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Reflecting on 2016

Reflecting on 2016

A new year and clean slate!  I love the hope and optimism associated with ringing in a new year.  I also love taking the time to reflect.  2016 was a great year for Emerger Strategies.  We landed our first client, Flood Tide Company, and are working with them to minimize their environmental footprint while enhancing their brand and increasing their profitability.  We also partnered with The Sustainability Institute so that we can work towards a more sustainable community in Charleston, SC.

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Emerger Strategies Proudly Supports Low-carbon USA

Emerger Strategies Proudly Supports Low-carbon USA
http://www.lowcarbonusa.org/

Did you know that China and the US are the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses?  According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)  China is responsible for 20.09% and the United States is responsible for 17.89%.  Did you also know that China and the United States signed the Paris Agreement?

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Conservation vs. Sustainability and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Conservation vs. Sustainability and Why It Doesn’t Matter
Thatch Cay powered by wind and solar.

 Angling Trade originally published our article, ‘Conservation vs. Sustainability and Why It Doesn’t Matter’ in their November e-Newsletter, and can be found on their site by clicking HERE.

I’ve known many different companies with diverse worldviews, especially when it comes to talking about conservation vs. sustainability. Similarly, we tend to vote for candidates that represent a worldview reflective of our own. Since we all just exercised our right and privilege to vote, it’s interesting to note how different worldviews can in fact achieve the same end.

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It’s Now or NeverGlades

 

We are proud to have signed the Now or Neverglades Declaration with our client, Flood Tide Company because we “support the 200-plus Everglades scientists who believe that increased storage, treatment and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee is essential to stop the damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries; to restore the flow of clean, fresh water to Everglades National Park, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys; to improve the health of Lake Okeechobee; and to protect the drinking water for 8 million Floridians living in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.” (GladesDeclation.org)

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Buffett, Bonefish and Boat Drinks!

Buffett, Bonefish and Boat Drinks!
Bonefish on!

My wife and I headed down to Exumas, Bahamas in January of 2016 for a little rest and relaxation, which was also a wonderful time to escape the cold in Charleston, SC for a few days.  We stayed at Staniel Cay Yacht Club and couldn’t have picked a better place to spend a few days relaxing and exploring the other nearby Cays.  Staniel Cay is also one of Jimmy Buffett‘s 10 Best Bars of the Caribbean for those of you out there that like to marry fly fishing and a good cocktail!  Hope you enjoy these excerpts from my journal….

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Be Authentic

Be Authentic
Angling Trade Magazine

 Angling Trade originally published our article, ‘Be Authentic’ in their November Newsletter, and can be found on their site by clicking HERE.  

The triple bottom line was coined in 1994 by John Elkington and basically says that businesses interested in becoming sustainable should not only look to have a healthy economic bottom line, but also healthy social and environmental bottom lines.  The triple bottom line is also known as people, planet and profit and is an excellent framework to work towards becoming a sustainable business, or industry.  For the most part, everyone understands profit, but how does one measure their social and environmental bottom lines?

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A Sustainable Industry

A Sustainable Industry

I recently wrote an article on that was originally published by Angling Trade in their September Newsletter regarding how the fly fishing industry has an opportunity to become the first truly sustainable industry.  First, the industry will need to decide what it means to be sustainable and then take action to begin minimizing its environmental impact.  I hope you enjoy…

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Searching for Permit in Belize

Searching for Permit in Belize
Searching for Permit. Photo Credit: Drebitko Photography

Rick Crawford

My wife and I took a trip to Belize and stayed at Thatch Caye Resort in May of 2015.  It was absolutely beautiful and I lined up a guide with Blue Horizon Fly Fishing to fish for permit while we were there.  Below are some images and excerpts from my journal….

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Lessons Learned: A Montana Fly Fishing Adventure

By: Rick Crawford

In September 2011 my fishing buddy, Benjy Duke, and I headed to Montana for a week-long fly fishing adventure.  We were living in Jackson, WY at the time and had spent the summer working for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department as Aquatic Invasive Species Technician’s.  We spent an entire summer parked on the side of the road next to Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge inspecting boats for aquatic hitchhikers to protect our waters.  Needless to say we had hours of downtime, so we spent the summer of 2011 planning our trip to Montana.  We had both fished Montana, but neither of us had spent more than a couple of days there.  This trip was going to be my epic send-off before I took a job back in Savannah, GA pursuing a career in sustainability working in a bio diesel manufacturing plant.

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