I just discovered the wonderful Fully Charged show on youtube! How have I worked in the energy sector so long without it?!
Fully Charged is a weekly + series produced and hosted by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool). It’s not only about electric cars, bikes, boats and planes but how we generate and even own the electricity to power these machines. From looking behind the myths of renewable energy, to seeking the truth about conventional generation Robert Llewellyn demonstrates what the future could have in store for us all.
This episode includes some fairly bonkers interpretive dance…..kind of 🙂
The intersection of contemporary art with ecology, climate change, and environmental activism – Call for papers
Cogent Arts & Humanities welcomes submissions of research articles, critical and curatorial essays to a special collection on “Seeds of fierce engagement: Creative work at the intersection of contemporary art with ecology, climate change, and environmental activism”. Artwork, films, audio pieces, datasets and other multimedia files can be submitted as supplementary material.
Humans are having an unprecedented and devastating impact on the earth. Our way of living is causing disastrous climate change, unsustainable levels of toxicity of the water, air, and soil, and shocking extinction rates of organisms that form the fabric of life. We have made decisions that led us to this current situation and we can make decisions to change course. What we need is fresh vision and collective will. Artists, activists, political and cultural theorists, philosophers, curators, architects, designers and others are doing creative, unconventional, and ambitious work to expand our vision in ways that cultivate positive change.
Although we welcome a variety of approaches, authors and artists are invited to consider the following questions in preparing submissions:
- What are the possibilities for and limitations of artistic and curatorial models that respond to climate change and ecological crisis, including the massive depopulation of non-human life on the planet known as the sixth extinction?
- In this time of climate crisis, what role is contemporary art playing in advancing an understanding and valuation of biodiversity, in shaping the relationships between people and the non-human world or in advancing rights for non-human entities?
- The Global North is largely responsible for the environmental problems at the heart of the climate change crisis. How are artists, activists and theorists working between the Global North and South to generate harmony and collaboration with the goal of environmental justice?
- How are creative practitioners and cultural theorists constructively troubling definitions of “nature” or “sustainability”?
- How are creative practitioners engaging ideas of energy futurism in relation to alternative structures of living and locality in production and consumption?
- How are artists, media producers and other visual culture practitioners catalyzing positive changes toward solving ecological concerns (a “Great Transition”) and against the paralyzing narratives of disaster capitalism?
- How does environmental activism function within the spheres of art / creative practice?
- How is the art historical field framing work by artists and artist activists engaged with issues surrounding climate change and political ecology?
- How does work in aesthetic fields join with activism and Indigenous philosophies to suggest a future of increased environmental justice?
- How might art recover environmental understandings held by indigenous populations that are lost or nearly lost?
- What role does art have in interrogating our assumptions about agricultural and industrial revolutions and about pre-modern peoples?
- What historic creative or scholarly works inform contemporary art as it grapples with climate and ecological crises?
To submit your work, and to view our author guidelines, please visit the journal’s website: https://www.cogentoa.com/journal/arts-and-humanities
The deadline for submissions for this special collection is 15th August 2017.
During the submission process you will be able to confirm that your work is intended for the special collection on art and environment.
We look forward to working with you to bring exciting new scholarship to the widest possible audience.
Zoé Strecker, Senior Editor for Visual and Performing Arts, Transylvania University.
Poland just unveiled an amazing new bike path that glows bright blue at night! The path near Lidzbark Warminski is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that lights up after it’s charged by sunlight. Studio Roosegaarde’s Starry Night bike lane inspired TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o to create the glowing bike path.
TPA Sp. z o.o. president Igor Ruttmar told Gazeta Wyborcza that the material in the bike path can emit light for around 10 hours. Each day the path collects the energy that enables it to glow at night. Board of Regional Roads in Olsztyn director Waldemar Królikowski said the luminous bike path is meant to improve the safety of people biking at night.
According to Next Nature Network, the luminophores, or “particles” in the bike lane material can emit a variety of colors, and the designers picked blue to best fit in with the surrounding landscape. They also researched the sustainability of the materials they utilized, and how to make the materials as cost effective as possible since the bike lane does cost more than traditional lanes.
While the Starry Night bike path provided inspiration, the technology utilized in the Polish bike lane is quite different from the Van Gogh-themed lane. Studio Roosegaarde’s bike lane drew on LEDs powered by a solar array and “light-collecting paint.” TPA Sp. z o.o.’s bike lane doesn’t require any power sources. The bike lane is still being tested, as it is not known how long the lane will last before it begins to wear out.
Plymouth Energy Community’s Warm and Well programme show how to engage people creatively and practically
‘Stay Warm and Well’ Event with Highbury Trust was ‘Reindeerlicious!
The day was packed with activities and tips on how to tackle cold and damp homes, reduce bills and access help to stay warm if needed.
The unanimous highlight of the day was the chance to make Christmas themed draught excluders – and you can easily see why!
You can make one too if you follow the steps in our guide which you can download by clicking here
You are invited to participate in Sustainable Earth 2017 – a global forum for connecting research with action, taking place on 29 and 30 June 2017 at Plymouth University.
We are inviting papers from the academic community on sustainability research and also organisations interested in highlighting their sustainability related activity and where Universities can help in the future.
If you are interested in profiling your sustainability research or initiative and connecting with like-minded people then this forum is for you!
Confirmed key note speakers
- Dr Ceri M Powell – Executive Vice President, Shell
- Professor Hugh Montgomery – Head of the Centre for Human Health and Performance, University College London
Keep checking the website for more updates – our full programme will be announced mid April.
Submission deadline: 5 March 2017
2016 Highlights Video
To get a feel for the 2017 event, you can watch the highlights video from Sustainable Earth 2016 on our YouTube page. Watch the video
We are looking for papers on research or initiatives that fit within the following themes, however we also welcome innovative sustainability research and initiatives from outside of these areas.
- Health and Hazards
- Energy and Climate
- Education and Communication
- Water and Life
- Cities and Communities
- Planetary Change and Resources
Please note that these presentations will take place during marketplace sessions. More information on these sessions can be found here.
January 2017: open call for submission of abstracts
5 March 2017: close of call for abstracts
Mid April: notification of acceptance and announcement of full programme
29 and 30 June 2017: dates of the event
Sustainable Earth 2016
Sustainable Earth 2016 took place on 23 and 24 June 2016, and bought together researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals for two days of inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and creative workshops designed to spark and encourage collaborations for a sustainable Earth.
Our keynote speakers included Sir Mark Walport (UK Government Chief Scientist), Wendy Darke (former BBC Natural History Unit), Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth), and Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker). Visiting organisations that also spoke at the event included the Salvation Army, Plymouth Energy Community, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Langage Farm and University of Iceland.
Local focus, global challenges A photography competition – The Sustainable Earth Institute – Open to all, focused on global sustainability
Sustainability challenges are global, but affect us locally.
Rail lines under increasing threat as sea levels rise, meaning South West of England could be disrupted for more than ten per cent of each year by 2040, bee numbers in decline globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease, and tiny plastic microbeads being released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment.
These are some of the greatest sustainability challenges we face today.
This competition opens on Monday 16 January 2017, and closes on Friday 31 March.
This competition asks you to photograph environmental and sustainability challenges in the following categories:
- Sustainable Plymouth
- Sustainable South West
Themes within these categories include but are not limited to food, health and wellbeing, education, clean air and water, energy, and growth.
- Student winner: £100 photography voucher
- Staff winner: £100 photography voucher
- Public winner: £100 photography voucher and 2 free places at Sustainable Earth 2017 (29 and 30 June, Plymouth University)
Your photo, along with a 200 (max) word summary of how your photo represents sustainability should be sent to Kirsty Henderson no later than 12 noon on Friday 31 March 2017. Please send your email as an attachment or as a link on a file hosting website.
Please include the following information in your submission:
- Full name and email address
- Contact number
- Title of your photo
- Which category you are entering (Sustainable South West or Sustainable Plymouth)
- If you’re a staff, student or a member of the public
Winners will be announced Monday 5 June 2017.
Introducing The Futurenauts! A new podcast!
Join top selling author and futurist, Mark Stevenson and leading sustainability expert, Ed Gillespie as they ask better questions to help us all imagine and build a better future. It’s not about keeping calm and carrying on, no, it’s about getting excited and doing things.
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- Albert Einstein – “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” [00:48]
- Martin Luther King – “I’ve been to the mountain top” [05:20]
- Ayn Rand – “We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality” [06:49]
- Philip K Dick – “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away” [07:10] and [12:01]
- Franklin D Roosevelt – “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” [07:43]
- William Gibson – “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” [13:05]
- Patrick McCray – “The future is politically contested terrain” [13:47]
We Do Things Differently – Stories from the Frontline of the Future –