Wildlife Trafficking and Terrorism

With the recent uproar around trophy hunting of lions and elephants, the spotlight has once again been put on big African game and their chances of species survival. Although the backlash against president Trump's proposed lift of the ban is arguably justified, one-off poaching is far from the biggest threat facing these creatures today. Ivory

Trump, Trophy Hunting, and That One Time The President Didn’t Disappoint Us (Yet)

Trump, Trophy Hunting, and That One Time The President Didn't Disappoint Us (Yet) With sharply plummeting rhino populations, a decrease of one-third of total elephants in less than a decade (and many of those numbers from protected areas) and less than 20,000 lions left in the wild, African wildlife has recently found itself in unprecedented

Insights from Environmental Science Journalist Mike Gaworecki

Readers of Don't Forget Your Boots will know that we often struggle with finding positive environmental stories. Recently, I reached out to the most positive-and friendly-man in conservation, Mike Gaworecki, the Staff Writer and Editor at, with burning questions from "how to get into wildlife conservation writing" to "are we all doomed under Trump".

How banks and corporations are destroying the planet

Go figure, but big bankers don't always have the best interests of common people in mind. Whether it's for resource mining, paper for pulp, or palm oil, many banks and corporations are culpable for destroying the planet one forest at a time. How banks and corporations are destroying the planet (probably with your money) In

Positive Environmental Stories

This article was updated September 20th, 2017 In the death by 1,000 cuts of today's news climate, bad news is as irrepressible as ever. The current state of affairs regarding climate change, potential loss of the honey bees, and obviously, the breakdown of the EPA, can make even the most stoic of conservationists squeamish. But

Nature is good for you

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, '"This is what it is to be happy.'” As one of our favorite nature quotes, Sylvia Plath was onto something when she wrote The Bell Jar. And she is right, science has determined nature is good for you. Recently, PLOS

My Secret Quest To Be An Oyster Farmer

Aquaculture and conservation don't necessarily go hand in hand. Fish farming, for example, can be quite detrimental to the environment if done improperly. So, when sustainable food and environmentalism meet it's a big deal, and luckily for us, it's in the form of something truly delicious—the oyster. Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at

What will happen to the environment under Trump?

This article was updated March 29th, 2017 “You know what this says, right? You’re going back to work.” On March 28th, to a smattering of applause, Trump signed an executive order that begins the long process of dismantling Obama's Clean Power Plan. He said the order, known as "Energy Independence" would deregulate the industry, "reverse

Water, Water, Everywhere? Not Really

In many places, clean drinking water is so commonplace that it is often something that most of us take for granted. In the United States, functional water amenities have become so familiar that in many places they are simply automatic. This is, however, not a luxury that the rest of the world shares, and in

Volunteer in South Africa with Afri-Campus

A young leopard with its kill, a black-backed Jackal Recalling what she learned in her training, Beth's eyes followed the direction the giraffes were gazing. It didn't take her long to realize that all of them were being watched by one of Africa's Big Five. Not too far away, a leopard lay benignly under