First week in the Land of The Maple Leaf: meeting Derek Olive at a Blue Dot Movement event

Right off the bat, I want to say I’m sorry to all my readers for being relatively quiet this month. I have an excuse, however: I am now officially back to school, this time pursuing Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Having moved to a new city in which I’m about to spend the next two years of my life, I’m now familiarizing myself with new surroundings, making new acquaintances, and of course, slowly getting in tune with the current ideas and attitudes that occupy the minds of Canadians.

The main talk in Canada now, of course, is the federal election, which will be held on October 19, 2015 to elect members to the House of Commons of the 42nd Parliament of Canada.

At the Parliament Hill.
At the Parliament Hill. Photo: Ronnie Safarov (c)

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Sixth Mass Extinction Of Species – Do We Care At All?

According to the latest findings, the number of animal species that went extinct as a result of a squandering human activity since the rise of industrial society is so enormously high it is possible to speak of a sixth mass extinction of species already underway and running in full speed.

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CNN: “11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime”

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s excellent that CNN writes about animal extinction and wildlife experiences that most probably, our grandchildren will not be able to witness.It’s great, because environmental topics have to get more mainstream media attention.

I only wish Sarah Reid would write her article not from the perspective of consumerism (“Watch them before they’re gone forever!”), but actually include a few lines on what should be done so that our grandchildren might live in the world that still has these 11 wildlife wonders.

11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime
, by Sarah Reid (CNN)polar bear

Welcome To Care For The Planet Blog!

Welcome everybody!

This is the first post in my newest blog called Care For The Planet.

The purpose of this blog is two-fold.

First of all, like all bloggers on the web, I wanted to create a place where I could publish, promote and discuss my own thoughts, reflections and ideas on what I care about the most. In my case, it is our planet’s current environmental situation.

Through this blog, I hope to:

– contribute to promotion of environmental awareness through focusing on sustainable way of living as the only solution;

– argue that the sustainable living requires a person to adopt a certain mindset which, in turn, is a result of an intellectual, moral and even spiritual self-development;

– examine the influence of media and various environmental communication strategies on public opinion on this subject.

The second purpose – and in some ways it interlinks with the first one – I hope that with time, this blog becomes an environmental media web center with focus on various issues of current global environmental situation. Ideally, I would like it to have the same spread as, for example, some popular sport web portals. I would want Care For The Planet to become a place for people who share the same interest and passion for the environmental situation to read the latest media news, scientific articles, interact with each other through public debates, become familiar with progressive ideas and suggest their own ones, promote their own environmental blogs and websites, read the research bibliography and conduct their own research, and many more. It is not a secret that today people do feel lost, at times, browsing through an overwhelming sea of information available online, in search for an answer to a specific question or topic of interest. There is a plethora of environmental websites and blogs on the web, and all of them do offer some kind of useful information, but the multiple repetitions of the same posts that are constantly copied from one source to another makes the topic itself seem dull and dampens the enthusiasm of readers.

So please participate, contribute and use the materials on this blog to spread the awareness and share the knowledge.

Update: please click here for detailed agenda, ideology and history behind the blog.new-growth-from-the-earth