Green Flowers: Buy Organic this Valentine’s Day

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | February 9th, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: Columbia, cut flowers, Ecuador, fair trade flowers, fair-trade, gifts, holiday, human rights, organic flowers, romance, roses, toxic pesticides, toxins, Valentines Day

Organic FlowersAh, love. Each Valentine’s Day, lovers take pause to recognize that special someone in their lives. Pink and red hearts ornament retail locations, and flowers, chocolates, jewelry and other gifts are purchased and exchanged. Hands are held, sweet nothings are shared and love is in the air.

But what if these tokens of romantic affection mean something more sinister than the celebration of love and friendship? What if the production of these goods comes at a grave cost for the people directly connected to them?

Ecotourism as It Should Be: Finding Inspiration in the Amazon Rainforest

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | January 20th, 2009 | 6 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Amazon, eco-lodges, Ecuador, Napo Wildlife Center, natural-habitat-adventures, rainforest, wildlife, Yasuni National Park

nwc-dawn-from-deck“There, at the top of that tallest tree,” our guide says, pointing through a maze of vegetation. I catch a flash of red, then a rainbow of feathers, backlit by the sun, as the scarlet macaw takes flight. Its bright plumage is the only contrast against the verdant backdrop of the Amazon rainforest.