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The great outdoors

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The BBC recently ran a lengthy report on an interesting and hugely beneficial public-inclusive science project called the Open Air Laboratories (Opal). This was a five-year effort (although they hope to continue) whose aim was to get the public “outdoors and involved in scientific research.” It worked, and involved over 500,000 people and 25,000 surveys.

Although data collection – concerning the surrounding local and area wildlife –was an objective to the project the main impetus was “just to get people out and enjoying the outdoors, ” said Dr. Linda Davies, Opal project director. This has proven to be a big hit with the public and one that is arguably necessary now more than ever. There seems to be a big disconnect between our lives and that of ‘life outside,’ namely nature and the environment; it’s as if many of us believe we’re renting a room from nature, like a hotel, and don’t actually live in the same house with ‘it.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Finally Good News - Different Races Joining Hands

“a wonderful opportunity to integrate conservation efforts…people who get funding for biological conservation collaborate with people who can get funding for linguistic or cultural conservation”

An interesting article recently appeared on the BBC website, detailing a new study that links linguistics and culture with areas rich in biodiversity. In the past, the study of languages and biology were two distinctly separate camps without any evidence to support the claim that ecosystems are tied to human culture, just as they are with animal life. It seems to be an obvious link and yet, without better analysis, disappearing ecosystems didn’t coordinate with the loss of languages or culture. This is an important study in regards the planet’s holism.

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