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Pictured above: Temperate Moss Forest by Rebecca Allen

The Crossroads Project: Art, Science and Climate Change Awareness

By Theo Hilton

A couple of months ago, this article by Naomi Klein appeared in the New Statesman about the increasing number of climate scientists who agree that deep, systemic change in the ways we produce and consume are necessary in the effort to mitigate climate change. Further, these changes must come soon if we humans hope to forestall an average warming of 2 degrees Celsius, the widely-accepted projected minimum increase based on anthropogenic activities so far. (I found this article really exciting! I highly recommend it!)

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High Line by dchaussee on Flickr.

SML-CUPS SUSTAINABILITY PHOTO CONTEST WINNER: DAISY CHAUSSEE

SML: The theme for this contest was Sustainability in the City. Your photo incorporated building backdrops alongside certain green fixtures–how does this reflect your own interpretation of the word “sustainability” (i.e. how do buildings reflect the image of the “city”)

DC: For me, sustainability relates to the simultaneous preservation and enjoyment of a resource (in this case, nature) so as to avoid damaging or depleting it. My photo shows how we can maintain and preserve parts of nature and enjoy them as a public park, like the High Line, even in the city of New York.

SML: What was the most challenging aspect of deciding which themes pertaining to sustainability and the city would be incorporated into the photograph? 

DC: The most challenging aspect wasn’t deciding which themes of sustainability to incorporate, but rather finding those themes present somewhere in the city. In the concrete jungle, it’s hard to look past the buildings and streets and notice people living, acting, or working in sustainable ways.
SML: With regards to the theme of sustainability, what would you say differentiates your photograph from any other photograph that illustrates a park or any other green space within a city?

DC: I think what differentiates my photograph from others is the stark contrast between the beautifully maintained, elevated public park and the industrial buildings in the background. This juxtaposition is captivating and thought provoking, especially with regards to the theme of sustainability.

High Line by dchaussee on Flickr.

SML-CUPS SUSTAINABILITY PHOTO CONTEST WINNER: DAISY CHAUSSEE

SML: The theme for this contest was Sustainability in the City. Your photo incorporated building backdrops alongside certain green fixtures–how does this reflect your own interpretation of the word “sustainability” (i.e. how do buildings reflect the image of the “city”)

DC: For me, sustainability relates to the simultaneous preservation and enjoyment of a resource (in this case, nature) so as to avoid damaging or depleting it. My photo shows how we can maintain and preserve parts of nature and enjoy them as a public park, like the High Line, even in the city of New York.

SML: What was the most challenging aspect of deciding which themes pertaining to sustainability and the city would be incorporated into the photograph?

DC: The most challenging aspect wasn’t deciding which themes of sustainability to incorporate, but rather finding those themes present somewhere in the city. In the concrete jungle, it’s hard to look past the buildings and streets and notice people living, acting, or working in sustainable ways.

SML: With regards to the theme of sustainability, what would you say differentiates your photograph from any other photograph that illustrates a park or any other green space within a city?

DC: I think what differentiates my photograph from others is the stark contrast between the beautifully maintained, elevated public park and the industrial buildings in the background. This juxtaposition is captivating and thought provoking, especially with regards to the theme of sustainability.

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The Challenges of Climate Change Communication - a Google+ Hangout from Discovery Channel Science Documentary

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Our Rookie Advice: Communicating Divestment at Whitman College

By Sierra Dickey

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Photo from Fossil Free

Our first experiences presenting ourselves publicly about Divestment at Whitman College seemed to indicate that our immediate audience did not want to hear about extraneous circumstances like environmental justice. They wanted a quick 1-2 punch of “why” (so our institution can shame companies fueling climate change) and “how” (by removing our investments in fossil fuel stock). So, we stopped trying to talk about the other hundreds of reasons for Divestment. We thought that this reductionist approach to presenting ourselves was working until one day when we were invited to guest-teach a Political Ecology class.

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Our Rookie Advice: Communicating Divestment at Whitman College

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