My car radio isn't tuned to a single station, instead I push the "scan" button regularly. Whatever catches my ear is what I'll listen to. If I'm in the mood for music, it might be jazz but it could just as likely be an alternative rock station. I'll happily drive to work with Lionel Hampton on the vibraphone, and walk in the front door smiling. Or sing along with Stevie Nicks on a Saturday morning when I'm heading to the farmers market.
But when it's not music that I'm after, quite often I stop the scanning on any NPR station. I like to listen to the other sides of the news stories, the ones you don't hear on the major networks. I'm not talking about liberal vs conservative news stories. I mean the stories where I actually learn something. Last weekend I listened to an inspiring news story about a group of fishermen in Port Clyde, Maine who are fishing less. Facing a decreasing fish population and lower prices for their work they grew a new business model. They sell direct to the customer via their own processing facility, eliminating the "middle man". They have developed CSFs, which are the aquatic equivalents of CSAs.
But what caught my attention was that they are doing all this to keep fishing sustainable. They limit the amount of fish they bring in by using nets with larger holes than mandated so that smaller fish can escape and reproduce. In order to prevent overfishing they also have days when the boats don't go out. They realize that in order for the fishing industry to be around for the future generations the industry methods must change, and that the health and supply of fish depend on this change.
They gave up their traditional livelihood to be more ecologically correct. And it seems to be working. The response by customers (including restaurants) is positive. Their website includes an extensive list of where you can find PFC fish which is mostly in and around Maine, but also at the Brooklyn Kitchen in NY. You can listen to the original story on the NPR website or read some of the news articles about them here or here.
Would any of us be willing to give up the safety of our regular jobs in support of a more ecologically sound future, with no guarantees? Are these (and others like them) the new pioneers, leading us to a better life? What would you (or I) be willing to give up to ensure continuation of a healthy world?