In its 2014 Climate Change Synthesis Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) stated that, “Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the pre-industrial era, driven largely by economic and population growth, and are now higher than ever. This has led to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide that are unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years. Their effects, together with those of other anthropogenic drivers, have been detected throughout the climate system and are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”
While we all would like to just, get on with life as usual, the reality is, we cannot afford to; not if we want to preserve the integrity of Earth’s natural systems, and all the biotic and abiotic components within them.
Preserving the incredible diversity of life on this planet, and protecting Earth’s invaluable ecosystem services requires, as leading scientists and Deep Ecologists have described, “a departure from life as usual.”
I enjoy art, science, nature, and the pursuit of a simple life.
In college, I studied geospatial science, which, to put it simply, is the science of collecting and analyzing spatial data. Examples of spatial data include, satellite images of glaciers, and records of temperature and precipitation for a given area.
While my education is in science, my passion lies in combining science and art to raise awareness for pressing environmental issues.
Science, art, and promoting awareness. Today, I seek to leverage a variety of art forms, including cartography (map making), graphic and web design, and drawing and painting, to call attention to pressing environmental issues related to climate change, pollution, wildlife, agriculture, and the decline in species diversity.
I believe we can achieve a sustainable existence; that there can be a balance between what we take, and what we preserve. And I have no doubt that we can vastly improve our quality of life, as we redefine our social and economic ideologies.
Ushering in a new era of enhanced environmental awareness. The 19th and 20th Centuries were a period of radical technological progress; the age of innovation. I believe that the 21st Century is the age of realization; a period in which we will come to see the true consequences of much of our sensational progress. This is not to say that we are doomed, but that the coming decades will be a period of extraordinary learning and growth. We will come to see what works, and what doesn’t, and new policies will pave the way to a sustainable existence.