Southern California environment news and trends

Conservationists are making recession work for Baja

Where the recent recession looks to have failed numerous development investors around Baja, Calif. and the neighboring Mexican coastline, it’s been a boom for area environmentalists. According to a report in Fronteras, while unfinished constructions like a proposed marina in Santa Rosalillita idly rust away, environmental groups like WiLDCOAST have seized on discounted land prices to create conservation easements and establish new protected areas.

“So in places like San Ignacio Lagoon, Magdalena Bay, the corridor between Loreto and La Paz and in the central Pacific coast, we’ve been able to preserve some really world-class coastal biodiversity areas,” said Serge Dedina, the executive director of WiLDCOAST to Fronteras. "Areas where grey whales go, and where you see whale sharks. Real world class, Africa-style wildlife destinations. So that’s really exciting.”


Has the Great Recession made us greener?

As the Great Recession continues to roll through our country, Americans have cut back in droves. The Los Angeles Times reports on a survey that showed Americans are still living under a shadow of austerity. As per the L.A. Times, “16% [of respondents] said they had lost a job in the last year, and 25% had seen a reduction in wages or work hours. A total of 17% of respondents said they or someone in the household had been forced to downsize their living arrangements or relocate.”

So one is left to wonder, can there even be the smallest green-tinged silver lining to so much worry and bad news? If people are forced to cut back on consumption, they are using less energy, burning less fossil fuels, and consuming less products. How do these cut-backs in day-to-day living ultimately help the environment?