Posts Tagged ‘Natural Resources’

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.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-denton-cooley-snap-story.html

 

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.

Sources: http://www.ec.gc.ca/doc/eau-water/grandslacs-greatlakes_e.htm