Two videos that advocate for a nuclear-free future by Eve Andree Laramee will be presented in the Uranium Film Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janiero. Laramee’s videos will be presented in the experimental animation category: Burial at Los Alamos, exploring the ecologial and environmental legacy of research and development of nuclear weapons in Northern New Mexico; and Uranium Decay, in response to the ongoing Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactor triple meltdown. The festival opens on June 28 with Peter Greenaways film, Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth, and runs through July 14, 2012. The films will then travel to Germany and to India.
Program: http://www.uraniofestival.org/index.php/en/ Read more... (113 words, estimated 27 secs reading time)
As I reflect on the underlying why of all of this:
Plenty has been said about the big changes going on globally: climate change, mass species extinction, peak oil, peak topsoil, peak water, etc. and the apparent incapacity of our current decision-making bodies to deal with any of this. Our civilization is clearly ripe for a large shift in paradigm.
One of the things that people often seem to forget when it comes to sustainability, is that unsustainable means that it can’t continue. Human populations that can’t figure out how to live within the carrying capacity of their environment will inevitably decline until they can. Read more... (702 words, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Restoration ecology is the science underpinning the practice of repairing damaged ecosystems. Restoration ecology has developed rapidly over the latter part of the twentieth century, drawing its concepts and approaches from an array of sources, including ecology,
conservation biology, and environmental engineering. We are faced with an increasing legacy
of ecosystems that have been damaged by past and present activities, and it is increasingly
recognized that, in many situations, successful conservation management will need to include
some restoration. This may take many different forms, such as the reintroduction of particular species, removal of problem species such as weeds or feral animals, or the reinstatement of particular disturbance regimes (including fire and flood regimes). Read more... (4562 words, estimated 18:15 mins reading time)
Can anyone distinguish, define, or refer me to a website that does, between
these terms, referring to work on the land?
Robt Smithson, and now Nancy Holt and other earthworks/land artists, are
increasingly being given credibility for ecological consciousness by having
performed land ‘reclamation.’ But, on the contrary, I recently wrote for a
“Smithson’s constructions Broken Circle/Spiral Hill on commercial gravel
yards in Emmen, The Netherlands, and his subsequent proposed designs for
abandoned strip mines and tailing ponds that have been promoted as acts of
‘reclamation’ do not repair local ecological systems but simply turn sites
of industry into platforms for works of art.” Read more... (293 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)