Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sciences and Arts for Sustainability - take a look

"Fish Creature with Seven Men" of the Swedish Artist Carl Milles
The international association "Mundus Maris" takes up the mission to provide scientific and relevant indigenous knowledge and encourage artistic expression about the sea in order to promote its restoration, conservation and sustainable use, to further the study, understanding and respect of aquatic ecosystems and associated biological and cultural diversity. Scientists, artists, school teachers, concerned parents from different regions of the world, are joining forces to promote transitions towards sustainability values and practices as well as human and dignified lives. Their objectives include making accessible to non-specialists scientifically validated knowledge [including 'ethno-scientific' knowledge] in ways that facilitate critical engagement and encourage active use of such knowledge for the transition towards sustainability.  They like to encourage artistic expression in response to scientific knowledge reflecting diverse ways of 'knowing' and articulating such knowledge. Social networking and appropriation of knowledge are fostered for understanding marine and coastal ecosystems on one hand and marine cultures on the other; for example by  international cooperation among schools so that works of students and other people gain exposure with the pursuit of knowledge of the sea. Combining different approaches such as to extract relevant information from the best available scientific sources and to promote a better valuation of indigenous knowledge in the pursuit of the transition towards sustainability. Active collaboration between researcher, artists, teachers, students and local communities is found to encourage young people's own research on the fisheries crisis and environmental and social challenges so that schools to enhance their role as platforms for greater collective awareness of the next generations of the importance of safeguarding biodiversity and cultural diversity.

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