Posts Tagged ‘reconnecting’

Climate Action Lab @ World Economic Forum

Posted by Steve Mowat

The importance of this is best explained by words of the student founders – see ‘mission statement’ below,

Inspiring words from the Davos youth!

We trained students in climate entrepreneurship and activism, conservation tech and we were treated to amazing sessions:

live interviews with the plant-powered selfie scientists,
how AI and drone footage protects great white sharks and people
machine learning with thermal images of elephants (and students) + more

Surprise guest Parker Harris, Salesforce CTO, even popped by to get involved.

“We have set up the Climate Action Lab for students to help make a positive change for themselves”

Even more impressive were the students and their guerilla campaigns;

Su Adams at (U Can Too) and the students investigated Davos air quality, finding a spike in pollution (above healthy levels) around new years day.

On discovering fireworks had a large and lasting on air quality, the students took to the streets, armed with their new evidence, handing out information and bottled Davos air to raise awareness and campaign for the protection of their air quality.

There’s more to come from the Davos students.

We’re now working to expand the Climate Action Lab network internationally so let us know what you think, get in touch and get involved!

 

Climate Action Lab Mission Statement by the students of Davos

“There are a lot of people that do not understand how serious Climate Change is for everyone – politicians aren’t doing enough.

We have set up the Climate Action Lab for students to help make a positive change for themselves.

We will share information, collect our own environmental evidence and take action to make a more sustainable, happy, equal and beautiful world.”

 

*This post has been adapted the original LinkedIn post*

Reconnect with wildlife

Posted by Steve Mowat

As a conservation ecologist, I see evidence of these severe declines first hand and we all see these stories on the news and hear about damage to the environment. Despite this, there’s no change to our daily lives, we don’t feel any different, we haven’t seen anything different, so why would we worry about it? It seems we are so far removed from where all this bad news is taking place, it doesn’t matter to us. How can we care about something if we have no connection to it?

Half of the 9-11 year olds polled by the BBC Wildlife Magazine were unable to identify an oak tree, bluebell, blue tit or daddy-long-legs.

Half of the 9-11 year olds polled by the BBC Wildlife Magazine were unable to identify an oak tree, bluebell, blue tit or daddy-long-legs.

Not surprisingly then, an RSPB study of 1,200 youngsters showed that four in five children in the UK do not have a connection to nature. The children surveyed displayed a lack of any real appreciation, empathy or responsibility for nature and it wouldn’t be too much too assume most adults feel the same too. To add to this, a BBC Wildlife Magazine poll recently found that playing in the countryside was children’s least popular way of spending their spare time, and half of the 9-11 year olds they polled were unable to identify an oak tree, bluebell, blue tit or daddy-long-legs. Wildlife is withering away while we drift further from it. Younger generations are becoming further removed from the natural world around them and miss out on the excitement, the wonder and the improved health and happiness that a connection to nature provides.

So how did we become so removed from nature? The answer is complicated and there are many reasons, but put very simplistically it is widely considered to come down to three main reasons;

It’s this last point, screens stopping children from getting outside, that I regularly hear parents and teachers complain about. If we continue to fight the battle of “The Screens Vs Nature” for the minds of our children, nature will lose.

If we continue to fight the battle of “The Screens Vs Nature” for the minds of our children, nature will lose.

We need to take a new approach to our relationship with nature and technology. By flipping the current negative mindset on it’s head, we can turn the attraction of technology into a positive for nature. The gadgets we fear actually provide us with access to a whole world of information on a scale never seen before. We can use technology to reconnect with nature in new exciting ways. This is something we at Naturebytes believe in and are working hard to realise.

We are creating Digital Maker Kits that appeal to peoples natural interests in wildlife, something we’re calling “Wildlife Digital Making”. Our first kit will be the Wildlife Cam Kit, a heat sensitive camera trap that anyone can make and set up to take HD images of the wildlife in your garden, park or school. It’s a cool piece of tech that gives you a pair of eyes on your garden when you’re not their. More importantly, the wildlife doesn’t know it’s watching them so it gives you an insight into the illusive wildlife and the unseen animal behaviour that goes on in your back garden whether that’s a robin, hedgehog or the neighbourhood fox.

We can use technology to reconnect with nature in new exciting ways

The Naturebytes community is an open one, developing ideas and exciting new ways to use technology to help us all reconnect with nature. Naturebytes is one small step in the right direction, but we all need to find a way to reconnect with nature. So get involved in wildlife digital making, visit your local park or nature reserve, spend time in your garden or go for a walk. Whatever it is that works best for you, reconnecting with nature can only be a good thing for wildlife and for you.

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