This continues to be a very relevant article as we consider the upcoming new year — Stephen

Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist

This article has been picked up and widely reported around the web and that’s great as long as it continues to have my name on it with a link to my website.  (And if you like it, please help this work continue) — Stephen

By Stephen Leahy

VANCOUVER, Canada, Feb 20, 2012 (IPS)

Humanity’s failure to halt the deepening planetary emergency of climate change, extinctions of species and overconsumption of resources is a failure of imagination and mistaken beliefs that we act rationally.

The path to a truly sustainable future is through the muddy waters of emotions, values, ethics and most importantly, imagination, said artists and social scientists at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference here in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“We don’t live in the real world but live only in the world we imagine,” said David Maggs, a concert pianist and Phd student at the

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  1. Hello Stephen, Thank you for your articles and observations.
    I made the carbon cycle illustration that appeared with your ‘ imagination not science is the answer ‘ article a while ago. I have worked as a high school science teacher and am interested in using visuals to explain hidden systems. So I follow the marvelous science that reveals processes beyond our imagination that we rely upon as a growing knowledge resource. I have a plan to make animation about our carbon based life. Last year I made pictures for a booklet which wanted summary overview eye catching images. Some of these images would be better shown as animations with their connected themes carefully told very simply. Have you any references of visuals relating to this ? 43 years ago my wife and I taught science to young Zambians way out in the Northern rural province. I think I managed to explain how our energy foods and valuable protein foods are made, and relate that to the cycles at work on our small school farm project. Nutrition and the school diet was key in our biology course, climate change nowhere in sight. Today we have computer graphics to make animations that could embrace all these topics.
    All the best from Glynn

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