Diane Pham

Happy Thanksgiving From Team Inhabitat!

by , 11/25/10
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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, moe betiksMOE, Contributing Writer: The day after Thanksgiving I’m off to Cancun for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. I’m thankful that it’s happening. I’m thankful for the Kyoto Protocol, which, if you read in the right light, is kind of heartwarming. I’m thankful for my family and friends – they literally keep me from going insane when the news is too dark, or when the world is annoying the crap out of me. Mostly, I’m thankful for moments of clarity, those times when I can really appreciate all the gifts in my life. Also, I’m thankful for vegan turkey. That stuff is dope.

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JAMIE, Contributing Writer: I’m thankful for my family, friends, good books, season 2 of Community, my lovely little cat and media rate shipping…

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, starre vartanSTARRE, Contributing Writer: This year I’m thankful for the ability and freedom to have travelled as much as I possibly could! It is a rare gift and one that I don’t take for granted. I was able to see places I’ve always wanted to, and though my carbon footprint is high this year, I’m hoping all my years of vegetarianism offsets it a bit, and I’m going to be planting a couple more trees in my backyard (as well as having purchased carbon credits where I could).

Where did I go? My family lives in Australia, so I travelled to Sydney (I’m originally from Coogee Beach, just a few minutes from downtown, but blessed with incredible natural beauty), and checked out Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville too, via train through backcountry Oz for some of it. I also spent time in LA, which is quickly becoming one of my fave American cities, and flew down to beautiful Asheville, Tennessee for Hatchfest, an emerging arts and music festival where I spoke on a journalism panel. Asheville is a gorgeous town, and very green! Boulder Colorado was also on my list this year, and like Asheville, is a smaller city with tons of great innovative building and conservation going on (not to mention superfantastic local food!). I went to Florence courtesy of Volkswagen, to check out their new hybrid Touareg, and got to stay in a villa that’s now a hotel, and finally stopped by London to see my best friend there, as well as check out London Fashion Week for the first time (a long-time dream of mine).

I also got to meet up with my father and stepmom in Paris, where they were celebrating my stepmom’s birthday, and took my first trip with my boyfriend, who made the voyage that much more special and romantic. Costa Rica was also on the list in 2010, and I’m excited to share my writing (and videos) about my time there; the country is an amazing example of what can be done very right in eco travel and environmental education. In another week, I’m headed to Aruba to check out the green cred of the Bucati resorts there and then up to Portland and Seattle to visit the Pacific Northwest; I’ve never been before and can’t wait to hike along the coast and check out my partner in crime’s hometown and surrounds (not to mention the amazing coffee and bookstores in both cities!). Last, but not least, I made it up to Vermont a few times, which is one of my favorite places in the world, aside from NYC. Speaking of which, I’m very thankful I get to work in what I consider the best city on the planet.

It was so much fun living this year of my life, and I learned a tremendous amount, and am still getting around to reporting on it all for my blog, Eco Chick and my upcoming eco travel spin-off site, Eco Chick Escapes! I am also, of course, very thankful to my friends, family, and roommates, who make my peripatetic life possible, and are always supportive of my crazy adventures.

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  1. Reimer November 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Turkey Day!
    I would like to thank you all for maintaining such an awesome website. It’s great to have a site where I can read how people are making the world a better and beautiful place.

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