Can we do better by captive critters in North America? Parks, zoos, and animal sanctuaries

Happy Earth Day, Y'all! For many folks in my generation, a large portion of our connections with wildlife were forged at zoos and theme parks. My personal love for the ocean was kindled just as much at SeaWorld as it was during my time on the beach with my family.  During high school, I spent… Continue reading Can we do better by captive critters in North America? Parks, zoos, and animal sanctuaries

Introducing “On the Origin of the Species”

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”

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”