This week Awesome Stories brings you cultural awareness, solar biogas, auroral magic, and ocean cleanup.
Reading Around the World
I love the message from Ann Morgan about opening our minds and life by reading books from around the world. She realized that her life view was rather limited by only reading books from the UK and US. To expand her views, she decided to read a book from every country in the world and blog about it as A Year of Reading From Around the World. I love this idea so much I might join the challenge to read a book a month from another country. Ann talks about the richness she gained as she reached out to people from around the world to recommend books or help with translations. But the real gifts were the stories and realizing how diverse, interesting, and complex we are as humans.
The most reliable and accessible form of solar energy available to human civilization is …biogas. ~ TH Culhane
T.H Culhane has a simple solution to help families and the planet. The primary mission for Solar C³ITIES is to be an information exchange for people around the world, empowering tinkerers, researchers, and regular folks to create their own sustainable solutions. They believe solar biogas can be a key link for creating a sustainable future. Biogas is an easy, cost-effective, and sustainable way to turn waste into fuel. I love their mission to empower people around the world to provide fuel and ideas for themselves. Learn more on their FAQ page.
Mike Hollingshead is another wonderful photographer who chases storms. His beautiful photos have been featured in many movies and magazines, including National Geographic. This photos series features a magical auroral show in Northern Iowa on June 22, 2015. Wow! I didn’t realize the auroras were visible that far south in the US. Maybe I can catch the show some year.
Ocean Clean Up
Plastic waste is a huge challenge for our oceans and environment. Beyond the 5 trillion pieces of plastic, the bigger danger is the breaking down of the plastic into small pieces that get ingested throughout the food chain, creating horrendous effects for the ecosystem. Right now, just 3% of plastic is micro sized, making it critical to act promptly. Like many of us, Boyan Slat had heard of the giant patches of plastic waste floating in the ocean, but Boyan decided to put his education and social life on hold to do something about it. He has spent two years testing a system of solar fed booms that capture the plastic to be removed and recycled. Read more about Slayton’s Ocean’s Cleanup Project. He and his team of scientists estimate that 50% of the plastic waste could be cleaned up in 5 years. I wonder if they’re accounting for continued plastic pollution?
May we learn to live in harmony with each other and mother earth, creating peace on earth.