Please listen to the Ted Talk by William McDonough. What makes sense to you from what he says? His colleague Michael Braungart, a chemist who developed the Cradle to Cradle design concept with architect McDonough once said, "Sustainability isn’t enough. To destroy a little less doesn’t protect anything." This is similar to Judy Perry's comment on wetlands -- each year more is taken from the total wetland landscape and then it's gone. Write about what resonates for you in McDonough's talk and then choose one of the following to discuss as well.
Ted Talk by Jane Goodall. Link to the class. "Chimpanzees, more than any other living creature, have helped us to understand that there is no sharp line between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a very blurry line, and it’s getting more blurry all the time.” (Jane Goodall).
Ted Talk of Frances Moore Lappe discussing her new book, Eco Mind. Reading this author's work on food and hunger as a high school student made me decide that the only ethical thing to do would be to eat lower on the food chain--to become vegetarian. Frances Moore Lappe's last few books have been on hopeful examples of eco-friendly living.
As usual, relate what you hear to class themes.
Cool videos: Penguins hunting!
Check out this amazing video of an osprey fishing! This is one of the birds that was brought back from near extinction by banning DDT. Like the bald eagle, the bioaccumulation of DDT up the food chain and into these predators made their eggshells more fragile. When the bird would sit on its eggs, they would break, destroying the next generation. The image below is a human-made osprey nest platform created as part of conservation efforts to encourage reproduction.