Environmental Awareness

Hope Elusive: Getting Bothered over Bees & Bags

by David King on May 29, 2013

Since this blog’s conception, I have tried to focus on topics and issues of the less obvious sort. My goal was (and remains) to get people thinking about things like time and space and what it means to be human – what it means to live in this world. I wanted to tackle big issues, engage people on an existential level, and really challenge everyday thinking. To this end, I have decidedly ignored many issues that have seeped into mainstream media, no matter how bothersome. But my motivation for this has really been two-fold. In addition to avoiding redundancy and offering something new, I also made the assumption that my readers were already bothered by all of those things. I presumed the thoughts and feelings of an unseen audience, and implicit in this was the belief that intelligence was relatively … Keep Reading Here

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Confronting Concrete: The Catch-7 of City Living

by David King on May 26, 2013

I’m tired of the city. Really, really tired of it.

I suppose it’s not the city itself that I’m tired of. It’s what the city has removed that I find myself longing for. I’m tired of the absence of nature; of perfectly aligned trees and genetically enhanced flowerbeds. I’m tired of manufactured landscapes and concrete views. I miss the connection. I miss life – the kind that isn’t constantly motivated by coffee breaks and cocktails on patios.

Such feelings may come as a surprise, given my current location. And sure, Vancouver is a city with more natural beauty than most. But it is nonetheless still a city. Trees have been replaced by towers of glass and cement. Pristine bays once frequented by orcas now function as parking spaces for freighters and shipping vessels. The nature that remains has been quarantined, … Keep Reading Here

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Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

by David King on November 5, 2012

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So today, I’m keeping the words to a minimum.

Images can move us, but we mustn’t avoid images that make us feel uncomfortable.  We live in a complex world, full of both good and bad; positive and negative; gain and loss. And while nature necessitates balance, such a concept has been misconstrued by our species. We are forever doomed to tilt. In our relentless quest for progress, we continuously find ourselves falling backward, ever the error-prone stewards – hardly stewards at all, hardly human by our own standards.

Living is easy with eyes closed (so the Beatles song says), but I don’t want easy. I won’t have anything to do with it. Eyes wide open, all the way…

Look at these images. Let them anger you. Let them sadden … Keep Reading Here

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The Horseshoe Crab: A Case for Conservation

by David King on August 29, 2012

When I was kid and travelled to Florida every winter, I inevitably collected a number of shells and other remains of marine life (including hermit crab shells, starfish, silver dollars, dried seahorses, and a small shark in a bottle, among others). I collected a lot of strange things when I was younger, rocks and stamps included (see: nerd).

One of the items I was particularly fond of was the exoskeleton of a horseshoe crab. I actually had a few exoskeletons of varying sizes. I was intrigued by them. There’s a reason they call these arthropods living fossils – in addition to having gone unchanged for an impressive 450 million years, they resemble something out of Jurassic Park. And their wisdom isn’t just in their age – there’s something about their appearance that speaks of deep history.

And while this … Keep Reading Here

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Happy Earth Day!

by David King on April 22, 2009

So here’s a question: Why is Earth Day not a statutory holiday? Stat holidays typically recognize days of historical or religious significance, and as such, reflect some of our most deeply held values (or so an alien race would assume). As our only 100% verifiable creator, mother, father, and “giver of life”, one would think that the Earth’s formation might represent immense historical and spiritual significance to the human race.

Instead, we have multiple days (e.g., Christmas, Easter) to celebrate a time which, let’s face it, really doesn’t cut it anymore…to the extent that we’ve created additional layers (e.g., Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny) to make things more appealing to the masses. Religious or not, one body has direct relevance to our past, present, and future existence: Earth.

Let’s give this 4.6 billion-year-old rock of life the credit it deserves. … Keep Reading Here

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Global Warming? God did it!

by David King on April 10, 2009

No, I don’t really believe that God (if it or something like it exists) has caused global warming…

I do, however, believe that modern religions (particularly Christianity) have failed the planet and the environment miserably. Despite the popular Christian belief that life exists nowhere else in the universe, I have yet to hear of any religious leaders, Christian or otherwise, who are too concerned about saving “the only life supporting planet in the universe.” Why not? This is, perhaps, one of the most perplexing ironies of Christianity (and often creationism) that comes to mind: God creates the one and only Earth, God creates Man, Man witnesses the destruction of the one and only Earth and does nothing about it.

Perhaps Man is simply too busy worrying about pro-choicers and the gays than to worry about the fall of the most … Keep Reading Here

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