‘Inside, Outside and Beyond’

January 10, 2017

Unique collaboration of UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Edible Campus Project and Orfalea Family Children’s Center seeds sustainability in preschoolers.

Read the rest of the write up here

Jack Johnson and Local Sixth-Grade Students Explore if Plastic is Fantastic

February 06, 2016


When it comes to his shows, Jack Johnson is something of a diva.

Before agreeing to play somewhere, his team hands the venue a detailed rider — a list of demands that need to be met for him to play the show. 

But while more infamous riders from well-known artists might allegedly ask for hand-carved balls of ice or imported Versace towels, Johnson’s reads more like an environmental bill of rights.

“ RECYCLING MUST NOT BE THROWN AWAY WITH THE TRASH,” one rider agreement warns in all caps, along with a request for energy-efficient light bulbs installed throughout the facility and an order for the venue to purchase carbon dioxide offsets to cover all the energy used during the show.

Read the rest of Carla Herreria write up for the Huffington Post  here.

Plastic. Its history, benefits and drawbacks through art

December 02, 2015

From being a key ingredient in medical supplies and refrigerator insulation to surfboards and toys, plastics are part of our world. Life as we know it wouldn’t exist without plastic. On the flip side, humans produce more than 300 million tons of plastic a year—and more than 7 million tons of it winds up in the ocean annually. A new exhibition at Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House looks at the good and bad of plastic through art—and art making.

Why plastic, and why now? Since 2013, the museum’s Spalding House location has presented exhibitions using art to illustrate key aspects of a school curriculum, such as literature, science, math, and social studies. This year, as he was planning future shows, Spalding House director and curator Aaron Padilla wanted to expand the concept to create a multidisciplinary exhibition that focused on a single topic. At the same time, Kim Johnson, co-founder of the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation approached the museum about doing an exhibition that looked at plastic pollution, and something clicked.

Read the rest of James Pleasent's article here

Jack Joins 5 Gyres SEA Change Expedition to Spread Awareness of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

June 12, 2015

Singer-songwriter and long-time environmental activist Jack Johnson has joined the 5 Gyres non-profit organization on an expedition to spread awareness and educate people about plastics pollution in the world’s oceans.

On June 2, Johnson, alongside the 5 Gyres SEA Change Expedition crew, departed from Miami, FL on a journey to research the impacts of plastics on the aquatic ecosystem and marine life.

During the expedition, Johnson will become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, and participate in the 5 Gyres SEA Change Youth Summit in the Bahamas to educate children, and explore solutions to the plastics pollution epidemic in the ocean.

Read the rest of James Pleasent's article here


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