Famous for their wildlife, the Galápagos Islands also support a vibrant human community.

Here are their stories.

Currents of Change

In an environment that shoulders the burden of the world’s pollution, these scientists and activists seek to inspire future conservationists.

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Living on the Land

Farmers are shifting their practices to build a sustainable local food system in a place that has long relied on imports.

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At What Cost

On an island that depends on tourism, many natural wonders remain difficult for locals to reach. Meet some of the people trying to change that.

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Filling the Gaps

Important services can be difficult to get in the middle of the Pacific. Meet the educators providing resources that San Cristóbal schools can’t.

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Creating Space

In a place where more attention is paid to tourism and tortoises, Galápagueñans are steering a cultural evolution.

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Why the Galápagos Islands?

For their residents – humans, animals, and plants alike – the Galápagos Islands are a complicated paradise. Balancing human and natural interests, no place on Earth bears the unique history and ecology of the islands,  yet the issues of climate change or cultural evolution or governance found here resonate with communities across the globe.