Subject of the Anthem for the Amazon

Anthem For the Amazon

The Amazon Aid Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the cause of protecting the Amazon Rainforest. While saving the rainforest doesn’t seem to be on tip of our tongues in the way it was in decades past, with climate change as the pinnacle of our planet’s worries, saving the Amazon Rainforest has never been more important. From the Amazon’s massive …

Birds of the Amazon Rainforest

Save the Rainforest-Again

Environmental History: Back to the Rainforest “Save the Rainforest” was a movement so prevalent in the 1990’s that T Shirts, posters, concerts and many parts of pop culture took on the cause. The emotional plea was to leave the vast expanse of flora and fauna in South America in peace so every tree could provide oxygen for our planet and …

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Shell Abandons Arctic Oil Operations

Arctic Oil: Abandon Ship Somewhere right now, thousands of environmentalists are probably still reeling from a few nights of wild celebration. Whether they were a deciding factor or not, (and they likely were not) Shell has decided to abandon their plans to drill for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. This is an enormous decision, given …

Health in Costa Rica: Keep on Livin’

Keep on truckin’ After spending a few weeks in Nosara, Costa Rica, it is apparent that they have mastered the art of living healthy, long, lives. Hiding down on the pacific coast and only accessible by miles of unpaved, often totally muddy roads, Nosara is like a magic paradise of never-ending health and life, except that it is actually a …

A History of Life: What is Gondwana?

What is Gondwana? Inevitably, when people take a trip with Gondwana Ecotours, the question arises: “What is Gondwana?”. At last, we are prepared to reveal the meaning behind this strange word. Once upon a long-gone time, there was an Enormous (with a capital E) landmass adrift on planet earth. This was long before anyone had thought to name the oceans, …

Why Ecotourism Matters

Why Ecotourism Matters In 2010, tourism as an industry supported more than 14 million jobs, and generated 1.8 trillion dollars in economic impact. That’s enough money to buy everyone in the United States 1,000 boxes of girl-scout cookies. With tourism being such an enormous part of the world economy and globalization making travel more tangible and appealing, it seems clear …

Just what is “Carbon Offsetting”?

Just what is “Carbon Offsetting”? If you’re like me, you may have heard the phrase “Carbon Offsetting” and cognitively lumped it in the same basket as “sustainability” or “carbon neutrality”, and weren’t 100% clear on what it meant. As the impacts of climate change become more and more central to our lives, so too, does the importance of understanding how …