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Blog Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on May 6th, 02014

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys are among the world’s leading champions of ocean conservation. Through research, writing, and public outreach, they raise awareness of the ocean’s myriad beauties – and its vital importance to all life on the planet.
Sylvia Earle is a pioneer in the field of ocean. . .   Read More

Edward Burtynsky: The 10,000-year Gallery – A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on March 19th, 02014

In October 02008 Edward Burtynsky spoke for Long Now on The 10,000-year Gallery. Burtynsky, an internationally-recognized photographer, presented his ideas for a gallery of images to accompany the Clock of the Long Now.

Watch video of Edward Burtynsky’s talk here.
Long Now members: login to watch in HD.

This is one. . .   Read More

The New California Water Atlas

by Austin Brown on February 1st, 02014

Almost forty years ago, California’s young new governor faced the challenge of leading his state through one of its worst droughts ever. Around that time, a group of cartographers had been hoping to develop a comprehensive and definitive atlas of the state and one of them suggested the idea to an advisor to the. . .   Read More

Nature, Cities, and Long-term Thinking

by Charlotte Hajer on January 21st, 02014

photo by Tanya Hart
In 01995, Brian Eno surmised that the fast-paced uncertainty of life in New York City led people to retreat into the immediacy of their own private worlds. As a counterweight to this preoccupation with the “short now,” he posited the idea of “The Long Now” – and thus the name of. . .   Read More

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Stewart Brand writes to Esther Dyson

by Austin Brown on November 29th, 02013

In July, Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote a letter to Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Taleb. Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand. Brand’s response is now addressed to Esther Dyson. . .   Read More

Humans and nature: It’s complicated.

by Austin Brown on October 25th, 02013

Depending on your point of reference, humanity can seem distinct from and damaging to nature or like an emergent part of a single thriving force. Two interviews with the authors of new books illustrate this elasticity and the multifaceted conceptions of ourselves and nature we shift through depending on the questions we ask and the. . .   Read More

Paul Sabin on the Gamble over Earth’s Future

by Charlotte Hajer on October 9th, 02013

In 1980, a bet was made between a Malthusian ecologist and a Cornucopian economist – between optimism and pessimism – about the fate of humanity and planet Earth. The wager concerned fluctuations in the market prices for several crude metals. If prices rose over the next decade, civilization must be facing scarcity and thus inevitable doom; falling. . .   Read More

Optimism in the Anthropocene

by Austin Brown on September 11th, 02013

On sci-fi and futurism blog io9, editor Annalee Newitz made the case recently for what she calls geological optimism:
My hope for the future comes from geology, and a belief that one day we will invent machines that are environmental rather than technological.
Newitz argues that thinking about change and growth in primarily technological. . .   Read More

The Majestic Plastic Bag

by Alex Mensing on September 6th, 02013

The Majestic Plastic Bag from Heal the Bay on Vimeo.

Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization working to improve watersheds and coastal areas of Southern California, made this short film that tracks the ‘migration’ of a plastic bag from the grocery store to the ocean. The film is narrated by Jeremy Irons, and was. . .   Read More

Craig Childs, “How the World Keeps Ending”

by Austin Brown on August 19th, 02013

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth
Monday July 29, 02013 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Childs Seminar page for Members.
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Audio is up on the Childs Seminar page, or you can subscribe to. . .   Read More