Japan earthquake

Tsunami debris arriving on Washington shores sooner than expected

Growing up, we had some prize beachcomber’s treasure in my backyard: a pair of antique glass fishing buoys that had broken free from a Japanese fishing net and bobbed their way across the Pacific. The floats stirred my young imagination about our mysterious watery connection with Japan, and incited a voracious streak of local beach-combing. It looks like […]
Apr 4, 2012

Globalist Roundup: DIY prosthetics, Belgium street harassment, Downton Abbey cookbook

Chinese man builds own prosthetics after fishing accident Sun Jifa is the new face of DIY disability adaptation after making his own prosthetic arms from steel and scrap metal. The arms took eight years to construct, but were the alternative to the expensive models recommended by the hospital. (Via Daily Mail)  A backwards baseball hat […]
Aug 17, 2012

Pollution, overfishing threaten livelihood of Peruvian fishermen

Marcelino Coila Choque is from a family of fishermen in Peru. From his small village along Lake Titicaca, he has watched the water turn opaque with pollution from the expanding city of Puno.  Radio journalist Sara Shahriari and Photojournalist Noah Friedman-Rudovsky follow Coila Choque on his morning fishing rounds in an audio slideshow. 
Oct 1, 2012

The (other) oil industry greenwashes de-forestation in Indonesia

It is a shock to think of Indonesia as the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. How could a country that boasts one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems be spewing out more carbon and methane than economic powerhouses such as Germany and Japan? The answer lies in the forest. Or what’s left of […]
Nov 21, 2012

Is the Northwest a Coal Scrooge?

When you go to sleep tonight, Seattle will be visited by three ghosts: the ghost of energy’s past, the ghost of energy’s present and the ghost of energy yet to come. The question is, will we wake up and shape our own destiny? Imagine a mountain of billowing, black coal taller than the Columbia tower […]
Dec 10, 2012
Filmmakers Lane Stevens, left, Dave Wilson and Gyasi Ross are part of the Idle No More indigenous-protest movement.

Idle No More: Indigenous rights go global

Lane Stevens lives up a steep, potholed alleyway in a house perched above the gray expanse of Tulalip Bay. It’s a far cry from the big-city music studios he once knew. But it’s where he feels at home — where he says he can breathe freely.
Feb 1, 2013

Seattle, you have had your share!

A former slum-resident from Kenya thinks his hometown can teach Seattle a thing or two about consumption and green-living. 
Apr 3, 2013

Google GIFs show a rapidly changing Earth

New satellite images are a jarring reminder of the massive transformations humans have made to the planet. 
May 12, 2013
Rob Anderson (right) senior project manager with Seattle-based EarthCorps, cuts a section of a blackberry plant for a group of international volunteers learning about invasive plants as part of a six-month program here on conservation and sustainability. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

EarthCorps program plants the seeds of global environmentalism

Twelve volunteers from around the world are in the Northwest building environmental restoration skills they’ll use to protect ecosystems back home.
Jun 14, 2013

Legacy of war guards Bosnia’s environment

In a conflict familiar to Washingtonians, Bosnian conservationists and loggers are at odds. But many of the country’s forests are shielded by a secret weapon.
Oct 14, 2013
Youth including Nan Mukungu (second from left) posed for photos displaying priorities of the Young Workers in the Green Economy Project. (Photo by Shann Thomas)

Report finds youth left behind in new Northwest economy

Grassroots environmental group Got Green released a startling survey citing barriers to economic employment for immigrant youth and people of color.
Dec 2, 2013
A container ship leaves the Port of Seattle while the Bainbridge Island ferry enters. (Photo via Wikipedia)

New trade exec sees more than just money in China

The new director of the Washington State China Relations Council says our state's relationship with China is about more than just money.
Mar 6, 2014
The author with a baby elephant on a recent trip to India. (Photo courtesy Sudha Nandagopal)

A people-centered approach to Earth Day

As a kid growing up in Spokane, I was the one in my family who claimed the mantle of environmentalist. I was the animal enthusiast, the nature lover, the one who saved a robin chick and attempted to raise it. I grew up with a peaceful, serene and relatively tame view of nature. But my […]
Apr 22, 2014

In-depth: Globalist apprentices explore Ethiopian-American identity, shellfish contamination

After a year of developing skills in writing, photography, video/audio and reporting for The Seattle Globalist, our youth apprentices are proud to share the following projects with you. These in-depth pieces were dreamed up, designed and reported by each apprentice on a topic they are passionate about. Now equipped with some serious reporting skills, we know these young […]
Jul 28, 2014
Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014
Tukwila City Council Member De'Sean Quinn talked about how his city is a "hotspot" where people of color are impacted by climate change and other factors affecting health and economic status of minorities. (Photo via Gov. Jay Inslee's Flickr)

Gov. Inslee’s ‘polluter pays’ proposal a step toward climate justice

Days after the governments of the world convened in Lima to set the stage for the next big United Nations climate change conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan that would bring our state in line with 39 other programs around the world and put a price on carbon.
Dec 23, 2014
A map identifying slope areas of the Cheasty Greenspace that would overlap with parts of a proposed mountain bike trail. (Screenshot from Seattle's Parks and Recreation Department website)

Cheasty Greenspace bike trail plan sparks controversy

Cheasty Greenspace's 10-acre parcel of restored forest could be seeing a 1.5-mile mountain bike trail, to the chagrin of some of its neighbors.
Feb 9, 2015

New Kore Ionz video takes viewers on a ‘Starship’

The video, which went live just moments ago, is already getting some national limelight.
Feb 13, 2015

Five years post-explosion, Tesoro strikers still push for safety measures

Justice delayed, Skagit County-based Tesoro strikers lead a push for better safety standards and management accountability.
Mar 3, 2015

New geoduck harvesting practices dig up controversy

People have raised worries over a new Washington practice for harvesting the geoduck. But is the concern warranted?
Jun 16, 2015