 percent in July. State residents are saving billions of gallons of water daily by taking steps such as letting their lawns die and using buckets to collect shower water. These extra efforts dramatize how committed residents are to conserving water; but even if you don’t want to let your lawn turn brown, there are some simple, everyday steps you can take to cut your water consumption.
Landscape, Lawn and Garden
Outdoor landscaping accounts for the largest water consumption of a typical California home, according to the California Department of Water Resources. The Department’s Save Our Water website recommends a number of tips for cutting outdoor water usage.
First, find out how much water your landscape actually needs. This will let you water more deeply but less frequently so you’re less inclined to overwater. The University of California provides links to online calculators you can use to make accurate estimates. You can reduce the amount of water you need by selecting drought-resistant plants, which can save 30 to 60 gallons per 1,000 square feet each time you water. Planting mulch around trees and plants will reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool, saving 20 to 30 gallons per 1,000 square feet.
Using water-efficient irrigation methods such as a drip irrigation system will cut your consumption by 15 gallons per watering. Adjust your sprinklers so you’re only watering your lawn and not your house, driveway, or sidewalk, saving you 12 to 15 gallons. Watering early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler can save 25 gallons. Finally, if you really want to cut down on the amount of water your yard consumes, some companies are now offering to replace your lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping for free.
Other Outdoor Issues: Driveways, Cars and Swimming Pools
Adopting different methods to clean your driveway, sidewalks, and patio is another way to save water. Using a broom will save 8 to 18 gallons per minute. A water broom, which attaches to your hose but uses air power to reduce water usage, will only use 2.8 gallons of water per minute, compared to 5 to 20 for a typical hose.
You can also cut water usage when washing your car. Instead of using a regular hose, use a bucket and sponge or a hose with a self-closing nozzle, saving 8 to 18 gallons per minute.
Good swimming pool management can also cut your water usage. Properly-maintained swimming pool water can last five years or more before needing replacement, according to the Bakersfield Californian. Energy Star provides a guide to energy-efficient pool pumps that can extend the lifespan of your water when paired with a good filtering system. Using energy-efficient pool accessories such as solar blankets can reduce evaporation as well as help your pool water conserve heat energy.
Bathroom and Laundry
Toilets, showers, and faucets account for two-thirds of indoor water use, with toilets alone representing 40 percent of indoor consumption, according to the EPA. Replacing an old pre-1990 toilet with an energy-efficient one can save up to 38 gallons of water per toilet daily, says the San Jose Mercury News. If your toilet is leaky, a new flapper can save 7,000 gallons per month. Cutting shower time from 10 minutes down to 5 can save 12.5 to 25 gallons per day depending on whether your showerhead is low-flow or standard. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth saves 10 gallons a day, while fixing a leaky faucet can save anywhere from 350 to 2,000 gallons a month.
You can also reduce your water consumption when doing your laundry. A water-efficient washing machine can save 16 gallons per washload.
Cutting the water you use in the kitchen is another way you can reduce your overall consumption. Dishwashers made before 1994 waste 10 gallons of water more per cycle more than newer models, so make sure you have an energy-efficient dishwasher. Other ways to save water in the kitchen include installing aerators to reduce faucet flow, avoiding using running water to thaw food, and soaking pots and pans instead of letting the water run.
For reference, Volcanoes was the first tourism company to open in Rwanda post-conflict. Virunga Lodge is now a thriving Eco friendly property for visiting guests to enjoy during their trip while they track endangered mountain gorillas in nature.
This 67 square meters of bandas named Ibiyaga (lake) and Ibirunga (volcano) offer some spectacular nature views of Rwanda.
Each banda is complete with a stone fireplace, living room and private terrace, where guests can watch the sun set over the surrounding panoramas in the comfort of total seclusion.
Perched high on a ridge, offering breath-taking views of the Virunga Volcanoes and twin lakes, Virunga Lodge is the ultimate eco friendly luxury property for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas. The addition of the two new bandas – the Kinyarwanda named Ibiyaga (for lake) and Ibirunga (for volcano) brings the lodge’s total number of green living bandas to ten.
Praveen Moman, Founder of Volcanoes Safaris, commented on the anniversary:
“Celebrating the anniversary of the opening of Virunga Lodge is a very special milestone in the history of Volcanoes Safaris. When I first started looking for land to build a lodge here the country was very different, it was just coming out of conflict so slowly we built this very simple lodge in very difficult circumstances. And today, thanks to the staff who come from Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – many of them displaced from regional conflict – we have a world class lodge. It’s humbling to see how the support we have had over the last ten plus years has produced this very unique property that offers not only the ultimate eco-luxury gorilla experience but also connects the guests to the conservation of the gorillas and the lives of the local communities.”
The organic design of the new Deluxe Bandas includes solar hot water and power.
As well, hand crafted furniture and lampshades, made by Volcanoes and other local craftsmen are mixed with the influence of local artists. This is used to finish the overall design of the newly constructed rooms but to reflect the rich history of the area.
A great place one day I hope to visit.