Even though at times, cities and nature seem to be at odds, EcoMyths Alliance believes the two are not as disconnected as they may seem. For our EcoMyths segment, Kate Sackman will tell us why city-dwellers, with an itch to experience the wilderness, can do so without using a car. Joining her are John Cawood, education program coordinator for Openlands and Gil Penalosa, founder and board chair of 8 80 Cities.
As work and learning environments become increasingly collaborative, architecture is shifting to reflect the change. John Ronan, the founding principal and lead designer at John Ronan Architects in Chicago, is here with us to talk about this, and other trends.
While some seeds seem to be immortal, most seeds don't last forever—unless they're carefully stored in seed banks or in some cases, preserved in liquid nitrogen. This is critical because many plants are under threat of disappearing forever—about 68 percent of evaluated plant species. We’ll do Seed Banking 101 with Kate Sackman, Murphy Westwood of Morton Arboretum and Kayri Haven of Chicago Botanic Garden.
With busy lives, caring for the environment can seem overwhelming, but EcoMyths Alliance says being green takes less time and effort than you think. We ask two experts to help bust the myth that you’re “too busy to care for nature”. Kevin Ogorzalek of the Center for Humans and Nature and John Barrett with the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, will tell us how doing just a little, every day, makes a huge difference.
Nature, and our relationship to it, is a common theme in literature. There are stories of how important the land and animals are to the ecosystem, but what about when humans threaten the future health of our world? Environmental scientist Liam Heneghan has turned to the classic children’s canon to tap into lessons of nature’s importance, and how climate change and other dangers could shift our ecological future. Heneghan joins us to explain how to get young readers tapped into this message. Also, music from Slow Planes.
Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says: “Too often, we think of nature and art as unrelated experiences. One is outside, the other is inside. But...when that art speaks to us, it...deepens our connection with the world...” Alaka Wali, anthropology curator at the Field Museum, joins us to share why she believes, “engaging with art, whether viewing or making it yourself, gives you a visceral experience. This aesthetic, emotional experience [can be a] great way to engage with nature.”
Living things that make their own light exist across the natural world, from fireflies to dinoflagellates to glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. We explore the point of all that light with the help of a Harvard scholar and a bioluminescent bay.