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From Colombia to Cambridge to Chiapas, Lessons from CarbonPlus

Camilo in La Cojolita

Camilo at Mayan ruins near the CarbonPlus project site in La Cojolita, Chiapas, Mexico

By EcoLogic intern Camilo Esquivia-Zapata

I grew up in Colombia, and I have spent my whole life experiencing the effects of an ongoing 50-year war over the natural wealth of my country. Colombia is extremely biodiverse, and it is home to many species of animals and plants that are endemic to the country—meaning that they exist only in Colombia. Conflicts over natural resources, distribution of wealth, and political ideologies have led the country into a 50-plus-year war. The long conflict between various political groups in Colombia is driven largely by a desire to control our natural resources. I grew up seeing the links between Colombia’s rich biodiversity and the war, and how much damage the conflict has done to both the people of Colombia and its environment. What I saw and experienced from the terrible conflict at home made me interested in the deep connection between conservation and conflict from a young age.

Read more about Camilo’s interest in conflict & conservation, and his experience with CarbonPlus!

 

MassArt’s Jennifer Varekamp is Fashioning an Eco-Chic Future

This is the second in a series of interviews with several of the expert table facilitators at EcoLogic’s 2014 fall benefit, Turning the Tables: Living Within Natural Limits. This dinner party with a twist will take place on October 23. To learn more and purchase your seat at the table, check out our event page here!

Jennifer Varekamp is Fashioning an Eco-Chic Future

Jennifer Varekamp is Fashioning an Eco-Chic Future

What led you to develop such a passion for sustainable fashion?

My interest in sustainable fashion first started for me on a personal level. I’ve always had an appreciation for traditional handcraftsmanship, and I have seen how “fast fashion”—cheaply made, mass-produced, disposable clothing—has in many places caused this aspect of indigenous cultures to become a dying art. I’m always looking to go out and connect to other countries and learn more about traditional crafting techniques. I also try to educate my students to value these traditional techniques and sustain them in current fashion.

Read more about how Jennifer Varekamp is transforming fashion for the greener!

Professor Patrick Barron Shares a Passion for Poetry and Ecology

This is the third in a series of interviews with several of the expert table facilitators at EcoLogic’s 2014 fall benefit, Turning the Tables: Living Within Natural Limits. This dinner party with a twist will take place on October 23. To learn more and purchase your seat at the table, check out our event page here!

Dr. Patrick Barron has a passion for language & landscapes

Dr. Patrick Barron has a passion for language & landscapes

Tell us a bit about your background. What experience do you have that’s connected to Poetry and Ecology?

As an undergraduate student, I worked as an outdoor activity leader with children while I studied environmental literature—that was the beginning of my interest. That grew in later years when I lived in Belfast, Ireland for two years, where I studied Irish poetry at Queen’s University. From Ireland, I moved to Italy, where I lived for five years. I worked with children there as well—at outdoor camps during the summer, and teaching English during the school year in Ferrara.

Read more about Dr. Barron’s insights on nature, literature, and his travels around the world!