Happy World Oceans Day!

There are many environmental challenges facing the oceans worldwide. Sometimes it can be difficult to get people enthusiastic about contributing to ocean preservation. One of our favorite stories about small actions making a meaningful impact is The Starfish Story.

The original version of the story apparently appeared in The Star Thrower, a collection of essays by the naturalist and writer Loren Eiseley. The story quickly entered the popular culture and variations have appeared in other books and on many websites. One version appears below. No matter how small your actions may seem, even a small change in behavior can have an incredibly positive impact. Oceans represent a critical source of biodiversity and life for our planet. Especially today, please take at least one step that contributes to protecting our oceans!

The Starfish Story adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley 1907 – 1977

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “I made a difference to that one!”

Welcome to Gaia Endeavors

Welcome to our blog, Gaia Endeavors! The Internet has fostered and helped develop an abundance of good ideas, forever changing the worldwide economy, while bringing those ideas to a wider, more accessible audience than ever before. We believe that the Internet and social media have the potential to make a substantial, meaningful impact on solving the world’s environmental and social problems, so we decided to join the conversation.

Gaia was the Greek goddess personifying Earth, effectively the Greek representation of “Mother Nature.” Our blog carries the name of Gaia with the hope that our interactions and conversations can help to speed solutions to Earth’s many challenges. We thought it particularly appropriate to launch Gaia Endeavors the week after Mother’s Day to highlight the drive for positive, sustainable growth.

Earth provides an abundance of resources for sustenance and healthy development if we are careful stewards. One of our goals is to encourage innovative ideas and approaches that will contribute to sustainable development. Thus far, the best approach that we have found for addressing environmental challenges is through diverse, well-informed discussion and practical, effective implementation. We have created these platforms to contribute to the conversation. Please join us!

Brett Howell & Arya Mazdyasni