Archive for July, 2016

George Tkalych has had a passion for the environment since he was a young man. Employed as an Assistant Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources, the future doctor worked across the Great Lakes, mapping and measuring their health. Now in his golden years he has maintained his love of the beauty that God has created, and concern for the future of the environment.

George Tkalych

For the most part the debate over renewable energy versus fossil fuels centers around climate change. This seems to be a rather stunted discourse, as though climate change could well be the biggest challenge humanity has faced, at the same time it is not the only reason that society should look to switch.

There are many other issues that fossils fuels bring, such as the acidification of the ocean, where excess CO2 is absorbed by our seas; not to mention terrible accidents like oil spills. With the technology coming through and a long list of reasons that we should reassess our energy sources, it seems a rather clean cut discussion.

Then of course there is the ultimate argument; that fossil fuels are a limited resource. So not only are fossil fuels damaging, but in reality we will one day run out of oil, coal and gas. If we consider this we are then no longer faced with ifs, but really just a question of when?

People like George Tkalych find this debate important as it really encompasses every aspect of our future lives, from the wealth of nations and society, to the environment we live in. It is also pressing in nature and needs to happen now, lest we lose wonders like the Great Lakes of Dr Tyalych’s youth.




George Tkalych has a love for the natural world, and a special place in his heart for the northern lakes of Canada. By far one of the most stunning landscapes of the world, the Great Lakes of Canada are known for their number, size, biodiversity, and of course their beauty. This is why cleaning up and protecting the Great Lakes must then be a priority for all the people of the world.

George Tkalych

This is something that the Canadian government has already put a large amount of resources into. This is because there has already been a lot of damage done over the years via a number of factors, lowering the level of water quality, as well as attacking the levels of wildlife.

Dr Tkalych worked with this directly as an Assistant Biologist working for the Department of Natural Resources when he was a young man. He assessed the different types of fish and their populations, undertaking Limnology on the lakes to test the water quality, as well as echo testing to map the depths. It is here that the future surgeon found his love of the natural world and the beauty that God has created.

It is wonders like this that people like George Tkalych have worked hard to study and protect, but they are being squandered by progress. Which is why we need to focus on keeping hold of the wonder that nature has afforded us and ensure that these lakes are not just cleaned up, but protected forever.




George Tkalych is an avid fisherman, and finds angling a good way to spend quality time with his son. This is true of many around the world, being a tradition almost as old as time. It is both a sport, how we bond with friends and families, as well as a way of feeding the world; so its importance cannot be underestimated.

Getting out to sea to fish is one way that so many people are able to get away from the everyday pressure of life. Out far enough, one can feel that society has dropped away, with nothing but ocean and sky as far as the eye can see. Plus out off the coast is where the waters not only get deep, but rich.

George Tkalych

Out over the deep you can find a trove of treasure; from grouper and snapper to sea scallop, even tuna, the oceans are rich with life. But this may not be the case forever, and with intensive fishing as well as the acidification and warming of the ocean, fish stocks are depleting along with the health of the oceans; already many of the oceans of the world are considered at risk.

George Tkalych learned the importance of having a responsible attitude to our natural world as a young man working for the Department of Natural Resources as an Assistant Biologist. Studying and caring for the Great Lakes of Canada, Dr Tkalych learned to appreciate the beauty of the world God created, as well as the need to ensure that it is preserved. The ocean though is a source of both joy and an important source of our food too, so perhaps one of the most precious resources we could ever imagine.