• Galápagos Islands: remarkable yet preoccupying

    We enjoyed last Christmas on the Galapagos Islands, giving ourselves the soulful gift of connecting with nature. We felt incredibly blessed to be in such a unique place on this remarkable planet of ours as animals approached us unguarded, unafraid of humans and as curious about us as we were of them. We wondered at the unique giant tortoises, tame sea lions and abundant bird life. Our visit was bitter sweet though, as we noticed the effects of tourism and the swell in population on the islands. We wondered if we should really be there, contributing in that way. Locals profess that tourism funds conservation and research but I couldn’t help…

  • Top 10 eye-opening ecological documentaries – and how to watch them easily

    Images often speak better than words. Part of this blog’s aim is to contribute in raising readers’ awareness to certain issues and offer some ideas to deal constructively with them. True to this aim, we present to you today a selection of ecological documentaries that we consider as must-see. Indeed, if they are daunting, they are also eye-opening, inspirational and serve as helpful triggers for change. We assume that you’ve already watched the awards-winning An Inconvenient Truth, so we haven’t included it here. Do watch it (here) if you haven’t yet though… To encourage you watching these 10 documentaries, we’ve also added links or given hints on how to access them easily. So…

  • ‘Ecology’ or ‘Environment’?

    Why does this blog mention ‘ecology’ rather than ‘environment’? Well, it’s fairly simple actually. While ‘environment’ tends to put humans at the centre of it all – as if we had some sort of right or supremacy over nature -, ‘ecology’ provides a more comprehensive outlook, whereby humans are only one part of nature. A distinctive part in many ways, but nonetheless just a part. I understand that the main use of ‘ecology’ refers to the scientific study of the distributions, abundance and relations of organisms and their interactions with the environment. But I mainly use it to emphasize the interdependency between human and nature interaction. I’d be curious to know whether you share our views…

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