Transgressive Environmentalism: Sea Shepherd and the Indespensible Role of Direct-Action

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a nonprofit direct-action marine conservation organization, was initially conceived as the ‘Earth Force Society’ in 1977 in Vancouver, Canada by Captain Paul Watson, a former Greenpeace member. In 1981 it became officially incorporated in Oregon as a US-based environmental group (SSCS, 2016), and has since become an international phenomenon whose… Continue reading Transgressive Environmentalism: Sea Shepherd and the Indespensible Role of Direct-Action

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Investigating Perceptions of the Animal ‘Other’

(A great deal of my research involves uncovering and analyzing the wealth of factors- historical, cultural, psychological, socioeconomic- that influence varying human perceptions of nature and animals, so that we may work towards dismantling that final barrier: the human-animal divide. This piece provides a glimpse into this field and sheds light on some of the… Continue reading Investigating Perceptions of the Animal ‘Other’

Castro’s Cuba: A Resilient and Inspirational Historical Anomaly

This post, which is based on an extensive research project that I worked on under the supervision of Dr. Kanet for my 'Historical Roots of American Imperialism' course as a third-year undergrad at the University of Miami, represents a slight deviation from my usual emphases on animals and socio-ecological interactions towards a more historical-political discussion,… Continue reading Castro’s Cuba: A Resilient and Inspirational Historical Anomaly

On Liberty and its Necessary Limitations

"The present system of commerce, based on anarchical competition, will furnish us a fine occasion for censuring science, which has not discovered that in commerce, as in any other branch of relations, simple liberty is a source of discord and disorder; that all liberty should be sustained by guarantees and counterpoises; in fine, that liberty… Continue reading On Liberty and its Necessary Limitations

The Search for Our Better Selves 

“So slowly, by human standards, did humanity gather itself together out of the dim intimations of the beast. And that first glimmering of speculation, that first story of achievement, that story-teller bright-eyed and flushed under his matted hair, gesticulating to his gaping, incredulous listener, gripping his wrist to keep him attentive, was the most marvelous… Continue reading The Search for Our Better Selves 

Life Lessons from a West African Tribal Symbol

The above feature image is an archaic tribal symbol that signifies 'unity through diversity', or unity and oneness despite cultural and other differences. It is one of a series of Adinkra symbols created by the Ashanti people of Southern Ghana, West Africa. This particular one, with the labyrinthine name of 'Funtumfunafu denkyem funafu', depicts two… Continue reading Life Lessons from a West African Tribal Symbol

Ideas for the Development of a New Ecological Paradigm

"We realize that the one contains the all, the greatest is in the smallest, and each particle of dust contains the whole cosmos. We are learning to love you and our Father more, and to love one another in the light of such insight. We know that this non-dualistic way of seeing things can help… Continue reading Ideas for the Development of a New Ecological Paradigm