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Beyond Doom and Gloom: Conservation Stories of Hope

Humpback Whale Breaching

One of the coolest things about the blogging community is connecting with other like-minded individuals. I recently had the honour to guest blog over at Earthninja, a great blog by fellow 2013 Canadian Weblog Award winner Emily Nichol that focuses on conservation, nature, and science communication.

While tossing around ideas of things to write about, I found inspiration in an intriguing talk by Dr. Elin Kelsey,  author, environmental educator, Rachel Carson Center fellow, and a past professor who shaped a lot of my interests and writings:

In her video, Kelsey speaks about the importance of telling stories of hope and resilience even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Read the Accompanying Post Here

Featured Image: Humpback breaching, by Whit Welles

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Isaac Yuen's works have been published or are forthcoming at AGNI, Gulf Coast, Orion, Pleiades, The Willowherb Review, Tin House online, and numerous other literary publications. A first-generation Hong Kong-Canadian, Isaac currently is at work on his debut essay collection titled "Utter, Earth," forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.


  1. I tend to agree with this that there is more of a chance to make a difference if it’s possible to keep a positive attitude. Doom and gloom are paralyzing agents. I do think the Earth has an ability to recover relatively quickly if given the chance. That’s why I’m a big believer in the services that trees provide. We need to keep planting them.

    • “I do think the Earth has an ability to recover relatively quickly if given the chance…”

      Except perhaps from the plastic overload, wouldn’t you say? 🙂

  2. Yes, at least initially. Plastic is still an organic compound and there may be ways for life to metabolize it. I’m amazed at the microbes that were used to “eat” the recent massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Life will find a way.

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