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Dr. Jacky Lawrence

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Power Out Photo by: U.S. Air Force After one of the hottest years on record, Extinction Rebellion are protesting to raise awareness of the climate crisis affecting our planet. And in his BBC documentary, 'Climate Change - The Facts', Sir David Attenborough offers an urgent and unflinching analysis of the effects of, and possible solutions to, global warming. 'Thinking global, acting local', was the slogan of Warwickshire Council's climate change strategy, focusing on the idea that we can all make a difference. To get a feel for "what a future could look like if we have to ration our energy consumption", Dr. Jacky Lawrence (Corporate Energy Manager at Warwickshire CC) asked people to imagine the best and worst thing about having no energy, fuel or power...

M4MI | Anglia Ruskin University Collaboration

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This post features seven collaborative works between Rhea and composers from the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. In the Music for the Moving Image (M4MI), module run by Krisztián Hofstädter, the cohort creates original music and sound design for poetry, short films and games using acoustic and computer-based methods of composition. One assignment last semester was to compose music to light-images created by Rhea as a result of her experience of synaesthesia and observation of nature. Mollie Betts My approach to composing this piece largely involved improvisation in response to observation. In Quien’s brief, she said: ‘Allow your mind to relax, open and let images and sounds come to you.’ From this I understood that this piece required an aspect of spontaneity, free from any rigid...

Prof. Toru Yamamori: The Task of Economy

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“You can't be really happy while other people are poor and left in destitution.” was said by Prof. Yamamori, who studied economics at Cambridge University. Once again, as we listen to him, we find the concept of the interconnectedness of beings. In this video, he talks about his disillusion in his early education, how he had benefited from joining activist groups and why later he decided to go back to academia. He speaks about his work in Cambridge which was strongly influenced heterodox views by Flavio Comin and Tony Lawson. In the video he also mentions his research in British working  class women, who have been active in women's liberation and well-fare rights as well as how their ideas have challenged dominant economic concepts. Prof. Yamamori wrote his PhD. on the concept of need. His current...

Cooperation for Nature

For many years I have taken retreats in nature, and I have been inspired by some of the people living in, and work for, nature. The great possibility of individuals and organisations working together to save nature became very apparent to me. This page presents some of their stories. ``Ai Monti” – an example of working together to help nature. “I decided to work in nature simply because it is healthy and it allows one to follow the rhythm of the universe. We are the only living creatures that have created the artificial (as opposed to the natural); this should make us reflect... My favourite sentence: “When we no longer have any room for nature, she will no longer have room for us.” (Calvin and...

Fossil Necklace and Tree of Life

Katie Paterson held an exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in June 2013 called ‘Fossil Necklace’; the necklace was hung in Little St. Peter’s Church next to Kettle’s Yard. Each bead was carved out of a fossil, some dating back to the beginning of life on earth during the Precambrian, more than 545 million years ago. The first fossil was from single-celled organisms. The fossil in the last bead came from a Cypriot pygmy hippopotamus, found in Mesopotamia. Against the light in the church the intricate structures of the fossils could be seen. 'Fossil Necklace' by Katie Paterson, Kettles Yard, Cambridge. Photo © MJC TREE OF LIFE In the leaflet for the 'Fossil Necklace' exhibition at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Dr. Chris Tyler-Smith writes the following: “We can...