Fly Fishing and Carbon Neutral

From the mega-fires in the western US (and now in Europe); ongoing (and worsening) drought across the planet; more violent storms and patterns of  occurrence; to seasonal shifts (e.g., spring arriving earlier and shorter winters).

But while the reality of climate change has gotten wide acceptance, approaches to dealing with it have been met by political inaction, disputes about technological responses (e.g., nuclear power versus solar and wind), and resistance due to pressing economic conditions.

And to be fair, many of the proposed solutions have yet to demonstrate the viability of their promises.

I’ve written in the past about the technical difficulties of moving toward electric vehicles. I’ve seen nothing yet to convince me that electric vehicles represent much beyond virtue signaling for a relatively small group of affluent users, while shifting economic and environmental costs (some quite extreme) to other geographic locations and populations. I really want to be wrong on this, but…

While all the above are obstacles, it still seems to me that we have a responsibility to do all we can as individuals to lessen the worst-case impacts. We each have to be responsible for our own behavior.

The fly fishing industry, which requires abundant and clean water for its customers, has long spoken of the need for healthy ecosystems. Many of its companies and advocacy groups have taken active roles in preserving the Everglades and stopping the Pebble Mine.

Some companies have taken further steps to reduce their daily carbon footprint.

Hatch Magazine has an article on how a number of fly shops (including Emerald Water Anglers in Seattle) are taking steps to reduce their carbon output by following a three-tier model: First, reduce local emissions (e.g., guide vehicle fuel and business heating); two, examine alternatives for purchased electricity for a business’s commercial space; and three, examine the emissions from upstream suppliers.

While not all fly shops or guide services can take all the steps the featured businesses did in this article due to economic or zoning considerations, they can still do as much as they can – as we should as individuals.

You can read the article here.


Author: Tom

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