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Parvati Magazine interviewed sea ice researcher Peter Wadhams, who recently published the book “A Farewell to Ice” about the alarming prospect of an ice-free Arctic. Parvati Magazine: Can you briefly describe why the Arctic, or Arctic amplification, is a pivotal element in the global climate crisis? Peter Wadhams: The Arctic is warming about three times as rapidly as lower latitudes or the Antarctic. The reasons for this Arctic amplification are complex. Today the amplification is increased by the retreat of snow on land and sea ice in the ocean, whichRead More
In this season of light, the all-volunteer, Canadian not-for-profit organization Parvati.org launches its #UniteByLight viral online campaign. The campaign is in support of MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, an initiative to protect a critical ecosystem that keeps our planet cool. #UniteByLight provides an inspiring and immediate way for people to be part of this positive global movement for a healthy planet. The #UniteByLight campaign invites anyone around the world to sign the MAPS petition at Parvati.org and optionally make a donation of any amount towards the realization of MAPS.Read More
Parvati Magazine interviewed Lindy Weilgart, Scientific Advisor for the International Ocean Noise Coalition, about her research into underwater sound. PARVATI MAGAZINE: As briefly as possible, please describe what the underwater acoustical environment is like to those of us who have no familiarity with this field of study. LINDY WEILGART: The acoustic underwater soundscape is composed of natural sounds like surf noise, wave noise, snapping shrimp, whales, fish grunts, etc. Since the industrial age, however, the noise of shipping, seismic surveys to search for oil and gas under the sea floor,Read More
Parvati Magazine interviewed Louie Psihoyos, Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), and discussed using mass media to inspire change.   Parvati Magazine: What is OPS and why did you found it? Louie Psihoyos: OPS was founded as an organization using mass media to inspire change. To create a tipping point, you only need about 10% of the population, the early adopters, the politicians, the people who really sway change. People are paying attention to films rather than print media and I saw documentaries are a way to change theRead More
Parvati Magazine’s Dr. Karen Ho interviewed Dr. Warren Bell of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), a group of over 4900 physicians and concerned citizens committed to a healthy and sustainable environment. As an organization, CAPE brings its health expertise to environmental issues and is an important voice for environmental health in Canada. Parvati Magazine: Please tell us why you founded CAPE? Warren Bell: CAPE was founded about 20 years ago because I and two other colleagues felt that the medical profession needed to address environmental issues, becauseRead More
Parvati Magazine interviewed Eric Solomon with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre about his work to protect the Arctic ecosystem. Parvati Magazine: Can you please describe your work in the Arctic?  What in particular drew you to this? Eric Solomon: My work in the Arctic has three main goals: building greater public awareness and understanding about the Arctic and Arctic issues, effecting scientific research, and building partnership programs with Arctic communities that advance the first two in ways that are relevant and meaningful to Northern communities. I have had aRead More

Posted On May 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn June 2016 - Live in the Light, News

It’s Time for MAPS

Canadian environmental not-for-profit Parvati.org welcomes the decision by Shell Canada to relinquish decades-old permits that have long been delaying the creation of a national marine park in Canada’s East Arctic. Last fall, Parvati.org conducted extensive research questioning the permits’ validity and shared its findings widely with Canadian NGOs, including WWF-Canada and Greenpeace who leveraged the information as part of their ongoing work to protect the Arctic. Parvati.org commemorates World Oceans Day by underscoring the importance of the Arctic Ocean and the unprecedented opportunity to help stop climate change through theRead More
Superior Court judge Verda Colvin didn’t know someone had their smartphone out in her Macon, Georgia courtroom when she spoke from her heart to a group of at-risk teens. And she doesn’t want her words to be on camera again. But what she shared while the camera was recording brought youth in the courtroom to tears, has gone viral around the world, and showed us a fierce maternal love with the power to change lives. Judge Colvin volunteers to speaks regularly to kids as part of the Bibb County Sheriff’sRead More

Posted On March 27, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn February/March 2016 - Return, News

Community: The Compassion Collective

“Today’s refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian emergency the world has seen since World War II,” says the introduction on the Compassion Collective website. “Just as the Greatest Generation’s response to the holocaust defined them, so will our response define us.” Five influential self-help authors known for their emphasis on authenticity, bravery and presence, have come together to form the Compassion Collective, self-help’s answer to a supergroup, all to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Brene Brown is best known for her bestselling books “The Gifts of Imperfection” andRead More

Posted On January 2, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn January 2016 - Wisdom, News

Community: Meanwhile, in Nepal

As the COP21 conference came to its conclusion, Canada officially opened its doors to planeloads of Syrian refugees, with the first planeload arriving December 10. Meanwhile, another humanitarian crisis has been unfolding this fall, and is the subject of far fewer news stories. Read More