Category Archives: Creek

Amazing Space in Cedar Rapids

Nice profile on Cedar Rapids’ Amazing Place building at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Tech Republic.

Here’s a clip:

“Nature, science, and facts are non-partisan,” said Indian Creek Nature Center executive director John Myers. “Technology is an extension of nature. The two not only interoperate, tech and the environment complement each other.”

Science and technology are also good for business. The Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) is Iowa’s only private nonprofit nature center. The organization’s headquarters and new Amazing Space “living building” is an energy NetZero facility nestled in a grove of oak trees on the edge of a sloping prairie dotted with both wildflowers and solar panels. The new building is a 12,000-square-foot environmental education center, Myers explained, and is “under certification by the International Living Future Institute to become a Living Building. This certification is far beyond LEED standards and focuses on truly sustainable practices that restore, not degrade the environment.”

Indigenous Iowa breaks ground on Earth Mother Camp, an environmentally progressive think tank

Indeigenous activist Cheryl Angel speaks at the site of the new Earth Mother Camp. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann.

Indigenous Iowa, a social and environmental justice organization rooted in indigenous culture, welcomed the first visitors to the Earth Mother Community Education Camp near Williamsburg, Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The ceremony began with a song to welcome water protectors from Oceti Sakowin, a camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cedric Goodhouse was

invited to start the ceremonial fire, setting positive intentions for the camp. There were speeches by Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous Iowa and Meskwaki speakers at the ceremony.

Click here to read the full article.

The Outline Outside My Mind

Theme : Have you ever wondered how great nature can be? Doesn’t matter your answer to that question because either way, this project will entice you to form a more perfect union with trees.

General storyline: I, along with a good friend of mine, will be walking through a forest and talking about the intricacies, the beauty, the majesty, the drama, the romance, the war, the famine, the peace, the pieces, and the nature of what we see. We will, of course, supplement all the factual information with statements that may not be facts to the general public, but they are to us.

Main characters: Those featured in this work will be, as of today, will be Raud, yours truly, and my main man Creek may sneak on camera.

Interviews: I have interviewed Creek, the caretaker of the particular forest I will be filming in, and Andy, the university’s urban forester. I am currently working with three other folks to get interviews. Some more viable than others, so we shall see who else will join in.

Arts Medium: I will be working with film. I do not think it will be on an old-timey crank-and-shoot, but the world has many surprises and that is always an option.

P.S.: I plan on reaching out to Leonardo DiCaprio, so, ya know…the film should be pretty cool.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Leonardo+DiCaprio+working+with+Solomon+Furious+Worlds+at+UIOWA

 

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Creek CNP Outline 11/2/16

Creeks of Johnson County

Theme: Restoration and Conservation and reconnecting with the land

General storyline: The four seasons will be analogous to the development of the destruction of our land and resources and will be threaded together with my families land and the waterway running through it juxtaposed with the greater area surrounding it. Spring is a time of birth and great opportunity and I will explain how the land we see today was shaped by natural process and then utilized as a partner by the Native People of The Americas. Summer is a time of agitation and preparing for the future survival in winter. I will use this verse to illustrate where man went wrong and what we still do wrong. Fall is a time of reflection and will be used to promote possible solutions to our wrong-doings as well as how we impact the entire globe all of its inhabitants. Winter is a time for huddling together and staying alive or being left in the cold to freeze to death. This will be an opportunity to predict what will be of our future if we stay on our current trajectory or if we merge together as one and begin to respect nature as a fellow, not a foe. As Thoreau said, “Alert and healthy natures remember that the sun rose clear, it is never too late to give up our prejudices.”

Main characters: Creek Hoard, Old Man’s Creek, Mother Nature

Interviews / Research: I will be interviewing a few scientist from campus to attain a clear understanding of what has happened as well as what my come in the future, as well as possible solutions. I will also be interviewing my family members to get an idea of what the land means to them. Research will be done to gather historical information about the area and what it has been used for in the past.

Arts Medium: I will write and read live a prose poetry, essay and short story. I will also include a visual medium and Music for thought throughout the reading.

What Does The Future Hold?

desert-china-map This article, Living in China’s Expanding Desert illustrates in an interactive way how climate change is affecting not just those who live in coastal areas, but also those inland. It may be hard to understand why warming and increased water content in the atmosphere would cause desertification, but it is quite simple if you think about it. When water is heated, it evaporates and lifts up into the atmosphere where it condenses and falls again. However, in a desert or arid region, any moisture that lifts up, does not fall down in the same place. This is a natural process that is the result of wind cells on the planet stemming from equatorial heating. Unfortunately, the earth is heating more rapidly and water is spread further and further from areas that need it, like Chinese deserts or the Sahal in Africa. The input of energy into any system will cause a reaction and the more energy, the higher the magnitude of such a reaction.

This is yet another example of people who do not cause the majority of climate changes being affected the most by climate change. Rural people all over the world are being impacted and not with just hot days, they are losing their way of life and resources to food. This is a positive feedback loop that will accelerate with time and there is probably no going back from something like this. There is development of solar panels that are de-desertifying some places in Africa, but the problem of government intervention is just as bad or worse in China. This is a human rights issue that must be looked at as such; for, we all have the right to life, liberty and happiness… not just Americans.

One Sol, Two Creeks, and Tons of Trees

I am the one Sol (Solomon) who met up with a man named Creek, who showed me another creek that lied adjacent to a forest – the first forest I have ever been able to stand inside. I was literally among the trees! If you told a young Solomon Furious Worlds, that one day he would be able to stand tall next to real non-cactus plants that are green, leafy, and magnificent, he would have believed you because he, who is I, always knew he would make it to a forest.

Creek, my friend and “interviewee,” is not just an aspiring Environmental Scientist. He also happens to be the caretaker of the forest we explored. He knows more about the trees we saw than I know about myself. He explained his environment like an expert, while watching out for his two dogs. And, of course, we had our “interview” in the forest that the “interview” was about

The detailed reader noticed that I put the word interview in quotes. That is because our meeting was much to free form to be a typical interview. Our conversation was after delicious waffles, but just before we explored about 30 years of hip hop and Black culture. For Creek, it was an average Saturday. Ditto for me, except for all the beautiful trees. Here is a snippet of our conversation:

Our interaction was lax, but hearing about specific species of the forest I will be recording in was a fantastic experience. Getting to know Creek a bit better was priceless.

P.S. : I prefer Visa.
P.S.S. : The line I quote in the sound bit was improperly quoted. The source is much funnier. Here is the source:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/31jw4m/if_you_leave_hydrogen_atoms_long_enough_they_will/