7 sci-fi stories that imagine a better world — Grist

The latest news about climate change got you in an existential spiral? Did you just finish all 322 pages of David Wallace-Wells’ best-selling nightmare scenario The Uninhabitable Earth? Get out of the fetal position and read on! A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a story about how science fiction could help solve climate change.… via 7 sci-fi stories that imagine a better world — Grist Continue reading 7 sci-fi stories that imagine a better world — Grist

Jayda G: Canadian DJ, producer and environmental scientist forging links between music and nature

Canadian DJ and music producer Jayda G has always had a strong affinity with nature. The British Columbia native, who grew up in the heart of nature just outside of Vancouver, last year completed her masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management specialising in environmental toxicology, wherein she investigated the effects of human activity on the Salish Sea killer whales (orcas) of Vancouver. She said: … Continue reading Jayda G: Canadian DJ, producer and environmental scientist forging links between music and nature

Mothered by Mountains: Two Nepalese women – a mountaineering guide and a punk-rocker – team up for adventure

Mothered by Mountains is a documentary short which follows two Nepalese women as they motorcycle from Kathmandu to mountains, then bag a first ascent. But the partnering of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita and Sareena Rai is an unlikely duo – matched by mutual friend and Mothered by Mountains co-director, Ben Ayers. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is an international legend. The first Nepalese mountaineering guide – … Continue reading Mothered by Mountains: Two Nepalese women – a mountaineering guide and a punk-rocker – team up for adventure

Sacré blur: Greenhouse made from salvaged stained glass pops up beside London tower block

If you happened to walk the back streets around London’s Hyde Park and Edgware Road recently, chances are you may have crossed paths with Sacré blur – a greenhouse constructed from salvaged 18th and 19th century stained glass – outside a 23-storey tower block. Made from cast-off seventeenth and eighteenth century stained glass collected from the rubbish bins of English and European churches over the … Continue reading Sacré blur: Greenhouse made from salvaged stained glass pops up beside London tower block

Jay Nelson: Artist turning reclaimed wood into treehouses, customised vehicles and boats

Creating objects and structures from reclaimed wood and other discarded materials has always been a natural and normal process for Bay Area-based artist, Jay Nelson. Jay Nelson’s structures, made from discarded wood that he personally goes in search of and hunts down, include everything from treehouses, customised vehicles, boats, and various dwellings. The artist and surfer began working with wood when he was young and … Continue reading Jay Nelson: Artist turning reclaimed wood into treehouses, customised vehicles and boats

Mileece: The artist who facilitates the “music” of plants by translating plant data into soundscapes

Music for plants is not a new thing, but few “facilitate connections between people and plants” through music. That’s where Mileece – a multi-disciplinary sonic artist, environment designer, and renewable energy ambassador – works her magic by attaching small electrodes to plants that conduct the bio-electric emissions coming off of them. The electromagnetic current is then fed into self-authored software that turns the data into musical … Continue reading Mileece: The artist who facilitates the “music” of plants by translating plant data into soundscapes

Artist Vanessa Barragão uses deadstock rugs to illustrate impact of the textile industry on coral reefs

Coral Garden, a coral reef-inspired installation made from discarded pieces of rugs, is aiming to show the extent to which the textile industry is polluting the environment. Portugese textile artist Vanessa Barragão collected unused yarn from a carpet factory in Portugal to create wall hangings and rugs that imitate the structure of coral reefs. Growing up by the seaside, the artist’s connection to the ocean … Continue reading Artist Vanessa Barragão uses deadstock rugs to illustrate impact of the textile industry on coral reefs

Crying Animals: Artist Julien Nonnon projects images of endangered species on to Alps

French artist Julien Nonnon is aiming to raise awareness of the possible disappearance of animals native to mountainous regions by projecting images of endangered species onto vast alpine cliff-faces. In his latest photographic series, Crying Animals, Julien Nonnon used gigantic images of the most endangered species from alpine countries – including the wolf, lynx, bear, hawk, ibex, and bearded vulture – to not only reveal the … Continue reading Crying Animals: Artist Julien Nonnon projects images of endangered species on to Alps

Rapper Baba Brinkman making the climate science conversation accessible to all

Baba Brinkman grew up on a musical diet of mixtapes by the likes of Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys and Eric B & Rakim. But the New York-based rapper, who today raps about climate change and consciousness, almost didn’t pursue his innate talent, when as a teenager he concluded that “I’m too white, my upbringing was too safe, I’m too alien to the world that this … Continue reading Rapper Baba Brinkman making the climate science conversation accessible to all

Colombian band Bomba Estéreo helping to save Colombia’s forests

One of Columbia’s most popular bands, Bomba Estéreo, is lending their support to combating climate change and protecting their homeland’s environment. The bandmates from Bogotá, Colombia came together to launch a campaign, Proyecto Siembra, to fight against the deforestation of the Colombian Amazon – alongside Colombia’s Ministry of the Environment, the National Park department and the Grupo Exito supermarket chain. Deforestation is a huge problem … Continue reading Colombian band Bomba Estéreo helping to save Colombia’s forests