Naturalist Sam Jaffe grew up chasing birds, mucking through ponds, and turning over leaves. His photographs of caterpillars native to Northern New England are stunning. Sam created The Caterpillar Lab in 2013 to showcase the amazing diversity of northeastern caterpillars through educational programs, the arts, and sciences.
Take the 6:42 min to listen to this otherworldly rendition of a Led Zeppelin classic. It shows what a diverse and talented group of people together can accomplish.
Joni Mitchell, with her song Big Yellow Taxi, reminds us of how quickly that which we love is lost.
The earth’s atmosphere hasn’t held this much CO2 since the Pliocene Epoch, an ancient era that ended more than 2 million years before the first Homo sapiens appeared. Global CO2 levels hovered between 170 ppm and 300 ppm for ages until the Industrial Revolution, when a steady ascent began. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates 450 ppm is when the worst effects of climate change will begin.
Graphic courtesy NOAA
Ecologist Allan Savory promotes holistic grassland management via a program of planned livestock grazing that “mimics nature,” claiming that it is the only way to stop desertification. Savory believes that desertification is perhaps a greater contributor to climate change than fossil fuels.
Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, says, “My job is to awaken possibility in other people.”
Photo courtesy http://benjaminzander.com/bio.php
Dr. James E. Hansen says we must change energy policy to provide every citizen affordable access to clean energy – we are morally obligated to our children and grandchildren to do so.
Frederick Douglass – prominent abolitionist, author, and orator – was born into slavery. He used words to change the world, saying, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress … The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both … Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Photo courtesy http://www.bedfordstmartins.com
NASA’s Dr. James E. Hansen says, “The most exciting planetary research involves trying to understand the climate change on earth that will result from anthropogenic changes of the atmospheric composition.”