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The WTF: The Week This Friday Vol. 19

This is the Week This Friday! 6 quick-and-smart briefs about happenings in the environmental space!

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Source: Stop the Money Pipeline

Today, a coalition of over 130 different organizations across North America, known as Stop the Money Pipeline, are going to come together to protest various financial institutions backing the Trans Mountain, Line 3, and Keystone Pipelines.

For years, financial institutions like JP Morgan Chase, Liberty Mutual and Blackrock have been financially supporting the development of oil sands pipelines which have proven time and time again to be disastrous for the environment and safety of the indigenous communities in which they pas through. The people have had enough.

“Financial institutions are beginning to acknowledge their role in driving the climate crisis, but have so far failed to take the necessary steps to address the problem, namely stopping the finance of fossil fuels and deforestation and starting to respect human rights and Indigenous sovereignty,” Stop the Money Pipeline reps said. JP Morgan Chase for example, has financed $17.5 billion dollars towards TC Energy, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline (making TC Energy their largest fossil fuel client).

Individuals who want to join the protests can join digitally through this link.


New eco-jobs on the way

Source: ECO Canada

Good news for environmental grads! ECO Canada just rolled out their latest wage funding program, which targets digitally skilled professionals coming out of post secondary education and are just starting out their careers in the environmental sector.

ECO Canada has been a long-time support for Canada’s environmental workforce. Since they started, they have been able to fund over 8,500 jobs to support the environmental workforce.

The program, called the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program, will allow for the creation of 280 job placements with environmental employers across Canada.

“Organizations in all sectors need new workers with digital skills, especially environmental employers. Cleantech, in particular, is a promising sector that will benefit tremendously from the Digital Skills for Youth program,” said Kevin Nilsen, President and CEO of ECO Canada. “For Canada to have a thriving, competitive, and innovative cleantech industry, we need digitally skilled workers to be part of the movement.”

Small to medium sized environmentally based businesses can apply for the funding, for the purpose of recruiting grads in digital marketing, data management and IT services.


Half a million sharks on the line for the COVID-19 vaccine

Source: Pixabay

Sharks are hitting the headlines in the latest news –  for the possible death of approximately 500,000 sharks worldwide for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is predominantly due to the substance called Squalene oil needed for the vaccine found in the marine species.

Squalene oil, a natural substance found predominantly in the liver of the sharks – would be an adjuvant for the vaccine due to its effects on boosting the immune response and it can also lower the amount of vaccine needed for each person – making it a sought after commodity worldwide during the pandemic.

This puts the these marine creatures in danger for a mass population decline due to the high demand for the vaccine, a sudden mass death toll could cripple the entire existence of the species and disrupt the food chain in oceans. It is estimated that already 2.7-3 million sharks are killed annually for the squalene oil. An estimated 21,164 sharks would be killed to fulfill the vaccine demand for The United States alone.

Petitions have been launched targeting vaccine manufacturers to look at other options for adjuvants for the COVID-19 vaccine – already acquiring over 40,000 signatures in the past two weeks.


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