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It’s Party Time!

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This week, Global News shared that the city of Moncton has a serious goose poop problem. Every summer, the city finds their geese populations increasing, leaving more and more- ahem- fertilization behind.

Dan Hicks said in an interview with Global News, “(When) you start to measure the problem in how many droppings per square foot, you know you have a problem… We were in five to seven (per square foot) in some areas”

That is unfortunate for walkers and runners… that’s a lot of goose poop.

However, Hicks believes he has found a solution, floating strobe lights. The company that makes the strobe lights, called Away With Geese, creates low-lying LED lights which float on the surface of lakes and ponds at nighttime. The idea is to annoy the geese so much that they stay away.

I don’t know about you, but if I were a Canadian goose, this sounds like a strobe light dance party! When asked about this possibility, Hicks said this does not concern him. Glad to hear I am not the only one who thought of this.

In total, the City of Moncton is allocating $15,000 in “goose management strategy” in its upcoming 2021 budget.


That’s a Wrap!

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On October 23rd, Planet in Focus wrapped up their 21st environmental film festival. The festival, which took place virtually from October 18th to 23rd (darn Covid), included titles like…

Conscience Point. Directed by Treva Wurmfeld, this story explores “the roots of American inequity, greed and pollution…. [the film] metaphorically and thematically goes beyond the Hamptons to tell a story of fighting the elite 1% at a time when so many across America are also struggling to remain in gentrifying parts of cities under development for luxury homes and lifestyles.”

Makongo. Directed by Elvis Sabin Ngaibino, this emotional documentary followed two Aka pygmies in the Central African Republic, Andre and Albert, who sell roasted caterpillars in their community. The money they earn is going toward helping children earn an education and improve literacy.

And Meat the Future. Directed by Liz Marshall, this story is about growing meat in a lab using animal cells. This idea could revolutionize food production as we know it, reducing the environmental impact and ethical dilemmas surrounding the ways we raise animals for slaughter.

Watch Q&A’s with filmmakers here.

More on Planet In Focus’ festival information can be found on their website.


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