We immediately felt lucky when we opened an email from our EWC contact us page and found the following photo:
A tingling on the back of my neck told me this was going to be interesting, and that sensation rarely fails me. Then I found a few other telling photos…
Some of you know my daughter and I are also artists who build enormous sculptures with scrap metal, so that last photo was speaking our language,.. but little metal fish?
How could something so simple be demonstrating this is still an amazing world (our motto at EWC)? Take a look…
Two to three billion people – a third of the world’s population – can have their lives changed by this elementary yet ingenious concept! How many more ideas are there, just waiting to bubble to the surface in some “thought leader’s” beautiful mind?
And how does this sort of insight start? Here’s more about the origin of this solution to a global problem:
Terrific news, huh?!
Better than anything I’ll see in the 24-hour news cycle today!
Our thanks go out to a friend to EWC – Nancy Shaw of Franklin County Vermont – for sharing this fantastic idea with our growing global community.
Contact us if you know about some remarkable or inspiring people or ideas. We fact check everything relentlessly, research the back story and publish one article each day – on anything under the sun – to prove this is still an amazing world!
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If you’d like to see the man behind this Iron Fish initiative, speaking on the TED stage, we’ll leave you with his talk. It’s not as polished as some of the fabulous TEDtalks on our EWC’s Favorite TEDtalks page, but you’ll have a lot more fun with this concept. Enjoy!
I never realized how much we know about the Moon, Mars, and Venus.
Did you know we have measured the details of the surface of the moon down to 7 meters of resolution? On Mars, we have mapped things as close as 20 meters, and Venus we have mapped to 100 meters in detail!
All the while – on some level – we’ve been hopefully searching for life or any signs of former life. Perhaps if we keep looking outside our planet, we’ll find life-forms as strange as these:
Oh wait! We have found lifeforms as strange as those, and even stranger, but they are not aliens from another world. Those are creatures, plentiful and successfully established for millions of years right here on our blue planet, in our deepest oceans. By some estimates, we have only a passing knowledge of less than .05% of that frontier right here at home. I was surprised to learn that 4 out of 5 species on our planet are in our oceans. This is really important! Why don’t we know more about this!?
I was inspired to take on today’s topic when I recently learned the most extraordinary fact: we have only recently completed the mapping of the entire ocean floor, but that is only to a maximum resolution of around 5km, which means we can see most features larger than 5km across in those maps.
Wait…we can see things as small as 20 and 100 meters across on Mars and Venus respectively, but our detail of understanding for our own oceans is only as close as 5 kilometers?
What are we thinking? Especially now that we are coming to the enlightened realization that we are inextricably connected to the stability of the elements (water, atmosphere, geology) and fauna on our planet. We spend only a tiny fraction of our resources exploring this frontier, compared to all the resources we pour into understanding outer space.
Perhaps with a little more knowledge we will appreciate the wonder that is within our reach, whenever we stand next to a tranquil sea or crashing surf. You will not believe the lifeforms that are still “aliens” to us because we know so very little about them.
First up today, just to wet your appetite for the fascinating possibility here, take a look at this wonderful short video that also inspired this article. This is the audio/video from a recent expedition to the deep ocean near Puerto Rico. (Thanks to EWC fan Kelly Christie for sharing this with us! You can share things too! Just click here to send us a link and/or a message!)
“Wow!” was of course my initial reaction, but as always here at Ever Widening Circles, we like to get past that and on to the “why?” Why, and how, should we learn more about our most important frontier: the deep ocean?
Fortunately, we have incredible people like Robert Ballard and the scientists of the Nautilus Live project to help us explore the depths of the ocean! If you enjoyed this article, head over to our article with Robert Ballard’s TED Talk and some amazing images from the Nautilus Live project: Underwater Exploration: The New Frontier, it’s one of our most viewed!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we might learn about ourselves and how to improve our futures, but it’s such a beautiful start. To learn more concerning how little we know about the ocean floor, you might like an article in Smithsonian magazine where I found most of my facts.
Thanks for stopping by Ever Widening Circles. We publish carefully fact-checked, positive news every day! Stop by tomorrow for your dose of something that is quite the opposite of the negative 24-hour news cycle.
And stay open, curious and hopeful!
~ Dr. Lynda
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One of the most positive aspects of the worldwide web is its tendency to keep the best, timeless ideas circulating without any degradation. And for the best of the best ideas, the web can actually amplify concepts.
I suspect this is one of the 10,000 foot messages from today’s Ever Widening Circles article; the web allows one great thing to beget another. Now let me demonstrate that wondrous domino effect…
Today for instance, we will meet a great young gal who has taken the meaning of the Starfish Thrower Story, and expanded its reach. Then she will introduce us to an amazing person in India who inspired her.
Do you know the Starfish Thrower Story? If you’ve been around the web for a few years you might have stumbled upon this at some point, but it’s worth another read:
The Starfish Thrower by Loren Eiseley
A man was walking on the beach one day and noticed a boy who was reaching down, picking up a starfish and throwing it in the ocean. As he approached, he called out, “Hello! What are you doing?” The boy looked up and said, “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean”. “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the man. “The tide stranded them. If I don’t throw them in the water before the sun comes up, they’ll die” came the answer. “Surely you realize that there are miles of beach, and thousands of starfish. You’ll never throw them all back, there are too many. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy listened politely, then picked up another starfish. As he threw it back into the sea, he said, “It made a difference for that one.” 1
By the way, if you had heard that Starfish Thrower Story, did you know where it came from? I didn’t until I did the fact-checking and research for today’s article. It was amazing to see how many people took credit for it or how its origin was not even mentioned. Something like this should definitely be credited to the remarkable person who penned it. Loren Eiseley, the author, was an American anthropologist, educator, philosopher, and natural science writer, who taught and published books from the 1950s through the 1970s. Click here to learn a little more about Loren Eiseley, who wrote the Star Thrower Story.
Now let’s get to the remarkable young woman who is amplifying the work of the thought leaders before her. Take a look..
Here’s another great thing about the web: a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired school teacher can be worlds apart and yet collaborate about how their individual efforts can start a movement to fight hunger.
That video is the trailer for an important film that is playing around the country in selected theaters. If you’d like to see when this is in your area or available on demand, click here to visit the website at StarfishThrower.com.
Here’s what the video has to say:
Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Mr. Law battles personal health issues as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis.
This documentary tells tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions. 3
If you’d like to see the feature article we will be doing, about the Indian Chef, we will be republishing that article on Thanksgiving Day 2015. (An amazing story!)
If you’d like to see other amazing story of simple insight and how to change hearts and minds, check out our article called Gangs, Kinship and Service to others. That article features one of the funniest and yet profound podcast interviews I have ever heard.
And one more EWC article will introduce you to a world class foundation seeking out and supporting thought leaders, Check out our article called Ashoka: Why don’t we all know about this!?
Stay open, curious, and hopeful!
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