January 6 2012
1/6/12 - 1/6/12
Breakfast on the deck as usual. Sliced watermelon, oatmeal, coffee are my staples though some days I have some bacon or eggs or pancakes or French toast. It is my favorite meal of the day to be on the deck with coffee in the morning.
I skipped 9 a.m. art class to go to listen to “Ecotourism and the Caribbean Region” with Rock Rohwedder. Rocky is one of the best speakers and he did a good job of covering this topic. “Ecotourism” is a buzz word just like “green” is to sell stuff; Rocky talked about how to fund true sustainable travel options. The M/V Explorer, our ship has obtained some certifications for environmental excellence. It uses a lot of fuel though! And Rocky wouldn’t go as far as saying the ship is a green way to travel. In the lower level, there are three people whose jobs are to recycle everything possible on the ship including sorting the garbage. He talked about responsible travel: concerns environment; improves welfare of people visited; preserves environment and provides dollars for locals. He gave some resources: STCNA - just covers USA right now. Guide to sustainable travel; sustainable trips.org; and Green global standard. We talked about plastic and all our bottled water as we tavelled. He had a steripen which you can get at REI for $80 or $90. Sterilzes water in a few seconds when you put the pen in water. Makes the water 99.9% clean. Can we get rid of plastic bottles? The M.V. Explorer has received its ISO 1401 certification -- a process for some green standard. M. V. Explorer - three people downstairs go through garbage to recycle what they can; food waste is ground and released. Human waste is treated and released at sea. Treated with chlorine like at home. Dumped three miles off shore. Salt water is turned into fresh water with reverse osmosis on ship. The ships generator uses nasty fuel.
I don't know what I did the rest of the day......but I'm sure it was good!
We are heading for Trinidad!