My Musings On 16 November 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

On alternate weeks, I share the URLs to some articles by others that I have found interesting.

Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read.

Want To Save The Planet? Stop Having Children !!

Frans Lanting’s short TED talk on giving voice to the animal kingdom

The Weight Of Mountains

This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland. Physical geography and geology is an enormous and fascinating subject.

A fascinating short essay by the late Isaac Asimov on how people get new ideas? The process of creativity. I found myself strongly relating to this essay because good ideas that have emerged from me seem to follow the process described by Asimov.

 

Ken Robinson’s famous TED talk on how schools kill creativity. This is an important talk — particularly for environmental educators who are developing new programs while facing the “conventional wisdom” of current education practices.

“Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.”

 

Here is a short BBC version of the wolf reintroduction story at Yellowstone National Park. I love this story, whoever tells it, because it is a living demonstration of the power of connections in Nature.

 

A video showing why whale poop is an important part of our ocean ecology. As this BBC video notes: “We thought that they were our competitors because they consumed the same fish that we relied on. Now we know they are our allies by recycling nutrients, helping sustain our ocean’s precious plant life. “

Videographer Kevin Railsback has produced an incredible 3 minute video about water and rivers.

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

2 Responses to “My Musings On 16 November 2014”

  1. Annette Felix says:

    The whale poop video fits right in with what myself and members of the Desert Dolphins Scuba Club have been doing for the past year – a little educational outreach with school children in the Tucson area. We have an activity called “Build a Phytoplankton” that introduces kids to the importance of this microscopic ocean plant and then asks them to try to make one that remains neutrally buoyant in the Photic Zone of our the ocean, a bin of water. After watching this video, I can now add another fact to the presentation…the importance of whale poop. Kids will love talking about that!!!! Thanks for your musings, Bill.

  2. Hi Annette: Thanks for your comment and your encouragement. It is good to know that this material is of use in an environmental education program. I just Googled “whale poop” and found more material on the subject if your students are to explore further.

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