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Luke Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Luke Jerram’s practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of West of England. Further information on Luke’s entire practice can be found here: www.lukejerram.com.

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“Surviving Progress”

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.

But if you ask the economist: in that equation, where do you put the ozone layer, where do you put the deep underground aquifer as a fossil water, where do you put topsoil, or biodiversity? Their answer is, ‘Oh, those are externalities’. Well, then you might as well be on Mars: that economy is not based in anything like the real world. It’s life, the web of life that filters water in the hydrologic cycle, it’s microorganisms in the soil that create the soil that we can grow our food in. Nature performs all kinds of services, insects fertilize all of the flowering plants, these services are vital to the health of the planet. Economists call these externalities … that’s nuts!

Lear more at: survivingprogress.com

Seagull Eating A Plastic Bag

Disturbing images filmed on 24th April 2010 during the breeding season at Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon in the UK. Maybe this video will help to make a point of just how bad single-use plastic really is.

Good Gas, Bad Gas

Burn natural gas and it warms your house. But let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet.

Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming Arctic.

Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming Arctic. Here ecologist Katey Walter Anthony (at right) ignites a large bubble that was trapped by the fall freeze—then freed by an ice pick.

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Picture by Mark Thiessen

The Crystal – Center for knowledge of urban sustainability.

Welcome to the Crystal, London’s newest landmark building and the world’s first center dedicated to improving our knowledge of urban sustainability.

Urban sustainability is among the most critically important global issues of the 21st century. Over half the world’s population live in urban areas – from small cities like York, to megacities like New York – and by 2050 that proportion will rise to 70% of all humanity.

Find out more about the Crystal and the future of cities here.