George is the one who gets on all the Galápagos calendars, t-shirts, post cards and coffee mugs.
Semana Santa as Easter is called in Ecuador is an important holiday in Ecuador. In the whole country there are different celebrations like processions and special ceremonies to memorialize the crucifixion of Christ and His rising.
The Galapagos Islands, a fragile ecosystem far out to sea, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Every time the El Niño or La Niña phenomenon strikes, the plants and animals of the archipelago suffer. What are these climate changes, and how do they affect the islands?
The Galapagos Islands have always provided a challenge to ecologists who want to preserve them but who recognize the need for locals to live there as well. One consistent problem has been energy: how do you get electricity to these far-flung islands?
Two of the Galapagos Islands, Floreana and San Cristóbal, are aggressively looking for alternative, eco-friendly sources of energy. The vision of these modern-day energy ecologists should pave the way for sustainable energy production for years to come in Galapagos.
Those responsible for the care of the Galapagos Islands have gotten serious about their upkeep. Recently, there have been many initiatives passed by the various institutions and agencies who care for the flora and fauna of the islands. One of the latest is the Galapagos Resident Course, a mandatory two-day course for anyone wishing to live and/or work on the islands.
Galapagos is not accepting any new permanent residents. In 1998, a law was passed granting permanent residence to anyone who had lived there for five years, or who did from that point on.