Sunday, August 21, 2011

Biodiverse-City at the Beaty Museum

Beaty Biodiversity Museum had their Urban Festival today. Their flagship specimen is an enormous blue whale skeleton.   Imagine your city respects biodiversity.  What would you be doing? Families, teens, toddlers, and fellow Beaty volunteers co-designed "biodiverse-city".  Two 17 year old visitors from Ontario expressed great concern for their ecological future.  They were interested in biology, ecology and art. One drew a mermaid on the "Day in the Life" timeline.  The conversation made me reflect on how a combination of passion, leadership, creativity and technical expertise will be required of youth to face challenges they never chose for themselves.  They were fascinated by the museum, biodiversity and the challenge of designing a biodiverse-city.