By Lauren Rodriguez

From marker illustration, to ink drawing, to sculpture, here are three stunning artworks that question our relationship with the environment while each engaging in various visual contexts.

The Great Plastic Wave,

London based illustrator Nic Mac created this acclaimed piece as a clear homage to Hokusai’s The Great Wave. Created in response to the aquatic plastic crisis, The Great Plastic Wave has earned Mac interviews in a handful of art magazines and notoriety across the social media art community. If you’ve seen this image before, it has probably been from one of her seemingly endless Insta reposts.

By Lauren Rodriguez

Climate anxiety is the buzz phrase of the summer. From the New York Times, to Elle, to RollingStone, personal narratives of fear-induced sleeplessness and childhood anxiety have dived into the tangible results of “earth’s devastation burrowing into our psyches.” We know what it feels like. But what does that fear look like?

From the SF Weekly, to Art Gallery of Ontario, to the New York Times, art reviewers agree: David Maisel answers this very question.

Based in New York, David Maisel is an artist who uses photography and videography to communicate the “politics and aesthetics of radically…

By Lauren Rodriguez

You spent the past four years at your dream college, pursuing your passion for environmentalism and nature through your education. You nail the summer job, pack up your life, and start your next three months of flexibility before jumping into your career. Your whole future is ahead of you, and with your fresh degree in your back pocket, you are ready to move forward. Except… into what?

Recurrent shared the story of Dylan Berry, an environmental student who, after a few years in environmental consulting, dove back into business school to pursue a career bridging industry with…

By Lauren Rodriguez

“In Patagonia, those who love the earth and these mountains and oceans see the importance of protecting the environment. But those who are far away from this beauty… do not.”

Compared to the towering mountains surrounding us, the island I ambled along while having this conversation was a drop in the freezing cold ocean. Mosses so delicate they only grew a millimeter a year surrounded my feet, and the sound of sea lions singing to each other rang in my ears. …

By Lauren Rodriguez

I always find myself returning to nature whenever I can. I have been traveling a lot recently, and I usually plan to spend most of my time with friends. New cities can be intimidating, and giggling over mispronounced food orders at German eateries and pondering abstract art in Amsterdam are delicacies best shared.

However, at the end of every trip, I always make sure to take a day for myself. At this point in the trip I have seen a lot of the city. I always walk to and from destinations, giving myself time to peek around…

By Lauren Rodriguez

One of the biggest environmental challenges of our time is changing how we eat. The food we eat, and the way we eat it, is the result of millions of decisions made when circumstance and instinct intersect. The gap between what our bodies innately desire and what has been physically available is where the birth of cuisine occurred. Geographical limitations of the land we grow our food on have determined the degree to which we alter before our instincts are satisfied. …

By Lauren Rodriguez

Photo Courtesy of Global News Booking

My hunger to have a lifestyle different from my default is being satiated like never before. I am a student at NYU currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and it is equal parts refreshing and fascinating. Madrid and Europe have treated me better than I could have ever imagined. I execute my daily acts within a completely different culture and am learning so much about alternative infrastructure, schedules, food and urban pace of life, which is really exciting for me. Through sustainability, I want to contribute to healthier, happier humanity. …

Recurrent in Conversation…with Baker Herrin

By Sebastian Camacho

Photo courtesy of Baker Herrin

Baker Herrin is a student at University of Florida majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Fisheries & Aquatic Systems. He started following the sustainable wave in his first year of high school and is now a part of UF’s Environmental Science Academy. I got the chance to chat with Baker about his interests in sustainability, plastic pollution, and his tips for people looking to be more sustainable.

Let’s dive straight in!

Q: What sparked your interest in sustainability?

Baker: Ever since I was little, I always loved the ocean, and grew up with an appreciation for the natural world…

By Emma Wulfhorst

Photo courtesy of Emma Wulfhorst

This Sunday, March 3, 2019, is the United Nations’ World Wildlife Day. What better way to celebrate this year’s theme of “life below water: for people and planet” than by saving stranded marine animals? For the people at The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine, New Jersey, this is their job, not just on March 3, by every day of the year.

The MMSC, a private, non-profit organization, was founded in 1978 by Robert Schoelkopf and his wife, Sheila Dean. “For the past 41 years we’ve been established in the state of New Jersey to handle…

By Sebastian Camacho

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Amir Cohen

We are always searching for ways to keep our oceans clean and protect its wonderful creatures. Interestingly enough, the two may now be going hand-in-hand.

In a recent article published by the World Economic Forum, journalist Ari Rabinovitch reports findings of a new way to measure the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans: sea squirts, otherwise known as “ascidians.” As cute as they sound, these creatures are actually becoming surprisingly useful in measuring the areas with plastic pollution. Specifically, the article defined the sea squirt as a “rubbery sea creature with an irritating habit of clinging…

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