Some Biodiversity Infographics

The fourth and last US election debate has come and gone with scarcely any attention paid to important issues like biodiversity loss and climate change. They only become issues if we make them so. While most of us appreciate the effects of climate change, the threats to biodiversity and why it should be preserved are still not considered headline news.

Here are some useful infographics to help raise awareness of the problem of biodiversity loss:

  • Here’s a nice collection of infographics by Matthew Taylor at Boise State on how we can protect biodiversity — great for classroom use;
  • Norway’s GRID-Arendal Center, which is collaborating with the UNEP, has a great series of infographics about some specific biodiversity threats around the world;
  • BlueStem Communications has a large-scale infographic on visualizing biodiversity loss;
  • And here’s a top ten list of biodiversity infographics put out by the good people of Saving Species. I’ve only been reading about the magnificent but troubled Phillippine hornbills recently.
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  • If you know of some cool biodiversity infographics, please share in the comments below.

 

Interviews with Eco-Artists

A few years ago, I interviewed several eco-artists about their work. They include:

  • Randy Laist, Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College who recorded an alphabet’s worth of songs about recently extinct species on Youtube;
  • Jenny Kendler, who together with Molly Schafer founded the Endangered Species Print Project;
  • Todd McGrain, a sculptor who created five larger-than-life bronze sculptures of recently extinct birds and installed them at places where the birds once thrived. Check out his film, The Lost Bird Project;
  • Xavier Cortada, a Miami-based artist who created eco-art installations at both the North and South Poles. His website is cortada.com;
  • Andreas Kornevall,  a storyteller, writer and rewilder who was one of the founders of the Life Cairn movement, which seeks to memorialize recently extinct species. Andreas has a Tumblr page;
  • Joanna Barnum, a painter who has created an evocative series of recently extinct species portraits. Her internet home is at joannabarnum.com.

Stay tuned for more cool interviews in the near future!