Globe Climate: Why getting women and girls on the fishing boat is good for the environment


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This weekend, Atlantic Canadians experienced one of the most devastating post-tropical storms to ever hit the region. On Sunday, people emerged to assess the destruction left by Hurricane Fiona.

Fiona turned the barely imaginable into the too possible, writes a science journalist Ivan Semenyuk. Behind the events of this weekend lurks the question of whether the storm is a one-off fluke or a sign of more to come. Read what he learned about the future of storms.

Yes, climate change is part of this makes these types of storms even worse. For now, the East Coast is beginning its long road to recovery.

Now we’ll catch up with you on other news.

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall between Canso and Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada in a composite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GOES-East weather satellite on September 24, 2022.NOAA/Reuters

Noteworthy report this week:

  1. Oil and Gas: Canada’s tar sands are worth billions – and very few of them go to net zero commitments. In Alberta, the Conference on energy disruptors has returned as the industry attempts to reinvent itself in response to pressure to tackle climate change. Also, Indigenous-led Cedar LNG seeks regulatory approval under new climate rules
  2. Nature: Indigenous conservation key to protecting Canada’s wilderness, report says
  3. Energy: A green hydrogen the future needs more investment in production capacity. In addition, Ottawa is looking to push the provinces to modernize electrical networks
  4. Fires: BC residents in fire-prone areas are encouraged to keep valuables handy if they need to flee
  5. Environmental Justice: In Mississippi, Jackson’s water crisis highlights racial, class and partisan divides – and coming climate disasters could deepen them
  6. From the Narwhal: The long journey home of the Mamalilikulla and the groundswell of indigenous nations declaring protected areas based on their own sovereignty

A deeper dive

Take a conservation-conscious approach to fishing

Jenn Thornhill Verma is a freelance journalist and member of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network. For this week’s deeper dive, she talks about bringing the women and girls back into the fishing boat.

Before Pratyusha Akunuri, 25 years old joined Girls Who Fish, she had never set foot in a fishing boat, let alone go fishing. The graduate student from Memorial University in Brampton, Ont., says going out on a boat has brought her studies of food security to life.

A key question for Akunuri is why Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, who have an abundant supply of fresh seafood right on their front porch, often buy imported, frozen, and packaged seafood from retailers. on a large surface. Partly, she says, what prevents locals from catching their own fish is a lack of means – no boat, no equipment and no one to pass down traditional fishing practices down the family line. Add to that, says Girls Who Fish co-founder Kimberly Orren, many community docks — once the focal point of coastal fishing towns, drawing the entire community when fishermen land — are unwelcoming, heavily industrialized spaces.

Nestled in Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, a fishing community on the east coast of Newfoundland, south of St. John’s, Girls Who Fish aims to bring women and girls back to the fishing dock. Twenty-six-year-old Rachel Morrison says a big draw has been learning a conservation-conscious method of fishing.

“Traditional handline fishing promotes sustainability and conservation. It is not about destroying or harming our ecosystem. With a hook and line, you can feed yourself, your community and your family,” says Morrison, a marine biology graduate student at Memorial University in Guelph, Ontario.

If we want fisheries to be sustainable, we need to take care of the fish so that the fish can take care of us, says Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the University. of British Columbia. With climate change and warming oceans threatening many marine species, a gentler approach to fishing (using handlines rather than gillnets, for example) is particularly crucial, says Orren.

If we want to tackle climate change, conservation issues and gender equity, we need women and girls in the boat, Orren says.

“Many of the young women and girls who participate are their first time fishing, and for some this moment is a mark in their lives,” says Orren, adding that these are the big changes that are happening. produce one person at a time. .


Pratyusha Akunuri sits aboard as the boat heads for cod fishingKARA O`KEEFE/The Globe and Mail

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Green investment

Alberta carbon capture entrepreneurs want more certainty in efforts to ease global energy crisis

Craig Golinowski is president of a Calgary-based private equity firm that rebranded itself a year and a half ago. But the project to offer its investors a share of the energy transition has encountered hitches.

“We worked to try to build an emerging industry. It is a kind of evangelistic or missionary work. I’m not sure I would do it again if I knew, but I believe it’s basically the right thing to do,” Mr. Golinowski said in an interview.

Read also : This week, we wrote about two Canadian banks taking more climate action. The Royal Bank of Canada has merged its technology banking unit with its Ventures business which supports companies outside of traditional banking as it seeks to expand support for a technology sector squeezed by a slowing economy. The Toronto-Dominion Bank has launched a carbon consulting business and is investing $10 million in a major forest conservation project in Ontario.

make waves

Each week, The Globe will profile a Canadian who is making a difference. This week we highlight the work of Varun Virlan doing intersectional activism.

Hello, my name is Varun Virlan, I am 26 years old and I live in Toronto. I am passionate about the intersection of climate, animal and racial justice. I firmly believe that to tackle any of these issues, we must tackle all of them.

In addition to street activism, I coordinate digital media for treatise on plants. We are creating upward pressure on national governments to negotiate a global agreement to dismantle animal agriculture and shift to a plant-based food system in response to the climate emergency.

Raising and killing animals literally kills us. It is one of the main causes of methane gas, deforestation, species extinction, biodiversity loss and ocean dead zones. If we ended fossil fuels today, temperatures would still rise above 1.5°C. Adopting a vegan diet could help reduce our impact on the Earth. Please consider signing the Plant Treaty and email your advisors asking them to approve the treaty as well.


Do you know a committed person? Someone who represents the real drivers of change in the country? Email us at [email protected] to tell us about it.

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