TAG: Society

What Comes Around Goes Around At Thilafushi

What Comes Around Goes Around At Thilafushi

Manmade garbage islands are the epitome of a wasteful society, and one is an ever growing reminder of the tossed out and seemingly forgotten. A former inlet west of Malé called Thilafushi, a water haven with white sand beaches, became a growing lure for tourists. This created another growing problem, waste. Garbage became an overwhelming issue in the area, and  it received an altering transformation in 1992. The idea was concocted to dig into the watery earth of the cove and use the depth to conceal the ever-piling trash. Far from a sensible approach to waste management, excess trash soon began stemming… read more

More Connected Than Ever-But In The Right Way?

More Connected Than Ever-But In The Right Way?

We are more technologically connected than ever, but are we less connected to each other? Seemingly, the answer is yes. And research is backing this up with interesting findings in the quest to better understand human behavior in a social media crazed society. Why do we need to be constantly connected to all things media? Why have we become wired this way? An article published in 250 words examines those of us who have our feet in both worlds; born before the era of the internet, but now rooted and immersed daily in the world of technology. Referring to those… read more

Wearing The Story

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Clothes. A necessity, but most of us don’t really think about where they come from. The story behind the making of your clothes is often something mysterious, something that happens behind the scenes. Clothing is not produced without a force of lives behind the fashion industry, although their voices more often than not go unheard. This awareness has been circulating through movies, articles and snapshots of the people around the world who make clothing. One eye-opening short film that surfaced last year called Handprint displays garment laborers and their literal hands-on association to clothing. The film aims to show the significance… read more

LaChapelle’s Littered Landscapes

LaChapelle’s Littered Landscapes

Creating in your face art with unconventional messages, David LaChapelle is a name widely known in the fashion and photography industries. He has captured the glimpses on camera of numerous well-known celebrities, in ways that are never dull and are always intriguing, to say the least. The past decade the talented eyes behind the camera have been concentrating on more artistic feats and less commercial works. He has developed a series of images made from commonplace but unusually displayed items. Titled Land Scape, everyday objects work together to form models of unbelievably detailed constructions. Things like cardboard, cans, cups, straws,… read more

This Guy Left The Internet For 12 Months

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It may seem like a simply task in theory, that is, disconnecting yourself from all forms of the interweb. However, I doubt very many people could actually shut out the internet cold-turkey, especially having spent most of their adult lives as users. Paul Miller, a prominent tech blogger, unplugged the cords for 12 months in order to write a book about what life without the internet is like in a world where connectivity is everything. Miller recorded how it affected his personal health, creativity, social life, and more. The Verge caught up with him during the last few hours of… read more

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon The International Day of Peace is being celebrated this year on Saturday, September 21st. The day of peace offers a particular time where people, communities, administrations and world nations can share a preset date of peaceful intentions. Events spanning the globe will take place over the weekend in recognition. It began in 1981 by being unanimously voted… read more

Set the Date For Change

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Words can start a revolution, change the course of a life, and bring mass attention to social injustice. Utilizing one of civilization’s strongest tools is 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an annual event on September 28, which takes place essentially everywhere. Despite the name, it is an all-inclusive event, with both poets and non-poets coming together to bring awareness to current political and social issues. All the while promoting the need for cultural change, including the move to a more sustainable future. This is achieved through organized gatherings scattered throughout multiple countries across the globe. Events are full of planned… read more

Cardboard That’s A Cut Above The Rest

Cardboard That’s A Cut Above The Rest

Think cardboard has to look bland or isn’t sturdy enough to make a viable structure? Think again. Shigeru Ban is one architect that has taken cardboard to a new level. The ability to transform the material into amazing structures isn’t his only gift. He also uses his skillset to make cardboard emergency shelters for communities that need them most. Many of his designs have been built as temporary shelters to help sustain regions suffering through terrible natural disasters. His shelters have been put to work in Japan, Rwanda, Haiti and several other places. Cardboard is fairly inexpensive, especially in comparison… read more

Powerful Performances From Red Earth

Powerful Performances From Red Earth

An environmental performance art group, Red Earth, has been presenting their landscape driven series for global audiences for over 20 years. The collaborative assembly of artists who are led and co-directed by Caitlin Easterby and Simon Pascoe recreate intense installation experiences that are much different than any art gallery or history lecture could possibly encompass. Their action driven works have focused on issues like climate change, agricultural and ecological concerns as well as other significant historic passages. In addition to a heightened environmental element, their exhibitions also seek to uphold the relevance of cultural connections. Performances have largely centered around… read more

Festivals Driving Change

Festivals Raise Awareness

I was recently asked by a local university to write about festivals as a site for the development of social capital (building participation, kinship, participation and leadership within communities). As an environmentalist and aspiring sustainabilitarian, I’m particularly interested to explore the extent to which certain local and international festivals offer opportunities to raise environmental awareness and promote action for sustainability. Without delving too deeply into the associated literature, my initial thoughts are that festivals provide a lucrative context within which to position environmental education programs and social change messaging. I’m not convinced that festivals which refer to themselves as “environmental”… read more