A Renaissance Story: Oysters and the Chesapeake Bay

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Dr. Lynda

There are some stories that come our way here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC) and we just instantly say, “well that’s nice.” And in a complex world, that’s enough. Some things are just nice to know.

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This is true of a small story we received in the form of a link from an EWC fan recently. She had lived near the Chesapeake Bay as a child, seen its decline and was beginning to be heartened by its renewal in the last few years.

Patty is a self-professed “foodie”, so, of course, she came at this nice story from that angle, but I hope after a few quick video shares, you’ll feel good about the bigger picture too!

Take a look at this lovely thing she sent us:

Now we could just sign off on this right there, but I had to know more about the science behind one of the largest unique ecosystems in the world almost collapsing. So, I found this next little gem that brings us all up to speed on a scale that includes much more than just the oysters from the Chesapeake.

Oysters and the Chesapeake Bay as a whole

After seeing this next video, you’ll understand why Ryan and Travis have so much to celebrate! Take a look…

Okay, now we’ve got a foundation to truly appreciate the role that oysters play as a “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to the environment. Now let’s finish strong with a lovely video-share that connects the ecosystem with one of the Chesapeake’s most delicious life cycles. This video is so interestingly quiet and beautifully done!

So there we have it. A little more knowledge and a lot more appreciation for the resilience of people and nature.

Thanks for taking this small journey with us today.

If you’d like to continue this train of thought from an unusual angle, take a look at our article about a new technology that is improving water quality in some of the most polluted places on the planet. The article is called Biomimicry and Floating Islands.

Another fabulous article about water as a precious resource is called Bill Gates Drinks Sewage: Introducing the Omni-Processor. It’s quite a lot of fun and Bill Gates of Microsoft really does drink sewage!


Image: Young people in dark glasses questioning thingsSo often, we think in terms of what we “would have done” had we had the money, time, creativity, energy, etc., but what if we thought about these kinds of constraints as a way to drive innovation? Seeing the world in terms of possibility in the face of obstacles is a wonderful trait of the human imagination.

This kind of thinking is still plentiful out there. It can give us the tools to deal with politics, business, and relationships in a more constructive way. Perhaps, we should turn to scarcity innovation thinking a little more often.

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~ Dr. Lynda