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

Eco Escapes: Ecuador’s Eco Lodges
Aug 22, 2014
Stretching from the eastern flank of the Andes to the borders of Colombia and Peru, Ecuador’s Amazon is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth.Complementing Ecuador’s natural surroundings are a variety of award-winning eco lodges and spas for...
Green Living
New Lifestyle Centre Eliminates Need for Cars
Aug 21, 2014
International architecture firm 5+design has announced plans for Diamond Hill, a highly cultivated mixed-use project located in Shenyang, China, whose residential, office and retail spaces will be built atop a fully integrated transportation hub. The hub will connect Shenyang’s regional mass...
At Home
Leonardo DiCaprio Continues Fight for the Oceans
Aug 19, 2014
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ted Danson, Dennis Haysbert, Laura Dern, Miranda Cosgrove, Austin Nichols, Oscar Nunez, Rachael Harris and Jenna Ushkowitz attended the 7th annual SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach on Saturday evening to support Oceana, the world’s largest international organization...
Our Environment
California: Please Don’t Use Offshore Fracking
Aug 15, 2014
As the California Coastal Commission meets in San Diego this week, a new poll has found that 55 percent of Californians back a ban on offshore fracking, while 65 percent want oil companies prevented from dumping fracking chemicals into the...
Politics
Mexico: Turtle Conservation Vacations
Aug 13, 2014
The Sea Turtle Protection Program at Las Alamandas Resort between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo has been a great success over the years. And now guests can participate in the two critical action phases of the program – the collecting of...
Green Living
It's Simple: All Ivory Markets Must Close
Aug 11, 2014
The message is simple: to save elephants, all ivory markets must close and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed, according to a new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The paper says that corruption, organized crime and a lack of...
Our Environment
Friends of the Earth: Shell Making No Progress on Niger Delta Clean-Up
Aug 8, 2014
A damning report, released by Friends of Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action, Platform and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) has exposed a shocking lack of action by Shell and the Nigerian Government to clean...
Our Environment
Actor Emma Thompson: "Stop Feeling Powerless About Global Warming
Aug 7, 2014
During a trip to the Arctic aboard a Greenpeace ship, Actor Emma Thompson has spoken out about what she describes as a 'culture of guilt' around what's needed to protect the Arctic and deal with global warming. The two time Oscar-winner...
Our Environment
At Long Last: Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise Departs Russian Port
Aug 4, 2014
More than 300 days after it was illegally boarded following a high profile peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has finally departed Murmansk, Russia, en route for its home port of Amsterdam. The icebreaker has been...
Our Environment
Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness
Jul 18, 2014
Canada is a happier place today, thanks to David Suzuki. More than 15,000 Canadians and over 1,000 workplaces and schools participated in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30×30 Nature Challenge during May. The third annual campaign challenged participants to commit to getting...
Green Living
New Study: Bee-killing Pesticides Linked to Decline in 14 Bird Species
Jul 16, 2014
A new study has revealed that bird populations are declining by 3.5 percent each year in areas with high concentrations of the most widely used neonicotinoid pesticide. These pesticides, which have gained scrutiny for their lethal effects on bees, are now...
Our Environment
Blooming Marvellous
Jul 2, 2014
At some point between now and August 1, a majestic flower will unveil its beauty in Tucson, Arizona, for one night only. Each year Tucson celebrates the annual, summer blooming of its most elusive flower, the Queen of the Night at...
Observations
Brazil’s Word Cup Scores Green Recognition
Jun 30, 2014
In conjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that several World Cup stadiums have achieved LEED certification, including South America’s largest stadium, Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Originally built and used...
Green Business
Brazil – Intercontinental Goes Green
Jun 25, 2014
Working in collaboration with the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) and its Green Engage program, Green Globe Certification has certified the sustainable operations and management of Brazil’s Holiday Inn Hotel Parque Anhembi São Paulo, Staybridge Suites São Paulo, Intercontinental São Paulo...
Green Business
Is Walmart’s “Closed Loop Fund” Recycling Really Effective?
Jun 23, 2014
Walmart has announced that it is partnering with more than a dozen companies and NGOs to form the “Closed Loop Fund”, an initiative that aims to invest $100 million in recycling infrastructure projects and encourage private investment in recycling.
Eco Politics For Business
Operation Toxic Gulf: Responding To The ‘Largest Act Of Eco-Terrorism In History’
Jun 20, 2014
Operation Toxic Gulf 2014 is a joint Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Ocean Alliance campaign that’s researching and documenting the devastating and lasting impacts of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill on ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our Environment
Defending The Defenders
Jun 18, 2014
Defenders of the environment often face terrible consequences for their actions, suffering rights violations and violence.
Social Issues
World Cup Sponsor Gives Hazardous Chemicals The Boot
Jun 16, 2014
Sports brand adidas has announced a new roadmap towards the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain.
Green Business
All Abuzz: Bee Hotel Opens At Toronto Hotel
Jun 6, 2014
With research indicating solitary bee populations continue to show signs of decline, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is stepping up to provide solitary bees with a place to rest their wings.
Green Business
Take A Selfie For The Sea!
Jun 4, 2014
This Sunday, people around the globe will celebrate this year's World Oceans Day with the theme of “Together we have the power to protect the ocean”.
Green Living
Dear Energy Boss, Are You Prepared To Go To Court?
Jun 2, 2014
Energy bosses should think twice before denying the reality of climate change.
Social Issues
Is This The Highway To The Future?
May 30, 2014
There’s a new buzz-phrase out there that’s caught the public imagination, that’s striking a chord with anyone with an environmental conscience who can dare to dream big: Solar Roadways.
Innovation & Concepts
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