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 in turn deepens our connection with the world around us.” 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.
Yoga pants really have nothing to do with environmental ethics. But to hear Lululemon, Apple or any number of companies appropriate terms like “ecosystem,” you might start to think all CEOs are green thumbs. Most are not, but Sophia Siskel, CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden, thinks more should be.
As kids, we usually learn about nature from a decidedly human point of view: The world exists in relation to us. But an eclectic group of researchers are challenging that. They've started looking at the way Native and non-Native children come to learn about nature, and they've found some distinctive differences.