Human Impact on the Galápagos Islands

In July 2015, I volunteered for a month on the island of San Cristóbal, the most eastern of the Galápagos Islands. The project, organized through Projects Abroad, focused on environmental conservation. It partnered with local national park authorities to help with various tasks: monitor sea lion populations, aid staff at the local tortoise breeding centre, collect trash from beaches, and remove invasive plant species from various areas around the island.

Human interaction with the environment can often have negative repercussions; this is seen all over the world, and highlighted in this post with examples of invasive plant species introduction and risk to wildlife. So let’s talk specifically about marine life, and the thing that affected me most during my stay on San Cristóbal: the sea lions, and the effects of human interaction.

By Leandra Rhodes

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A Micro World You Have To Know

My relationship with water is very old. It’s visceral, and it’s inexplicable.

In my search for a simpler and more coherent life, I asked a series of questions about what I was putting in my body, what I was eating, what medicines I used, and even what kind of makeup I put on. I came to understand the power of my choices when consuming a product, and my freedom to buy only from companies with the same values ​​as myself.

By Naty Gaiarim, in both English and Portuguese

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Water Innovation Lab and Porto Water Innovation Week 2017

The inspiration for this site came to me in September 2017 when I had an amazing opportunity fall into my lap: Waterlution’s Water Innovation Lab (WIL) in Porto, Portugal. This program brought together young professionals from all over the world to form connections, share their knowledge, build leadership skills, and learn about other disciplines in the water industry. WIL Porto was part of Porto Water Innovation Week 2017, which also included the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Water Conference.

By Leandra Rhodes

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The vision


It covers 71% of our planet’s surface and makes up 60% of the human body. It gives life and is required by every living thing on Earth. It is also one of the most destructive forces with the ability to devastate cities and erode landscapes.

It is a powerful resource, and it can connect everyone on the planet.

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