Is technology the solution?

The World Parks Congress (WCP) in Sydney has come to an end with a closing ceremony that focused on several main themes: integrating indigenous communities into the decision making processes; recognizing park rangers for their work at the front line of conservation; involving the youth of the world to lead the future of parks, people and the planet; and learning the art of story telling to inspire larger audiences to support conservation. These messages are primary aspects of the Promise of Sydney, which is “the blueprint for a decade of change coming from the deliberations of this World Parks Congress.” It is now up to the delegates and the rest of the conservation community to go back to their countries and “save the world.”

But saving the…

Guilford's Coastal Resilience Plan

Guilford’s Coastal Resilience Plan

UEDLAB SEaside plans

UEDLAB flood plans

GUILFORD PUBLIC MEETING
COMMUNITY COASTAL RESILIENCE PLAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Nathanael Green Community Center 32 Church Street, Guilford, CT
Please join us for a review of the Guilford Community Coastal Resilience plan as we seek adoption to the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (PoCD).
The plan seeks to proactively address coastal challenges to ensure a thriving coastal community that protects neighborhoods, ensures public safety, and creates opportunities for citizens and
communities to work together…

Learning, celebrating, and asking at the World Parks Congress

 

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We are all students here at the World Parks Congress.

We are all here with a joint mission and shared worldview – that we need nature, and nature needs us. And, ultimately, we are here to learn from each others’ experiences with the hope that we can make the world a better place. The community of practitioners, scientists, and world leaders at the World Parks Congress bring diverse skills, experiences, and knowledge to the table.  Through collaboration and engagement, we hope to find solutions to shared problems and conservation outcomes that benefit both nature and people.

We know what the challenges are. We know how to solve the problems we face. But something stands in our way.  In our…

Our People.  Our Ocean.  Our Climate.  A Call to Action.

“First I would like to first recognize the traditional owners of this land—the Eora people—and their ancestral leaders past and present.” So begins almost every talk at the World Park’s Congress—a nod to the way things once were. I too nod to the traditional owners of this land. And to the traditional voyagers of the sea.

On Wednesday morning, four beautiful Vaka’s—traditional Polynesian canoes—sailed into Darling Harbor in Sydney, Australia to kick off the World Parks Congress. They have been sailing for months now, navigating by the stars as they traverse the globe, carrying a message, a call to action—

—our climate is changing, seas are rising, oceans are warming and acidifying, the world is netting too many fish, storms are intensifying and eroding coasts as they crash…

Musings from Week One of the World Parks Congress

1. Australia’s declared War on Feral Cats

A war was declared this week on Australia’s booming feral cat population.  It is believed that there are more than 15 million feral cats in the country killing an estimated 75 million native animals each night across the country.  Australia’s new declaration shows the governments commitment towards keeping nature and wildlife safe from the proclaimed invaders. Mr. Gregory Andrews, Australian Threatened Species Commissioner, spoke with conviction at Friday morning’s opening plenary on Parks about his government’s new financial commitments to challenge this problem.  He hopes this new commitment will restore native bird populations across the country.  It was nice to hear tangible commitments and achievable actions from a government agency.  I believe it’s the small, doable actions that have a far greater…

Yale President Peter Salovey, left, and F&ES Dean Peter Crane, far right, present The Aldo Leopold Prize to Teresa Heinz on Nov. 10.

On Monday evening, as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies presented philanthropist Teresa Heinz with its highest honor, The Aldo Leopold Award, School leaders ticked off some of Heinz’s many commitments to the environmental field over the years: her work as Chair of the Heinz Endowments, which supports social and environmental causes; her founding of the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning; the annual conferences she sponsors on women’s health and the environment; and her service as U.S. delegate during the Rio Earth Summit.

But beyond the projects, conferences, and board work, there are also the stories of individuals who have been personally affected by her generosity. “She has fostered collaborations among scientists, trained future groundbreaking leaders, and provided much needed encouragement to those engaged in…

The 2014 World Parks Congress Begins

“Welcome to aboriginal lands.” It begins with streaming light patterns projected on the walls, tropical rainforest creatures calling out over the sound system, and traditional aboriginal dancers passing along the aisles in the old Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.

Paying tribute to the original stewards of the land was a prominent theme in the opening ceremony to this World Parks Congress (WPC). Cheers rang out from the roughly 5,000 delegates in attendance as certain indigenous groups were named, delegates who will soon attend the hundreds of events following the opening ceremony. With over 160 nations represented, including many First Nations, this 6th World Parks Congress will be the largest yet. Some of its attendees have been waiting years for this event, which only happens once every 10 years…

Meditation Guru Leads Stress Management Workshop

This past Thursday, meditation consultant Beth Roth led Yale FES students in an hour long stress management workshop at Sage Hall. Roth – a graduate of the Yale School of Nursing –has been teaching meditation for more than twenty years. She works with patients with chronic pain and life-threatening illnesses and presents to students and teachers at universities, corporate employees, hospital staff, and other organizations throughout Connecticut.

The workshop was one of several Technical Skills Modules being offered at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies this semester. Yale’s TSM program identifies skill sets valuable to graduate students and provides workshops designed to equip students with the skills needed to be successful in school and beyond.

The Office of LGBTQ Resources at Yale

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Resources on campus works with staff, faculty, and students from all of Yale’s Schools to create a network to learn about Yale’s LGBTQ social, cultural, and academic programs and events. The Office provides many services to students, including online databases of resources for the LGBTQ community, one-on-one meetings with staff members to discuss student life, Roundtables for Queer Leadership for LGBTQ networking on campus, and peer liaisons for first-years on campus.

The Office of LGBTQ Resources also hosts and co-sponsors many LGBTQ themed social and cultural events almost every night of the week. Events on campus range from Queer Meditation and Yoga, to Reel Queer Film Screening, to Queer Tea, to Graduate and Professional Receptions, to dance…

TFD Week 2014: Understanding ‘Deforestation-Free’

Deforestation is not a new problem. Since the early 1990s, we have tried various methods to stem the tide of forest loss, including international law, voluntary certification, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and legality verification. But despite the contributions that these and other mechanisms have made, we are still losing forestland at an alarming rate. So what do we do now?

One approach that has recently been gaining traction is to sever the link between industrial agricultural expansion and deforestation. In the last few years, scores of multinational companies that produce and consume commodities such as palm oil, timber, soy, and beef have committed to eradicate deforestation from their supply chains. While some observers have characterized this trend as a “supply chain revolution”…