Hug a climate scientist

June 12th is official Hug a Climate Scientist Day – well, Crikey says it is! Climate scientists have a tough gig. They work damn hard to understand incredibly complex planetary systems. They should be lauded and respected for doing heroic, planet-saving work. Instead, their hard work is often scorned on the basis of ideology and […]

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Climate Impacts Day – 5/5/12

On 5th May 2012, is running its next big, global event for climate action – Climate Impacts Day. Their invitation starts like this: Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change […]

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The Blue Marble 2012

NASA has posted an amazing high definition image of the Earth taken in January 2012. Beautiful!


The Blue Marble 2012

Via Flickr:

January 25, 2012

A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.

Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.

To read more about NASA’s Suomi NPP go to:

Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

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Future visions from Think Act Vote (?!X)

Since 2010, a radical UK think tank called Think Act Vote (?!X) has been asking people about the future they would choose. From their website:

Think Act Vote (?!X) a radical think tank that explores the new and creative ways we can and are shaping our future lives and communities. We are disrupting the traditional model of a think tank because we believe that every single one of us, no matter what age, background, religion, ethnicity or occupation has personal experiences and ideas to share that can lead us to a brighter future.  To find out more about us, you can read our Manifesto or watch this video.

Think Act Vote’s Futures Interview Series asks people to respond to the following questions:

  • What is the FUTURE that you choose? [What kind of world do you want to live in? You can read more about the question here, and some answers that we have already received here. It can be a sentence, or up to 200 words)
  • What’s a ‘THINK ?’ to create this future? [A ‘think’ is something that has informed or inspired the future that you choose]
  • What’s an ‘ACT !’ to create this future? [An ‘act’ is something that we can all do to help create the future that you choose]
  • What’s a ‘VOTE X’ to create this future? [A ‘vote’ is a pledge of support to something that you believe is creating the future that you choose]
  • Future Soundtrack – What song will you take with you into the future? [We know, it’s an impossible to pick just one! We are putting together a playlist from everyone that takes part]
  • What are your five all time favourite weblinks? [With so much to see and do online we are curating a directory of what you think is the most interesting & inspiring]

It’s a great initiative to draw out what really matters to people. For me, the best bit is the imagery that Think Act Vote are generating based on the futures they’ve received. All this year, Think Act Vote will be sharing one illustration of the future, building up into a Futures Illustration Calendar. The reason I like this idea so much is that it can be really difficult to imagine what different futures will look and feel like when we are immersed in our present reality. Words about the future are all well and good, but images really help people to connect with possible futures emotionally and get a sense of being there.

I love the first four illustrations, which are shown below. I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest as they emerge over the course of the year.

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If you like what Think Act Vote are doing, then you can support their crowd-sourced collaborative book project.

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