Recently I embarked on a four day kayak trip on the waters of Haida Gwaii.
One night, camping out in the narrows I was surrounded by complete darkness. The tide was extremely low. There was not another soul for miles.
I walked down to the low tide line and heard under my feet a sound so distinct, so powerful and so profound. Mussels, clams, crabs and oysters all feeding, all so loud, all so alive and all so thriving.
As a graduate student of ecological anthropology, I have dedicated my life to ensuring the enhancement of responsible resource management practices. The overall significance of this effort truly became apparent to me when for the first time I heard the earth speak.
Message to Canadians: Civilization has an inclination to distance itself from the natural environment. Let your feet touch the earth. Feel its life. Realize you are a part of it and not distinct.