Erica Hamilton

  • Conservation Buzzwords Demystified

        Words tossed around nowadays by environmentalists include, of course, environment, ecology, ecosystem, sustainability, resilience, biodiversity, and global warming among others, so let’s look at a few. Our environment is everything we breathe, eat, see, hear, feel, use and touch. It’s the grass or dirt or concrete under...
  • What, exactly, is ecotourism?

        I imagine many of us, when we think of ecotourism, think of long hot boring walks through deteriorating old places, primitive conditions, lectures, perhaps museums, all fairly intimidating effort compared to luxury resorts. But the two are not incompatible, often going hand-in-hand. The dictionary definition is tourism...
  • Discovery Bay – Present, Past, Future

        I sit on my verandah, it is about 10:00 am, a gentle cool breeze wafting, and I gaze at the sea — prussian blue, ultramarine and turquoise, studded here and there with diamonds. A ray jumps, it must be a spotted eagle, mantas have not been in...
  • The laws, or lack of laws, that have led to the Discovery Bay debacle

            I am neither scientist, lawyer nor scholar, and therefore ask you to forgive errors and omissions in what is an attempt to illuminate or describe the legal framework of current fisheries and marine management in the context of the egregious approval of a captive dolphin...
  • Why do so many people love to visit captive dolphins?

        By Erica Hamilton   In the middle of all the controversy about the approved captive dolphin facility in Discovery Bay, I read a comment by a member of our Facebook Group “Save Discovery Bay”, and I quote with her permission: “As a ‘tourist’, but also a business...

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