Can cities really be ÛÏgreen?Û They have to, if we are to build a sustainable society. The role of the ÛÏbuilt environmentÛ is the theme of Earth Day 2014.
The Statistics for Action (SfA) project provides new opportunities for engaging the community with science. The project is coordinated by TERC, a not-for-profit educational research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in math and science learning. SfA has designed practices, materials, and resources to make data and science more accessible and relevant to communities concerned about their local environment. Two stories, detailed here, illustrate the approach.
The Institute for Global Environmental StrategiesÛª annual art contest serves as a prime example of integrating art and science in the classroom. Students benefit from the practice of visually sharing what they know. Instructors are able to tailor their lessons based on the artistic renderings of students.
Environmental art engages with a specific environment, which can include urban environments and the natural landscape. Ecological art is a form of environmental art that aims to specifically improve a landscape through artistic practices, to improve a local ecology and/or raise environmental awareness. This paper focuses on a form of ecological art that involves large-scale landscaping projects, investigating three works of this genre.
In 2010, the U.S. intelligence community requested a study to evaluate the evidence on possible connections between climate change and national security. The result, Û÷Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis,Ûª offers a strong reminder of how complicated and widespread the implications of climate change may be, and the need for a collaborative and multi-faceted approach.
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