Chatting about interpretive themes one day, Ashley Elliot—a friend and superb interpreter—quipped, “The food less travelled.” We all laughed at the reference to Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”, but the more we thought about it the more we liked it. The group was trying to come up with a good theme to link food to energy use. As an exercise, I wrote “The Food Not Taken” closely mirroring Frost’s original.
"The Food Not Taken"
TWO foods converged on my neighborhood
And wondering if I should buy both
The following post was originally published on December 11, 2013, by Ari Phillips on Think Progress's Climate blog. Here is a link to the original article: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/11/3028571/monterey-aquarium-cl...
In a recent issue of Nature: Climate Change (Volume 3, April 2013), several studies highlight the relationship of prior belief to present/future acceptance of various ideas. These studies show that people with strongly held prior beliefs will often manipulate evidence to support their held-belief. People without strong prior belief are open to the influence of personal experience and expert consensus. It is suggested that place-based climate change education by highly-trusted sources will influence Americans who fall into this area of ambiguous belief.
Last week, scientists announced that carbon dioxide levels hit 400 parts per million for the first time in human existence. The last time this happened, the earth’s sustained temperatures were about 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer and sea levels were over 80 feet higher than they are today. Florida would have been a narrow strip instead of a broad peninsula, and Washington, D.C. might have offered oceanfront views.
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Not many animals get their own national holiday. Perhaps that’s why Groundhog Day is one of my favorite holidays. If you missed the headline, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow when he poked his head out of his burrow, so we can expect an early spring. With all due respect to Phil, there may be better ways to predict weather trends.