Friday, October 7, 2011

My Global Village In Time And Space

PHOTO: Laurie MacBride
This Internet business is something I've come to take for granted but this week I was struck, for a moment, by how it whooshed me up in time and space.

Maybe I'm easily enchanted but I received an email from Laurie MacBride who co-founded Georgia Strait Alliance and retired as its executive director a few years ago. Laurie was letting me know that she's 'gone public' with her photographs and writings in her new web site, Eye on Environment

We've known each other since 1992 when we worked on what we called the 'Sans Boundary Alliance' focusing on water quality and habitat issues affecting the transboundary region of the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Haro, Rosario and Georgia.

The UN Rio Conference on the environment was being held in 1992 and one of the first things we did was get our non-governmental organizations together to hammer out a joint resolution proclaiming that the shared waters of the Salish Sea would be a toxic-free zone by the year 2000.

We were older then; we're younger than that now. Laurie with her note sent in a keystroke took me back 20 years. Her photographs and her notes are singular and illuminating.

The other whoosh was in space when I received an email notiing a new blog post from friend and former KPLU environment reporter Liam Moriarty now living in France and reporting on the European scene in his blog, Salmon Nation Euroblog:  Exploring the Connections Between Europe and the Pacific Northwest

Isn't that a great blog focus for a Pacific Northwest ex-pat in France? Today's piece by Liam is titled, How to Piss Off the Canadians

Laurie, meet Liam. Liam, meet Laurie. My global village in time and space.

--Mike Sato

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