As a fourth year biology student at the University of British Columbia, I was looking towards graduation with only a vague idea of what I wanted to do. I knew that I loved oceans, and the idea of conservation, longing to make a positive impact. But was I to do with that passion?
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.
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 always thought Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works hard just like other environmental NPOs, where volunteers are highly needed to improve nature, and stewardship is applied - but I did not know that the organization wisely uses its resources to buy lands.
I grew up in an Asian household where shark fin soup was highly regarded. I have eaten the dish at Chinese weddings and at other Chinese celebrations. I was told that it was a privilege to have shark fin soup and consuming it was very beneficial for my health. I grew up with many Chinese traditions which I did not question, solely because they have been done for hundreds of years. In my case, the horrors of shark fin soup were brought to light when I first watched Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait documentary.
I’ve always found it perplexing that many urban subdivisions, and the streets within, are named after the ecosystems that they’ve replaced. An Elm St. with no arbours; a Brook Cr. with no river to be seen; and a Rolling Hill Ave. that is as flat as a pancake.