Robyn Williams and our wonderful Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National’s Science Show introduced me to Rose George and I thank him for it.
This is what we need. The investigative journalist crosses all boundaries, There can be no such thing as the separation of STEM from HASS, of the sciences from the humanities. Human engagement for good or ill is at the bottom of so much. Observation must be keen. Evidence must be collected and checked for its veracity. People must be consulted. There must be patience. A balance of emotion and intellect, integrity when so many in power would not want their actions uncovered. And the discoveries must be expressed so well we are engaged. And it is. Just now, I am learning about the abuse by profit hungry corporations selling contaminated plasma to sufferers of haemophilia in “Nine Pints”. Find her other books. Take time, then and, as she asks, protest. And value the courage of those who fight against ignorance and indifference.. Recognise ‘no one is an island’. Value the integrity of such a journalist who provides antidotes to fake news. Go to your library. Ask for her other books. We need people, citizens, in democracies who refuse to be sucked in by slogans.
From The Guardian 17th May 2019 this photograph. The article is by Damian Carrington, the Environment Editor. In Australia, we have just elected a government with a Prime Minister who once waved black coal in the House of Representatives and told us not to be afraid of it. ‘Down Under’, I hear statements that the air and oceans we pollute is so little compared with the total as justification for our failure to think about facts. Fact 1. There are no boundaries in the atmosphere. Fact 2. There are no boundaries in ocean currents. The UK government has just recognised the climate crisis of global heating. Here, with our preferential system of compulsory voting, we chose a man and his party that avoided any mention of the significant changes in the climate.
What does it say about our Education system? Decisions for the future can be made without the slightest care about the science. This is what happens when a system of education separates the sciences from the humanities. Neither side wins. And the children suffer. Trump has just congratulated Australia’s new Prime Minister. He likens this decision with his success in 2016. In a democracy, we create our future. Do we care about this one? That’s a question for USA and here.
“It shows what the destruction of the Arctic ecosystems is doing. It is forcing animals to search for food on land, such as these polar bears in northern Russia must do.” Photograph by Alexander Grir/AFP/Getty images.
Not ‘A Frog He Would A’Wooing Go’, although, if you listen to Jodi Rowley, you will hear how a male frog identifies himself to a particular mate.
Robyn Williamsbrings us Handel’s “The Land Brought Forth Frogs from Israel in Egypt.” Robyn understands that the narrowness of STEM – of maths without music, science without song, technology without tempo, engineering without environmental concern, must always be incomplete. He offers us STEAM.
Identify the frogs you
hear with FrogID mobile app
“Australia has 240 known frog species. Most are found nowhere else. Some flourish. Many struggle. Four have become extinct since the 1980s. As human activity on the land intensifies, and as environments change, frogs are impacted.Now anyone with a smart phone can record frog sounds and submit them to scientists such as Jodi Rowley. Jodi and her team are experts at identifying frogs from their calls. They plot where frogs are found and update information about which frogs are doing well and which may be in need of help through direct conservation measures. Jodi reports that in the first year of FrogID, she has received more than 66,000 recordings and 53,000 submissions. The concerning news is that in recent years, the iconic Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea), once common in Sydney backyards has not been seen, or heard in inner city suburbs. ” Thank you Jodi and your team and all who help.
See this featured snippet from the web. “Frogs Are an Indicator Species. … In a similar way, frogs act as a natural bioindicator, which means that they measure the health of the environment. Because frogs are amphibians, they can live on both land and water. In fact, the word “amphibian” is Greek for “two lives.” Dec 13, 2018