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The 10 contemporary scientists that changed today’s world

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Some of the most influential scientist from the last decades

Living in the 21st century gives us the privilege to avail ourselves of all the scientific and technical advantages achieved in the past. Nowadays, we have almost effortless access to unlimited opportunities. We travel faster than ever, we could enter into the endless flow of information and search the world wide web just by clicking few buttons on our laptop or even more, on the screen of the mobile computer in our pocket. Every new theory and all the technical advancements expand our perception of the world and grant us new prospects. Thanks to these unnumerable thinkers, scholars, and practitioners. To people from all kinds of spheres and disciplines who devoted their lives to the ideas of knowledge and progress. We are now capable to enjoy our lives better, and moreover, to explore the universe in ever-growing detail and depth. Our human world was slowly shaped throughout thousands of years but, now and then, there was a single person whose activities pushed the evolution of civilization with the speed of light. 



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The Sistine Chapel of the ancients

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Amazonian ancient rock art

A stunning discovery of prehistoric rock drawings depicting humans, animals, and various ancient people's activities was made in the forest labyrinths of the Amazon jungle. The unbelievable number and quality of the pictures spread across miles of cliff faces provoked the researchers to call the site "The Sistine Chapel of the ancients". The archeologists reckon that it would take decades for the scientists to explore and study thoroughly all the figures and ornaments. The leader of the expedition Jose Iriarte says "When you're there, your emotions flow … We're talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It's going to take generations to record them … Every turn you do, it's a new wall of paintings." These explorations could lead us to yet unknown facts about the life of prehistoric humans and critical knowledge of early human civilizations.

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Prof. Xavier Cortada: DO NOT OPEN - a (Warning) Project about Climate Change and the World of Tomorrow

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AN EYE OPENING PROJECT 

"DO NOT OPEN" is a participatory art project, organized and lead by Prof. Xavier Cortada.  Its goal is to provoke a first-hand awareness  on climate change and the way it affects our life and the life of those coming after us. Because it is true that for many people (or should we say for most of the people) climate change is still something distant, something chimerical, something that is not relevant to them - not now, not in this moment. Yet, Prof. Cortada proves us wrong. He makes us, or actually let's say, he helps us see, admit and acknowledge the personal (and global) effects of climate change.  Because this is the only way a change could be made. Not via impersonal narration, but via personal interpretation.

 Prof. Cortada asks the participants to write letters to the future, focusing on the climate change which effects we experience today. Then the participants should put the letters away and leave them unread, until a future time. The result is the acknowledgement that climate change is real and that our today is what will form the next generations' tomorrow. ..

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Chantal Bilodeau: Dear Earth, I Love You

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TIME TO SAY THANK YOU 

The following text  has been written on the occasion of Earth Day 2020 - 50th anniversary, by Chantal Bilodeau - a renown playwright and translator, a pioneer in the sphere of eco theater, called one of "trailblazers who are changing the climate conversation" .

"(Dear Earth) Thank you for putting up with our excesses and our temper tantrums, our greed and our indifference, our honest mistakes and our willful ignorance. You patiently endure our petty in-fighting, our endless politicking, and our deflections. No matter how disruptive our actions are, you continue to hold us in your embrace with great compassion. When the future is so uncertain, your calm and steadiness are comforting." - Chantal BIlodeau


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Oliver Kellhammer: Neo-Eocene or How Trees from the Eocene Can Fight Climate Change

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BACK TO THE FUTURE...

We will not talk about the emblematic movie by Robert Zemeckis. And we will not talk about science fiction. Or maybe we will... Kind of. For what the environmental artist Oliver Kellhammer and  the botanist Rupert Sheldrake are trying to do may sound to you like a science-fiction. Well, it is science, for sure. But it is definitely not fiction. It is something real. A real escape plan. Or at least part of if.  An escape plan for turning back the time... iand fighting climate change.

"There is broad scientific consensus that we are well into a period of rapidly escalating, human-induced climate change, - says Oliver Kellhammer. - But how high will temperatures go? Some models predict that global temperatures could increase by as much as 5 degrees C. The last time this happened was during the Eocene Thermal Maximum, some 55 million years ago. This was long before our own species came along, so it is unclear how we will be able to adapt to the coming extremes. Back in those days, palms and alligators flourished as far north as what is now Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Much of British Columbia was covered in a warm temperate forest, far more biologically diverse than what exists here today... But if global warming threatens to bring back the Eocene's temperatures, why not reintroduce the Eocene's trees? Many of our existing forests have already suffered substantially under the newer, hotter conditions..."

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