The Invasion of Microplastics Microplastics and microbeads are small particles of plastic. There simply are little pieces of plastic. They are man-made in their ‘micro’ form or are a product of the breakdown of larger plastics. Small or large, they are harmful to the environment. They hurt wildlife and sneak into our water systems affecting […]
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🌱 Seasonal Nature Program for All
❀ ❀ ❀ Closer to Nature is a wonderful seasonal opportunity for teens and/or adults to get close and personal with our immediate landscape & wildlife in both scientific and art-creative ways. We offer this program to anyone and to any organization in Cambridge/Somerville (Massachusetts) and around. You can pick and choose which class(es) you […]
What are Ecosystem Services?
Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.” —Jim Fowler Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. As we often mention ecosystem […]
Ecological Ethics A&A —From Awareness To
A friend and I were chatting ‘over’ ethics. The context was our species’ fascination of a limitless growth model, showcased for instance in our expectations with respect to our human biology (e.g., our quest for biological immortality), as well as exhibited in our modern economies and business practices. I remarked about our difficulties at defining […]
Eating Less Meat? It Matters & It’s Easy
If every person stopped eating meat and dairy for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of removing 7.6 million cars from the road, or not driving 91 billion miles. That is incredible. Seems simple, right? Well the good news is that it truly is (simple)! And here I highlight why it matters […]
Reaching Out in an Anti-Environment Clim...
Although today the American society seems deeply torn apart by cultural, geographic, racial and class differences, still there is more that unites us than divides us, and this includes few environmental views and concerns… An opinion piece. Today the U.S. government decided against the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.). It places at its head a man who is no less […]
Save our Fish
Mass fish deaths and marine life found stranded on coasts… In April 2016 alone cases have been seen in Cambodia, India, Vietnam, Spain, Turkey amongst others. In addition, reports of turtles dying en masse, dolphins and sharks stranded on beaches have added to concerns for marine life. So what are the causes? Climate change and global […]
What Nature Gives Us
“There is no question that Earth has been a giving planet. Everything humans have needed to survive, and thrive, was provided by the natural world around us: food, water, medicine, materials for shelter, and even natural cycles such as climate and nutrients. Scientists have come to term such gifts ‘ecosystem services’, however, the recognition of […]