Humans have found means of expression throughout the ages, and much of it forms the basis for human cultures. Feelings, lessons, and information can be conveyed through poetry, photography, and various forms of art. They humanize and provide context for the science researchers wish to communicate and offer powerful mediums for awareness to be raised and support advocacy efforts. From images of desertification to coastal flooding and pollution, art can directly expose viewers to the realities of the challenges we face and inspire people to become more active in issues of sustainability and the environment. 

Sustainability: That Ain’t Country?

Written by Ashford King In the US, the fight against climate change often looks more like a fight to achieve the public recognition that climate change is real. Flat out denial of science by the dominant strain of conservative politics and the reticence to take bold action on the part of moderates, combined with the…

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Liberia’s “Integrity Idol:” Pursuing Goal 16 Through Public Awareness

Written by James Kiawoin and Sakari Ishetiar In 2013, a Liberian government official was recorded colluding with another high-ranking government official to embezzle public resources. On the tape, he was caught saying “you eat, I eat,” which signified an acceptance that the two would engage in personal enrichment at the public’s cost, without fear of…

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The Case for Historic Buildings: Lessons on balancing human development and sustainability

Written by Isabel Morris We need quality buildings to safely house our schools, hospitals, offices, and our homes. We also live in a world with limited resources for constructing and operating new buildings, which means we need buildings that are sustainable and resilient in addition to being safe and functional. Most cities facing this challenge…

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Beyond the Olympics: The role of sports in social development

Written by Julio Herrera Estrada “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial…

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