David Suzuki is a scientist, author, and lecturer that has become one of the most recognizable voices for conservation. He makes the argument in this video that conventional economics is a form of brain damage He goes on to argue that economist are fundamentally disconnected with the real world. Whether you agree or disagree, it is worth understanding his point of view.
On the Scientific Discovery resource page, you can find some of the top websites with some fascinating scientific breakthroughs using the nature method.
The International Journal of Science and Nature has found that Herbs and Spices have anticancer potential.
The study of plants and herbs to find treatments for various illnesses and ailments has been a common practice of many cultures for generations. When European settlers in the New World would fall ill, they often would seek out Native American medicine man with his satchel of herbs to find a quick cure. The Chinese have been doing this for years.
Although much of the herbal knowledge of ancient civilizations has been lost, many of the medicinal qualities of plants are now being proven by modern science.
As our bodies age and are increasingly exposed to carcinogens from the environment that attack our immune systems, our bodies become more susceptible to cancer cells.
The biotech industry has been conducting a great deal of research to find medicines with cancer fighting properties.
Research has shown that a diet rich in antioxidants can help to remove damaging agents known as “free radicals” from the bloodstream and reduce the risk of cancer.
In a study from 2004-2012 published in the Journal of the Society of Science and Nature, several herbs and spices were tested for anticancer potential including: Leeks, Lemon, Lemongrass, canopy, pepper, indian borage, ginger, and onions,
The conclusion found that the samples ginger, oregano, and tabon tabon showed a high value of phytochemicals and antioxidants and high anticancer potential.
There is so much that we could learn from the study of plants.
What other treatments are waiting to be discovered out in nature?
This was one of the most inspirational TED talks that I have watched on nature and innovation.
Michael Pawlyn starts off by pointing out that a spider can make a material stronger than Kevlar using dead flies and water at ambient temperature and a wood beetle can detect fire 10 times farther away than any device designed by man without having to be attached to any power grid burning fossil fuels.
The talk goes on to show some amazing architectural design used for the Eden Project in England that was inspired by pollen grains. When finished, the structure was lighter than the air inside of it.
A visit to the Eden project is on my bucket list.
The main points of his talk are that we can approach the journey to a more sustainable future by learning from the genius of nature that exists all around us.
We can dramatically improve our use of resources by examining ancient systems that nature has developed over eons. Nature reuses and recycles every resource with incredibly efficient use of energy.
He goes on to illustrate some examples of groups that are mimicking nature’s methods to create closed loop systems from caviar, to worms, to horse manure, to sturgeons, and back to caviar.
He touches on reversing desertification by taking notes from the Nambian fog-basking beetle. There is also a segment that shows how to use sea water for irrigation and the leftover minerals as building materials.
There is a great point made that shows the sun gives us 10,000 times more energy than is used by all forms, so our energy solutions are just a challenge of engineering .
There were no pauses, “Ums”, “hems” or “haws” in his entire talk, and unlike many talks about sustainability which tend to be all gloom and doom, this was uplifting, positive and inspiring.
I first watched it a couple of years ago. Now the number of views has several more commas.
Tour operators that have learned to provide quality outdoor education opportunities are creating a win-win-win situation.
They are providing a positive learning environment for their guests and are attracting families.
They are creating family bonding experiences where both adults and children are having fun learning together and spending time being active outdoors.
They are creating more satisfied customers who will help to spread the news about the operation and the influence that it has had on them.
They are increasing their occupancy and creating a competitive advantage over other similar operations.
They are creating more responsible citizens that will have a ripple effect on the long-term outcomes of the area.
They can attract school, church and other student groups who enjoy the who are looking for the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while they learn about the environment.
Creating the right programs that will attract these families takes some research and talented staff.
Successful strategies for developing environmental education program can be learned by others who have spent years developing and refining their programs and are now reaping the benefits.
There are several keys to developing an environmental education program for your guests:
Do Your Research
Get a good understanding of the most successful programs that others in your field have offered to get an idea of what people are looking for and responding to.
Take inventory of your environment and assets
Think about what you can realisticly offer your guests. Sometimes it is just about adding an education component to what you already have.
Analyze from your client’s perspective
Consider the logistics of how your guests will participate taking into account transportation, space and sitting room.
Think about what you will need to purchase in order to run the program.
It may be a good idea to consider building a dedicated interpretive center and central place for promoting and booking.
Hire the right people
Your staff will be critical to the success of your program. Make sure you do a thorough vetting process to make sure your staff has both the knowledge and personal skills to educate and entertain while being patient and professional. Personal skills and professionalism are most important.
Knowledge can be gained through training. The right staff will increase their knowledge for themselves overtime.
Leave a comment with your questions if you are interested in providing environmental education opportunities for your guests.
If you already run or are involved in successful environmental education, please add your expertise so as to help others who are creating their own.
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