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EcoUniv Weekend Reads : Sept 2020

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #30

6 Sep 2020

Pollution: Some recent updates on the Great Pacific Garbage patch.

Pollution: As the scale of the fashion industry increases, so does it’s environmental impact. Does the world really need to produce these many clothes?

Maps: What were the transitions that took place on the Earth from 750 MYA to now? And where was your town through all this? An interactive map.

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EcoUniv Weekend Reads #31

12 Sep 2020

This week we focus on indigenous communities.

Art and the indigenous: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art appoints it’s first full-time Native American curator in 150 years.

Protecting Uncontacted Tribes: In Brazil, a public servant who worked for 30 years in protecting uncontacted tribes was killed by one of their arrows, probably by accident. “Upholding the no-contact policy is the responsibility of the National Indian Foundation, or FUNAI, the federal agency where Mr. Franciscato worked for more than three decades. Its mission has become increasingly hard in recent years as loggers and miners have invaded Indigenous territories in violation of federal law”.

Communities and Languages: As schools open in the province of Inner Mongolia, China’s government sends an official order that Mandarin be used to teach history, politics and literature. In protest, ethnic-minority parents kept their children at home.

Ancient habitation sites: In Australia, a mining company destroyed a heritage aboriginal habitation site that was 46,000 years old. The CEO had to resign.

Such news reports raise more questions than we can answer. Have we allowed indigenous communities a say in preservation of their art and the national art discourse? Have we identified their heritage sites and helped to protect them? Have we done enough to protect their language heritage and help them preserve it? Do we understand all the ways in which the modern agri-industrial civilization invades their space and do we understand the implications? Why do we take false pride in diversity when we don’t have the commitment to protect it in all its forms?

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EcoUniv Weekend Reads #32

20 Sep 2020

Industry: Some 60% of the world’s disposable glove supply comes from Malaysia (1/3 of this goes to US alone). We have already seen the potential environmental costs of the millions of gloves and PPE equipment coming to trash. This article talks about worker’s conditions where these gloves are manufactured.

Biodiversity: The story of an apple variety that was thought to be extinct and was found after a 20-year search.

Environmental Education: The first in a series of articles by EcoUniv about how to initiate holistic environmental education at the +2 and college level.

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #33

27 Sep 2020

Pollution: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, a concept that was pitched more than 25 years ago, were seen as a harbinger of sustainable mobility. A recent report shows their actual carbon emissions to be much higher than official test results.

Research – Palaeontology: Exactly 10 years ago, a notable amber deposit was found in the Cambay Shale in Gujarat. Analysis of the 50-million-year-old fossil insects in it showed a diversity of insects, associated with tropical forest trees covering much of India at the time.

Environmental Education: In part 2 of the “Painting the college green” series, we present a six-course framework of required courses for college students, and suggested syllabi for the first two courses.

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