Monday, May 09, 2005

Guess what time it is.

This is a game we play. Actually it is less of a game and more of a way for the watch wearer to garner a little more entertainment out of giving up the time to the non-watch wearer.

Down south this game was far less fun. Non-watch wearer had the incredible ability to know the time within 15 minutes of actual time. More often than not, non-watch wearer would guess the time within 5 minutes if we were outside. Up north it's a little different.

The amount of light in relation to the time has changed so much since the begining of April. It's completely thrown off the game. We get about 6 minutes more light everyday as we move towards June 21st. Longer days have happened fast.

And the light lingers in the sky for ages longer after the sun sets.

It's very disorienting for both watch wearer and non-watch wearer. Far more entertaining for watch wearer...

8:00 pm

9:00 pm

10:00 pm

11:00 pm

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Conserving time

I'm not sure what level of awarness there is for the ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) issue anywhere else in the world, but did you know that the Bush administration is desperate for the oil and gas that apparently runs rampant there?

Some say there is enough oil and gas that lies under the sensitive ecosystem of ANWR to last the US another 50 years. Others say the oil and gas there would only be enough to supply the US for 6 months at their current rate of consumption. Either way once it's destroyed, it's destroyed.

Oil and gas is running out. We're going to have to start conserving sometime. If the money spent on the highly expensive "non-intrusive" oil and gas extraction of ANWR could be redirected into conservation methods and education I'm sure the same amount of oil and gas could be saved, along with ANWR.

ANWR is the calving ground of the Porcupine Caribou herd. One of the last migrating caribou herds on earth and certainly the largest with over 120,000 caribou. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation rely on the herd for their livelihood and have done for over 20,000 years. They have been spending all of their time and resources in Washington in the last five years fighting to protect their co-existance with this herd.

Oh yeah, ANWR also borders Ivvavik National Park and Vuntut National Park. Both Canadian parks.

The language in the US budget bill allowing oil and gas exploration in ANWR was passed by the Senate in March after a 51 - 49 vote. This week it's been advanced again, this time by the House with a 214 - 211 vote. Apparently 70% of Americans are against openning up ANWR for oil and gas...

If you're interested in learning more you can go here Named after an amazing NFB documentry of a couple that migrated with the Porcupine Caribou herd.

Here are a few photos from the protest held outside and then peacefully inside the Yukon legislature...

nice day for a protest

120,000 caribou can't be wrong?

even elvis was there

inspirational words

banner in the wind

our peaceful protest took to the ledge