Explore Your Environment Four Seasons
Monday 10 January 2011
Spend some time taking photographs of your Environment. You will be richer for capturing what you experience in your environment. Natural Environment is the ecological units that function as natural systems without massive human intervention, including all vegetation, micro organisms, soil, rocks, and atmosphere. A Natural Environment is constructed with Built Environment which comprises the areas and components that are strongly influenced by humans. Universal natural resources and physical phenomenon that lack clear boundaries – air, water, climate, energy, radiation, electrical charge and magnetism. Earth Science has four spheres – atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere – as correspondents to rocks, water, air and life.
Environmental issues touch everyone ! Canada requires an informed Environmental Advocate for freshwater, wildlife and renewable energy. Environmental Sensitivity includes the protecting and nurturing of what is still undisturbed. In Canada’s Yukon wildlife biologist Fritz Mueller said: “This place is so remote we have to find out what’s here before we can figure out how to protect it.” Peter Kent, a former TV anchorman and foreign correspondent, was appointed early in January 2,011 by Canada’s Federal government as Environment Minister. Their mandate is to PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. And, to PRESERVE THE QUALITY OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT including water, air, soil, flora and fauna. Already journalists have criticized Peter Kent’s comments because (a) he won’t talk about deformed fish; (b) he avoided mentioning the Federal government’s mandate including conservation. Within Environmental Canada’s mandate an objective is to conserve and protect Canada’s water resources which includes the acid rain issue. The Globe and Mail reported MPP Peter Kent stating he wants to create new national parks because everyone loves parks. He also stated: “I have a feel for the sensibilities of the people and of the environment.” The 2.010 Commission of Environment report uses the phraseology “sustainable development.”
Turning to Ontario, our own Hamiltonian, in 1994, Shiela Copps was Minister of the Environment. Later she became Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. The Ministry of Environment Safeguards Our Environment by working to ensure cleaner air, water and land, and healthier ecosystems for the people of Ontario. In Hamilton, there is the Waterfront Advisory Group (WAG). Environment Hamilton was established in 2,001 and the current Executive Director is Lynda Lukasik. Their mandate is to facilitate the ability of people in Hamilton area to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect and enhance the environment around them. Also in Hamilton, the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is dedicated to improving Hamilton’s Environment through their volunteer efforts. CAP is helping to create a healthier environment for future generations of Hamiltonian’s. This panel acts as a direct link between industry, neighbourhood groups and local environmental community-based initiatives. Lastly, and not least, we have Hamilton’s Waterfront Trust that has spent a decade transforming Hamilton Harbourfront and 500,000 people are attracted annually to the Waterfront, which is equivalent to the population of Hamilton. The Waterfront Trust in 2,011 has former city councillor Bob Charters who will help steer the new leadership as they set a different course for the Waterfront Trust. Living in the Hamilton Region, we are fortunate to have a myriad of supportive environmental groups. Why not volunteer a couple hours a week to one of these groups that help us enjoy our local environment ?
One of the most critical Environmental Issues in the Western World is WATER ! That is, water can be defined many ways, three of which are: (1) quantity and quality; (2) water is a renewable resource where rain and snow amount is finite each year; and, (3) without water, you don’t do much. Another issue is POLLUTION ! It’s impact can be local, regional or global. Pollution can effect our ability to maintain a strong economy and sustainable growth. Many groups including BARC and McMaster University’s Biology and Engineering Faculties work hard with environmental groups to reduce pollution in Hamilton Harbour.
In all four seasons, in the Hamilton Region, it’s one’s willingness to set foot outdoors and EXPLORE OUR ENVIRONMENT with tenacity ! This extends to people interested in every facet of the environment, whether it be a biologist who studies fish caught at Hamilton Harbour’s Fish-way, a lichenologist studying microscopic alga and spends most of the time on hands and knees through a hand lens, or Hamiltonian’s capturing these and many more images with their photo lens as they explore their environment. Therefore, whatever view of the environment is your attraction – animals, birds, butterflies, creeks, fish, flowers, grass, ice, invasive species, invertebrates, lakes, leaves, moss, mountains, parks, rain, rivers, rocks, sky, snow, soil, sunshine, trees, turtles, vertebrates, water , waterfalls or wetlands – taking time to capture photographic images of your environment can add a rich and rewarding experience to your life.
Source: Globe and Mail, Jacqueline
Doug Worrall Photographer