Monday, April 21, 2008

Earth Day 08

Earth Day is celebrated tomorrow. Tjaša wrote about it and my dear friend Cris is one of the many volunteers around the globe involved in a fascinating project dedicated to this: a 24 hour earthcast. It starts 22 April at midnight GMT (i.e. 2 am our time), bringing together voices from around the globe to speak live about the health of our planet (students, teachers, researchers, scientist, engineers,… anybody). You can give it a listen here and are most welcome to join in.
Here's my humble contribution to Earth Day (used Bee's idea, quotes and Flickr CC photos). What do you think?

Anyway, while uploading to slideshare I also came across this really awesome slides by Sunita Williams… Beautiful, aren't they?

Now… concerning the health of our planet… there are many little things we can do… recycle, reuse, support the organic, the local… think positive, be respectful of others… After all we are just part of the system here, aren't we? Life on Earth does not depend on us really, does it?
I recently listened to a cool TED talk by M. Pollan. A really lovely talk, radiating hope and good vibes… It's funny, he notes, that Darwin's On the origin of species was published more than 150 years ago yet we still mostly stick to the cartesian view of man, consciousness, and culture on the one hand, and nature on the other… We are really just one of the many species around, we act and are acted upon… Just like a bee, seduced by a flower's color and fragrance, pollinates and spreads its genes around, so are perhaps we seduced by a certain sort of potato so we choose to plant that one and not some other, or by grass so we mow it like crazy and thus help it outcompete the bushes and trees, its natural competition, or by corn so we keep planting it and spreading its habitat…
Ever thought of that? Interesting, isn't it?
We seem to be pretty much oblivious of the world around us… but if we choose a different species point of view, we suddenly see our role in a very different light. 'The cure for the disease of human self importance' believes Pollan. I like the idea a lot.
I remember Bolte, the TEDster from my previous post, talking about the role of our brain concerning our view and perception of the world; while the right hemisphere connects us to it, blending our body with the environment, the left one separates us from it, making us individuals, persons of our own… Our skin is not the boundary of our being…. there is more to it. A whole lot more!
Let's not fail to see the forest for the trees. Let's respect Mother Nature’s treasures and be thankful to be part of them. Happy Earth Day everybody!


Cristina Costa said...

Love it!
And you are right. We need to respect mother nature!
Thanks for the great post!

Poetryman said...

Happy Earth Day. Energy Independence Now.

Carla Arena said...

Dear Sasha,

What an inspired contribution to Earth Day! Our nature has certainly acted upon you to make reflections each one of us should be doing. Thanks for sharing your views.

joseantonio said...

Hi Sasha,
Really inspiring. I completely agree that we are many times so oblibvious to the world around us. It seems we just worry about the planet because we feel threatened by the consequences of our carelessness. If it hadn´t been so, I guess many of us wouldn´t bother.
Thanks for sharing this with us.
José Antônio

Saša said...

Dear Cris, poetryman, Carla and Jose, thanks for dropping by. Have been just listening to the earthcast with student guests from Portugal - it's so nice to hear about so many interesting green project going on... Here people have been invited to find a littered location near by, bring a trash bag and clean it up. Take a photo before and after and post it to a website. Nice. It would make sense to also post photos of people leaving rubbish there, wouldn't it?

Matt Montagne said...

Dear Sasha-

Thank you for your participation in the Earthcast08 Webcastathon! Thank you also for helping spread the word about our event...we appreciate the support.

Also, I love your lesson that you did with your students about having them clean up an area and take a before and after picture. I'm going to use that with my students next year.

I hope you and your students join us for earthcast09! Cristina Costa made up a little participant badge for all of the students and teacher who joined in the conversation. Please add this to your blog!

Participant Badge


Matt Montagne
Earthcast08 Team Member
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

Saša said...

Hi Matt,
I love the badge - thank you very much, I'll proudly stick it to this blog. Concerning the cleaning project - the idea is not mine - the guys at set it out and invited the whole country to participate. It was raining all day on the 22nd, but people posted notices about quite a few cleaning actions nevertheless. We were at school, revising for the exam. (blushing) ... but I hope to get better organized next year. Looking forward to earthcast 09:-).