This communication gap is slowing efforts to protect the planet.

Like two bickering brothers, the worlds of conservation and business depend on each other, but can never seem to reach a consensus about how to cooperate. Even as massive financiers like Blackrock add environmental targets to ESG risk requirements for investments, the fact remains that 100 companies are responsible for…

It turns out returning to the rainforest is not like riding a bicycle.

On the Rupununi River, it’s been raining for four hours. I know this because we’ve been navigating upriver for five, and huddled under a tarp for most of it. I’ve never been this wet before, not even in the shower, I think bitterly. A drop of water, flavored, ironically, with…

A tale of logging in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park.

“Hora de despertar,” Ernesto’s mother gently whispers in his ear as she shakes him awake. Disoriented by the darkness, he lays still for a moment, his thoughts rapidly tracing the line of memories to surmise where he is now.

Tia Neli’s house. Shushufindi. We arrived last night at dusk. Cold…

Can we all agree to dance freely in public when this is all over?

When I was three, my parents lost me in a shopping mall. A relatively common occurrence, one might think, given a three-year-olds’ attention span and size. Realizing I was gone, they spun in a panic and retraced their steps. I wasn’t far.

In front of a clothing store, some 100…

A Seattle native feeling at home in the cold and gray? Groundbreaking.

I dug way back in the archive for this article. It was the first one I ever posted after arriving in Chile in July 2015, back when I was innocent to the grueling heat of Santiago summers. After three years living there, I can say confidently: Santiago is very much…

My musings on what it means to leave a life behind in a foreign country.

This blog was originally written in June 2016, just three weeks before I would leave Santiago, Chile after almost 13 months studying abroad. I am slowly making my way through old blog posts to rescue memories and stories that feel important and bring them back into my canon. …

I have a jacaranda tree I can see from my bedroom window. For a month of spring, it shudders with color, painting the curb with purple petals with each gust of April breeze.

Jacarandas do not bloom lightly. Instead, weighted by their opulence, their branches hang ponderous over parks and…

I always want to write — but never know what about.

In January 2020, I found myself hiking alone through the majestic forests of Chilean Patagonia in the hours before my flight back to Santiago. It hadn’t been planned as a solo trip but I decided to go anyway after my partner dropped out just six hours before our flight. …

Sophia Wood

CEO @ Friends of Wallacea // ex-ghost writer, ex-vc // harnessing the power of tech for conservation, and writing about it.

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