Exoteric environmentalism

I blog about my passion and main work interest: how environmental issues affect people, wildlife and the planet.

My other blogs: Everywhere is nowhere- my photos of Scotland and beyond. Interconnected nomad- my cycling experiences blog. Porridge of knowledge- my throwaway blog about everything. I have been involved in work projects and outputs related to a number of the issues covered in my blog, details of which can be found at my personal website: www.bonner28282.wix.com/jamesbonner. I'm on twitter as @jamesbonner82

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Posts tagged "water"

Water is the resource on which we, and all other life, ultimately depend. It is finite. Our actions, as humanity, are fundamentally changing the hydrological cycle- and the consequences are likely to be significant- see Water in the Anthropocence.

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s stunning images, as part of his collection 'Water' (as all images above are sourced from), visually communicate both how the natural landscape, and human intervention, shape/are shaped by the resource. I recently caught a display of some of his images at the Flowers Gallery in London- which depict both the power of water to shape our planet, but also its vulnerability to be affected by human intervention and damage. 

His accompanying feature documentary Watermark has been released in Canada- hopefully it will be also shown in the UK, and elsewhere, in the near future. 

Some useful infographics depicting key infrastructure networks that relate to natural resources and systems on which we depend and rely: energy, transport, buildings, water.

They are complex and significant as their causes and effects relate to:

- Impacts, dependencies and risks

which are:

- Direct and indirect

- Economic, social, political and environmental

- Interconnected, interdependent and interregional

- Intertemporal and intergenerational

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Four infographics about resilient urban systems. 

Beautiful and informative- ‘Water in the Anthropocene’

EarthSky is a website that I’ve recently started visiting- and also following through social media channels. With a focus on the natural sciences, but also touching on social sciences and the humanities, it is a fantastic resource of clear and engaging scientific information and knowledge. With contributions from experts and scientists, presented in a simple format (including excellent podcasts and visualisations)- it strikes the balance of trusted information with engaging presentation.

Through its breadth of content coverage- from the micro level, via its material discussing biodiversity on Earth, to the infinitely macro, in its information on space and astronomy- it infers and demonstrates the interdependence and interconnectivity of so many of these issues. Its objective

“To bring the ideas, strategies, and research results of scientists to people around the world, with the goal of illuminating pathways to a sustainable future”

is something that I really admire, and, in some small way, try to aspire to in the content of my blog (particularly from an environmental perspective).

I definitely recommend having a look around the site- and signing up for its facebook/ twitter/ email updates.

(Guardian datablog, while you may have been pushed into second place in my list of favourite websites, I’ll still, nonetheless, come visit you too…)

This is who pays the real cost of cheap clothing on our high street stores.

When it comes to ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ in our lives- there are many. Material goods, enjoyable experiences, loving relationships, education and self-fulfilment, access to health services, freedom of expression, a safe environment, a democratic political system… the list is long.

However, there is no more basic and fundamental need than clean water- without it, we, quite simply, cannot survive.

The recent Greenpeace report ‘Hidden Consequences: The costs of industrial water pollution on people, planet and profit’ highlights the impact of toxic pollution on supplies of freshwater for people, the economy and the environment- both in developed western countries, and in developing nations in the south.