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Protecting The Sanctuaries: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

The 35 Most Amazing National Parks On Earth

minube | Posted 08.04.2014 | Travel

What's the quickest way to realize how truly amazing our planet is? Simple: Visit the world's greatest national parks.

World Cup Preview: Group E Players to Watch

Eight by Eight | Posted 08.02.2014 | Sports
Eight by Eight

He was once compared to Brazilian striker Adriano, and fans will be hoping that his similar traits -- great strength and a rocket of a shot -- can blast Ecuador out of one of the easier groups in the tournament. They face France, Switzerland, and Honduras.

Reentering the U.S. After a Year Abroad: Responsible Intentions

Maddy Lisaius | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Maddy Lisaius

On the airplane from Quito to Houston, I wondered how challenging stepping into my United States world would be after my "gap" year spent in Ecuador.

Who's Bribin' Who?

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Do people give people backpacks full of cold hard cash in exchange for legal testimony? People do. Chevron should know. They did exactly that.

Galápagos: Challenges in Effort to Free Grounded Ship

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

A few days after the cargo ship Galapaface I ran aground on the rocks off San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, high tides strengthened by a full moon rotated the ship some 40 degrees, further damaging its hull and worrying the people involved in the salvage effort.

What Happens When an Oil Company Actually Chooses to Be Sociopathic? #AntiChevron Day

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

You gotta give Chevron's management credit for bringing people together -- across oceans, continents, and borders. Not because the company is a good neighbor; quite the opposite.

Ecuador Issues Permit To Drill In Pristine Amazon Reserve

AP | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government has issued an environmental permit for oil drilling in the pristine Amazon reserve that President Rafael ...

Should You Ship All Your Belongings When You Move Overseas? | Posted 07.22.2014 | Fifty

To ship or not to ship? That's the vexing question many prospective expats face about their belongings when moving overseas.

Galápagos Cargo Ship Still on Rocks - Salvage Efforts Underway

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Twelve days after the cargo ship Galapaface I ran aground on the rocks off Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos, the shi...

Kindness is Love Made Visible: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, I began giving away money, every day of the year, to startup social change projects. Since then, thirty...

Celebrating Darwin and the Darwin Research Station in Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Exactly 158 years ago, on May 14, 1856, Charles Darwin began writing an extended treatise that would later become On the Origin of Species, his landma...

Planting Moringa Trees and More: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Ecuador Will Say Goodbye To USAID

AP | GONZALO SOLANO | Posted 05.10.2014 | Latino Voices

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government has told the U.S. Agency for International Development that it will not renew its agreements with the Sou...

For Mother's Day Give Her One Rose, Very Carefully

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Dorian de Wind

Three years ago, for Mother's Day, I decided to surprise my wife with one beautiful red rose. Only one rose, you ask. Yes, only one, albeit this rose happened to be one of those gorgeous Ecuadorean roses grown in Ecuadorean flower farms high up in the Andes.

Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

Karen Hinton | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

The big news this week in the Chevron-Ecuador saga is the Patton Boggs settlement with the oil giant, which should not be shocking to anyone following the financial troubles of the law firm.

Ship Runs Aground in Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Galápagos authorities are working to minimize environmental damage after the cargo ship Galapaface I ran aground Friday morning at 3:15 a.m. off Puer...

New Book Offers 'Biography' of Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.04.2014 | Books
Cecilia Alvear

The bishop, who along with the sailors, had to endure a water shortage, was not impressed and later wrote to the King of Spain the place looked "as though at some time God had showered stones."

Indigenous Amazonian People Threatened by Oil Drilling

Aaron Isherwood | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Aaron Isherwood

We travelled up the Rio Pastaza in a dugout canoe to the village where he grew up. We spent the next 10 days living with the Achuar. In every village we visited, the Achuar were united in their opposition to the oil drilling and angry at the government for not consulting them.

What's Enough in the Land of Everything?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

After more than a dozen years living abroad, the U.S. seems pretty exotic to us now. And we aren't kidding.

The Case of the Vanishing Blue-footed Boobies in Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

The number of birds as of 2012 was down to 6,423, compared to an estimated 20,000 in the 1960s. Researchers say one reason for the decline may be a scarcity of sardines in the waters surrounding the Galápagos Islands.

Standing in Solidarity: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Here are the extraordinary people and projects that the Pollination Project's daily givers supported this week.

Immigration Policy Bad News for U.S. Regional Standing

Rafael Salazar | Posted 06.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

Evidence of increased mass-scale deportations since the beginning of Obama's Presidency -- often in violation of immigrants' human rights -- are significantly harming U.S. regional standing in organizations such as the OAS.

Symbiotic Travel: A Yogic Eco-Immersion

Crawford Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Crawford Hill

As an educator, I have long aspired to teach by turning students on to extreme, compelling storylines and whenever possible, fusing those with actual ...

7 Reasons to Include Galapagos Islands on Your Bucket List

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

Traveling to Galapagos Islands has been on my bucket list for a very long time, and I was finally able to cross it off last month. The Islands are undoubtedly the most unique place I have ever been to, and here's why it needs to be on your bucket list, too.