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Shanzeh Chaudhry
Sep 23, 2022
In #UnleashValues
*** Please note that this post was a bit rushed so I apologize in advance for any grammar mistakes! *** One of the stories that I found most intriguing and thought-provoking in class was that of the halibut fisheries in British Columbia. Although we spent a limited amount of time discussing this story, it’s obvious that the implementation of individual vessel quotas had a profound impact on fishing communities, but more importantly on licensed halibut fisherman. A study conducted by Casey et al. in 1994 examined the effects of the IVQ’s. During interviews, the research team found that some fishermen felt more secure and prepared for retirement, while young individuals were becoming more reluctant to get into the fishing industry. Based on this context, I envision a future where collaboration, communication and consultation are emphasized and used as tools in policy development and decision-making. Casey et al. concluded that under the “quota transfer restrictions, fishermen cannot acquire enough quota to make halibut fishing their sole source of income and hence for most boats, halibut fishing is still a supplemental fishery to salmon ” (Casey et al, 229). To me, this quote illustrates the importance of considering the local communities and community members (in this case fishermen and their communities) before implementing complex policies. I also found it surprising how the IVQ market was open internationally (correct me if I'm wrong) and this allow international companies or wealthy individuals to internationally interfere in such a local matter. #unleashvalues
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Shanzeh Chaudhry
Sep 23, 2022
In #UnleashValues
We all dream of a positive future. A future where we graduate from university, achieve our career goals, buy our first house etc. Lately, I’ve been thinking that my optimistic view of the future may not be what our future will look like. I know you might think that I’m being negative in my thinking, but to me I’m thinking realistically. Perhaps everyone in this course, our instructor and other university students are concerned about sustainability and leaving our planet in a better state than we received it. However, not everyone in our society shares the same concerns and priorities and this will effect our futures. In high school, my Social Studies teacher was a huge environmentalist and had a large position in our school district where he was responsible for implementing sustainable measures across schools in Delta. He achieved many accomplishments, but through each of his projects he always engaged youth. Through his efforts, we were able to build two rain gardens on our school property and students played an active role in the construction and weekly maintenance. He also lobbied for new water stations to encourage students to stop using plastic bottles. In one instance, he showed us a virtual 3D animation of what Delta (where I live) would look like in 20 or so years. Everything was underwater and parts of my neighbourhood were no longer visible. That hit me hard and whenever someone asks me to consider the future, that animation comes to mind. It’s like it’s instilled in my mind. We are all aware that Earth’s climate is rapidly changing and this change is detrimental to our future lives. What angers me the most is the lack of pressure on leaders, politicians and individuals that belong to higher social classes to make larger changes in their lifestyles. For example, celebrities and other notable figures often make use of private planes. I’ve seen people on Instagram showing their frustration as celebrities like Kylie Jenner use private planes to travel short distances. This article shows how she took a 17 minute flight on her private jet and it was equivalent to releasing 1 ton of CO2 emissions. There are some really interesting statistics in this article so I would encourage you to check it out! I can understand that such people are beyond wealthy, but what impact are their investments having on our and Earth’s future? I believe this is an important question that should be brought up more during public policy development.
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Shanzeh Chaudhry
Sep 23, 2022
In #UnleashValues
Hey there! My name is Shanzeh and I just recently enrolled in the course! I'm in my fourth year and am a Biology major. Ever since my first year at university, I've been inspired by and interested in the environmental science degrees offered and have always wanted to take a class centred on climate change and learn some practical ways we can gear towards sustainability. I am therefore very excited to be enrolled in the course and hope to make the most of the content we cover by applying it to my daily life. I'm someone who strongly believes that we as individuals can bring about drastic change in the climate crisis as "no one is too small to make a difference" (Thunberg, 2019).
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