Vickie Sam Paget

"If I were going to have such a short visit on earth, I had to do everything possible to experience it now. Hence all the travelling, all the romances, all the ambition, all the pasta." - Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. Me? I'm a Vancouver-based writer who's just grabbing this life. Grabbing friendships, grabbing horizons, grabbing sunsets, grabbing songs, grabbing mountaintops, grabbing wine and grabbing the good times.

Recent Posts

Malaysia: The Eco-Friendly Guide
Jan 8, 2015
Malaysia offers a fascinating mix of cultures that combines Indian and Chinese traditions in a tropical paradise. The country’s unique location on both peninsula and an island has protected much of the landscape and wildlife, while other parts of southeast...
Green Living
Hilton Hawaiian Village to Amass Energy Savings of $711k
Dec 17, 2014
Hawaii Energy’s largest incentive for a hotel to date has been awarded to Hawaii’s largest hotel – the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, presented a...
Green Business
Australia: Eco Luxury
Nov 12, 2014
A number of new luxury eco-resorts are combining wilderness experiences with five-star comforts and environmental sensitivity, places where you’ll have a minimum impact on the environment and leave a minimum footprint. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the heart of the...
Green Living
Amsterdam: Schiphol Cabs Go Green
Nov 12, 2014
Travellers flying into Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport now have one less reason to feel guilty about their carbon footprint. Green taxi organisations BIOS-groep and BBF SchipholTaxi have taken charge of all taxi services departing the airport, which means the introduction of 168 fully electric taxis: an...
Green Business
South Korea: Olympic Ski Course Threatens Ancient Mountain Forest
Oct 29, 2014
The Olympic ski course is under construction at Mount Gariwang in South Korea, a protected area that is covered by an ancient forest that harbours unique species, including the rare Yew tree, the Wangsasre tree -- which is only found...
Our Environment
Report from the Field: Sea Shepherd's Operation Pacuare
Oct 13, 2014
Sea Shepherd's Operation Pacuare continues to make a strong presence in Costa Rica’s Limon province, with nightly patrols in search of nesting sea turtles on Pacuare Beach. October has already proven to be a busy month for the volunteers defending the...
Our Environment
US Dept of Transportation: Communities Unprepared for Next Oil Train Disaster
Oct 10, 2014
In the face of a dramatic spike in the amount of oil transported by rail and a series of fiery derailments, the US Department of Transportation has revealed that most emergency response organizations won’t have enough resources or trained personnel...
Lufthansa Conducts First European Scheduled Flight Using Sugar-Based Biofuel
Oct 8, 2014
The Lufthansa Group has marked another milestone in its pioneering work in the testing of alternative fuels. On September 15, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel was operated using a ten percent blend of the new biofuel...
Green Business
Hawaiian Legacy Tours Named ‘2014 Ecotour Operator of the Year’
Oct 6, 2014
Hawaiian Legacy Tours (HLT), has been named the “2014 Ecotour Operator of the Year” by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA). The award, presented at HEA’s annual meeting recently, honours Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a first-of-its-kind eco-tour that allows guests to help in...
Green Business
Finnair Flight to New York Powered with Recycled Cooking Oil
Sep 28, 2014
Finnair operated its flight from Helsinki to New York with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York last week. As a leader in the sustainable development of commercial aviation, the...
Green Business
Pharrell Williams Launches Denim Range Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics
Sep 24, 2014
G-Star's exciting and eco-friendly RAW for the Oceans collection is now available at Mall of America. In partnership with Bionic Yarn, the Vortex Project, Parley for the Oceans and curated by musician Pharrell Williams, the collection is made from ground-breaking 'Bionic Yarn'...
Green Business
Friends of the Earth: "World Leaders Fiddle While the Planet Burns"
Sep 22, 2014
As world leaders prepare to gather here for the Climate Summit in New York, Friends of the Earth International warned that the September 23 ‘talk shop’ will only see leaders fiddling with flimsy pledges instead of committing to binding carbon reductions. “A...
Cross-Border Rally to Unite North Americans Demanding Climate Action
Sep 18, 2014
This Saturday, environmentalists, First Nations representatives and community members from British Columbia and Washington will come together at the Peace Arch border crossing on unceded Coast Salish territory, to take part in a groundbreaking international rally to demand climate action...
Green Living
Tank Watch: New Mobile App Offers Hope for Coral Reefs and Marine Wildlife
Sep 15, 2014
Reef conservationists and photographers have joined animal protection groups for the launch of a new, first of its kind, mobile app, Tank Watch, with the goal of saving fragile reefs and marine wildlife captured for household and small display aquariums...
Green Living
Mexico: Exceptional Eco Resorts
Sep 15, 2014
More and more travellers choose to spend their money as responsibly as they can in eco-friendly areas. Mexico has many great resorts that support ecologically sustainable practices and still dish up all the fun you are looking for on your holiday. Hacienda...
Green Living
Can PepsiCo Help Water Conservation Efforts in Arizona?
Sep 11, 2014
Arizona’s Salt and Verde Rivers, which are the primary renewable water supply for two million people in Phoenix, are to benefit from a new partnership between PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy. As part of the ‘Recycle for Nature’ partnership, PepsiCo and...
Our Environment
Conservation Organizations Launch Lawsuit to Halt Wildlife Killing by “Secretive Federal Agency” in Idaho
Sep 9, 2014
Four conservation organizations have filed a notice of intent this week to sue the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program over its allegedly large-scale – and “often secretive” – killing of wild animals in Idaho. The Center for Biological Diversity...
Call To Action For Sea Shepherd Supporters
Sep 5, 2014
33 pilot whales were slaughtered on the shores of Sandoy, Faroe Islands on Saturday. 14 brave Sea Shepherd volunteers, trying to save those whales' lives, ended up in handcuffs — facing charges, fines and possible deportation. Now, it's your turn to get...
UK: Are Current Farming Methods Risking Boom or Bust with Food Supplies?
Sep 3, 2014
The push for more intensive agriculture to feed a growing global population risks ecological “boom and bust” according to four of the UK's leading ecologists, writing for Friends of the Earth’s Big Ideas Change the World project In a damning critique,
Social Issues
Side by Side: Human Chain Against Coal Spans Germay-Poland Border
Sep 1, 2014
Over 7500 people from almost 30 countries stood hand in hand this week, demonstrating against what would be Europe’s biggest brown coal open-pit mine. They formed a cross-border Human Chain, spanning eight kilometres between the communities of Kerkwitz in Germany and...
Social Issues
India: Shackled in Chains, Mary Kom Says Elephants Belong in the Wild
Aug 29, 2014
Glaring into the camera with fierce determination, covered with scars and struggling to break her chains, Olympic medallist and five-time undisputed World Amateur Boxing champion Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is featured in a striking new ad from People for the...
Social Issues
New York City: Will This Be the Largest March on Climate Change History?
Aug 26, 2014
With less than one month to go until the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, more than 100 organizations are taking part in an online recruitment drive to sign people up for the demonstration. The People’s Climate...
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