The phrase "lean in" is a buzzword you may have noticed in the news earlier this year, chiefly due to the popularity of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandburg’s book, Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. In it, she discusses her own experiences as a working mother and successful businesswoman in the often male-dominated field of business and leadership. She encourages other women to "lean in," in other words, to pursue their goals regardless of what fears and challenges might prevent them from otherwise acting on their ambitions.
Ecotourism is currently a booming industry. As defined by the International Ecotourism Society, the goals of ecotourism include: 1) minimizing impact, 2) building environmental and cultural awareness and respect, and 3) providing financial stimulus for both conservation efforts as well as local people.
Badges of wealth vary widely, from jewels to Rolex watches. In recent decades, however, there has come another one—ivory—which is regarded as both a symbol of status and a substance from which religious icons are made.
As poaching operations continue to get ever more sophisticated and ruthless, a new method of slaughter emerges: salt.
I recall, as a child, being taken to the circus and having an overwhelming feeling of sadness and empathy for the animals, particularly the elephants that were paraded for our entertainment.