The power of art: Ice lollies highlight Taiwan’s contaminated waterways

How do you consider the role of art in transmitting powerful messages to the public?  These “Plastic popsicles” are a great example how the visual arts can engage a broader public in issues of water pollution.

Students from New Taipei City collected samples from urban rivers, creeks and ports which they then froze in moulds and preserved in resin. ‘We hope when more people see this they can change their lifestyles,’ they said.

Credits: theguardian.com
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Creative Learning in STEM

The paper “Creative Learning in STEM: towards the design of an approach between theory and reflective practice” suggests that bodily engagement, emotions, self-expression and open-ended, creative exploration, should have a legitimate place in the science classroom. It proposes to move beyond the de-contextualised use of technology in learning towards a learning flow that fosters engagement, a way to develop children’s thinking, their voice and identity, making them feel able to share and contribute actively.

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Myths & Little-Known Truths About Recycling

Recycling can be complex: Some people are uncertain about how it helps the planet, while others consider it a waste of time, money and energy.

Nonetheless, things have changed in the last years. More and more industries are trying to reduce their wastes and consumer behavior has shifted. Greater emphasis is now on reducing, reusing, and recycling, as people are becoming more conscious of the world’s waste problem.

Yet still, misconceptions remain. This article sheds light on six popular myths.

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Co-designing the science we need for the ocean we want

What is transformative Science? How is it produced and disseminated?

The condense guide ‘Co-designing the Science We Need for the Ocean We Want’, inspired by an international webinar series, offers a solid staring point on the: what, why and how to co-design salient, credible and legitimate ocean knowledge solutions. The recommendations are applicable in other science co-designing frameworks.

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1st project meeting, Malta, Dec 2021

One year after the launch of the PLASTEAM project, this was the first time that partners met in person, due to the restrictions posed by the pandemic.

This was quite a condense and fruitful two-day long meeting, organised on 2-3 December by the Maltese Partner Eurodimensions.

All partners presented their organisations and exchanged views on the expected tasks in all three IOs. The focus was given on the APP development (IO1, lead by AGORA) that is about to be finalized. Moreover, the tasks and way forward for the other two IOs was explained by their leaders (IO2 by Effebi, and IO3 by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES).

Breaking Boundaries: Take a Step for the planet

This user-friendly platform presents a series of concrete steps we can take to have a positive impact for the planet. The process is simple. You choose a step and the level of commitment that works for you. You give yourself a month to try it. Then you track your progress by adding “steps” to the course of this global effort to cut down our CO2 emissions.

https://breakingboundaries.count-us-in.com/steps

Plastic Pirates: A citizen science project for plastics

The “Plastic Pirates go Europe” is a citizen science project to research litter pollution in rivers in 3 European countries: Germany Slovenia and Portugal. Throughout these countries, young people are integrated into the scientific research process by collecting data on litter pollution at rivers. The data is then analysed by scientists and published in scientific journals.

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