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

What’s The True Cost Of The World’s Most Expensive Coffee?
Apr 7, 2014
The suffering involved in the production of civet coffee has been highlighted by World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in a paper written for Oryx, the International Journal of Conservation. The paper examines the true cost of the world’s...
Our Environment
Where On Earth Is The Earth Hour Capital?
Apr 4, 2014
WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) has awarded Cape Town, South Africa, the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. The city is recognized for its pioneering actions to combat climate change in its efforts to bolster the quality...
Our Environment
On Shaky Ground: LA Earthquake Shocking Wake-Up Call For Fracking Industry
Apr 2, 2014
The recent earthquakes in Los Angeles and Orange County are a rude wake-up call about the induced seismic dangers facing California, according the the Center for Biological Diversity. A recent report by Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water...
Our Environment
Fiji: ‘Solar Granny’ Flicks Village’s Energy Switch
Mar 31, 2014
Having installed solar power into the 60 homes in her village, ‘solar granny’, Lautani Nabua of Waikubukubu Village in Tavua, has taken her green initiative a step further by sharing her skills on solar-electrification with the local women and youths. “There...
Energy Infrastructure
The World Turns On To Turning Off
Mar 28, 2014
In its eighth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to defy expectations by mobilising hundreds of millions of people around the planet. Famous landmarks confirmed to participate in the event include the Empire State Building, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle,
Our Environment
You Dirty Rat
Mar 26, 2014
South Georgia’s native flora and fauna has been under attack for over 200 years: By rats. These ferocious predators – which were introduced to the island by whaling and sealing vessels two centuries ago – feast upon the chicks and eggs...
Our Environment
Will E.T. Ever Come Home?
Mar 24, 2014
With his big buggy eyes and day-glow heart, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stole the hearts of millions of movie-goers back in 1982. In contrast, Atari’s video game based on the blockbuster movie left gamers stone cold. Dubbed “the worst game ever made”,
Our Environment
Spider-Man Villain To Reveal His Dark Side For Earth Hour
Mar 21, 2014
Jamie Foxx, who plays the villain Electro in the highly anticipated motion picture The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is joining his co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to call upon the global community to take simple actions to protect the planet.
Social Issues
The Green Office - What’s The Secret To A Happy & Productive Workforce?
Mar 19, 2014
A major global project that will help to define the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings has been launched by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). The topic is rising up the global agenda as organizations begin to understand...
Green Business
Green Hotel Choices On The Rise
Mar 17, 2014
It looks like the demand for green getaways is on the rise. Travel giant TripAdvisor has announced that it is extending its eco-friendly GreenLeaders program into Canada and Europe, following its rapid growth in the US. Developed in consultation with the...
Green Living
San Francisco Phasing out Water Bottles
Mar 14, 2014
If you’re going to San-Fran-Cisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair... Just make sure that you don’t take any nasty plastic water bottles with you, because sashaying around with one on those environmentally-hazardous bottles in your hand...
Eco Politics For Business
Mickey And Minnie Go Green At Starbucks
Mar 12, 2014
Starbucks’ New Eco-Friendly Disneyland Store Follows Hot On The Heels Of The Introduction Of Drive-Throughs Constructed From Recycled Shipping Containers Is that pixie dust in your skinny caramel macchiato? It could well be, because Mickey and Minnie now have their very own...
Green Business
Why On Earth Are South Africa’s Elephants Having Contraceptive Injections?
Mar 7, 2014
With stories of elephant poaching and ivory trafficking flooding the press, we may well stop and wonder why on earth the elephants in iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province are being given a contraceptive vaccine to control...
Our Environment
Rising To The Threat: The Statue Of Liberty And Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost To Sea Level Rise
Mar 6, 2014
From the Statue of Liberty to the Tower of London and Sydney Opera House, a rise in sea levels caused by global warming could affect numerous precious UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some 136 cultural monuments could be affected in the long...
Environmental Science
Ice, Ice Baby: Will Global Warning Unleash A New ‘Giant’ Virus?
Mar 5, 2014
It sounds like something from the domain of science fiction, but sadly, it’s not. French scientists have discovered a new type of ‘giant’ virus called ‘Pithovirus’ in the frozen extremes of northeastern Siberia. Buried underground, this hardy virus – the biggest giant...
Our Environment
Why Should We Care That Today Is The First World Wildlife Day?
Mar 3, 2014
The United Nations is very good at proclaiming certain days of commemoration or celebration. We have days set aside for women, days set aside for AIDS and days set aside for mother languages. So why is it necessary to have...
Our Environment
Dandruff Or Destruction?
Feb 28, 2014
Sadly, there is a connection between the survival of the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger and the brand of shampoo that you choose. Procter & Gamble, the company that makes Head & Shoulders, is sourcing palm oil from companies connected to...
Our Environment
Saving Indonesia's Manta Rays
Feb 26, 2014
The Government of Indonesia is now protecting the world’s largest ray species, the giant and reef manta rays, from fishing and trade. This new law represents a major advancement in efforts to conserve manta rays, which in 2013 were added...
Our Environment
'No-Go' Commitment: Oil And Gas Company Promises Not To Extract From World Heritage Sites
Feb 24, 2014
One of the top biodiversity sites in Africa, Virunga National Park, is home to some 100 remaining mountain gorillas. It was established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park and in 1979 it became one of the first World Heritage...
Our Environment
Stars Speak Up For Indonesia's Tigers
Feb 21, 2014
A host of Hollywood stars have joined thousands of concerned consumers in a call for an end to everyday products that are manufactured through forest destruction. The Tiger Manifesto, launched by Greenpeace, is a way for consumers to demand products that...
Social Issues
Scientist's Dog Is Murdered: Reward Offered
Feb 19, 2014
Arizona’s Center for Biological Diversity has announced a $2,500 reward for information about the fatal poisoning of a Northern California dog owned by a leading researcher studying how the same controversial poison affects endangered species. The dog named Nyxo died on...
Environmental Science
Unleashing Your 'Wild' Side - Making Love For Endangered Species
Feb 17, 2014
This Valentine’s Day, Arizona’s Center for Biological Diversity sent some 4,000 free endangered species condoms to some of the most romantic getaway cities in North America. From Maine’s Bar Harbor to New Mexico’s Santa Fe, the condoms were given away to...
Green Living
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