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Philanthropy: A Team Sport

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

One would be hard pressed to find a single humanitarian organization with the ability do everything it could dream of all by itself. Understandably, much of Heifer International's work to end poverty would not be possible without some form of outside assistance.

Brian Monnin & the Galapagos Kids

Richard Bangs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Photo courtesy of MTSobek Some years ago I put together a book, Paths Less Traveled, for which I dispatched well-known authors to adventure destinat...

Ecuadorean Rainforest Communities Continue Their Long Fight Against Chevron

James North | Posted 09.25.2015 | Green
James North

The good news from the Supreme Court of Canada is spreading quickly through the rainforest communities in eastern Ecuador, along the dirt roads and over the local radio stations.

Clean-Water Strategy in the World's Highest Capital

Gino Van Begin | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Gino Van Begin

We need to think about transforming our cities and our infrastructure, along with our habits, our attitudes, and our entire approach to urban life. So now is a good time to ask: what are our grandest ambitions for our cities?

Retiring Overseas -- What About the Grandchildren? | Posted 08.27.2015 | Fifty

We have six grandchildren now ranging from one month to 11 years old, with another due in four months. So what's wrong with us? Are we cruel and heartless grandparents, who don't care about our kids or their kids?

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us By Our Future Generations

Amazon Watch | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Amazon Watch

As human beings we have a right to freedom of choice. Under this government, we have lost even the right to express our opinions without running the risk of being put in jail. We are living under a regime that terrorizes the population so it can maintain power.

Why Riding Down 'The Devil's Nose' Is The Best Way To See Ecuador

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.17.2015 | Travel

Sometimes the best way to see a country is to ride its tracks. Case in point: Ecuador's Tren Crucero -- or train cruise -- is a luxury train that...

Ecuador Declares Emergency After Volcano Erupts Near Capital

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.16.2015 | World

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity in the Cotopaxi volcano near the capita...

Ecuador's Ambassador Misses the Point: Dollarization

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Ecuador's ambassador to the U.S., Francisco Borja Cevallos, wrote a letter, "Ecuador's Progress," which was published in the New York Times on August ...

Start of Sea Cucumber Fishing in Galápagos Postponed Ten Days

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 08.01.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Because the sea cucumbers are endangered and the catching of them by fishermen has stirred controversy, the original agreement between the authorities and fishermen had been reached quietly without the usual public announcements.

New 'Cucumber Conflict' in Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures, considered vital to the marine environment.

Washington Times Echoes Chevron's Lies in Hit Piece

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

As part of an ongoing effort to blur the truth, The Washington Times just published a "hit piece" against Amazon Watch, which has long supported the Ecuadorian communities that were devastated by decades of Chevron's reckless actions for which it has been found guilty in a landmark environmental lawsuit.

Dancing with Darwin in the Galapagos

Kate Convissor | Posted 07.17.2015 | Travel
Kate Convissor

Honestly, I had no expectations for the Galapagos Islands. I was a tabula rasa--a blank slate--just traveling through Ecuador as part of a 4-month tr...

What It's Really Like To Travel Within The 'Papal Bubble'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion

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Protecting the Galápagos from Illegal Fishing

Ocean Unite | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Ocean Unite

In order to understand Ecuador's current strategy to combat illegal fishing, we must first look back to its origins. The Galapagos Islands and their surrounding waters encompass a truly unique ocean environment that has spawned amazing creatures ranging from the marine iguana, to the Galapagos penguin to the fabled Darwin finches.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

What 'Scandalous' Changes Could Be Coming To The Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis began a weeklong trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay on Sunday, where he has focused much of his attention on the church's embrace of ...

Pope Francis, Meet Bolivia's Pachamama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground. ...

Political Risk Around the World in Third Quarter 2015

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

Here are a few countries (not all, of course) that may be more prone to instability over the next few months in different parts of the world.

Pope Francis Makes A Stop In Ecuador To Visit Old Jesuit Friend

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) - A Spaniard by birth, the Rev. Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong...

Pope Francis Prepares For Grueling Trip To Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a gru...

Dr. Arturo Izurieta Named New Darwin Foundation CEO

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Co-authored with George Lewis Arturo Izurieta in 2014: Galápagos National Park The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) announced Wednesday June 3 tha...

Seven Years Documenting Chevron's Environmental Crimes in Ecuador Pollution Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

Seven years ago this month, I traveled to Ecuador's rainforest to learn about one of the world's largest environmental oil disasters. It was a life-changing trip.

15 Reasons You Have To Visit The Galapagos Islands

Jacada Travel | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Animal encounters are not the only memories you'll take home with you. The Galapagos Islands have a history to uncover and a stark volcanic landscape ringed with ice-white sand and lapped by chilly, brilliant blue water.

Retirees Enjoy Low-Cost, High Quality Healthcare In This Beautiful Latin American Country | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty

Bobby and Becca spent much of their lives devoted to educating Tennessee schoolchildren. But as retirement neared, the couple knew their teachers' pensions wouldn't be enough to allow them to continue living comfortably just outside Nashville. So they retired to Ecuador.