EarthDesk offers simple Thanksgiving recommendations to enhance your holiday. In addition to remembering family, friends and community, add to your list farmers, the hungry, our pollinating friends and, of course, cranberries.
“The landscape of South Africa is as diverse as its people,” says Bethany A. Ordonez of her home country. A Pace masters in environmental science candidate, she says “Learning about population dynamics and wildlife conservation has given me a greater understanding of the animals I see in the wild. When I look at the animal I see not only the animal, but its place in the ecosystem as well.”
EarthDesk is pleased to present this splendid gallery of elephant photographs taken by Pace masters in environmental science candidate Bethany A. Ordonez in her native South Africa. “We don’t consider wildlife conservation to be an abstract idea that is the job of someone else, instead for South African’s its OUR wildlife, OUR heritage, and it is OUR responsibility to protect it and voice our opinions.”
Written and lobbied by the students of the Pace Environmental Clinic, the Elephant Protection Act is now law, making New York the first state to impose an outright ban on elephants in entertainment. “Taking a passion and turning it into legislation signed by the Governor is something I never imagined,” said former clinician and Pace masters in environmental policy student Nicole Virgona.
“Your planet is changing. We’re on it.” NASA adopted the motto during the Obama years, and is still on it, despite the war on science. View the video about NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, and learn more about the 2 1/2 years of data, and the Science articles that the earth and space agency published last week.