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A research grant for whale-spotting on a Hawaiian island launched positive change for cetaceans around the world. In 1980 Greg Kaufman started Pacific Whale Foundation on the island of Maui in Hawai’i. Its first Research Director was Kaufman’s fellow whale-spotter Dr. Paul Forestell, who is now chair of PWF’s Board of Directors. Parvati Magazine caught up with Forestell to learn more. PMAG: How did the love for whales begin? PF: I must admit that my original reason for going to Hawaii was to get out of the New Brunswick winters!Read More
With big hearts and inspired dedication, Parvati.org’s all-volunteer staff has made great strides to move MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) forward at COP23, the UN conference on climate change. Our Director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger and our Outreach Lead Dr. Karen Ho travelled to Bonn, Germany for COP23 on their own time to advance MAPS among the world’s leaders. They have willingly self-funded and crowd-funded all their expenses. Back in Canada, the research, legal, production and communication teams have worked around the clock to ensure Darcy and KarenRead More
SportsArt Eco-Powr
This month Parvati Magazine connected with Ivo Grossi, CEO of the Americas with SportsArt, an innovative world leader in sustainable gym equipment. Their new ECO-POWR™ treadmill and cross-trainer line take sustainability to a new level by harvesting energy generated by the user and feeding it back into the grid. Parvati Magazine: Congratulations on your appointment as CEO of the Americas with SportsArt. As a yogi and student of meditation, what attracted you to the firm? Ivo Grossi: The initial draw was the sustainable technology they were developing, which allows fitnessRead More
As the UN General Assembly opened in New York City in September, a new environmental initiative kicked off – and Parvati.org played a role. The new innovative online funding platform 300×2050 has launched an initiative to identify, fund and achieve Climate Restoration. With the support of The Be Earth Foundation, a UN Intergovernmental Organization and The Healthy Climate Alliance, 300×2050 celebrated the launch of this new funding initiative by hosting a breakfast and expert panel discussion about key issues related to Climate Restoration — and the impact this pursuit wouldRead More
This month Parvati Magazine connected with Ian Rosenberger, Founder & CEO of Thread and Team Tassy, created in 2012 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. To date, Team Tassy has helped prepare almost 500 Haitians for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 30,000,000 plastic bottles out of Haiti and Honduras to be turned into high-performance materials. So far the network supports nearly 4000 jobs. This interview has been edited and condensed. Parvati Magazine: What was the inspiration for Thread and how does Team Tassy fit in? Ian Rosenberger: I wentRead More
Crisis calls us to step out of our status quo mindset and meet the needs of the moment with compassion, courage and forward thinking. The communities devastated by September 2017’s monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are among the latest examples of this call. One of the most significant responses comes in the form of Tesla’s solar energy. Hurricane Irma edged past the tiny American island territory of Puerto Rico, leaving a million people without power, but leaving the island functional enough to serve as a base for relief effortsRead More
This month our Business Editor, Pam Bryan, spoke with Sandra Capponi, Co-Founder of Good On You, an Australia-based company on a mission to transform the way we shop by giving us tools to enable buying decisions aligned with our values. They have started out in the fashion world, with plans to expand across a full range of consumer products worldwide. Parvati Magazine: The modern shopper has a dilemma. We know our choices have a huge impact on the planet, for better or for worse. And yet we have limited informationRead More
The long-awaited marine protected area in Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound in Canada’s high Arctic is finally moving forward. Parvati.org, who a year ago brought to national attention the decades-expired Shell oil permits in the area, is glad to see more marine protection happening in Canada’s Arctic. Yet, we are very clear: protection of the Arctic Ocean must happen on a much more massive scale. The Arctic Ocean’s ice is the Earth’s air-conditioning system, playing a crucial role in keeping global weather patterns in balance. But it is under threat as neverRead More
With 7,100 action projects across Canada to date, Evergreen has been connecting people to nature and making cities flourish since 1991. Their overarching mission is to support green cities, with the goal of revitalizing urban landscapes into sustainable cities with low to zero carbon footprints. Evergreen’s crown jewel project is the Brickworks, an area along the Don River that the city of Toronto once considered wasteland. Forty acres of contaminated, former brick factory land have been transformed into an urban park that draws people from Toronto and the surrounding areasRead More
Former US Vice President Al Gore was in Toronto recently to host a pre-screening of his new movie An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Along with many other Climate Reality Leaders previously trained by Mr. Gore, I was in attendance for this special screening. An Inconvenient Sequel is a follow-up, a decade later, to An Inconvenient Truth, the groundbreaking and award-winning 2006 film with Mr. Gore that made climate change a household word. The sequel shows how his life, and the world, have changed in the past decade. It showsRead More