Using Images to Convey Meaning: 350.org

[Editor’s note: The Innovations Lab is not affiliated with 350.org.]

From the 350.org website:

With over 4,000 languages spoken around the world, it’s probably not with a bunch of words. We did our best to boil down the science of global warming and vision of the 350 Campaign in 90 seconds–and with no words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5kg1oOq9tY

I found this to be a very effective, visual way to make a point in 90 seconds.

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One response to “Using Images to Convey Meaning: 350.org

  1. Will,

    The global warming debate has been a hot one for years (no pun intended). It surfaces from time to time on Math-Teach though it is not really a math education issue. It had been mentioned earlier this summer, and Paul Tanner III had brought it up again either early this month or sometime last month. And it came up yet again when Paul Tanner III mentioned it a week or so ago.

    We could tie this into math education in terms of how we could use this issue to teach mathematics or applications of mathematics, but the debates on global warming on Math-Teach are just as they are everywhere else: Is global warming caused by humans; is it natural; or is it a combination of the two? If it is a combination of the two, to what extent is global warming the fault of humans?

    We accomplish nothing by sitting around and arguing what is causing it. We also accomplish nothing by arguing what the long-term consequences are or when they will happen. By the time we do settle the issue to everyone’s satisfaction, it will almost certainly be too late to fix the problem! And the risks are too high to ignore them, to blow them off as merely the complaints of “worrywarts,” because they mean the difference between life on Earth and our destruction from the face of the Earth!

    The latest post from Paul Tanner III with some of its replies can be found at

    http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2160626&tstart=30.

    I say “some of its replies” only because some replies are posted as separate threads on the discussion board. Sometimes the moderator mistakenly posts replies as separate threads instead of in the correct thread. This causes some replies in some threads to be broken off from the rest of the thread, which makes it difficult at times to find all posts that should belong together.

    Jonathan Groves

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