Hello there, a very warm welcome to Gaia Discovery. Whether you were invited to this site or stumbled upon it by chance, I’m happy you’re reading this as you can make a positive change to the way you live, work and travel.
I started Gaia Discovery in 2008 out of a need to create environmental awareness through an interesting and informative medium. Gaia Discovery was created to do just that and also to create fun... because eco-living and responsible travel should be fun, exciting, life enhancing and earth sustaining.
Gaia Discovery sniffs out environmental news and captures inspirational life stories. It zooms in on people, sometimes ordinary people, who make a difference. Our planet is a curious place and there's a lot going around than what meets the eye.
Untold travel stories, unchartered territories and harmonious simplicity with Mother Earth. Precious heritage. We hope to bring you exciting tales based on personal experience so that you know you’re not simply relying on a glossy brochure when you head out to foreign lands.
Our planet is ailing. Travellers with a spark of conscience can help by seeking out eco-friendly places to visit and stay, not least because commercial support is needed to support green enterprises that bother to make a difference. Gaia Discovery hopes to continually seek out these eco-friendly destinations and resorts, plus feature change agents who may be developers and hoteliers. In doing so, it hopes to raise the awareness and sustainability of tourism.
Likewise consumers of products and services - everyone has a choice, and the choice lies in our purchasing decisions and the partnership we make in the corporate world.
Gaia, the name of the Greek earth goddess, is used to describe the self-regulating state of the earth as formulated in the 1960s by Dr James Lovelock, an independent research scientist. Lovelock’s theory explains the Gaia hypothesis , which later became referred to as the Gaia Theory.
Lovelock’s ecological hypothesis proposes that living and nonliving parts of the earth form a complex interacting system that can be thought of as a single organism. Lovelock says that all living things have a regulatory effect on the Earth's environment, and together promote life.
It is the context of viewing Gaia as a living planet, both in the metaphorical and ecological sense, which gives this portal its name. I am thankful to Dr Lovelock for taking pains in illustrating through his books the sad state of our planet earth, for issuing warnings to take action now, and for inspiring me to do my bit through Gaia Discovery.
We want all our readers, including you, to get involved in reading these articles and to do your part.
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Until then, tread gently.
Publisher and Managing Editor, Gaia Discovery and Gaia Guide
About Mallika Naguran
Concerned with the alarming rate of tourism development with little regard for the environment, Mallika Naguran founded the online publication Gaia Discovery in March 2008 to promote sustainable living and travel. Mallika and her associates provide sustainability and communications advisory to companies through Gaia Consult.
Mallika lives in Singapore, an island city in Southeast Asia. Support Mallika by either or all of the following: engaging her professional services for your print/web marketing and publicity needs wherever you are, advertising with Gaia Discovery and/or Gaia Discovery eNewsletter, and donating any amount to help Gaia Discovery raise environmental scholarships for youths in under developed countries.
Contact the Editor: mal AT gaiadiscovery DOT com
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Underwater photo by Scotty Graham from Jakarta, Indonesia. It was shot at stunning Melissa's Reef in Raja Ampat.
Garden photo at lovely Fraser's Hill, Malaysia by Nanda from Kuantan, Malaysia.