Let it Snow

The Gulf Islands are a chain of islands located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. From the air in summer time the 13 major islands and  450 smaller islands look like emeralds in a bracelet. This week those emerald islands are frosted with an overlay of snow and they glitter like diamonds.

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent of CO2 emissions come from private home electricity usage, heating and waste. Wasting electrical energy prompts CO2-emitting power plants to produce more…

Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living

Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working  for someone else.  Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple dream come true.  We moved to where we wanted to live,  purchased a home, committed to voluntary simplicity and built our own…

Are you a tree hugger too?

The thunderclouds collided overhead and the rain hailed down like bullets.  Wind howled,  limbs cracked,  whoosh  –  two earthshaking THUDS, seconds apart, shook the ground.  For 90 years they stood on the bank of the creek but now they spanned it laying side by side.  Bent and broken never to be mended, our two big…

Green Home Renovation Lessons Learned

It all began with the surprise announcement that we were spontaneously undertaking a large and expensive project within a time limited window of opportunity.  Two weeks ago I assumed it would be completely done by now. How wrong I was. Our recent green home renovation, repair and house painting scenario has caused us to pause…

Connecting Kids and Nature

We islanders got the dry spell we were craving and quickly exchanged our gumboots and umbrellas for sandals and sunglassess. We’ve been celebrating a week of gorgeous weather outdoors and that’s why I’ve been so scarce. The rhododendrons are heralding spring and the green background is punctuated with natural color again. The forecast is for…

Super Moon Moments and Memories

Supermoons occur when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth coincides with a full moon, an event known as perigee. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 383,000 kilometres but last night the Moon was about 356,955 kilometres away. My husband and I have viewed the Moon many times before through…

A World Without Bees

Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off.  They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the 80% of fruits and vegetables that require pollination may not make it to market.   Places bees can forage for pollen without…

Blue Camas Love Affair

Many years ago my friend and I took a new bend in the road on our  weekly woodland walk and happened upon a gorgeous sight — a sea of Blue Camas lilies in full bloom in a Garry Oak meadow.   Enamored by the display before us we exchanged our associations with the color blue.  She…

BC Lighthouse keepers not getting the boot

Canadian lightkeepers report on weather and sea conditions, collect long-term scientific data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, protect rare wildlife and plant species, give first aid assistance and other help to tourists and hikers, track down overdue boats, assist vessels in distress with pumps, provide first aid and sanctuary, patch boats,  and prepare…

Perpetual economic growth is unsustainable

There’s little doubt in my mind that the three-legged stool economic model is flawed and needs replacement. Setting economic concerns as a priority above the environment when the environment is the grounds for all is irrational and adopting this never-ending growth model has had catastrophic consequences.

Are your cosmetics hazardous to your health?

We live in youth obsessed society and the vast array of cosmetics available to us are evidence of  our determination to pursue and project a youthful  external image to the grave. Pervasive and persuasive advertising cosmetics industry campaigns have created a highly lucrative and growing market for anti-aging  and  presumed beauty creating products. There’s  also cross-over…

What Would You Sacrifice for a Secure Future?

The scientific evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and there is no reason not to act.  We ought to be rethinking and reducing oil dependency as it’s obvious  that we must act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to provide a cleaner planet for future generations.  There are many other sources of renewable energy,…

Beating the Heat

Last night I had several dreams and every one of them had the same theme -  cooling down. From standing under a waterfall,  to being caught in a snow storm, to being stranded on an iceberg, and shivering in an ice cave my sub-conscious mind supplied me with my deepest desire which was to be…

On the Beach

I’m enjoying my vacation with friends and our catching up on each others lives and sharing new experiences has been so wonderful and so exhausting. I feel like I’m asleep on my feet or living a dream right now. We have developed an pattern of relaxing on the beach early in the mornings and late…

Offshore drilling is bad news, and we should say so

Offshore oil production is a growth industry that has  produced numerous large-scale oil spills destroying  an immense amount habitat and devastating wildlife.  Clearly drilling is not the answer to any of our energy problems. It creates far fewer jobs than clean energy,  it won’t help us become energy independent,  and it definitely won’t help solve…

Rethinking and reducing oil dependency

My husband and I awoke to the news that BP Plc is preparing for a key procedure to replace the containment cap over its blown-out Macondo well, which could temporarily cause more oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.  This provoked a long and thoughtful discussion about global warming and what additional steps we…

Naked in Eden Book Trailer

This is so exciting. My friend Robin Easton adventurer, writer and blogger has released her Naked in Eden book trailer. It’s the remarkable story of her adventures and awakening in the Australian rainforest. The book will be released Sept 2010. Follow the Naked in Eden Blog – Robin Easton for updates. And while you are…

Geotourism: Do you know what it is?

Some of the “pet” subjects I have researched and written about include the negative impacts of tourism on the most special places on earth, ecotourism, geotourism and sustainable tourism. For several nights now I have had Great Wall of China dreams. I have never been there but, my friend who works in the tourism industry,…

News from the Union of Concerned Scientists

Political interference in science has been all over the news recently. We thought you’d like to be aware of the following developments: Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona reported he was muzzled from speaking about topics like stem cell research and sex education. Vice President Dick Cheney was accused of personally interfering to change the science…