Echoes of Earth: Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet L. Sue Baugh was invited by students teaching the ancestry unit. She taught us that the small things run this world, those microorganisms that create oxygen. She spoke about her travels ...

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  1. Speaker Today: Author of Echoes of Earth
  2. Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option
  3. Chasing Ice: Must See Documentary
  4. Worldview 11.28.12 Interview with Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
  5. Hurricane Sandy Gas Station Crisis Sees Solution From New Jersey High School Students
  6. More Recent Articles

Speaker Today: Author of Echoes of Earth


Echoes of Earth: Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet 

L. Sue Baugh was invited by students teaching the ancestry unit. She taught us that the small things run this world, those microorganisms that create oxygen.

She spoke about her travels which resulted in her recent book published in 2012.
Ms. Baugh and her colleague Lynn Martinelli  documented some of the oldest rock and minerals in the world. They traveled to remote regions in Western Australia, Greenland, Northwest Canada, and the Grand Canyon, and eventually journeyed into territory not marked on any maps, in the previous decade without GPS! Our students were fascinated.

"Echoes of Earth reveals the extraordinary story they found in the breathtaking beauty and transforming power of these ancient sites. Not only did the two women reawaken their own artistic lives, they also discovered that our human origins lie hidden in the secrets of the oldest stones. We carry ancient minerals deep within our bones and ancient life within our human cells. We are all echoes of Earth."  from Amazon description

How does this relate to us?
Our mitochondria are composed of materials (bacteria) from ancient the world.
Our connection to earth is far more complex than we know.  We are dependent on everything that comes from the earth.  Any damages to the nature web damages our chances for survival. How do we make choices?  We choose what we know and we have to know more!

Sue Baugh recommended visiitng the American Indian Center of Chicago.

We are excited about making this a purchase for the New Trier Library. 

Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option


Published on Dec 7, 2012
According to a recent Adobe creativity study, 88% of U.S. professionals believe that creativity should be built into standard curricula. Companies are looking for more than graduates who can do specific tasks, they want employees who can also think differently and innovate. To be successful, students need an education that emphasizes creative thinking, communication and teamwork. And as Sir Ken Robinson concludes in this next video "Creativity is not an option, it's an absolute necessity."


Follow the series at http://adobe.ly/YT121R 

 
    

Chasing Ice: Must See Documentary

At his lecture this week, Bill McKibben advised everyone to go see the new National Geographic Documentary:  Chasing Ice

Summary from Variety review:
The case for climate change is mounted in visually breathtaking yet conventional fashion in "Chasing Ice." Following the exhaustive efforts of photographer-scientist James Balog to capture irrefutable evidence of the world's glaciers in retreat, first-time helmer Jeff Orlowski's documentary supplies a heroic human-interest angle on global warming that's ultimately less remarkable than the grandeur of its arctic imagery. Emphasis on the picture's must-see time-lapse visuals could help National Geographic's Sundance pickup overcome the usual theatrical-docu hurdles before edutainment/ancillary payoff.

"Chasing Ice's" raison d'etre is easily the stunning EIS photography of glaciers receding worldwide; the painstakingly captured images are presented in time-lapse montages that proceed with a slight jerkiness, showing the gradual but inexorable reduction of enormous ice blankets into mere patches of white. Graphs, diagrams and other visual aids comparing glacier sizes from one year to the next are deftly deployed, lending credence to the alarming revelation that there has been as much glacier reduction in the past decade as in the preceding century."

Watch the trailer:
 



Currently playing in Evanston and at the Music Box Theater.
    

Worldview 11.28.12 Interview with Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

I attended his speech on his 21 city tour "Do the Math" in Chicago tonight. Most of his program is encapsulated in this podcast which aired today on Jerome McDonnell's Worldview program.

Listen to this program explaining how serious the Climate Change issue is:
Worldview 11.28.12

He's the author of Eaarth  and a new title the New Trier Library will purchase:

THE GLOBAL WARMING READER

    

Hurricane Sandy Gas Station Crisis Sees Solution From New Jersey High School Students

Librarian Linda Straube brought this Huffington Post story to my attention because she immediately thought of IGSS students who would be likely to participate in a project like this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/hurricane-sandy-gas_n_2061305.html
Hurricane Sandy Gas Station Crisis Sees Solution From New Jersey High School Students via kwout

Click to read about how high school members of IMSOCIO, a youth community mapping initiative to empower communities, who launched a crowdsourced map that locates about 100 open gas stations in the New York-New Jersey area. Stations are identified by green, red or yellow pins -- each representing an open, sold out or charging station. An impressive amount of work done by students who care about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on their region! Franklin High School students are receiving constant emails and Tweets supporting their gas station map project; this public support is facilitating their real-time updates. The IMSOCIO team is also taking tips via Twitter. You can send them support by following their project @IMSOCIO2012 on Twitter.
    

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