Every morning at 8:15, I climb aboard crowded Bus 1, scan my Clipper Card, and head towards the Financial District for another fabulous day at Environmental Defense Fund. I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since my internship began. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming, and the office is amazing (views of the Bay Bridge!). Right now I am working in the Research and Development Pod within the Oceans program. It is refreshing and invigorating to be working an environment with such intelligent, motivated, and passionate individuals. The staff at EDF works hard to help interns learn about the organization and their goals, and is always throwing out invitations for group lunches or weekend get-togethers. They even have an office book club and hiking group! I’m in heaven.
Tourists in a moving metal box, cameras and boogie boards in hand. They’re ready to snorkel around America’s best beach 2016: Hanauma Bay. The fish there are spectacular and unafraid; bus people look uncomfortable. Whispers in Japanese, and German conversations around the intern in between. Getting dropped off means walking towards our office along the highway, while the bus speeds towards scenic vacations. Continue reading
I’m challenging you to be uprooted, yes, it will be done, let’s turn them up side down.
I’m ready, you think I’m afraid of you, you can’t break my defence.
You’re only a hen, I’m the rooster, let’s fight and you’ll see.
I don’t sleep and will watch you.
My strength can reach the crushing of the waves.
I will not be drowned, you think you’ll defeat me by drowning?
Your fence is only made of wawamere creapers, It’s easy to untangle.
I can uproot you, I can uproot you, yes it will be achieved.
Fijian – I Bole (translated)
It is so crazy to look at a map and see where I am – in the middle of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by thousands of miles of deep blue. Just the way I like it!
My first month in Hawaii has been wild, literally! Snorkeling with sea turtles, sailing with dolphins, watching insanely large parrotfish chomp away at coral and hanging with my favorite reef triggerfish, also known as the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a – Hawaii’s state fish.
It’s kinda crazy that the first month of my summer fellowship has already passed by! It’s been an interesting month for me that has definitely required flexibility. Continue reading
It’s 11:23 A.M. I’m down to the dregs of my 5th cup of coffee, and I am wired. Intellectually I know that excess coffee leads to crippling anxiety and poor sleep, but there’s an intemperate devil on my shoulder whispering “Whatever! You’ll sleep when you’re dead, and you’re never gonna die!” Continue reading
A day spent at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin, CA is always an amazing day. My organization, Root Solutions is working with the Marine Mammal Center to help them spread the message about the dangers of marine debris, and the negative effect it is having on all sea creatures, specifically marine mammals. So in order to better understand what this project is going to look like and how Root Solutions can help, a group of us were lucky enough to spend the morning being VIP’s at the Marine Mammal Center with our fantastic guide Adam.