Recycling to help at risk youth in the Carribbean

Tierrabomba viewThink about the Caribbean and visions of clean sand and beautiful beaches spring to mind. While that’s true, another side is the economic plight of many small Caribbean islands and countries. Tourist-based, their economies fall victim to climate change, bad weather or other factors, meaning the locals often struggle to ear a steady income.

One such island is Tierrabomba, a small island located one mile south of Cartagena de Indias, off the north coast of Colombia. There the lack of waste logistics, clean water, monetary sources, job opportunities and quality education leaves dreams of improvement of a quality life in a distant reality. Continue reading

More shenanigance with California State Parks revealed

Hendy Wood State Park, one of 70 California state parks “saved” today by Governor Jerry Brown

Today Governor Jerry Brown announced that $20 million of the $54 million recently “discovered” would be allotted towards California’s state parks. A real reprieve for the 70 parks on the list to be closed and a relief to many Californians.

But… there’s more to the story going on behind the scenes.

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Sustainability and Adventures with Purpose

Richard BangsIn today’s conference, author, nature film maker and outdoor adventurist Richard Bangs awed and mesmerized us with two clips of his latest eco-films from around the world.

“It’s all about what can we change and what can we improve,”
he said.

A brilliant wordsmith, Bangs’ films are shown on PBS and other television networks around the world.

The two clips covered eco-adventures Bangs took – one in New Zealand and one in Switzerland. Panoramic views were breathtaking, jaw-dropping with scenes from the New Zealand wilderness – capturing lakes, rivers and even the most remote “eco-chalet’s” in the world. Pictures of Switzerland’s Matterhorn and the Alps – often with little to no snow – truly displayed why author Mary Shelly called them “the backbones of the earth”.

The magic of a New Zealand sunset

The magic of a New Zealand sunset

“Tourism today is lodges built for comfort. Yet, he said, most folks seek the shadows and wild things. They want to see “the wizardry and witchcraft of the wilderness,” he said.ecoBangs stressed that

“How can we capture that magic, to allow people to come and have those experiences, with that sense of warmth and sense of family,”  he said? There has to be an emotional connection, Bangs said.

Excellent points to consider for those involved in environmental tourism, or those considering moving that direction.