A Dream Adventure in Ecuador Illustrates Why We Must Protect Earth

I’m just back from a trip of a lifetime, where I spent nearly two weeks in Ecuador. Half of the time in the Andes Mountains and the other half in the Galapagos Islands. It was an amazing and enriching adventure as part of my school’s (Palmer Trinity School) Agents of Change class in conjunction with Outward Bound and Lonesome George & Co. I’ve attached a couple of pictures… I mean how often can you hike to the top of a volcano, spend an afternoon watching clouds cruise over the top of it, camp at its base, and then a few days later swim with white tip sharks, sea lions, penguins, and sea turtles? For a girl that loves the outdoors, and wants to be a marine biologist, it was amazing.

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Also amazing, is an article in today’s Miami Herald entitled, “Proof of Rapid Sea-Level Rise Found, Experts Say,” in which Archaological and Historical Conservancy executive Bob Carr and archaologist Ed Barberio discuss their findings in an ancient Tequesta Indian village site in downtown Miami where they are excavating a 2000 year old village and have unearthed what they say is strong evidence of South Florida’s escalating sea levels. Mr. Carr explains that he unearthed construction bricks from the 1860s and based on where he found them, versus where the water table is, has concluded that sea level in that area has risen over one third of a meter, or about twelve inches.

You can read the entire article by clicking on this link:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article11113340.html

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