Big Ideas for Earth Day
We need to support today's "Eco Warriors" so they can "get to work and keep on raising the awareness and push corporations, governments, society at large to make better decisions."
Has the impact of human behavior on the Earth's atmosphere created a new geological epoch? If so, we must shift gears radically, and that is what today's "Eco Warriors" -- people like Richard Branson, Michael Bloomerg, Stella McCartney and others -- are doing, forging innovative partnerships between science, business and activism to manage mankind's impact on the environment.
In today's lesson we trace the modern environmental movement from its origins in Rachel Carson's seminal book Silent Spring to photographer Roger Moenk's project to rebrand the movement, I Am Eco Warrior.
Along the way we also trace significant milestones that occurred since the first Earth Day was observed in 1970. We also consider the responsibility that corporations have in combating climate change.
If we are to make significant changes in our relationship to the environment, Moenks argues we need new role models, and we need to support these "Eco Warriors" so they can "get to work and keep on raising the awareness and push corporations, governments, society at large to make better decisions."
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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