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The Global Fisheries Crisis and What You Can Do about It

Saturday, September 22
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

One-by-one tuna fishery, Bitung, Indonesia. © Paul Hilton & IPNLF

The health of the global ocean should concern everyone.  Oceans create half of the oxygen we breath, and provide a key source of protein and jobs for billions of people around the world. As we wrap up a month of Mindful Presentations this September, Adam Baske from the International Line & Pole Fishing Foundations joins us to talk about not just about the health of the earth, but what we can do to help make the earth a better place to live.

In this talk, Adam’s will focus on: 

  • The most pressing threats to our oceans – overfishing, pollution, and climate change.
  • The important role fisheries play in the context of environmental and social responsibility. 
  • Examples of his work with coastal communities and markets around the world to drive positive outcomes of the ocean as well as communities.

We’ll end this discussion with ideas for how consumers can be proactive on these issues with the choices they make at the grocery store and at restaurants. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about this interesting and timely topic!

We’re practicing Mindfulness this September! “When you change yourself, you change the world.”

Here’s more about our presenter

Adam Baske brings over 15 years of ocean-related experience to the IPNLF, with specialties in global tuna fisheries, international environmental policy bodies, and marine education. Adam has worked in diverse fields across the spectrum of marine conservation and management, including as a fisheries observer in Alaska, as an educator on-board a state-of-the-art sailing school vessel, and as a manager for an international campaign aimed at reforming the world’s largest tuna fisheries.

Adam has attended multiple international tuna treaty meetings, including the annual meetings, compliance meetings, and scientific meetings of the WCPFC, IATTC, and ICCAT with the aim of reforming the management of tuna fisheries around the world. Prior to joining the IPNLF team, Adam managed the Global Tuna Conservation program with the Pew Charitable Trusts and served as a fellow in the Office of International Affairs with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, DC. Adam holds a Masters in Marine Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Duke University.

“Working for IPNLF allows me to channel my passion for healthy oceans and thriving coastal communities towards the same goal. Not only are pole and line fisheries an excellent model for sustainability, they also have a profoundly positive impact on fishing villages around the world when managed properly.”

Finding Your Creative Self

Tuesday, September 25
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Have you wanted to explore your creative potential or take it to the next level?
Join artist Valerie Deveraux as she discusses the powerful tools used to uncover your creativity as outlined in Julia Cameron’s groundbreaking book “The Artist’s Way.” In this presentation you will learn about the process that millions of people have used to discover and recover their creative self.
September is Mindfulness Month at TML! “Change yourself and you change the world.”

“A Life Well Lived”; An Interactive Evening with Author John Eric Baugher, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 27
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We all wish to be happy, and in contemporary culture, we are bombarded with so many messages telling us that happiness is about feeling good, acquiring things, being young and wrinkle-free. But true happiness, what the ancient Greeks called eudaimonia, results from engaging life with meaning and purpose. How is it that turning toward death and grief can enrich our lives with meaning?

Come join us for this interactive talk, offered as part of the September 2018 mindfulness month at the Thomas Memorial Library, designed to evoke wonder about the possibilities of the human spirit and the meaning of a life well-lived. The evening will include stories shared from Dr. Baugher’s forthcoming book Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion, and Spiritual Growth through End-of-Life Care (Shambhala Publications, 2019), as well as a guided meditation and group discussion.

We’re practicing Mindfulness this September! “When you change yourself, you change the world.”

CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about our presenter

Be a Book Fairy! Donate New or Gently Used Children’s Books for the Book Fairy Pantry Project!

Book Fairy Pantry Project logo

The Food Pantry is open every week now to help out families in need of food support. The pantry’s weekly schedule means we are now running out of kids’ donated books! If you are purging book shelves, we’d love to pass along your nearly-new books to our friends at the food pantry. You can drop those off at the front desk, or downstairs in the kids’ room. No magazines, water-damaged, or torn pages, please!

FMI about the Book Fairy Project, please click here!

Here’s a link to an excellent article about this project in the Sentry.