The redemptive power of social networking

The recent news out of Vatican City – Thou shalt not pollute or clone – illustrates not only our inter-connectedness and the fragility of our planet, it provides another window of opportunity to challenge our students to join the discussion and action regarding the effects of climate change.

One such opportunity is to encourage them to view and respond to creative and provocative artwork like the video – Airsick: Industrial devolution by Toronto Star photographer Lucas Oleniuk. Oleniuk captures the issue of global warming by using 20,000 still images in the lead up to Earth Hour – 8 pm on March 29, 2008.

The possibilities are limitless: creating and posting their own photo/video montage on any one of numerous social-networking web sites or blogs, hooking up with initiatives such as –Zerofootprint/University of Waterloo – that helps individuals measure and reduce their carbon footprint and network with other individuals and organizations working towards environmental sustainability.

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Keywords: social networking, environment, sustainability

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