The island of Rapa Nui (or Easter Island) has captured the attention of thousands of people through its mysticism, culture and the enigmatic, well-known statues called ‘moai’. However, the passage of time, globalization, and the growing tourist industry on the island, has caused its traditions, language, and culture to be in danger of disappearing. However, for the Rapanui people this is not an option. Different efforts have been made to keep their ancient culture alive, by creating opportunities for reunion and teaching new generations about their roots.
La isla de Rapa Nui (o Isla de Pascua) ha llamado la atención de miles de personas por su misticismo, cultura y enigmas como las conocidas estatuas llamadas ‘moai’. Sin embargo, el pasar del tiempo, la globalización y el creciente turismo en la isla, ha provocado que sus tradiciones, lenguaje y cultura se vayan extinguiendo. Pero para el pueblo rapanui ésta no es una opción, por lo que se han levantado distintas formas de mantener su esencia viva, organizándose y creando instancias y lugares donde reunirse y enseñar a las nuevas generaciones sobre sus raíces.
With Craig Leeson, and Mariana Soto from Plastic Oceans Mexico, I attended the Single -Use Plastics, A Challenge for Everyone conference organized by the Columbia Attorney General´s office on Wednesday, April 3, in Santa Marta.
Please enjoy this guest post from South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson. She is the founder of Breathe Conservation and is one of our global Ambassadors. In March 2019, she will attempt to become the first person ever to swim the perimeter of iconic Easter Island. To donate and learn more, click HERE.
A World Record Attempt to Swim Around Easter Island
One of the reasons I swim is to create awareness about the devastating and global effect of plastic pollution. When I first started my journey into open water swimming I started with the intention and desire to swim for something bigger than myself.
Please enjoy this guest post from South African endurance swimmer, Sarah Ferguson. She is the founder of Breathe Conservation and is one of our global Ambassadors. In March 2019, she will attempt to become the first person ever to swim the perimeter of iconic Easter Island. Learn more HERE.
Little by little – this is my motto for the year.
8 years ago when I travelled to Hawaii for the first time to meet a friend, I never imagined that my life would have taken the twist that it has.
The holidays are quickly approaching and the shopping frenzy makes it hard to to be aware of the waste that’s involved with the season. Here are some ideas to gift with meaning, purpose, and without the plastic!
The rain came quickly and without warning. The umbrella was useless against the force of the downpour. The streets quickly flooded and cars sprayed the sidewalk with water. It took just minutes to be soaked from head to foot. I considered turning back to the hotel, but I was already half-way to the cinema and 300 people were waiting. My hosts at the Asian Development Bank were calling.
Today’s guest blog comes from Nicholas Rodchenko-Highfield, an 11-year-old student from Chinese International School in Hong Kong.
A New Foe Has Risen Against the Ocean
The planet has a variety of different elements: fire, earth and water are the three main elements.
The one that fascinates the the most is water. So delicate and gentle, yet able to break through mountains. The ocean also hosts a variety of wondrous creatures and breathtaking places. Unfortunately, a new foe has risen up against the ocean. Homo sapiens. Humans. We pose a greater threat than anything. Our weapon is trash. I wrote this to tell you why I love the ocean and why it needs to be saved.
Together We Are Stronger
What do we do when someone tells us something we believed to be true is false?
That’s where we find ourselves now with our relationship with plastic. Plastic is great because we thought it made our lives easier, affordable, healthier…. and it just disappeared. Unfortunately, our plastic waste does not disappear. It doesn’t return to the earth in a neutral form – it only continues to pollute our water sources and soil like a disease.