As a biology major, I always had an interest in natural sciences. My appreciation for the outdoors made NOLS Yukon the perfect place for me to take my passion outside the classroom. I decided to take a Yukon backpacking course shortly after graduation.
With 80-pound packs, rugged terrain, temperatures ranging from 35-75 degrees Fahrenheit, and rain 85 percent of the time, my coursemates and I got used to ever-changing weather and wet gear. I became comfortable with discomfort.
Throughout the course, we learned the necessary skills to adapt to uncertainty and thrive in nature. While I no longer require many of the specific skills in my everyday life, the overarching theme continues to be incredibly influential in every aspect it.
The wilderness taught me to face each challenge as it comes. Now that it has been a few years, I can look back on the experience and recognize the powerful connection to nature and its ability to teach us in ways that we don’t even realize.
We are always surrounded by nature, whether we recognize it or not. When we realize our connection to something so much larger than ourselves, we are able to strive for a deeper, more pure connection in day-to-day life.
Spending time in the outdoors gives you a sense of responsibility to help protect nature however you can.
William Bunnell is a 2008 Yukon Backpacking graduate and scholarship recipient.]]>
The holidays are approaching quickly and the reality is: you’re going to shop. This year, 1% for the Planet asks you to vote with your dollars and buy from businesses that are part of the environmental solution!
Our Holiday Gift Guide is here to showcase a special selection of products that give back to protect the places we play!
Osmium- Osmium sells American clothing and footwear, but their true purpose is to influence longevity and domestic production. Osmium is giving back by donating 20% of all purchases from Black Friday through Cyber Monday to 1% for the Planet.
Klean Kanteen- Klean Kanteen is the original, BPA- and toxin-free stainless bottle designed for personal hydration. While you may already have your vessel, someone in your life most likely does not!
Pura Vida Bracelets- Check out Pura Vida’s enviro-causes charity line! Gift fashionable bracelets while directly supporting our nonprofit partners.
Mountain Equipment Co-op- As a business and as people, MEC operates with integrity. Shop MEC for the outdoor adventurers on your list!
Horny Toad Activewear- Horny Toad clothes are made from sustainable fibers that are as socially adept and unpretentious as a good friend. Instant and easy favorites!
Veev- Get personal with the taste you can’t resist! A Veev personalized flask is a perfect holiday gift for the spirit lovers on your list!
Bamboo Bee Bicycle- Cruise around on expertly crafted works of beauty! Bamboo Bee bicycles are a perfect match for people who appreciate the iconic inspiration that nature provides.
Chocomize Inc – Create custom chocolate bars made from Fair Trade chocolate with toppings ranging from the usual nuts and fruits to the not-so-common 23 karat gold flakes, bacon, and even violet petals. Yum!
Mamma Chia- Mamma Chia Beverages and Snacks are the undeniable healthy choice for health-conscious souls seeking an extra dose of vitality! Infused with ancient wisdom and powered by one of the world’s healthiest whole foods, Mamma Chia provides sustained energy to power your life purpose.
Elemental Herbs – Elemental Herbs offers a diverse line of organically grown, plant-based formulas that smell good, feel good, and are practical for everyday needs. From skin repair and lip care to sun protection and fast pain relief, the products’ ingredients stay true to the company’s roots by always putting the planet first!
Plak That – Stretched canvas photo prints are nice, but images printed on recycled wood turn heads! For every plak purchased, a tree is planted through the Arbor Day Foundation.
Plum Goods – Searching for hand-crafted and innovative art, textiles, glassware, jewelry, toys or cards? Plum Goods products are made with integrity and are simply inspirational.
Surf Sweets – Who says that gummy bears are only meant for kids?? These organic and natural treats are the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list.
Sitka- Designed by the sea and woven by a common thread. Sitka creates unique, surf-inspired clothing and gear.
Grounds for Change- A certified organic and fair trade coffee roaster here to help you warm up and energize on those blustery, winter mornings to come!
Kammok- Kammok is an innovative outdoor brand that connects people with the adventure of changing lives. Every purchase you make from Kammok has a direct impact on improving our Earth’s natural resources!
J Skis- High performance, one-of-a-kind skis, designed by Jason Levinthal. Built in limited quantities with limited edition graphics, these may just be the best skis in the world.
Pascha Chocolate- Dark chocolate is heart healthy, right? It sure is! Especially when it is certified organic, fair trade and GMO free! Pascha chocolate is here to help satisfy your craving guilt-free this holiday season!
Getting your holiday shopping done online this year? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support your favorite charitable organizations every time you shop, at no cost to you! Designate 1% for the Planet as your recipient.
I hope this list has left you with great ideas for everyone in your family! Please follow us on Twitter for additional inspiration #2014GiftGuide.
Happy holidays from 1% for the Planet.]]>
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DCP’s mission is to promote the scientific study of dolphins and inspire their conservation. And of course, our organization’s research and education efforts cannot continue without financial support from the public – and we hope, member organizations of 1% For The Planet.
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Our aim is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of shaping this future for our region and for our planet.
Please follow these links to see some programs we are currently offering to locals and visitors to the West Coast of Vancouver island.
Raincoast Re-skilling Festival (November 30, 2015)
Raincoast Field School (Spring and Fall in local schools)
Raincoast Field-Courses (Throughout the year, 2015)
Tofino Ambassador Program (April – July 2015)
Radiation Monitoring (Throughout the year, 2015)
18th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival (May 1-3, 2015)
We appreciate your involvement and your support!
Plastic is one of the most useful materials in modern society, preserving food and medicine to help us lead healthy lives, facilitating communication through its use in computer technology, and making transport more efficient due to its lightweight composition. However, the impacts of plastic on the environment cannot be ignored. In this seminar, Doug Woodring of the Plastic Disclosure Project, a project of Ocean Recovery Alliance, will outline the risks faced by companies from plastic pollution, and the opportunities associated with preventing it. First State Investments will explain why it is examining plastic use by portfolio companies. Trucost will demonstrate how to measure the risks of plastic use, as well as sharing insights from companies who are leading the way in good management of plastic.
Summary from an article by Paul Charman, Nov. 19th, 2014 in the New Zealand Herald
Trubridge, who lives on Long Island in the Bahamas, will attempt to better one of his previous world records at freediving on December 3 – by swimming, unassisted by fins or weights, to a depth of 102 metres before returning to the surface.
This will be watched all over the world, the drama of the dive also creating a platform for his advocacy of environmental causes.
The holder of 15 freediving records is the subject of extensive media coverage, which he says enables him to speak up for the marine environment he holds dear.
He is an ecological ambassador for New Zealand’s rare and endangered Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins and promotes the Ocean Recovery Alliance, an organisation aiming to rid the oceans of plastic waste……
Before the new year, crewmembers from 100 sailboats are set to collect 600 ocean water samples from a 602,000-square-nautical mile area in the Atlantic Ocean for ASC’s microplastics research.
“It’s huge for science, for really getting a picture of this part of the Atlantic,” said ASC partner scientist Abby Barrows. “[This will give] us the fuller picture of how plastic concentrations may or may not fluctuate closer to land and in the middle of the ocean.”
The boats are part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the largest sailing rally in the world, and the massive transect is the creation of ASC adventurers Marjo Boertien and Edwin Butter, crew of the Orion of Aberdeen.
On November 9, the first wave of boats departed from Grand Canary Island, a Spanish province off the western coast of Africa. This group, the ARC+, is headed first for the Cape Verde Islands and then to Saint Lucia. Of the 51 boats, 28 are participating in the ASC project. Marjo and Edwin plan to recruit 72 additional boats of the 200 in the main ARC leaving Grand Canary on November 23 for St. Lucia.
“We thought we would have to debate our way through this project, but that’s not the case at all,” Marjo said after the ARC+ launched. “People are pretty excited about the project. The subject is very much ‘alive’, and the word is spreading.”
“What’s really appealing to people here is the scope,” she added. It’s scientific research on microplastic that’s not done before.”
Marjo and Edwin, both Dutch, coordinated the on-the-ground effort, recruiting and training skippers and crew through a series of workshops in Grand Canary’s capitol city Las Palmas, securing 600 water bottles, hand-delivering data sheets and bottles to participating boats, and answering questions on protocols.
Edwin, a professional diver, has been living aboard for two decades and has sailed around the world twice. Marjo joined him in 2008. They started Ocean Conservation, an initiative to lend skill and knowledge to conservation projects worldwide.
“We simply go with the flow,” Edwin says. “If we see opportunity, we open the door and look what’s behind it.”
After arriving in December, the boats will disperse from St. Lucia worldwide, Marjo said—some through the Panama Canal to the Pacific, many to the Caribbean through the Azores and back to Europe, and others to South America.
“I’m really excited … that there is potential for sampling all over the world because of the connections they’ve made with these new adventurers,” Abby said.
ASC has provided Abby, an independent researcher, with samples from places including Scandinavia, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and West Africa—places she describes as “undersampled and understudied.”
“What I was seeing from almost all these samples is there’s plastic everywhere—there’s a lot of plastic everywhere.”
The Ocean Conservation crew isn’t done yet. In mid-November, they will present at the Marine Biodiversity Week in Las Palmas to locals and other yachtsmen and -women about ASC’s microplastics research.
With maintenance to be done on their boat after the boats launch, Marjo and Edwin won’t join the ARC rally, and will likely sail to the Cape Verde Islands in late December before crossing the Atlantic.
“One of the things we throw overboard is an agenda,” Marjo said. “There’s only the weather that determines when or where we will go. We work really intuitively”
With requests from conservation organizations in Suriname, Haiti, Sri Lanka and Columbia, there’s no doubt Ocean Conservation will continue to do valuable work. Here at ASC, we hope to continue building on this exciting partnership.
Après une immersion dans la nature au travers de 6 circuits franciliens, les participants rejoindront le château et le parc de Jambville dans les Yvelines. Des actions seront alors mises en place pour encourager la pratique du dehors : rédaction de guides et d’outils à destination des enseignants, des animateurs, des formateurs, développement de formations, réflexion sur les nouveaux rythmes éducatifs, expérimentation de situations d’autonomie en pleine nature.
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