Ocean Geoengineering: Serial Climate Hacking _ on Ecoshock

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ECOSHOCK — Ocean Geoengineering: Serial Climate Hacking

Serial climate hacker Russ George (Planktos) leads indigenous villagers to dump iron into the sea – a secret geoengineering project off Canada’s West Coast. Press conference statements by the Haida Old Massett Village Chief, interview w. Living Oceans’ Karen Wristen, Russ George clips from interview by Guardian’s Martin Lukacs.

The Old Village of Massett is on the islands of Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands. It’s a hamlet where First Nations people suffer up to 70% unemployment, for decades. The village straddles an opening, partly sheltered from some the strongest storms in the world, washing the island rainforests much of the year.

The salmon runs of Haida Gwaii are much more than the main source of food. There are salmon ceremonies, rich salmon art, the whole culture is infused with this emblematic fish. That is why one Haida village was willing to risk millions of dollars on a scheme mainstream science had already abandoned, and formally condemned.

The Haida people were known as fierce warriors, making slaving missions down the Pacific coast in their great sea going canoes. They are still proud and respected in British Columbia. But the salmon have almost stopped coming.

The villagers were already dealing with one of the world’s persuasive men, a big dreamer certain he knows how to fix the world, with limitless nuclear energy, with protected forests, or by conquering the oceans for humankind as new fields to be farmed.

Russ George fought for years to mount an experimental ship dumping iron into the open ocean, to create a massive plankton bloom. He almost made it in 2007, with the Weatherbird II. His company Planktos came tumbling down amid over-blown claims that never materialized.

Two needs, two dreams met. The Haida villagers set to sea again, longing almost mystically to see the return of their salmon, by feeding tons of iron as a stimulant to plankton. Russ George was onboard the rented fishing boat “Ocean Pearl” promoted to the title of “Chief Scientist”.

But Russ George is not a scientist, as most people understand that word. He’s a social artist, almost a savant, maybe a visionary.

Were people misled? Was money misspent by a poor community? Is the world one-step closer toward trying to redesign the land and the sea, in the wake of industrial pollution?

We’ll hear the voices of those who were there, and investigate some claims, evaluated by real scientists.

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