Island News – February and March 2012
“Glocalisation” is the growing trend of dealing with big global problems through small, individual actions – something that every one of us can do. Vacation travel which includes volunteering for a charitable cause, called “Voluntourism,” is perfect for travelers who want to make a positive change in the world, yet still enjoy a relaxing experience. If you’d like to do a little voluntourism during your holiday, mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21st, and plan to lend your hand in the Great Island Clean-Up. This is a major part of the island’s annual celebration of Earth Day, beginning with a good Spring cleaning of all beaches and roadsides. Participants in the Earth Day clean-up will receive “special treatment” from island businesses, including discounts at Tucker House Inn, Harrison House Suites, and Coho Restaurant. Think of this as a part of the World cleanup 2012 campaign, started by Rainer Nolvak (co-founder of Skype); this year’s goal is to mobilize 300 million people to pick up 100 million tones of illegally dumped waste in six months. Read more on this on The Economist.
Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary, was screened at the public to a standing-room only crowd on Super Bowl Sunday. Hosted by our Guest Services Coordinator Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos and Julie Hagn, a senior at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor, this powerful film exposes how the media plays a huge role in the downgrading and objectification of women, and the consequences to our youth, our culture, and our politics. With the enthusiastic feedback, future screenings are in the works, as well as targeted sessions in the local schools. For a screening in your area, or more information on bringing this important film, check out the Miss Representation website.
Voice of the Orcas: Orcas cannot speak – at least not to us in our own language.
Now there’s a new website up which is devoted to speaking up for them. Voice of the Orcas was created by professionals and former marine mammal trainer who share a common philosophy. From their work at amusements parks, they all experienced a change of heart regarding the captivity of whales and dolphins.
The site gives you the true, behind-the-scenes story. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/voiceoftheorcas/home to read more.
Earth Hour: Saturday, March 31st at 8:30 pm is the date that hundreds of millions of people around the globe will turn off their non-essential lights for one hour. This campaign, designed to raise awareness on sustainability and the environmental challenges we face, started in the city of Sydney in 2007, and has been growing every since. Last year, over 1.8 billion people, including citizens from Friday Harbor and from over 5,000 cities and towns in 135 countries and territories across every continent participated. Will you join us this year? For more information contact Katy Fenn at 202-495-4624 or visit worldwildlife.org/earthhour for participation guides, tools and creative assets to share with your community, businesses, and city government.