Experimental Pedagogical Material
Journals to Think About Nature

From terrestrial energy, the changes and balances of natural systems, to restoration and agroecology, "Journals to think about nature" –coedited by Fundación Mar Adentro and Saposcat– are a series of three books that propose to explore the different components of climate change through an interrelation of concepts, educational activities and illustrations.

In these three books we propose to inquire about terrestrial history and its energy, the changes and balances, and about conservation and restoration from different perspectives that come together to think together about nature. We seek to encourage greater understanding and motivation to investigate, make informed, critical and conscious decisions that consider natural systems, the various territories, their communities and future generations. The different illustrations created by chilean artists Christian Yovane, Tomás Barrera and Natalia Babarovic invite us travel into a visual journey through terrestrial history, its different sources of energy and forms of sustainable use, to learn about the acidification of the oceans and the loss of biodiversity as well as learning about the ecological restoration of soils and better ways of coexistence with nature.

In each book you will find three actions, different modes of inquiry, critical and constructive thinking exercises, our ability to interpret and synthesize meaningful information. To achieve an ecological transition we must address environmental challenges from creativity, curiosity and community. Use these artistic methodologies of observation, imagination and action to expand awareness and conversation about nature (Note: all activity contents and book contents are currently only available in Spanish).

Download books in the following links:
Energía terrestre
Cambio y equilibrio
Conservar y restaurar

ACTION 1: WE ARE ENERGY 
We propose drifting, walking without a specific goal, simply letting yourself be carried away by chance and intuition, to be surprised by what appears along the way. By noting these new observations on a map, we find a critical and attentive vision of what goes unnoticed: traces and movements of different energy sources and their effects on the landscape.

 


ACTION 2: SENSORY JOURNEY THROUGH WATER

If we could imagine other ways of living with water, what would they be like? These small exercises invite us to connect with water from the senses, to learn more about its different sounds and textures, and imagine and fictionalize about possible ways to create cities that do not affect the waters that sustain them. Below you will see a playlist with three sounds as part of the first exercise “ACTIVE LISTENING” of this action.

 

SOUNDS PLAYLIST

ACTION 3: COOKING WITH BIODIVERSITY

©Renata Aedo

From learning to carry out chromatography of our food to reflecting on different recipes, these exercises invite us to discover how our meals provide us with information about the health of our environment.
Special thanks to Renata Aedo and Antonia Cafati who collaborated with their knowledge and photographs for these activities.

 

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