New York City’s water system is an example of human triumph in engineering. The system carries 1.3 billion gallons of water daily from Upstate to the City. It meets all of the city’s water needs including potable water, manufacturing,fire fighting, and more. In order for this over 150 year old system to be built, a complex history had to ensue that includes evictions, political wars, legal disputes, and deaths.
With the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the issue of conservative grassroots support for renewable energy has gained new traction. Usually, people rely on deep-held beliefs to make sense of the energy system around them. Progressive proponents of renewable energy regularly base their arguments around environmental facts. However, discussing our common energy future is also a battle of ideas around community, economic well-being and national security.
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.