Posts tagged salmon
Salmonic Inspiration: Empowering a scientific message through the visual arts.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by salmon lover and artist Ray Troll, the first in the thought-provoking series, “Salmon Dialogues”. Hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium in conjunction with the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), this series is aimed at discussing various aspects of a creature that has a deep historical, biological, and cultural connection to the British Columbia coast: the Pacific Salmon.

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Weren't you taught to not play with your food?

Photo by jster91 | flickr.com

Ever since humans first took tools to the land to grow crops and construct permanent settlements, we as a species have understood that our actions have a lasting impact on the natural world. Whether it was the deforestation of areas for the purposes of expanding arable land or the silting of river systems because of extensive irrigation, the progress and upword mobility of humanity has only been possible through the modification, for good or for ill, of our physical environment. Obviously it would be impossible to live without making some sort of impact on the land, but given the technology at our disposal and the size of the human population, the ways in which we are disrupting nature are both more subtle and more dangerous than at any other point in our history.

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