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

Are Our Bees Shrinking?
Feb 14, 2014
Exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London, UK. Bumblebees are essential to the balance of our food...
Our Environment
Eco Escapes: Peru
Feb 13, 2014
Forget hotel chains that damage the planet with excessive detergent use and shocking water waste: there are plenty of alternatives out there for the environmentally-conscious traveller planning a green getaway. And the options for the eco-traveller are growing all the time.
Transportation
Bye Bye Butterfly: Is The Monarch Butterfly Canadian Migration Fluttering Towards Extinction?
Feb 12, 2014
Bad news for butterflies: The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexican forests has plunged to the lowest levels since monitoring began more than 20 years ago, according to a study released by World Wildlife Fund, Mexico's Environment Department and...
Our Environment
Brazil: Keeping The Bulldozers At Bay
Feb 10, 2014
An area of the Amazon the size of Belgium has received a short reprieve from soya-farming deforestation. A landmark moratorium on Brazilian soya that was set to come to an end at the end of January, has thankfully been renewed for...
Politics
Operation Infinite Patience: Is The Tide Turning In Taiji?
Feb 7, 2014
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson “The Cove Guardian team leader Melissa Sehgal and her incredible crew have been on the ground this last week during the largest dolphin drive of the season. “These brave volunteers must not only suffer the trauma of...
Our Environment
China Bans Wild Animals From Official Dinner Tables
Feb 5, 2014
The Chinese Government has issued a ban ruling out the serving of dishes containing shark fins, bird nests and other wild animal products at official reception dinners. The ban is part of a sweeping government crackdown on corruption, excessive spending and...
Our Environment
Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling In 2014
Feb 3, 2014
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has cancelled its plans to drill in the Arctic waters off Alaska this year. Following a federal court ruling that put the company's multibillion-dollar project on hold, the company’s new CEO, Ben van Beurden, announced this...
Our Environment
Taking Back The Tucson Streets
Jan 31, 2014
Skating, Biking, Playing And Dancing: Cyclovia Tucson Gives Traffic The Red Card Cyclovia Tucson one of the largest celebrations of active transportation in the U.S. – as well as Arizona’s biggest block party. The brainchild of the Living Streets Alliance, Cyclovia Tucson...
Transportation
Facing Up To The Truth: Is Your Facial Killing Fish?
Jan 30, 2014
Pampering-lovers: Every time you exfoliate with many of the leading scrubs, peels and washes, tiny bits of plastic go down the drain. This means that you are flushing plastic into the seas, where it contributes to the growing problem of plastic...
At Home
'Little Monsters': Greenpeace Tells Twitter Fairy Tale
Jan 30, 2014
Greenpeace is pioneering a new way of delivering its environmental messages by posting a ‘Detox Fairy Tale’ from its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. The new storytelling approach is part of the organisation’s global ‘Detox’ campaign, which today revealed the presence...
Environmental Science
Want To Make Toronto Green? Then Become A Homegrown Park Ranger
Jan 27, 2014
The David Suzuki Foundation Is Recruiting Toronto Residents To Help Create A ‘Homegrown’ Green Corridor Through The City The David Suzuki Foundation is recruiting Toronto residents to participate in the second year of the Homegrown National Park Project, a collective effort...
Our Environment
Kemp's Ridley Turtles from Mexico Wash Up On Welsh Beach
Jan 24, 2014
Wales Is The Final Resting Place For Critically Endangered Turtle That’s More At Home In The Gulf Of Mexico A rare marine turtle has been washed up on Cefn Sidan beach in Carmarthenshire, Wales. The warm water Kemp’s ridley turtle was reported...
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