7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric Peoples

FUCongress2016 The 7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples will take place June 15-17 in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. The theme of the event is “The Finno-Ugric Peoples – Towards Sustainable Development.” The Congress unites the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples with the aim of discussing issues dealing with the preservation and reviving of the languages and cultures of …

Welcome to the Modern Classroom: Native Innovation Conference #nii2016

This weekend (June 10-11) Native Innovation hosts its 4th annual technology event for educators — Welcome to the Modern Classroom: Native Innovation Technology Conference. The event is a two-day immersive, hands-on experience redefining the “Classroom” and held at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort outside of the Flagstaff, Arizona. According to the organizers: “we are witnessing a transformation in the …

World Celebrates its own Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day, the largest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. Curiously, this is a little known, big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in 70+ countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, …

Bad Day for Ecolodges

It’s a bad day for ecolodges. Breaking news from the Global Ecotourism Network regarding closures of Ariaú Amazon Tower in Brazil and Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador. We will be posting updates and explainers for each. Abandoned should be the theme parks near radioactive sites, not the eco-minded, community-minded lodges in the wilderness. But here we are in 2016 when many …

Be Safe Out There!!

June 1 (1230pm Las Vegas, 230pm Minneapolis, 330pm NYC). Be safe out there!! And is there an app for that? Don’t not travel — the whole world is not a red zone. In today’s world, be attentive and informed when traveling. Our #PlanetaTalks  #LocalTravelUSA hangout shared tips on the smart use of your smartphone when visiting unfamiliar …

State of the World’s Plants

Kew Gardens – State of the World’s Plants 2016 Just Published: State of the World’s Plants Download report (pdf) The report – prepared by Kathy J. Willis and Steve Bachman with contribution from 80 experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London – provides, a first-time ever baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Las Vegas’ Civic Disaster – Jay Rosen #RJquestions

https://www.periscope.tv/spjlv/1BRJjlEjVBRKw Noted journalism outsider’s outsider Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) spoke in Las Vegas Thursday in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium (View in Google Maps) at University of Nevada Las Vegas on the civic disaster called the Review Journal. Yes, it’s a bother to figure out parking at UNLV, but this was one of the tickets of the year for …