Changing Tides

Welcome to Bruce Rettig’s blog, Changing Tides. This blog focuses on topics related to the natural world, the creative process, and general musings. It focuses a keen eye on environmental and social issues and examines how the human spirit might, or might not, correct current trends. Many of the observations are colored by experiences from the road. All comments submitted to this blog are welcome including challenging or opposing views. The author attempts to post at least once a week, mostly on Fridays, but if he’s traveling, a few weeks may pass. Please visit with an open mind—there are many different viewpoints but we all share the same home.

 
 
Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 3

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 3

The Legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa   Born October 10, 1941, Ken Saro-Wiwa dedicated his life to environmental activism in Nigeria. Saro-Wiwa, one of Africa’s leading literary figures, authored children’s books, novels, plays, poetry, and writings that focused on...

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Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 2

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 2

An Apocalyptic Landscape and a Desperate Situation   One description of oil exploitation in Nigeria stands out more than others: Present-day oil producers in Africa suffer from the “oil curse” or the “natural resource curse.” Nigeria is the tenth most petroleum-rich...

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Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 1

Black Gold on the Ivory Coast: Part 1

A History of Oil Exploitation   The Lyft driver pulled into the green "Rideshare Pickup zone" of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on a late Saturday night. I threw my backpack across the back seat, slid next to it, and confirmed my destination. I knew the address but had...

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