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

Love The Great Outdoors? Then Become A Park Ranger On Vacation
May 28, 2014
You’d rather identify plants on Catalina Island than lie on a beach? Or help to remove invasive species from the Grand Canyon than shop for tourist trinkets? Then a Conservation Vacation on Catalina Island or in the Grand Canyon National...
Green Living
Permanent Legislation Needed To Protect California’s Endangered Sperm Whales
May 26, 2014
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced emergency actions designed to protect endangered sperm whales from being caught in the California swordfish and thresher shark drift gillnets. Fishing with drift gillnets involves setting mile-long nets at dusk that drift freely where...
Our Environment
Tsunami-Hit Turtle Sanctuary Aims To Raise Funds On World Turtle Day
May 23, 2014
Today is World Turtle Day, and to celebrate, the Aussie-owned villa in Galle, Sri Lanka, is helping to bring attention to the country’s Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. The collaboration between Templeberg Villa and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (KSTC Project)...
Our Environment
How Toxic Are Your Football Boots?
May 21, 2014
As the world prepares for football fever during this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Greenpeace is highlighting the toxic dangers of the chemicals lurking in the Beautiful Game’s merchandise. Football merchandise produced by adidas, Nike and Puma ahead of the...
Our Environment
Let It Burn
May 19, 2014
The Hong Kong government will begin to burn an astonishing 28 tonnes of confiscated ivory on Thursday.
Our Environment
Are Utah’s Stunning National Parks At Risk?
May 18, 2014
The Utah Division of Air Quality has given Emery Refining permission to build Utah’s first new oil refinery in 30 years. The refinery in eastern Utah would be within miles of Canyonlands and Arches national parks – two of the state’s...
Our Environment
A Whale Of A Time
May 14, 2014
Did you know that more people whale watch from shore than from boats? But how on earth do you find the best location, and how do you know what you're looking for? It’s no secret that California's coast offers some of...
Green Living
Just How Much Metal Can A Plant Eat?
May 12, 2014
If you ever find yourself hiking through the western part of Luzon Island in the Philippines, be careful not to drop any spare change... Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered a new plant species with an...
Our Environment
'Climate Change? I'm Not Lovin' It, Ronald'
May 9, 2014
In the wake of McDonald’s announcement that it plans to start purchasing “sustainable beef”, the Center for Biological Diversity conservation organization has released an open letter from its polar bear personality, Frostpaw, to Ronald McDonald urging the fast-food giant to...
Green Business
One Million New Solar Lights Are Now Shining In Africa
May 7, 2014
SolarAid is celebrating a major milestone: Its millionth solar light in Africa. This not only means that over six million people are now benefitting from free renewable power, it sets the foundations for an emerging solar market that will provide access...
Energy Infrastructure
Are China’s Buildings Greener Than Canada’s?
May 5, 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States – demonstrating the global reach of the movement that is transforming the built environment into healthy, high-performing structures...
Green Living
How Green Is Your Flight?
May 2, 2014
Next time you book a flight, consider this: Do you want to fly with a fuel-efficient airline, or a fuel-inefficient airline? A new report demonstrating a 26 per cent gap between the most and least fuel-efficient airlines serving America’s domestic market...
Green Business
Going Dutch Doesn’t Mean Doing Solar Energy By Halves
Apr 30, 2014
As in previous years, the Dutch solar market has grown significantly in 2013. During the past year more than 100,000 solar panels were installed on new roofs, bringing the total number close to 200,000. This means that the total power of...
Energy Infrastructure
How Can A Search Engine Go Green?
Apr 28, 2014
A ravenous consumer of electricity, Google is busy finding ways to provide cleaner clicks. And its efforts have not gone unnoticed, as the search engine giant was recognized in Greenpeace’s ‘How Companies Are Creating the Green Internet’ report earlier this month. Google...
Green Business
Topping The Green Building Charts
Apr 25, 2014
To celebrate International Earth Day this week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected their top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The program celebrates...
Green Living
Green Meatball, Anyone?
Apr 23, 2014
Ikea is demonstrating that big businesses that refuse to make changes to benefit the planet are a load of all balls – meatballs, to be precise. We all know that eating less meat is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, so...
Green Business
A Warning For International Mother Earth Day
Apr 21, 2014
Tomorrow is International Mother Earth Day, and this year’s event will focus on green cities and the mobilization of millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide. Every year on April 22, over a billion people...
Our Environment
Is Defending The Planet The Most Dangerous Pursuit On Earth?
Apr 18, 2014
Killings of people protecting the environment and rights to land increased sharply between 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies, the new Deadly Environment report from Global Witness has revealed. The report, which is the most comprehensive global analysis...
Social Issues
Style And Sustainability
Apr 16, 2014
Hold on to your recycled hat: Anticipation is sizzling for the lights, sounds and styles of the Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week event. The three-day event will take place at the city’s SFU Woodward’s, Fairmont Waterfront and Holt Renfrew store from April...
At Home
“Renewable Energy Is Unstoppable”
Apr 14, 2014
Greenpeace Germany activists demonstrated at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate yesterday in a bit to urge governments and businesses to deliver “Power to the People – Clean Energy Now”. At the end of its week-long meeting in Berlin, the Intergovernmental Panel on...
Is Procter & Gamble Cleaning Up Its Act?
Apr 11, 2014
You may breathe a small sigh of relief for the rainforest. Following enormous public pressure, Procter and Gamble (P&G) has finally committed to a new ‘No Deforestation’ policy that will remove forest destruction from its products and provide full traceability for...
Our Environment
Is Your Fish Breaking The Law?
Apr 9, 2014
More than 20 per cent of wild-caught seafood imported into the US – a haul with a price tag of at least $1.3 billion – is likely to be illegal, according to a new study published in the journal Marine...
Our Environment
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