Jan
18
2011

If you're a total Buzz nerd like JGordon, you may have noticed a number of posts with the tag "Future Earth" over the last couple of years. They started when the folks here at the Science Museum of Minnesota began researching a new permanent exhibit called Future Earth, opening Fall 2011 at SMM. This exhibit will ask, "How do we survive and thrive on a human-dominated planet?"

EarthBuzz: This new branch of the Buzz focuses on Future Earth topics.
EarthBuzz: This new branch of the Buzz focuses on Future Earth topics.Courtesy SMM

This is a different question than we're used to asking, but it's a vital one. Understanding the answer means studying more than just global warming, rising sea levels, and population growth--we also have to think about energy production, agriculture, retreating glaciers, transportation, hunger, poverty, development, and the list goes on. It turns out that because all of these issues are interrelated, we can't study or address any one of them in total isolation.

This new way of understanding is what inspired the Future Earth exhibit. Future Earth will look at environmental issues with a fresh perspective, explore the ways we study and understand our impacts on the environment, and shed light on projects that offer innovative solutions to complex problems, such as this one we hope to implement at Science Museum of Minnesota. The goal is to foster understanding, hope, and action.

Future Earth is part of a larger effort taking place at SMM, the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, and a team of other institutions called the Future Earth Initiative. Funded by the National Science Foundation, FEI aims to raise awareness and offer workable solutions for life in a human-dominated environment. Given adequate time and resources, these solutions could help reduce our negative impacts on the environment while providing us all with the energy we need to live. Think of it as saving two birds with one…thing that you save birds with…

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I am no kind of nerd! I own an electric guitar!

posted on Tue, 01/18/2011 - 4:20pm
Chuck Norrris's picture
Chuck Norrris says:

I know you own an electric guitar! The question is can you play it?

P.S. I have a hunch the answer is no. (And I am always right because I am Chuck Norris)

posted on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 9:42am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Dear Mr. Norris,

You are a highly skilled martial arts practitioner and a successful television actor, but you're also a 70-year-old man who possesses no supernatural abilities, so the accuracy of your hunches, as they pertain to me, whom you have never met, is extremely questionable.

In any case, actually playing an electric guitar is of secondary importance in being cool. Game, set, match.

Yrs,

JGordon

posted on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 10:55am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

JGordon is being modest. Here's some very rare footage of our resident guitar hero showing off his chops. He obviously knows his way around a fretboard.

See video

posted on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 11:39am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hmm. I don't remember this, but, then again, I typically black out while shredding.

On one hand, I very rarely play an instrument with fewer than two necks, so a uke seems unlikely. On the other, I almost always play while lying on my side, so that fits.

I don't think I've ever had a goatee, though. This is a mystery.

posted on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 3:51pm
nicky2's picture
nicky2 says:

JGordon is not a nerd for sure!

posted on Sat, 01/29/2011 - 7:18pm
my name-Sarah Rox  's picture
my name-Sarah Rox says:

I think that this whole futuristict thing is really cool and that i hope we can change by that time and be more open to not killing and wasting our resourses

posted on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 1:04pm

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