After I learned the eco-issues behind the cut flower industry I was never able to look at a dozen roses the same again. No longer was it a symbol of a sweet loving gesture, but rather, the sign of often pesticide laden blooms and
It seems that we only hear about environmental plans and initiatives being made at legislative, university, and corporate levels—and we can forget that there are still folks like progressive secondary school teachers making
One of the final stops on the International Teacher Program was a site not quite as quintessentially Galapagos as wandering an uninhabited beach filled with sea lions and marine iguanas, or gazing at sad ol'
Every year, Toyota sends a crop of hand-picked teachers to the Galapagos on an environmental study tour. It's a costly program, it doesn't get much press, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the auto industry.
Only a few days ago, top secondary school teachers from the US and Galapagos were working together to create environmental education plans. Incorporating ideas from their disparate locales, they'd forged some progressive, globally
Why are environmentalists shooting goats? Why have they undertaken an elaborate plan to systematically kill hundreds of thousands of goats by means of aerial and ground hunting operations? Why to preserve life, of course.
Lonesome George slovenly lumbers out of the brush in his compound, painstakingly climbs the minor incline up to his pool, and collapses. The famed giant tortoise seems exhausted and lethargic, even by tortoise standards. And I
TreeHugger Brian has been visiting the Galapagos and it has been controversial. He writes: "I've been receiving comments (some angry-seeming) on my series of dispatches from Galapagos with suggestions like only scientists should be allowed entry, and
The Toyota International Teacher Program has taken 30 of the top secondary school teachers in the US to some pretty fascinating talks and even more spectacular locales. But perhaps the best part of the program yet is the
Today, on the coast of the Galapagos Island Espanola, I saw two birds with blue feet puff themselves up, awkwardly cuddle, and then proceed to dance around with all the grace of teenagers at a junior high dance. I had never
So I've been in the Galapagos for 5 days, and it seems like every dispatch I've written brims with doom and gloom—I've hit on the islands' huge water management issues, the problems with education, and an illegal ongoing sea
US teachers in the Galapagos classroom. Photo by Pete Oxford
The Galapagos Islands are undoubtedly one of the most unique ecological sites in the world—Darwin could've told you that. And he did. But the legacy he began in biological education has found
San Cristobal transforms from one of the most arid, barren-looking tropical islands you could imagine to a verdant tropical beauty in about half an hour. We're driving on the muddy roads through the Galapagos' capitol island en
The Galapagos Islands first really became the Galapagos Islands for most of us sometime around 6 o'clock at night. About then, I was lying on the beach a foot or two away from a female sea lion who just stared in my direction,