and thank you for visiting this web!
I’m glad you stopped by and I hope you return to visit in the
weeks to come!
am profoundly grateful for having been one of eight Alcoa employees
selected to participate on an Earthwatch Expedition.
web has been created for the purpose of sharing my Earthwatch Expedition
experience with my colleagues and community.
During my expedition to the Rainforest of Costa Rica (May 15-28) I
will be uploading to this site the sounds, images and descriptions
associated with my trip. Please
come back often and visit the Expedition
Experience link where I will post daily (as time and technology
permit) journal entries, digital photographs, audio postcards and perhaps
even a few video clips!! Feel
free to email me at
while I am in Costa Rica, I will reply if possible.
should be noted that the ideas and opinions contained in this web are mine
(mine?! -- hmmm, I'm starting to sound like my
two year old daughter) and not necessarily shared by the staff and
representatives of Earthwatch or Alcoa.
upon a time, a
high school physics instructor, Thomas Cleckner, challenged us as students
to come up with a completely original idea (by ‘original’ he
meant one that doesn’t borrow from or depend upon existing knowledge).
I have to report that 16 years later, I have yet to be inspired
with a unique and truly original thought.
It is in this spirit that I am offering the ideas expressed of this
web. Though the ideas are not
new, nor original, they are authentic as I have offered my voice to them.
an Alcoa sponsored Earthwatch Fellow, it is my obligation to promote
and understanding with regard to Environmental and Sustainability
invokes a different connotative meaning among different
people. Imagine for a moment The
Thinker Statue by Auguste Rodin (below is a visual cue if you aren't
sure what I am referring to;).
a circle of people all standing around the statue.
No person, from a single vantage point can completely describe the
statue. Yet if each
individual were to describe, from their perspective, what they see of the
statue -- a rather accurate composite description could be created.
If each person were allowed to offer their own perspective a
shared vision would eventually emerge….
the statue from the center of the imaginary circle and replace it with
"sustainability." In your mind repeat the activity and try
to describe what
hastily assembled content of this web is an attempt to share what a sustainable vision might
look like from several different perspectives on the circle.
image and vision of sustainability is not one that will be sharp and crystal clear.
Rather, the image will be much like that of a mosaic.
A mosaic whose image paradoxically becomes clearer the further away
one is from it.