Soils are a vital natural resource, delivering many essential ecosystem services such as water and nutrient cycle regulation, food production, habitat for various species, and a physical base for construction. It is a living ecosystem essential for human and environmental health, contributing to biodiversity conservation, water protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Ecoscholars was pleased to be the host of Dr. Danni Gilroy of Operational Wallacea (Opwall), a conservation research organisation, to discuss their work on conservation tourism and student engagement.
On 28 February 2017, Ecoscholars hosted Yasmine Ostendorf, a writer in residence at Ecologic Institute, for a talk on the role or art and artistic expression in fostering sustainability.
On the evening of 28 November, Ecologic Institute and the American Security Project hosted a private screening of the new documentary film, The Age of Consequences. The film investigates the effects of climate change and global warming on resource scarcity, migration, and human conflict from the perspective of national security and global stability.
After the success of the first event with the JRC, Ecoscholars was thrilled to host another evening of serious gaming.
How can we ask people to support or participate in policies they don’t understand? Dr. Paolo Campo and Chris Moore are co-founders of Sim4Act, a company seeking to revolutionize discussion and planning around natural resource and infrastructure planning issues through serious games and computer simulations.
On 14 July 2016 Ecoscholars hosted a tour of Berlin’s Botanical Gardens and Seed Bank and accompanying presentation on the importance of genetic diversity for agricultural purposes! We discussed the role of the Seed Bank and Gene Bank, the Botanical Museum and Gardens as well as the plant conservation activities within these institutions.
Aquaponics = AQUAculture (fish farming) + hydroPONICS (growing produce)
In February, former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore, gave an inspiring TED talk outlining why he is confident that humanity will solve the climate crisis. Gore argues that the political, technological and societal changes required to combat global warming are already underway, and, while there is a long way to go, we have made substantial progress, maybe even enough to be optimistic about the future.
On 14 January 2016 members of the Ecoscholars network attended a lecture called "Disruptive Oil Futures" by author, physicist and founder/director of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Amory Lovins. Lovins is a world-renowned expert on energy transitions and is considered by many to be one of the key early thinkers behind Germany's Energiewende.
What can we expect to come from the much anticipated COP21 in Paris, convening in just a couple weeks time? While it will not be the panacea many hope for, do we have reason to be optimistic? Will it usher in a new era of truly global climate action?