But it was our last full day, a Friday, that I found to be the most thought provoking. In the morning, we visited the foundation's science center. There, development manager Roslyn Cameron talked about island reclamation and breeding projects, programs to turn fishermen into tour and dive guides, and education. As it is everywhere, education is the key to the future. If species disappear, the reefs die, and the fish leave, then no one will come to these Galápagos—and tourism, today, accounts for more than half of the islands' economy. Later, we visited a sustainable coffee and sugar plantation in the mountains. The owners now reap rewards both from the soil and tourists, and they've preserved a tree-covered flyway for migratory birds. That's education at work.
Sailing green, living green—it all takes work. That's a lesson well learned in the Galápagos Islands.