Resources – Our World

Our Ocean

We aim to clean up 90% of ocean plastic pollution

Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans, of which the majority spills out from rivers. A portion of this plastic travels to ocean garbage patches, getting caught in a vortex of circulating currents. If no action is taken, the plastic will increasingly impact our ecosystems, health, and economies.
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Together, we can end the ocean plastic crisis. Website Link >
PROTECTING OUR OCEANS AND THE LIFE WITHIN THEM. Website Link >

Pollution

Fast facts about plastic pollution.
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Our World In Data – Plastic Polution
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The Story of Stuff, which unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture.
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Our Earth

The Anthropocene Project is a multidisciplinary body of work from world-renowned collaborators Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal. Combining art, film, virtual reality, augmented reality, and scientific research, the project investigates human influence on the state, dynamic and future of the Earth.

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World population counter. Website Link >
Global Fishing Watch is promoting ocean sustainability through greater transparency. We use cutting-edge technology to visualise, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free. Website Link >

The Biomimicry Institute provides tools to develop sustainable solutions for a balanced ecosystem by empowering people to learn and apply nature-inspired strategies in design. We offer access to free online resources, design challenges where people learn by practicing, support for bringing solutions to market, and serve as a connective tissue for a global network of innovators.

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This is a collection of visualisation resources that I have found useful (The Climate LAb Book) to communicate different aspects of weather and climate science.

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Annual average temperatures for Canada from 1901-2018 using data from Berkeley Earth.
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The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.
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Sustainability

Join thousands of researchers, policymakers and educators who rely on our Weekly Science Dispatch to keep up to date on the latest sustainability science.
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Degrowth: the case for a new economic paradigm. Unbridled growth appears to be at odds with social well-being and environmental sustainability. How might we develop a model that reduces the imperative for growth while maintaining economic stability? Website Link >

Solutions

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours.
The Guardian
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Make It Precious – Start a business from plastic waste! Website Link >

Materials • Protocols • Culture
Critical Making
A course at UC Berkeley
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What is Critical Making? By: Garnet Hertz Website Link >

Design sits prominently at the heart of the circular economy. It requires us to redesign everything: products, business models, cities, and the linear systems that have lasted for the past centuries. This learning path covers the role of design in creating a circular economy, examining the four-stage circular design process and highlighting six strategies for incorporating the principles of the circular economy into your designs.
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What is
the circular economy?
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Now is the most exhilarating time to be an innovator.
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The Hakai Institute is based within the diverse coastal habitats of British Columbia, Canada. The Hakai Institute represents what happens when the elements of funding, infrastructure, science programs, skilled staff, and partners are integrated into one organization. Website Link >
Up-cycled Bags using banners.
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We have an unlimited supply of reinforced vinyl from outdoor advertising billboards. We are doing workshops on how to make; tote bags, lunch bags, wallets and bike panniers using the materials. Patterns for all of the designs are also available at the Makerspace.

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A list with links of different ethical fashion organizations.
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To create such circularity requires new kinds of designs along with innovative materials that can go back into productive use or be returned safely into the air, water, or soil.
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