Being Green(er) On The Road

by Laura Mitic (Carmanah)

On Carmanah's most recent cross-Canada tour, we clocked nearly 16,000 kms.  There’s no doubt that if you want to be a successful musician, you have to tour.  While it was a huge and exhausting mission, it was also so much fun.  We played for awesome venues of various sizes, met amazing people and truly enjoyed being on the road.  

In the past I had been somewhat apprehensive about doing large tours since I knew that they can have a massive environmental impact.  My bandmates and I discussed this before we left.  With our interest in protecting the environment, as well as our work with the Jellyfish Project, we wanted to make sure we were talking the talk as well as walking the walk...

So, we decided to take steps that would make our tour as environmentally friendly as possible.  Here are a few ways in which we did that:

1. We ran our vehicle on vegetable oil.  Pat decided to invest in all the necessary gear needed to convert his diesel truck into one that would run on used cooking oil from restaurants. We did over 60% of our tour running on vegetable oil, therefore greatly cutting down on our emissions.  Compared the petroleum diesel, vegetable oil burned as fuel produces 80% less carbon dioxide, 48% less carbon monoxide, 80% less cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, 48% less asthma-causing particulate matter and no sulphur dioxide (a main compound in diesel responsible for acid rain).  Additional emissions were avoided as well when you consider the diesel energy/fossil fuel outgo during extraction, processing and distribution involved in getting diesel to your fuel tank.  Check out this link to learn more.

2. We refused plastics.  To the best of our ability, we refused to-go containers and plastics.  Each of us had a water bottle that we were consistently filling up.  As well, if we did order to-go food, we used our own plates and cutlery.

3. We composted.  In our trailer, we had a compost bin so that all food scraps would end up directly back into the earth instead of adding it to the vast amounts of food waste that ends up in landfills.

4. We threw away zero food.  According to a CBC article, "$31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much.” We opted out of being a part of this predicament and instead consumed all of our food.

5. We stayed clear of hotels and spent nights in our trailer or staying with friends.  Hotels contribute 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually (plus, camping is cozy.)  Check out this website with some big stats on the carbon footprint of hotels and what can be done to make this industry cleaner. 

We still have a lot to learn about being as green as possible while on the road, but I’m stoked that we are off to a solid start.  

Obviously, not everyone is able to convert their vehicle over to vegetable oil.  However, there are still tons of little ways that you can make your next journey a little easier on the environment as well.  With summer time in full gusto, road trips with your friends and family are somewhat inevitable and lots of fun.  I invite you to make green choices while on the road  and would love to hear some of your ideas that might help Carmanah make our next tour that much cleaner as well! 

Happy adventuring,

Laura.

Daniel Kingsbury's Passing

It is with great sorrow that we share with you that The Jellyfish Project co-founder, Daniel Kingsbury (DK), passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 1st, 2015. He was our soul mate, our friend and our foundation. DK was a beautiful soul, whose passion, talents, kindness and dedication to the environment inspired us all. Words cannot express how he will be missed. Thank you for the out-pouring of support and concern. 

Among his many achievements, DK was an award-winning videographer, accomplished musician and respected environmentalist. Yet his greatest gift was his care for others and the planet; he held the entire world in his heart. Many people from all walks of life have shared their connections and memories of him with us. We invite you to continue to take time to read the tributes others have left on social media, such as the Tall Tree Music Festival's heart-felt tribute to Daniel and share some of your own treasured memories.

Always motivated to make the world and the lives of others better, DK was a warrior focused on positive actions. If you wish to honour Daniel's life and be a part of his legacy, please connect with us. Here are some potential ways you can be involved:

1) Create: Use your talents to support the environmental movement (write a song, paint a picture) and share it with us via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

2) Engage: Volunteer with or donate to The Jellyfish Project 

3) Support Young Talent: Donate to Daniel's Music for Youth Endowment Fund 

4) Environment: Plant a tree, take a picture of you planting it and post it on social media using the hashtag #TreesForDaniel

5) Share: Listen to DK's music and share it with others. It was his final gift to the world. 

One of our family members wrote this final message, reflecting on Daniel's impact and we thought it was fitting.

"Life is change. Change plus love is growth. DK, you planted the seeds and it's on us to nurture your legacy and grow alongside it." 

We love you, DK.

With great sadness,

The Jellyfish Project Society Board

Go Diving Without Getting Wet: An Introduction to The Fish Eye Project

Submitted by Fish Eye Project

Have you ever wanted to go diving without getting wet? Do you want to see the unseen from the comfort of your computer or handheld device? Well, now you can.

Let's start with explaining exactly what Fish Eye Project is and what you can expect from our blog over time.

Photo by Scott Stevenson

For starters, Fish Eye Project is our nonprofit ocean education organization based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Who are we? We are a team of ocean enthusiasts with experience in education, marine exploration and conservation, international business, technology and live dive events. For more information about everyone involved, we encourage you to check out our bios.

But right now you're probably wondering what exactly it is that we do...

We connect people to the ocean in an engaging, entertaining, and educational way. How do we do it? That's a great question. First, we research interesting dive sites that our expert dive team can explore. Then, we host events and investigate those sites with our underwater web cameras, which we use to stream the dives live to the Internet so that people from all around the world can join us on our journey. But that's not all.

Because we stream our dives to the Internet on our Youtube Live Channel, not only can you watch us explore the depths of the ocean live from your computer or handheld device, but you can also ask questions using the chat box to learn about any of the creatures we come across. In addition to using the Youtube chat box, you can also engage with us through the social media outlets we use such as Facebook and Twitter; it's really easy, just post your questions using the hashtag #livedive and you can participate in the exploration from anywhere in the world.

You may be wondering: "Ok, but what's the point of asking questions if no one can answer them?" That's another great question, and we have an answer.

Photo by Scott Stevenson

Photo by Scott Stevenson

Our star diver, Valerie Mucciarelli, wears a mask that allows her to hear and speak from underwater. This means that while you watch Val and the rest of the dive team explore, she can communicate and answer your questions in real-time. And we receive lots of interest from viewers around the world (over 30 countries so far) who are also curious about what they are seeing; too many, in fact, for Val to answer on her own, so that's why she has some help. Our event commentators and co-founders of Fish Eye Project, Mike Irvine and Maeva Gauthier, facilitate and relay as many questions as possible directly to Val below the surface, so you might even get your inquiries answered from Val underwater.

Part of the Fish Eye Project also includes our Social Media Response Team that is made up of marine scientists and educators. Our SMRTeam also facilitate and help answer the countless number of online questions that we receive from our viewers during the live dives.

As you can probably tell, we love questions. Why do we love questions? Because your questions drive the explorations, which leads to discovery, and discovery leads to learning more about this wonderful world we call home. As Dr. Sylvia Earle once said:

"Knowing is the key to caring, and with caring there is hope that people will be motivated to take positive actions. They might not care even if they know, but they can't care if they are unaware."

Now that you have an idea about what we do, we can let you know what to expect from our blog at www.fisheyeproject.org. Over the coming weeks, months, and years you can expect to learn more about us as an organization; about our past and future live dive events; about some of the creatures we find during our dives, which will be highlighted in future Creature Feature posts; and so much more

Our mission is a life-long process, and we are excited to have you along for the journey, because when it comes to building an ocean-conscious global community focused on protecting the ocean we are stronger in numbers.

For now, watch Mike Irvine create history by successfully defending his Masters thesis live from underwater. Get ready to be Fish Eye'd!

The JFP Welcomes Our Newest Ally, GreenLearning Canada Foundation

The Jellyfish Project is excited to announce our new partnership with GreenLearning Canada Foundation!

"GreenLearning Canada Foundation envisions a generation of young Canadians who are empowered and inspired to create a sustainable and just world... and we're making it happen. Their team of dedicated professional educators believe in young people, their idealism and enthusiasm, and their ability to create positive change. Our mission is to empower teachers with the education tools they need to help students understand complex issues and to engage them in concrete action for a sustainable future.

Students building a solar oven

Students building a solar oven

The GreenLearning Canada Foundation provides teachers with free, online education programs about energy,  sustainability and the environment that empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. All programs meet provincial core curriculum for multiple grades and subjects.

Our eLearning programs are developed by experienced teachers of students grade 4 and up. They are complete with online and printable lesson plans, teacher's guides, video tutorials, assessment rubrics, and require no special software to use.

Dr. Dani

Dr. Dani

Better Teaching. Better Learning.
A Better Tomorrow.
Empower your students to create positive change. 
The best web-based teaching tools for an evolving world. 
Developed by teachers, for teachers. 
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