The Skyfish Project

Linked with Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Canada, and with Youth Action Centre.
… In the spring of 2002, Severn and some friends spearheaded an internet-based think-tank called The Skyfish Project. And as member of Kofi Anan�s Special Advisory Panel, she and members of the group brought their first project, a pledge called the Recognition of Responsibility to the recent UN World Summit in Johannesburg in August 2002. Their trip also was the subject of a documentary film that aired on CBC�s long running documentary series, The Nature of Things in January 2003. The African adventure was quickly followed up by a speaking tour of Japan in November, 2002. (full text).

Recognition of Responsibility: This is a statement of intent for our generation. Many nations represent a small fraction of the world’s population, but use far more than our share of the world’s energy, and emit a large percentage of the world’s carbon dioxide pollution. We are a countries with a huge ecological footprint.

Our current lifestyle comes at the expense of the health of the planet and its people. As a citizen in one of these industrialized, wealthy, and powerful countries in the world, I recognize that with these privileges comes responsibility. I recognize that the Earth is finite and in a finite world, steady growth forever is impossible. I see that measures of economic growth are not directly correlated with human well-being or happiness. I recognize that my everyday actions continue to affect communities on a local and global scale, today and in the future, for better or for worse … (full text).

In cryptozoology, a skyfish, or “rod”, is a supposed atmospheric entity that travels too fast to be seen by the unaided eye. A relatively new addition to the cryptozoological laundry list, rods were ‘discovered’ in the early 1990s but debunked by 2003 at the latest. It turns out that they are just videographic artifacts, produced by the motion blur of a conventional insect being filmed at 60 fps.

How fast does something need to travel to move too fast to be seen? Of course this depends on its size and distance. According to this analysis of human vision, Air Force pilots were able to identify an image of a plane flashed in front of them for only 1/250th of a second. This is around the limits of human vision. If the flash were only for 1/500th of a second, it is nearly certain that they wouldn’t even notice it … (full text).

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