Traditional Faroe Islands Boats, by Mike Jerrard

Traditional Faroe Islands Boats, by Mike Jerrard

Faroe Islands Whale Hunting

Culture vs. Conservation

 

(WARNING: A few of the photos in this story may prove too graphic for some readers, as they depict the reality of whale-hunting in the Faroe Islands. We feel it’s important to understand the nature of the Grindadrap, but we offer caution to anyone offended by such pictures.)

 

For those dedicated to animal advocacy, the annual Faroe Islands whale hunt– a practice known locally as the Grindadrap (a.k.a. the Grind)– has become an international outrage.

 

Hundreds of pilot whales are slaughtered every year on the shores of these Danish islands, which are located halfway between Norway and Iceland. In recent years the conservation community has been horrified, as the growing media circus circulates gruesome images from the bloody scene.

 

Though high-profile conservation organizations have rushed to the Faroe Islands to intervene, many volunteers arrive ill-equipped to operate a successful campaign, relying heavily on hype and rarely attempting to understand Faroese culture. But it’s only after we truly understand something that we can attempt to change it.

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Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Exploring Tayrona National Park, Colombia

 

We get off the bus at a remote stop, with just a few shops clustered together in hopes of selling last minute supplies. I look down a road that disappears into a blur of vegetation, and head in that direction. We— my wife Emma and I— arrive before midday because we know we have to hike in. Toting food supplies, a change of clothes and not much else, we disappear into the 58-square mile jungle of Tayrona National Park.

 

The park is situated in the far northeastern corner of Colombia, about an hour outside the city of Santa Marta. Entering it is literally like stepping away from civilization. At the entrance, passenger vans pick up riders, drive them towards the coast, and drop them off where the road ends. From there, it’s an hour-long walk to the nearest accommodation– a choice between camping or, if you’re better-funded than us, rustic cabins.

 

Both of us are giddy as we step from the van. We’ve been in cities— Cartagena and Santa Marta— for nearly two weeks now. While the sights were great, we yearn to get back to nature. From everything we’ve read, we know we’re in for a treat– a complete retreat from the white noise of traffic, the gray gloom of concrete streets, and crowded sidewalks littered with trinket-hawkers and tourist police. This should be just our sort of place…

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Ziggy Marley Interview 2014

POSITIVE VIBRATION

Ziggy Marley on Jamaica, Ganja & Reggae’s Evolution

 

The first time I interviewed Ziggy Marley was 20 years ago, when we were both 26. He was touring behind Joy & Blues, his fourth album with the Melody Makers (working alongside siblings Cedella, Stephen and Sharon Marley). I was in my second year as a music journalist, just dipping my toes into the waters of celebrity interviews. As a huge Bob Marley fan I was in awe, sitting on a sofa, shrouded in smoke, literally surrounded by his offspring.

 

Ziggy has done a lot over the past two decades. His political activism led to work with the United Nations. He and his family launched the Ghetto Youths Crew and Tuff Gong Worldwide (a spin-off of Bob’s Tuff Gong International) record labels. He won five Grammy Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award. He released a pro-marijuana song in support of California’s Proposition 19 initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, and a comic book called Marijuanaman. And he recently released his fifth solo album, Fly Rasta.

 

When I talked to Ziggy back in 1994, I was struck by how humble, down-to-earth and affable he was. During our conversation 20 years later, I realized he hasn’t changed a bit. Here are the highlights of our chat, which ranged from his endlessly positive attitude and love of nature to ecotourism in Jamaica and the legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states.

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Happy Accidents on Aegina Island, Greece

 

Sometimes, the happy accidents of travel are far more rewarding than our planned intentions. We learned this lesson first-hand when we visited Aegina Island, located in the Saronic Gulf 17 miles (27 km) from Athens.

 

We weren’t supposed to be on Aegina. The original plan was to board the Galileo, a 40-passenger Variety Cruises yacht, and set sail for the Cyclades, an archipelago of islands in the South Aegean Sea.

 

Unfortunately, the mid-October weather was not on our side. Though the sun was beaming down intensely and the skies were a deep shade of Mediterranean blue, the changing seasons brought winds and 6-foot swells that would’ve turned the classic schooner into a rollicking roller coaster ride.

 

Instead, the Captain chose to head south from the port of Piraeus, sweeping around the Saronic Islands. In retrospect, we were glad he did…

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26 Wonderfully Weird Animals

 

Let’s face it, the world can be an ugly place. From flame wars on social media to heartbreaking stories on the nightly news, humanity’s awfulness can occasionally be overwhelming. Every once in a while we like to take breaks from stories about poaching, habitat loss, and the effects of global warming to marvel at the incredible array of beauty that still exists on this planet we call home. And so it is that we present to you 26 Wonderfully Weird Animals (from A to Z)– many of which are endangered– that we believe make this world a more interesting place…

 

Weird Animal Species, Aye Aye

Aye Aye, photographed by Frank Vassen via Creative Commons

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Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
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Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
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Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
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New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
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NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
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NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
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NY- Going Green in NYC
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Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
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Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

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Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
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Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
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