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hey everyone! My weather and climate professor created a project called Environmental Mindfulness for his students as a chance to promote environmental awareness, participation, and appreciation! his students (including me) post pictures on this instagram called @environmentalmindfulness and the person whose post gets the most likes by the end of the semester receives a perfect score on our final exam! 

please like this photo and this photo that are both my own as pictured above! please feel free to follow the instagram as there are very pretty pictures posted every day of our lovely environment that i’m sure all of you will enjoy. i really need the best grade i can get in this class so i can bump up my GPA because this class is a 4 credit class and would help me immensely. thanks so much and have some happy days! please send me messages if you have any questions!

-rocco

bbc.co.uk
What now for environmentalism? With Paul Kingsnorth, James Thornton and Martin Goodman
Paul Kingsnorth, former deputy-editor of The Ecologist, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project and author of novels including The Wake and Beast, talks about his changing attitude to the environmental movement. Environmental lawyer James Thornton and writer Martin Goodman recount their travels from Poland to Ghana, Alaska to China, to see how citizens are using public interest law to protect their planet. Plus, critic Maria Delgado and biographer Adam Feinstein consider the lost poems of that Chilean lover of nature, Pablo Neruda.

Kingsnorth has some salient points regarding human-scale culture, disengagement from the consumer-machine society, decentralisation and self-governance and the failure of environmental activism.

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This Earth Day (April 22) we must  remain humble and be reminded of the environmental fights we have already lost so that we can learn from our mistakes and fight for a better future for us, our children, and the world.These 5 environmental battles we have sadly already lost, or are very close to losing, serve as a reminder of why we need to keep fighting. Read more

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People around the world use more than a trillion plastic bags every year. They’re made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene that can take decades to break down.

But the humble wax worm may hold the key to biodegrading them.

It was an accidental discovery. Scientist and beekeeper Federica Bertocchini was frustrated to find that her beehives were infested with the caterpillar larvae of Galleria mellonella, commonly known as a wax worm.

Bertocchini, who works at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain, tells NPR that she was cleaning out the hive and put the worm-infested parts in a plastic bag.

But shortly afterward, she noticed that “they were all crawling around my place and the plastic bag was riddled with holes.”

The Lowly Wax Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

Photo: Wayne Boo/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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Hey, friends!

It’s Meg! Sorry about the late TUTOR TUESDAY, but I’m here! Today we take a look at drawing environments! This uses our last tutorial on perspective, so if you haven’t check that out! If you have any recommendations, send ‘em in here or my personal! Keep practicing, have fun, and I’ll see you next week!

anonymous asked:

What can college kids with limited resources do to help the environment?

The fact that you are asking this question makes me feel very hopeful as it shows you care. Helping the environment is not about the amount resources you have. I could give you a shopping list of behaviours you can change to decrease your impact on the planet, but what I want to tell you is find the environmental cause you are passionate about and get the best education you can so you can have voice and make a difference. Invest in your future through education. You will be able to make a difference.

There are lots of little ways we can all help the environment in our everyday lives. One of the easiest ways is becoming an informed consumer. Every time we spend a dollar we are casting a vote, from the products we buy, to the food we consume, and the transportation we use. The choices we make as a consumer can have far reaching influences, from across the globe to your friends and family. This became clear to me during my first trip to Borneo. I was confronted by vast, seemingly endless acres of oil palm plantations that were once dense primary forest. Those forests were once home to orangutans, elephants, and sun bears. It made me realized just how much palm oil I was consuming in the products I used every day. I began to eliminate those products from my home, and started writing letters to manufactures, urging them to find sustainable alternatives. Becoming an informed consumer really opens the door to understanding the influence, and impact we are having across the globe. Although it may sound cliché, it really does translate to acting locally and thinking globally.