“We need to act now … We only have one atmosphere and we of the Marshall Islands only have one land to call ‘home,'” Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young mother from the island nation, said before the march. “We don’t want to move and we shouldn’t have to move.”
This beautiful woodcut map, using the Dymaxion projection developed by Buckminster Fuller in 1943, won the Dymax Redux competition held by the Buckminster Fuller Institute in 2013. The Dymaxion projection unwraps the globe to show the Earth’s continents as being nearly contiguous, and avoids the infamous distortions of size and shape of many other projections. The map shows no geographical boundaries, and is reversible, as Buckminster Fuller famously proclaimed this map: “There is no up or down in the Universe, only in or out.” The different colored woods represent percent forested land. A perfect idea for a woodcut. Anyone else want this for a wall in their office/house? Congratulations to the winners for their brilliant design! 271.jpg (5400×3600).
Brazil tribe teams up with tech company to save rainforest. Just two of humanity’s many disparate tribes, aware of a huge problem, working on solutions! I look forward to a day when everyone is working on solutions. Where every job contributes, even in a small way, to making the world a better place.
This is interesting. Going to take a while to read it through!
A PSA regarding a very pressing issue in the western United States with a sweet dose of levity courtesy of Will Ferrell.
This is probably the first river-related PSA that’ll actually crack you up. Golden fox Robert Redford (he’s more tawny than silver) just wanted to tell you about Raise the River, a campaign to restore the Colorado River. But of course Will Ferrell had to go and interrupt with his OWN campaign, Move the Ocean. “Do we REALLY need more river? I mean, hell, we’ve got plenty of ocean. Let’s move IT.”
Watch and laugh, my friend:
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Birds are fascinating. Sometimes I think they’ve been watching us for a long time, waiting for us to wake up, look up, and take notice.
Flock together. This proverb is very much rooted in nature. Single species of birds frequently form flocks. They do this for a variety of reasons. Ornithologists have discovered that birds flock to protect themselves from predators, take advantage of choice foods, raise their profile among females ready to mate, or aerodynamically maximize wind currents. Some species’ flocks also form amazing murmurations, undulating swarms that ebb and flow.
To further examine this wonder of nature, artist Dennis Hlynsky, a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, started filming the individual flight paths of birds to discover the broader patterns.
This Is Colossal tells us: “Hlynsky first started filming birds in 2005 using a small Flip video recorder, but now uses a Lumix GH2 to record gigabytes of bird footage from locations around Rhode Island. He then edits select clips with After Effects and other tools to create brief visual trails…
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An inspirational story of impoverished children given new opportunities, uniquely beautiful music, and a community transformed. And a world given new hope.
The Oceans cover approximately three-quarters of the surface of the Earth. The geologically recent spike in human population and human invention has resulted in an enormous amount of plastic pollution in the Oceans. With advancements in technology, human ingenuity, and the Earth’s natural processes, we can repair what damage we’ve done. This project was launched last year, but it’s worth persistently bringing back into the conversation. This young man is incredibly smart – and an extremely compelling speaker as well. I hope everyone who can donates to his feasibility study. We should all strive to fix this!
Welcome to the new age. This new epoch, or era, in which we find ourselves has been called the Anthropocene – the geological age of human dominance. It’s come time for humanity to acknowledge its numbers, its influence, and its responsibility to build a better world. This blog will chronicle the myriad ways we make progress every day. Through design, development, openness, art, policy, science, agriculture, conscious living, and more, we are finding our way to a sustainable planet as a sustainable species.
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned! Much more to come.