To wrap up Earth Week and contribute to the Earth Day festivities, I thought I’d share this video filmed this past Thursday, the second day of the “My World Is…” Project. Amazingly, participants from across the DePaul community submitted over fifty illustrations, words, and phrases in a six different languages, including Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.
The complete set of photographs from the “My World Is…” Project is viewable on flickr and keep the project alive. As the many responses we received point out, we need to continue thinking about our planet, our relationships with the world, and what we can do to help it. Continue reading →
In a recent post on Bird Light Wind, a blog by photographer Walter Kitundu, images of Red-winged Blackbirds brought an immediate string of memories to my mind. I stumbled upon the blog when it was featured with other nature blogs to celebrate Earth Day, but I didn’t anticipate it would elicit such a strong reaction from me. Kitundu’s image helped me to recall not only my associations with birds, but more broadly the connections we make with the creatures and places that inhabit our everyday lives and bring beauty to our day-to-day experiences. I wrote:
My mother and I have fond memories with these birds. Canoeing on the Mississippi. Drifting by a wild rice paddy. Startling these beautiful birds. Listening to their many wings brushing by the grain. Losing our breath in sheer awe. Thank you for bringing me back to those memories.
As memories tend to go, the first remembrance of the Red-winged Blackbirds led me to an endless number of bird memories. As I share some of my memories, I invite you to share your own earth experiences.
I thought of what my family called our “Happy Bird-day,” a day that didn’t actually end so happily after we saved a baby bird, met a hawk, stopped for turkeys crossing the road, spotted feasting herons, and finally… ran over a low-flying sparrow. Continue reading →
Oh, what a world! Images from DGSA’s Earth Week project reveal the many ways we think of our world. View the images of the gallery to explore some of the myriad of responses to the “My World Is…” prompt as participants formed a collective narrative of our earth experiences.
Illustrations, words, and phrases captured the world views of visitors to DGSA’s Earth Week table.
Beyond inviting the DePaul community to share thoughts on our world, the DGSA Earth Week table handed out free seeds to promote DePaul’s first urban farm, passed out flyers listing the university’s Earth Week events, and displayed a slideshow of our work as geographers.
One of the first participants of the day expressed grief and hope simultaneously with this touching sign.
DePaul’s first urban farm on Bissell and Belden will be unveiled on Friday, April 20 at 2pm.
Responses overflowed as more and more participants engaged in the process of earth writing. And it keeps growing…
…and growing! The “My World is” project continues for Day Two today, April 19 from 2-5pm in the LPC Student Center!
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