During a recent visit to see my partner’s family in Germany, I found myself sitting on the train to Munich after hiking in the Alps, wondering what on earth had happened to the idea of passenger rail between Whistler and Vancouver.
The year is 2048. Goods and services are exchanged without paper notes, coins, or even cards. Cash is a thing of the past. All purchases are electronic. This transition was more than just a switch from bills in a wallet to digits on a smartphone. Most importantly, this change coincided with a global shift to using the earth’s resources sustainably.
When walking by the shore, picking up seashells is only natural. In Hawaii, I collected ocean treasures by the beach. Yet, it was my “Kuleana“, a Hawaiian word to describe one’s shared responsibility, to place them back. What I brought home as souvenirs from Hawaii were stories from some of the best storytellers I’ve ever met. These stories about our collective kuleana are ones I’ll always treasure.
Things just got a lot more complicated at the Vancouver School Board. More than a decade of under-funding, ever-shifting priorities, and conflict came to a resounding halt with a single order from the B.C. government and Education Minister Mike Bernier that removed the democratically elected school board from office.
The cold winds of Fall are sweeping Quebec already, and I thought I would share with you all a glamorous day in the world of wood turtle conservation.
It can’t all be Hawaiian sunshine and Mai Tais, right?
I support a number of social justice causes: gender equality, animal rights, BLM, and missing and murdered Indigenous women to name a few. For a living, I work for an organization that campaigns to protect the health of our oceans, our ecosystems and our planet for generations to come. I’m proud that these causes drive social change -- but I’m not an activist.
An ambassador is someone who works to represent or promote a certain activity. As CC-IUCN Youth Ambassadors, Caroline, Sam and Elyse got the chance to represent Canadian youth at the World Conservation Congress. But there are many nature ambassadors in this world that often go unnoticed. Let’s recognize some special Ocean Ambassadors...the surf bums.
I must admit to having grown up more-or-less sheltered from the realities of our global and local environmental issues. This was in part due to my own inability to focus as a child, but was also largely a result of the environment in which I was raised. By that I refer not to my parents so much as society in general.
With school sadly around the corner, it is time to think about back to school shopping. Before you start shopping, it is important to consider the toll the things we use takes on the environment. Imagine the huge mass of papers that comes from all of your notes, handouts, and essays that you end up tossing at the end of the school year. One way we can become greener at school is to invest in some green school supplies.