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That post 24 hour of transit time on the boat feeling. #fromkurilswithlove Photo in collab with :@renan_ozturk@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard@povel@tedhesser@donreverendo@_ryanhill_@ollyru99@jtkerby
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That post 24 hour of transit time on the boat feeling. #fromkurilswithlove Photo in collab with : @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @povel @tedhesser @donreverendo @_ryanhill_ @ollyru99 @jtkerby

2 hours ago
Field notes from an apocalypse: We arrived on Raikoke Island just under 3 weeks after a massive eruption took place. An island once covered by steep slopes of green vegetation was smeared by ash. A place once home to a colony of sea lions was barren save for sea birds searching for homes on rocky crags partially sheltered from landslides and noxious fumes. There is a good chance given a long enough time life will return to this island. But it will never be the same. This is much like my view on global climate change- I don’t think humans will go extinct nor Earth inhospitable to all forms of life. Earth hasn’t been lifeless since the start of unicellular life several billion years ago. But I do wonder how much of us will survive what we (mostly in the global north) are doing to our planet. I wonder what dystopian shape our society will take in the aftermath. This is the scarier thought to me. This is the more realistic scenario. This is has already happened to people all over the planet even if many of us have chosen not to see it. Will we become the birds searching for homes? The remnant sea lions without community or family? A place of ash and dust with a memory of how things once were? I still have hope to avoid this future. I have hope in resistance and resilience and revolution from those of us already fighting. Still, sometimes I wonder if I am naive, but it won’t stop me from pushing forward. Here’s to hope in our togetherness. Taking in the scene: @jtkerby #fromkurilswithlove@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard @renan_ozturk@povel@_ryanhill_@tomorrow_unlocked@e_kaspersky@tedhesser@donreverendo@alejandroarango13#climatechange
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Field notes from an apocalypse: We arrived on Raikoke Island just under 3 weeks after a massive eruption took place. An island once covered by steep slopes of green vegetation was smeared by ash. A place once home to a colony of sea lions was barren save for sea birds searching for homes on rocky crags partially sheltered from landslides and noxious fumes. There is a good chance given a long enough time life will return to this island. But it will never be the same. This is much like my view on global climate change- I don’t think humans will go extinct nor Earth inhospitable to all forms of life. Earth hasn’t been lifeless since the start of unicellular life several billion years ago. But I do wonder how much of us will survive what we (mostly in the global north) are doing to our planet. I wonder what dystopian shape our society will take in the aftermath. This is the scarier thought to me. This is the more realistic scenario. This is has already happened to people all over the planet even if many of us have chosen not to see it. Will we become the birds searching for homes? The remnant sea lions without community or family? A place of ash and dust with a memory of how things once were? I still have hope to avoid this future. I have hope in resistance and resilience and revolution from those of us already fighting. Still, sometimes I wonder if I am naive, but it won’t stop me from pushing forward. Here’s to hope in our togetherness. Taking in the scene: @jtkerby #fromkurilswithlove @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @renan_ozturk @povel @_ryanhill_ @tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @donreverendo @alejandroarango13 #climatechange

14 hours ago
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The island of Ushishir on the Kuril Chain is a volcanic caldera poking its head above the surface. It’s beautiful to think of its foundations somewhere deep beneath the surface of our ocean, like its legs are sitting in another world entirely. The water inside the caldera is exchanged only intermittently with the surrounding ocean when the tide is high or storms are surging. There is abundant hydrothermal activity here, including the hot springs we managed to dip into for a bit. More interestingly, the abundance of nutrients here from the hydrothermal activity makes it a super weird ecosystem. No big fish or marine fauna. Just small little critters who have found ways to survive in this pretty extreme  environment . As far as I can tell there has only ever been one rigorous study of it done here. It would be a perfect place for a ecological station to conduct research... the lack of data in the region also makes it really difficult to figure out how this place will change from both local impacts and global climate change. Photo by @renan_ozturk#fromkurilswithlove @tedhesser @chrisburkard @taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @bigdaddivladi @ollyru99 @_ryanhill_ @povel @e_kaspersky @donreverendo @tomorrow_unlocked#climatechange #nature #environment  #earth #globalwarminf #oceans
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The island of Ushishir on the Kuril Chain is a volcanic caldera poking its head above the surface. It’s beautiful to think of its foundations somewhere deep beneath the surface of our ocean, like its legs are sitting in another world entirely. The water inside the caldera is exchanged only intermittently with the surrounding ocean when the tide is high or storms are surging. There is abundant hydrothermal activity here, including the hot springs we managed to dip into for a bit. More interestingly, the abundance of nutrients here from the hydrothermal activity makes it a super weird ecosystem. No big fish or marine fauna. Just small little critters who have found ways to survive in this pretty extreme environment . As far as I can tell there has only ever been one rigorous study of it done here. It would be a perfect place for a ecological station to conduct research... the lack of data in the region also makes it really difficult to figure out how this place will change from both local impacts and global climate change. Photo by @renan_ozturk #fromkurilswithlove @tedhesser @chrisburkard @taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @bigdaddivladi @ollyru99 @_ryanhill_ @povel @e_kaspersky @donreverendo @tomorrow_unlocked #climatechange #nature #environment #earth #globalwarminf #oceans

Yesterday
Out here the only time that exists is the weather. This is new to me because when you're at sea as a scientist you have a fixed schedule and often work regardless if the sun is out of not. This isn't the case as a storyteller. When the sun is out , from the moment the sun goes up until well after it goes down I see all these artists grinding out work. 20 hour days to capture whatever is graced by the clear skies we've managed to get in this place notorious for being bathed in fog and rain and snow. It's a different way of experiencing ecosystems than I'm used to, a different way of trying to understand them. It's a different way of trying to see what "forms" a place. And when the clouds finally roll in, everyone finally takes a moment to truly reflect on the beauty of this place. To acknowledge what we have seen and experienced here. Until the next orca pops its head out of the water, and the scramble begins again. In the photo: @chrisburkard , @renan_ozturk , and @_ryanhill_ on a drone mission. #fromKurilswithLove@taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @povel@e_kaspersky @tedhesser @bigdaddivladi@donreverendo@ollyru99@tomorrow_unlocked#environment #nature #climatechange #science #storytelling
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Out here the only time that exists is the weather. This is new to me because when you're at sea as a scientist you have a fixed schedule and often work regardless if the sun is out of not. This isn't the case as a storyteller. When the sun is out , from the moment the sun goes up until well after it goes down I see all these artists grinding out work. 20 hour days to capture whatever is graced by the clear skies we've managed to get in this place notorious for being bathed in fog and rain and snow. It's a different way of experiencing ecosystems than I'm used to, a different way of trying to understand them. It's a different way of trying to see what "forms" a place. And when the clouds finally roll in, everyone finally takes a moment to truly reflect on the beauty of this place. To acknowledge what we have seen and experienced here. Until the next orca pops its head out of the water, and the scramble begins again. In the photo: @chrisburkard , @renan_ozturk , and @_ryanhill_ on a drone mission. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @bigdaddivladi @donreverendo @ollyru99 @tomorrow_unlocked #environment #nature #climatechange #science #storytelling

2 days ago
It's hard to describe the scale of this scene. Sun setting and tens of thousands of auklets dancing in airborne streams over the water. In every direction I turned there they were, celebrating the end of another day. They reminded me that living life with community and collaboration is the best way to make our way forward in this uncertain future.  In a way this trip is embelic of that. A mix of artists, scientists , storytellers, and much more working together because we believe in something similar. So many times we live our lives separately, in our own spaces hoping to make the places we care about just a little bit better. I truly believe this team can create the stories and structure to support this place in a way that is palpable. Many thanks to mother nature for the lessons you gift us if we take the time to listen. #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard@povel @jtkerby@alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky@bigdaddivlady@tedhesser#nature #climatechange#environment #oceans #community
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It's hard to describe the scale of this scene. Sun setting and tens of thousands of auklets dancing in airborne streams over the water. In every direction I turned there they were, celebrating the end of another day. They reminded me that living life with community and collaboration is the best way to make our way forward in this uncertain future. In a way this trip is embelic of that. A mix of artists, scientists , storytellers, and much more working together because we believe in something similar. So many times we live our lives separately, in our own spaces hoping to make the places we care about just a little bit better. I truly believe this team can create the stories and structure to support this place in a way that is palpable. Many thanks to mother nature for the lessons you gift us if we take the time to listen. #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @povel @jtkerby @alejandroarango13 @e_kaspersky @bigdaddivlady @tedhesser #nature #climatechange #environment #oceans #community

2 days ago
A lot of delayed pics on my end. Here is a a drone pic @renan_ozturk took a couple days back from a place where a nutrient rich river meets the sea and creates this unreal palette of colors. In the shot: our home for the trip, the Russian vessel Afina. #fromKurilswithLove@taylorfreesolo@chrisburkard@jtkerby @povel@tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky@tedhesser
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A lot of delayed pics on my end. Here is a a drone pic @renan_ozturk took a couple days back from a place where a nutrient rich river meets the sea and creates this unreal palette of colors. In the shot: our home for the trip, the Russian vessel Afina. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @jtkerby @povel @tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky @tedhesser

3 days ago
This place began with a collision of continents. It gives me chills to think about. This smashing of tectonic plates together were the volcanic ingredients that birthed these islands. And with their birth they came to harbor an incredible amount of life. But with that, sometimes, comes the death of things. Shipwrecked vessels cast aside on their rugged shores. Colonies of sea lions wiped out by eruptions that happened as recently as a couple weeks ago. Birds engulfed by ash and fumes. The only thing constant in a place like this is change. A dynamic duality of both beauty and terror. This place is life. This place is death. It is everything in between. What is to come of it in the future? What is our role in that? #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @povel @chrisburkard @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @donreverendo #nature #ecology #climate #climatechange #geology #environment
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This place began with a collision of continents. It gives me chills to think about. This smashing of tectonic plates together were the volcanic ingredients that birthed these islands. And with their birth they came to harbor an incredible amount of life. But with that, sometimes, comes the death of things. Shipwrecked vessels cast aside on their rugged shores. Colonies of sea lions wiped out by eruptions that happened as recently as a couple weeks ago. Birds engulfed by ash and fumes. The only thing constant in a place like this is change. A dynamic duality of both beauty and terror. This place is life. This place is death. It is everything in between. What is to come of it in the future? What is our role in that? #fromKurilswithLove @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @povel @chrisburkard @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @donreverendo #nature #ecology #climate #climatechange #geology #environment

4 days ago
The humpbacks whales here surfaced all around our inflatable boat. It was quiet and the only sound was the noise of the whales popping out the water and exhaling, as if they themselves were the lungs of the ocean. The marine ecosystem here in the Kurils are a bit of a mystery. Not just to me, it seems, but to everyone. For months I dug into research about this place and found just the bare skeleton of understanding of this place. The indigenous community here, the Ainu, and their traditional knowledge of the area have long been displaced from these islands. The scientific community has barely scratched the surface of this hard to reach place. But what strikes me is how important it is. The waters here are fed from the Arctic. The flow into the icy Sea of Okhotsk, turning into a frozen world of sea ice for much of the year. Then, in the spring, this waters get mixed and become rich in nutrients that help give life to much of the North Pacific. How will this place change? Increasing fishing pressures will play a role. So will changing climatic regimes because of global warming. But how these will play out in this place is unclear and mostly unknown. For now, it remains one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and I can't stop asking myself how we can keep it this way for all the people who call it home. @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @tedhesser @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky #nature #climatechsnge #oceans #environment #ecology #global warming
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The humpbacks whales here surfaced all around our inflatable boat. It was quiet and the only sound was the noise of the whales popping out the water and exhaling, as if they themselves were the lungs of the ocean. The marine ecosystem here in the Kurils are a bit of a mystery. Not just to me, it seems, but to everyone. For months I dug into research about this place and found just the bare skeleton of understanding of this place. The indigenous community here, the Ainu, and their traditional knowledge of the area have long been displaced from these islands. The scientific community has barely scratched the surface of this hard to reach place. But what strikes me is how important it is. The waters here are fed from the Arctic. The flow into the icy Sea of Okhotsk, turning into a frozen world of sea ice for much of the year. Then, in the spring, this waters get mixed and become rich in nutrients that help give life to much of the North Pacific. How will this place change? Increasing fishing pressures will play a role. So will changing climatic regimes because of global warming. But how these will play out in this place is unclear and mostly unknown. For now, it remains one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and I can't stop asking myself how we can keep it this way for all the people who call it home. @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @tedhesser @jtkerby @povel @e_kaspersky #nature #climatechsnge #oceans #environment #ecology #global warming

chrisburkard Beautifully said !

chrisburkard Beautifully said !

5 days ago
Another cellphone pic from the Kurils. I've been feeling both in my element and out of it on this trip, in the best way possible. Out in nature, working collaboratively and collectively, and trying to create a narrative that does justice to this place and the people who care deeply about it. I'm here in part as a scientist who trying to find ways to introduce meaningful narratives about the ecological and climatic changes this place is being thrust in to. I'm also trying my best to support and learn from a brilliant team of storytellers who are way, WAY more experienced than I am. I've been doing science for a long as I can remember, so that way of thinking comes easily to me by now. But here, I'm basically starting from scratch. Super humbled to be able learn through trial by error in a place like this, with people as talented as they are here. Even more grateful that they give me chances to fail even though the stakes are high to get things right. It's those places where the most growth happens, and wow... What a classroom to learn in. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @_ryanhill_
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Another cellphone pic from the Kurils. I've been feeling both in my element and out of it on this trip, in the best way possible. Out in nature, working collaboratively and collectively, and trying to create a narrative that does justice to this place and the people who care deeply about it. I'm here in part as a scientist who trying to find ways to introduce meaningful narratives about the ecological and climatic changes this place is being thrust in to. I'm also trying my best to support and learn from a brilliant team of storytellers who are way, WAY more experienced than I am. I've been doing science for a long as I can remember, so that way of thinking comes easily to me by now. But here, I'm basically starting from scratch. Super humbled to be able learn through trial by error in a place like this, with people as talented as they are here. Even more grateful that they give me chances to fail even though the stakes are high to get things right. It's those places where the most growth happens, and wow... What a classroom to learn in. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @chrisburkard @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @_ryanhill_

6 days ago
The weather in the Kuril Islands is some of the most rainy , snowy, and foggy in the world. Somehow as we approached Onekotan Island, though, the skies were completely clear. With packs brimming with gear to capture the moment, our team jumped into Zodiacs carrying us into the black sand beach so common in this volcanic island chain. We headed up the remnants of an old Soviet pathup to the rim of a crater lake that calls this island home. The 24 hours on this island were among the most insane in my life, as I tried to take hold of the moment, learn as much as I can about this world of film and photo from @renan_ozturk and @taylorfreesolo, and marvel in the wildness of this place. All the while the sky stayed clear with streams of fog spinning past us in the valleys below. In the background  @chrisburkard @tedhesser and @_ryanhill worked like madmen late into the night to capture the beauty of this island. We left with blistered feet, sore backs and knees, a bit exhausted, and a whole lot of gratitude to have a chance to experience this place that is so hard to reach. (Another pic by cell phone). #fromKurilswithLove@povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky
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The weather in the Kuril Islands is some of the most rainy , snowy, and foggy in the world. Somehow as we approached Onekotan Island, though, the skies were completely clear. With packs brimming with gear to capture the moment, our team jumped into Zodiacs carrying us into the black sand beach so common in this volcanic island chain. We headed up the remnants of an old Soviet pathup to the rim of a crater lake that calls this island home. The 24 hours on this island were among the most insane in my life, as I tried to take hold of the moment, learn as much as I can about this world of film and photo from @renan_ozturk and @taylorfreesolo, and marvel in the wildness of this place. All the while the sky stayed clear with streams of fog spinning past us in the valleys below. In the background @chrisburkard @tedhesser and @_ryanhill worked like madmen late into the night to capture the beauty of this island. We left with blistered feet, sore backs and knees, a bit exhausted, and a whole lot of gratitude to have a chance to experience this place that is so hard to reach. (Another pic by cell phone). #fromKurilswithLove @povel @jtkerby @e_kaspersky

6 days ago
Surreal landscapes here in the Kuril Islands. Having issues transferring photos from my camera to IG on this tiny vessel with limited wifi, so here is a cellphone pic from last night as we drift through the North Pacific. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @povel @chrisburkard @renan_ozturk @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @alejandroarango13
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Surreal landscapes here in the Kuril Islands. Having issues transferring photos from my camera to IG on this tiny vessel with limited wifi, so here is a cellphone pic from last night as we drift through the North Pacific. #fromKurilswithLove @taylorfreesolo @povel @chrisburkard @renan_ozturk @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @tedhesser @alejandroarango13

2 weeks ago
just now
There is definitely some wisdom to be found in the constant tension that comes from feeling uncertain. It's one of the things that makes life beautiful to me. That place,  precarious as it feels, is an amazing spot for growth. It allows learning to happen. It allows us to change our minds. It allows us to be open to experience. In fact, I'm a little bit suspicious of people who appear to be certain 100% of the time. But what are the ethics of ambiguity here? This same uncertainty can easily morph into insecurity and become the crutch we use to justify our own complacency. We see the world burn around us and yet we sit silently. Why? Because we are *unsure* of how to proceed. We are unsure how to have difficult conversations. We are hesitant to take decisive action because, well... "What if?" I've struggled with this my whole life. I've been the textbook definition of an overthinker. But as I get older I've learned something that has started putting me at ease- it's that I'm ALWAYS wrong, to some degree. No big decision I've ever taken has been completely right, or completely wrong. It's always been somewhere in the nebulous "in between". Instead, what's become more important to me as I've gotten older is understanding, VERY explicitly, *who* I do this work for/with. I don't believe in "solutions" or "progress" that benefit everyone equally. This is particularly true when it comes to climate change. Simply saying that EVERYONE will be affected, or EVERYONE will be impacted, while superficially true, is the EQUIVALENT of "all lives mattering" climate change impacts. They. WILL. NOT. affect. everyone. equally. Full stop. And while it's true we must move forward with a form of solidarity that is different than any that has ever existed before, to try to prioritize everyone equally is erasure of these differing impacts. In the end, this helps me a lot because even as I still learn to trust myself more and act decisively, I am comforted by the fact that one thing to me is clear- I know for WHOM I am fighting for. THAT is unambiguous.#climatechange #globalwarming #socialjustice #nature #science #oceans #environment #ecology #environmentaljustice
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There is definitely some wisdom to be found in the constant tension that comes from feeling uncertain. It's one of the things that makes life beautiful to me. That place, precarious as it feels, is an amazing spot for growth. It allows learning to happen. It allows us to change our minds. It allows us to be open to experience. In fact, I'm a little bit suspicious of people who appear to be certain 100% of the time. But what are the ethics of ambiguity here? This same uncertainty can easily morph into insecurity and become the crutch we use to justify our own complacency. We see the world burn around us and yet we sit silently. Why? Because we are *unsure* of how to proceed. We are unsure how to have difficult conversations. We are hesitant to take decisive action because, well... "What if?" I've struggled with this my whole life. I've been the textbook definition of an overthinker. But as I get older I've learned something that has started putting me at ease- it's that I'm ALWAYS wrong, to some degree. No big decision I've ever taken has been completely right, or completely wrong. It's always been somewhere in the nebulous "in between". Instead, what's become more important to me as I've gotten older is understanding, VERY explicitly, *who* I do this work for/with. I don't believe in "solutions" or "progress" that benefit everyone equally. This is particularly true when it comes to climate change. Simply saying that EVERYONE will be affected, or EVERYONE will be impacted, while superficially true, is the EQUIVALENT of "all lives mattering" climate change impacts. They. WILL. NOT. affect. everyone. equally. Full stop. And while it's true we must move forward with a form of solidarity that is different than any that has ever existed before, to try to prioritize everyone equally is erasure of these differing impacts. In the end, this helps me a lot because even as I still learn to trust myself more and act decisively, I am comforted by the fact that one thing to me is clear- I know for WHOM I am fighting for. THAT is unambiguous. #climatechange #globalwarming #socialjustice #nature #science #oceans #environment #ecology #environmentaljustice

2 weeks ago
just now
Happy days in the park, going to art museums , drinks with friends. Finally feels like summer in San Diego :)
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Happy days in the park, going to art museums , drinks with friends. Finally feels like summer in San Diego :)

2 weeks ago
When you're an undercover introvert getting some alone time and this extroverted world just can't stop getting in your face 😂 ---#nature #science #enviromment #vicuña #saltflat #climate #climatechange #introvert #scientist
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When you're an undercover introvert getting some alone time and this extroverted world just can't stop getting in your face 😂 - - - #nature #science #enviromment #vicuña #saltflat #climate #climatechange #introvert #scientist

3 weeks ago
just now
I've been doing oceanography since I was 13, more or less. I went to an ocean science specific high school that had me thinking about marine systems for about as long as I can remember. Our school had a research vessel we could use to do fish stock assessments , check out local marine chemistry , and when the time came to learn physics - we took the boat to Manhattan to sit underneath the bridges and understand how stresses and strains and carefully placed beams kept the structures spanning over the water. We did our senior thesis research in the NOAA lab next door. The best part was that none of this cost my family anything more than what they were paying in education taxes already. In my 15 years doing science, one thing really stands out to me- and it's that science is neither "good" nor "bad" in it's own right. Some people in this country disregard science. Others fetishize it to the point of religion. The truth though, is that science has always been funded by "someone" for "something". Scientific knowledge doesn't exist in an objective world. In some cases it leads to better health care, understanding of environment, and public goods. Other times the same framework of science produces bombs, weapons, the industries that created climate change in the first place and highly efficient/extractive processes that eradicate people and places. So which is it? Good? Bad? The answer is like most things - it depends, but parts of it NEED to change. Science needs to be re-examined and done differently. Science that is decentralized. Science that is less hierarchical to other, non-Western forms of science, science for the people, science with results that don't just benefit people of certain classes and skin colors or genders. #decolonizescience #scienceforthepeople #scienceforwho #justice #nature #oceanography #oceans #waves #science #environment #environmentaljustice #socialjustice #climatechange #research #technology #climate
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I've been doing oceanography since I was 13, more or less. I went to an ocean science specific high school that had me thinking about marine systems for about as long as I can remember. Our school had a research vessel we could use to do fish stock assessments , check out local marine chemistry , and when the time came to learn physics - we took the boat to Manhattan to sit underneath the bridges and understand how stresses and strains and carefully placed beams kept the structures spanning over the water. We did our senior thesis research in the NOAA lab next door. The best part was that none of this cost my family anything more than what they were paying in education taxes already. In my 15 years doing science, one thing really stands out to me- and it's that science is neither "good" nor "bad" in it's own right. Some people in this country disregard science. Others fetishize it to the point of religion. The truth though, is that science has always been funded by "someone" for "something". Scientific knowledge doesn't exist in an objective world. In some cases it leads to better health care, understanding of environment, and public goods. Other times the same framework of science produces bombs, weapons, the industries that created climate change in the first place and highly efficient/extractive processes that eradicate people and places. So which is it? Good? Bad? The answer is like most things - it depends, but parts of it NEED to change. Science needs to be re-examined and done differently. Science that is decentralized. Science that is less hierarchical to other, non-Western forms of science, science for the people, science with results that don't just benefit people of certain classes and skin colors or genders. #decolonizescience #scienceforthepeople #scienceforwho #justice #nature #oceanography #oceans #waves #science #environment #environmentaljustice #socialjustice #climatechange #research #technology #climate

4 weeks ago
It's inevitable. It's just how things are. Things have always been this way. Give here and take there. Step forward. Step back. Shrug your shoulders. The problem is too big. The problem is too small. Debate it. Agree to disagree. Rinse. Repeat. Recycle. The same arguments , the same conversations. Days pass. So do months. Maybe years? Step forward, again. Step back, again. People suffer. But which people? It's a tragedy. But remember, it's inevitable. It's how the world is. It's how things always have been. For who? For them. Not us. Of course not. Humanists of convenience. Nihilists from afar. BUT! Be objective. But which data? Which facts? No, not those. They don't relate, not to "us". Fatalistic... as long as the world collapsing isn't our own. --^f all of this. Feeling tired and frustrated on this Sunday afternoon.  #ecology #desert #climatechange #socialjustice #environmentaljustice #change
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It's inevitable. It's just how things are. Things have always been this way. Give here and take there. Step forward. Step back. Shrug your shoulders. The problem is too big. The problem is too small. Debate it. Agree to disagree. Rinse. Repeat. Recycle. The same arguments , the same conversations. Days pass. So do months. Maybe years? Step forward, again. Step back, again. People suffer. But which people? It's a tragedy. But remember, it's inevitable. It's how the world is. It's how things always have been. For who? For them. Not us. Of course not. Humanists of convenience. Nihilists from afar. BUT! Be objective. But which data? Which facts? No, not those. They don't relate, not to "us". Fatalistic... as long as the world collapsing isn't our own. - - ^f all of this. Feeling tired and frustrated on this Sunday afternoon. #ecology #desert #climatechange #socialjustice #environmentaljustice #change

last month
A loving relationship and a little community, a few billion years in the making. #playingthelonggame--#trees #evolution #ecology #habitat #nature #treehug #moss #trees
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A loving relationship and a little community, a few billion years in the making. #playingthelonggame - - #trees #evolution #ecology #habitat #nature #treehug #moss #trees

last month
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While donating to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are great, please also consider donating to @yellowfund or @sistersong_woc , two smaller organizations that do great work on on-the-ground abortion issues and fighting for reproductive justice. If you identity as a dude like I do, doubly considering donating and speaking out (but not over) so the burden of this isn't solely on the people these oppressive-ass laws are trying to away rights from. We can't tolerate this shit. In addition, here are screenshots of some books on gender rights / feminism that have been helpful to me in the past. I know I need to educate myself much more, these are just a starting point. If anyone has more recommendations for organizations worth supporting, people worth contacting, or essays/books to educate ourselves, please comment below 🙏🏽 #feminism #reproductiverights #alabama #abortion #abortionrights #genderequality

May 2019
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