Here on Whidbey Island, Earth Day isn’t just a day event, nor just a week event. On Whidbey Island, the whole month of April is dedicated to the earth and ocean, which explains the plethora of “green” and “environmental” activities and events taking place all over the island. One special event was a film series on environmental issues and the movie playing tonight sparked a great deal of interest in me. It was called “Global Meltdown” starring Bill Nye, but it didn’t just discuss the issue of Climate Change, it delved into the issue of Climate Change Grief. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 75: Climate Change Grief
What does religion have to do with conservation OR fitness? What interest could EarthFit have in discussing theological theories with others? It does seem to be an odd relation, but I saw it immediately when I heard there was going to be a Pub Talk (a public speaker at a winery/brew house) entitled “Is God Green?”. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 74: Is God Green?
I’ve come across a couple news articles that have ignited a debate amongst hunters, conservationists, and animal rights. The articles in question all bring light to the issue of trophy hunters, particularly of endangered species in foreign countries, namely in Africa. Continue reading EarthFit Special Rant: Trophy Hunting- Bad for Animals, Bad for Conservation
I have personal feelings about the Oregon Zoo, I’m a little jilted if I can be honest. But putting personal frustrations aside, I love the zoo. I think a great amount of conservation and education happens at the zoo, and it’s where I was inspired to create EarthFit, so this being my last week in Oregon, I decided to have one last trip to the Oregon Zoo and check out all the aspects that correlate well with EarthFit. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo
Once upon a time, for that is how all stories worth reading begin, there was a magical place. It held all the mysticism and wonder of every beautiful forest, waterfall, rainbow, and mountain on the earth. Within the magical land, there was life and love and laughter. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 36: Forest Fairy Locks
Before I left home of South Carolina to pursue my career of working with animals, I would have considered myself a deeply spiritual person, and very much connected with the spirituality of Native Americans. I was also connected to the spiritual essence of animals. I read tons of books on the subject, and was convinced that nature was full of magic. Part of my belief stemmed from my time studying Native American medicine wheel, and how they revered animals in their culture as guides. Part of it was the result of my obsession with the King Arthur legend, and Celtic folklore of fairies and magic. Combining the two to create a spiritual experience helped me through man tough times. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature
I attended a presentation at the refuge about a special Fish and Wildlife Service program called “Wildlife Without Borders“. It’s based on the idea that wildlife around the world don’t recognize countries’ borders, so we should all work collectively to protect natural areas and assist each other to promote conservation amongst international colleagues. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 33: Wildlife Without Borders
If you are a devout and dedicated EarthFitter, than you may be aware that a main component to EarthFit is what I call “Experiencing Nature”. Getting outdoors and connecting to the earth in healthy ways is the core of EarthFit, and there are dozens of ways to foster a better appreciation for nature and the environment Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 25: Giving with the Heart
An increasingly popular argument against zoos is emerging from the animal rights’ front. That argument is stating that zoos are becoming obsolete because everything we need to learn about wildlife and conservation can be taught through the internet and documentaries. That seeing animals in a zoo setting is not like seeing them in real life, like you can in a documentary.
I’m not really one to debate the value of a good documentary. With our advanced technology, researchers are able to get closer than ever without disturbing the natural behavior of animals in their natural environment (have you seen the documentaries that use cameras shaped like dung?!?!). Many documentaries help broaden the knowledge of a particularly interesting animal, and may intensify a spark to protect a species. Continue reading Why Zoos Matter Special Series: Documentary vs Zoo
Earlier this month I finished a book about one man’s quest to help protect the northern white rhino. It was called “The Last Rhinos” by Lawrence Anthony and at the very end of the book, something happened to me that doesn’t occur very often. I cried. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation