The good folks at the Vancouver Aquarium have been gracious enough to invite me to speak at their auditorium tomorrow at 11:00 am. A book signing at the gift shop will follow.
I’m doubly excited about this opportunity as we’ve had quite a bit of sustainability-related buzz here in Vancouver over the last couple of days with the release of the SeaChoice wallet guide. Zen restaurant becoming the first Japanese Ocean Wise partner has also stoked the fires and has people talking.
The Vancouver Aquarium is a lovely facility, especially as it is situated in breathtaking Stanley Park. I haven’t been there for quite a while… but I do recall spending a night at the Aquarium as part of some sort of children’s marine biology camp when I was very young. We slept in a room where we could see beluga whales through a thick glass pane. Someone wheeled in a TV and played “The Little Mermaid” on VHS. We got to watch the curators feed some of the fish. I met an octopus.
I think in a lot of ways, it’s those kind of experiences that help to activate our nascent environmentalism. When we have those all too rare opportunities to make visual and kinesthetic connections with nature and with life, it helps us understand that we are not alone.
Anyhow, I’m rambling. Presentation and signing tomorrow, Vancouver Aquarium, 11 am. Hope to see you there.