This Term's Writer: Sofia Osborne
I'm honoured to be the 50th writer to share their thoughts on this blog and to close off this chapter of The Green Medium. I honestly wouldn't have dreamed a few years ago that I would be asked to do something like this. I was just a high school kid who voraciously read Naomi Klein and Elizabeth Kolbert and hoped that maybe one day I could report on the environment. I wouldn't say I'm at Kolbertian levels, no Pulitzer yet, but I've made a start. I'm a third-year biology major English minor, and I'm also the News Editor over at The Gateway, the University of Alberta's student-newspaper-turned-magazine.
As News Editor, and as Staff Reporter last year, I've been able to cover environmental issues extensively as they intersect with the U of A community. I've interviewed an expert on fracking, I've edited articles on solar power and biofuels, and I've talked to students who are working on projects like electric cars and airplanes. This work inspires me every day.
I would say I first started to care about the environment as a kid surrounded by ocean. I grew up in Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, and I spent weeks in the summer with my dad on our sailboat, making our way between the Gulf Islands off the west coast. We'd tuck the boat into a little bay on one of the islands and dinghy ashore. Together, we'd walk the beaches and trails, collecting sea glass and examining tidal pools.
At the time, I think I complained about the lack of indoor plumbing, but now I wish I could go back to being a carefree 10-year-old with nothing to do but stare out at the waves. That boat burned down when I was in high school, but my dad has since moved to Saturna Island. Now, I get to visit him there and we keep exploring together. Lately, landlocked here in the prairies, I've been feeling more and more that these islands are calling me home.
With my time on this blog I want to take you on a journey through these islands that mean so much to me. I'll share with you their history, their biology, and the environmental risks they face. I hope you'll join me.