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How Politics and Misinformation Impact Climate Change Action

How To Protect The Ocean

Release Date: 04/03/2024

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How To Protect The Ocean

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, hosts Andrew Lewin, Beth Pike from the Marine Conservation Institute, and Angelo Villa-Gomez from the Center of American Progress discuss the effectiveness of implementing marine protected areas. They review the status of the campaign to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 and share surprising findings from their study on the implementation of the biggest 100 marine protected areas. Tune in to learn about the progress and challenges in marine conservation efforts. Read the paper: Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to...

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This episode features Ryan Bigelow, the Director of Projects for the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. He discusses the seafood industry, the alliance's role, and the importance of conservation. From consumer to industry perspectives, the conversation delves into the challenges of sustainable seafood practices. Tune in to learn about the Seafood Watch program and how to make informed seafood choices for a better ocean. Website: The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions is dedicated to improving sustainability in the seafood industry by fostering collaboration between NGOs and...

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This episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast delves into the importance of focusing on the behind-the-scenes work of marine science and conservation, rather than just the glamorous underwater footage of majestic sea creatures. The host emphasizes that conservation efforts are primarily carried out in conference rooms by scientists, conservationists, NGOs, and government officials. The episode encourages listeners to shift the spotlight towards the real work of conservation and highlights the significance of discussing these topics on various online platforms. Follow a career in...

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On this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, we dive into how AI technology is being used to combat illegal fishing, ultimately reducing the risks migrants from Africa face when crossing into Europe. Discover the innovative work of Dyhia Belhabib from Algeria, who has revolutionized enforcement against illegal fishing practices. Tune in to learn more about the impact of her efforts. Link to the article: AI technology is revolutionizing the fight against illegal fishing activities, a critical issue with far-reaching implications beyond marine conservation. As highlighted in the...

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Andrew Lewin discusses a conservation project in Rio de Janeiro aimed at saving the Rio's dolphin from extinction. Highlighting the threats of chemical and oil pollution, dredging, noise, overfishing, and bycatch in three different bays, including Guanabara Bay, Sepetiba Bay, and Ilha Grande Bay, the episode explores the efforts to protect these dolphins in Brazilian waters. Link to article: Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to get 33% off courses and the careers program.   Sign up for our Newsletter:   Facebook Group: Connect with Speak Up For Blue:...

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On this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Dr. David Ebert discusses the importance of his book, "The Field Guide to Sharks, Rays, and Chimeras of the East Coast of North America," which describes over 1,200 species. He has authored over 30 books on marine life and is joined by shark illustrator Mark Dando. Listeners will learn about the growth in knowledge of shark species and the significance of field guides for shark conservationists and enthusiasts. Get the Book:   Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to get 33% off courses and the careers program....

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Andrew Lewin delves into the controversial topic of shark nets in Australia. While these nets are intended to protect beachgoers from certain shark species, they also harm non-targeted marine animals like sea turtles and dolphins. The discussion revolves around the effectiveness of shark nets in ensuring beach safety and the impact on ocean species. Join the conversation to learn more about the balance between human safety and marine conservation efforts. Link to article: Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to get 33% off courses and the careers program.   Sign up...

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This episode dives into the beauty and importance of coral reefs, highlighting their significance for marine ecosystems, tourism, fisheries, and coastal security. However, it also addresses the alarming destruction of coral reefs due to climate change. The episode discusses efforts to save coral reefs, focusing on how zoos are playing a vital role by propagating corals in aquariums. Tune in to learn more about these crucial conservation initiatives. Link to article: Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to get 33% off courses and the careers program.   Sign up for our...

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Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of science communication and staying informed about environmental issues such as orcas and plastic treaty talks. He highlights the role of creators on platforms like TikTok in spreading awareness and delves into the significance of speaking up for the ocean and the environment. Join Andrew as he explores current happenings and emphasizes the need for action to protect our oceans and planet. TikTok Creators: Aly (Orcas): Karishma the Climate Girl: Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to get 33% off courses and the careers program....

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Andrew Lewin welcomes marine scientist Rebecca Schijns from Oceana Canada to discuss the state of Northern Cod and Capelin stocks. They delve into the challenges facing these fish populations and explore ways for citizens to take action to help move the fishery from a critical zone to a healthy one. Tune in to learn more about the importance of protecting our oceans and how you can make a difference. Follow a career in conservation: Use the code SUFB to get 33% off courses and the careers program.   Sign up for our Newsletter:   Facebook Group: Connect with Speak Up For...

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Today's episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast delves into the controversial topic of the carbon tax increase in Canada. The host discusses the misinformation surrounding the tax and the importance of effective communication.

Tune in to learn how misinformation can impact public perception and how to navigate through it for a better understanding of the issue.

A great video on the Carbon Tax: https://youtu.be/3vj2ANPyOHE?si=4YZ58KKmeN7WXrOQ

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Misinformation surrounding the carbon tax in Canada has led to a skewed perception of its purpose and impact. In a recent podcast episode, it was highlighted how misinformation and poor communication have fueled misconceptions about the carbon tax. The opposition leader, Pierre Poliev, has consistently blamed the carbon tax for various issues in Canada, such as increased costs of living, housing, and food. Despite studies showing that the carbon tax contributes minimally to inflation, the narrative of the tax being a burden on citizens persists.

This misinformation has even extended to conspiracy theories, with some individuals attributing wildfires and declining air quality in Canada to climate activists, labeling them as "climate communists." Such misinformation has created a negative perception of climate change initiatives, with some viewing them as government schemes for financial gain rather than efforts to combat environmental issues.

Furthermore, the episode discussed how the misinformation campaign has affected public opinion and political discourse. The constant negativity and false claims from the opposition have eroded trust in the media and environmentalists. By focusing on the carbon tax as a scapegoat for various economic challenges, attention has been diverted from the urgent need to address climate change.

The episode also raised concerns about the potential consequences of this misinformation campaign. With an upcoming election in 2025, the future of climate change policies in Canada remains uncertain. A change in government leadership could impact the continuation of the carbon tax and other environmental initiatives.

Overall, the episode emphasized the detrimental effects of misinformation on public perception and policy decisions regarding the carbon tax in Canada. It underscored the importance of accurate communication and informed discussions to effectively address climate change.

The carbon tax in Canada is designed to incentivize companies to transition to cleaner and more efficient technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The tax is imposed on activities that produce greenhouse gases, such as the use of fossil fuels in industries like warehouses, mining companies, factories, and other high-emission sectors. By taxing these activities, the government aims to encourage companies to adopt greener practices and technologies that are less harmful to the environment.

The purpose of the carbon tax is not just to generate revenue for the government but to drive a shift towards sustainable practices. Companies that emit high levels of greenhouse gases are taxed, providing them with a financial incentive to invest in cleaner technologies. This approach aligns with the recommendations of Nobel Prize winners who have emphasized the importance of carbon pricing as an effective and least impactful way to combat climate change.

The implementation of the carbon tax is part of a broader strategy to address climate change and protect the environment. By penalizing high-emission activities, the tax encourages businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and invest in renewable energy sources. While the tax may lead to increased costs for consumers, it serves as a crucial tool in promoting environmental responsibility and driving the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Overall, the carbon tax serves as a mechanism to incentivize companies to prioritize sustainability and reduce their impact on the environment. Through this initiative, the government aims to create a more sustainable future by encouraging businesses to adopt cleaner technologies and practices that will ultimately benefit the planet and future generations.

The opposition in Canada, led by Pierre Poliev, has been utilizing misinformation about the carbon tax to fuel negativity and criticism, potentially hindering progress on climate change initiatives. Poliev has been on a tirade, blaming the carbon tax for various issues such as increases in food prices, gas prices, and the general cost of living. This constant negative rhetoric has led to a significant amount of misinformation being spread among the public, creating a skewed perception of the carbon tax and its purpose.

The misinformation campaign has resulted in people viewing climate change initiatives, such as the carbon tax, as a government conspiracy to extract more money from the public. This narrative has been perpetuated by the opposition, leading to a lack of support for efforts to combat climate change. The constant criticism and false claims about the carbon tax have created a sense of distrust in the government and media, further exacerbating the issue.

The opposition's focus on attacking the carbon tax and spreading misinformation has diverted attention away from the real issue at hand - the urgent need to address climate change. By fueling negativity and criticism, the opposition is hindering progress on climate change initiatives and potentially jeopardizing the future of environmental conservation efforts in Canada.

The use of misinformation to discredit the carbon tax is not only detrimental to the environment but also to the overall discourse on climate change. It is essential for the public to be accurately informed about the purpose and benefits of the carbon tax to ensure that meaningful action is taken to combat climate change effectively.