Let Science Speak – http://letsciencespeak.com or on YouTube -- is a 6-part, web-based short film series (5 min each) and activation campaign aiming to call America’s attention to the importance of science in one’s daily life [including conservation science], as well as to the damaging effects of censorship, and the suppression of important scientific data. It seeks to rally public support for scientists and the vital work they do every day. This public support is important because scientists are now on the front lines of some of the gravest challenges facing our planet, including climate change, ecological degradation, and the loss of biodiversity. And many of them face exceptionally difficult circumstances right now. Not only is science funding being cut or eliminated, but many scientists – especially those working in the increasingly politicized area of climate change – are themselves being attacked in ways we've never seen before. Let Science Speak represents a timely opportunity to help the world better understand and see scientists as fellow human beings, as well as how powerful their work is and how important this work is to people’s everyday lives.
The film series was about one year in the making by Generous Films of San Francisco. The six featured scientists were chosen because of their leading work in climate and environmental science, but also their ability to share a more personal story about their lives, as well as their work, thus showing a more human side of scientists to the broader world that will connect to larger audiences.
Let Science Speak premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on September 20th and has been briefly featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Weather Channel, as well as Rolling Stone and Rock Sound (given that Fallout Boy’s Patrick Stump wrote the beautiful score).
From NPR's Science Friday, check out this video about how the GIS layer, Blue Marble is created.
"There's artistry to creating the world, according to Rob Simmon, art director of NASA Earth Observatory. NASA's collection of Earth-from-space imagery dates back to the Apollo 8 mission, when astronauts snapped a picture of Earth rising over the moon. Simmon and NASA scientist Gene Feldman explain how the modern "Blue Marble" images are made and how they relate to scientific study of the Earth. (Credits: images courtesy of NASA) Viewed 15072 times. See More Videos
NASA’s iconic images of Earth from space date back to the late 1960s--with snapshots taken by Apollo astronauts. The modern “blue marble” images are captured by machines and they’re not photos--they’re datasets collected by instruments aboard satellites and then translated into imagery here on the ground."
For all you out there that love GIS - here are some fun links.
1- G-I-S State of Mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mCDUf08YLg
2- Map Of The World As We Know It (and I see signs): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cLMibncs0I&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
3- Tied Together (with GIS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDVNBDIVUZo
4- G-I-Yes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKHc9iub5Fw