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‘Only One Sky’ Encourages ‘Citizen Scientists’ To Fight Climate Change

When video artist and painter Ben Whitehouse was growing up in England, his father would take the family on tours through the industrial town of Sheffield. Whitehouse said his father wanted them to see the environmental damage caused by smokestacks.

Now, Whitehouse is founder and executive director of “Only One Sky,” a global eco-citizenship project encouraging scientists, educators, and young people to act sustainably and to take photos of the sky to show the effects of climate change. 

Joining Whitehouse on Worldview is Nicole Stott, an artist, astronaut and aquanaut. She’s a member of Only One Sky’s “Sky Team”. Known as the “Artistic Astronaut”, Stott is acknowledged as the first person to paint in space. Whitehouse and Stott tell us why it’s vital to appreciate and protect the sky — what they call the “Earth’s spacesuit”. Whitehouse and Stott have declared September 22nd as “Sky Day”. On that day, they want school-aged children around the world to simply look to the sky in support of the climate and our planet.

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