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Green is where the Heart Is for April 10, 2013

“…what havoc the introduction of any new beast of prey must cause in a country,
before the instincts of the aborigines become adapted to the stranger’s craft or power."
~Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

As I type this morning I am looking over the snow filled deck of my Ohio son’s home.  Soon I will board an airplane to head back to my home at the beach, and the arrival of our new granddaughter, the continuation of life to come. 
Over the past several weeks I have flown thousands of miles with the Galapagos Islands as my final destination.  My curiosity was satiated as I hiked hours daily over the lava formed islands, viewing wildlife, sometimes wondering if they were viewing me, and taking in the contrasts of the bleak new islands (one only 120 years old) compared to the lush vegetation of the more mature islands (millions of years old.)
I realized how life is always in a constant state of movement and change.  In fact, it is that change or evolution that defines ‘living.’  No matter what your belief as to how this earth was originally formed, nature displays one of her most accommodating attributes as we adapt to become safe and thrive in our environment.
Eco systems naturally find the balance of yin and yang and it is up to us to allow that process to be unimpeded as we explore new vistas.  We are the strangers to the oceans and a careless or uneducated attitude can allow plastics and other non-biodegradable products to make their way into the most remote parts of the earth. 
Imagine this.  I was with a group and a guide visiting islands inhabited by marine iguanas, blue and red footed booby’s, sea lions, sea turtles, sally light-footed crabs and the occasional penguin (they are fast as a bullet.) 
No humans lived on most of them.  We donned our fins and snorkeling gear and headed into the pristine clear turquoise water slightly below bath temperature.  It was not the first time I had snorkeled but it was the first time a sea lion, dancing in the waves and close enough to touch, was seducing me to come in and play. 
I lowered my mask into the water and my eye caught a clear creature waving on the ocean floor.  My guide was right next to me and also seeing it, he dove down and retrieved it….the creature was a clear plastic bag.  He pocketed it as he knew well the danger it would be to any unsuspecting sea turtle as it resembled something that might be tasty to eat. 
Before we had embarked to the islands we had traveled to the highlands and the No No Cloud region of Ecuador outside of the vastly populated city of Quito. 
I begged my guide for an answer as to why there was so much trash discarded along the roadside in what should have been a clean and immaculate landscape.  She explained that the indigenous culture had so recently been introduced to these type of products that they did not have the understanding of how to properly dispose of them.   In the past, everything they used could be thrown outside and would decay or be eaten by animals.  Manmade products produced by an industry of non-organic means could not be comprehended by the locals as of yet.  The contrast seemed so great between the lush green fields, colorful blooming flowers and the discarded trash along the wayside.  Maybe they did not even see it.
It occurred to me that, we, ‘civilized humans’ were the new beast of prey and I wondered how long it would take for these innocents, both human and marine to not be fooled by our by-products of a throwaway society.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.