Disposable straws

Trigger warning: blood and animal harm. I’ve participated in my share of garbage cleanups around my home town. Canada’s winters will hide a host of detritus to be revealed by meltwaters come spring. Even in a place far from the sea like Ottawa, I am very aware of where all this roadside plastic will end up … More Disposable straws

Post-Congress Trepidations

September 12th – 8h37pm EDT – Philadelphia International Airport I’m exhausted and my head is still at the World Conservation Congress, the debates of the IUCN Member’s Assembly ringing in my ears. The book Hawaiki Rising, a gift from the Young Professionals Pre-Congress Workshop, rests on my lap. Island sand in my shoes, sea-salt snarls in my … More Post-Congress Trepidations

If I could buy the World an Underwater Experience

“I’d like to buy the world a house, and furnish it with love. Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow-white turtle doves”. I went scuba diving on the reefs of Oahu yesterday. If I could gather a crowd of young multicultural singers to spread a message of protecting the world’s oceans from a verdant … More If I could buy the World an Underwater Experience

Nature Calls

Are you stressed at work? Getting migraines from extended screen time? Easily-distracted? The Doctor called and prescribed a solid dose of Nature. All ages are allowed an unlimited subscription to this prescription. The side effects of laughter spread through the World Conservation Congress audience as we viewed the following Nature Rx video. The panel speaker/producer Justin … More Nature Calls

Island Earth

Madeline and Lester had us scrambling to leave the Big Island of Hawai’i. Not a couple of disagreeable Young Professionals from the Pre-Congress Workshop, but hurricanes with 120 mph winds. With all the hiccups I’ve had with flying recently, I was more than okay to the idea of switching our flights to earlier ones. Just as … More Island Earth