Now that I have a few posts under my belt, I've decided to kick it up a notch and develop a plan to tackle one of the biggest sources in my current curriculum: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, by Charles Darwin. Although Darwin's work was originally published in 1859, it still remains… Continue reading Introducing “On the Origin of the Species”
Author: Kim Lopshire-Fitton
Two months into the Tim Horton’s Boycott: Is it still worthwhile?
Okay guys. In this post from a couple months ago, I talked about the importance of using our power as consumers to try to influence companies' corporate policies, especially with regard to social and environmental responsibility. As some of you may remember, the main target of that particular post was the Canadian coffee giant, Tim Horton's.… Continue reading Two months into the Tim Horton’s Boycott: Is it still worthwhile?
Why I’m Not a Vegan, and Why I Think That’s Okay.
Since we're still in the primary stages of our adventure into the world of environmental conservation together, I thought I'd take this opportunity tell you a bit about what the starting point looks like for me. Today, I want to talk a bit about dietary preferences. Many people nowadays will tell you with quasi-religious fervor… Continue reading Why I’m Not a Vegan, and Why I Think That’s Okay.
“Deschooling Society:” An Alternate Approach to Education, Institution, and Consumption
Hello, dear reader. Winter's in full swing here in Ontario, and I have to be completely honest: gathering the motivation to write has been a challenge. Amplifying the difficulty of that challenge is the next book I've chosen to tackle from my list: Deschooling Society, by Ivan Illich. This little treatise is a deceptively simple… Continue reading “Deschooling Society:” An Alternate Approach to Education, Institution, and Consumption
Lessons Tim Hortons Could Learn from Patagonia’s “The Responsible Company”
With all the hype about the minimum wage increase here in Ontario—that's from $11 to $14 per hour CAD as of January 2018, and to $15 per hour in 2019— I thought it would be a great time to have a look over The Responsible Company: What we've Learned from Patagonia's First 40 Years. This… Continue reading Lessons Tim Hortons Could Learn from Patagonia’s “The Responsible Company”
Reading Notes from Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols
The first book from my list I was able to get my hands on was Blue Mind: the Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. By a happy coincidence, Blue Mind was a great place to start my self-guided academic… Continue reading Reading Notes from Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols
Editorial: Science and Social Justice at Odds
Further to the dazzling rocket launch that had some residents in California donning their best tin foil hats, SpaceX has been getting a lot of attention from non-STEM audiences, such as yours truly. Elon Musk just might be the man who could actually lead a movement to occupy Mars, but last week, I came across the following… Continue reading Editorial: Science and Social Justice at Odds
A Quill of Conservation: The Cirriculum
Happy new year everyone, and welcome to A Quill of Conservation, my experiment in self-guided conservation studies! As you may have guessed, I'm a bona-fide bibliophile. Though a bit antiquated, I still firmly believe that the best way to acquaint yourself with a new subject is through a tall stack of well-chosen books. I've drawn the… Continue reading A Quill of Conservation: The Cirriculum
Taking the First Steps
Hello readers, and welcome to a Quill of Conservation. I'm Kim, a writer by trade and a nature-lover at heart. The natural world always fascinated me, whether searching for worms, crickets, and roly-polies under rocks in my grandparents' yard, catching craw-dads in the creek when we visited family in the mountains, looking for tracks in the woods where my father hunted, or combing the beach for sand-dollars with my mother when we vacationed by the sea. More than anything, that girl wanted to be a marine biologist...