Earth Matters Around the Web

800px-Dallol-2001(photo via Wikimedia Commons)

How do you interact with the earth? What do you picture it as? How does the earth affect you – and how do you affect it? All of these themes are addressed in Earth Matters. This week, around the web, many of the same themes  in the exhibit showed up in news around the world.

  • First up, find about a bit more about the exhibit’s five themes by checking out what WETA had to say about Earth Matters and the issues it addresses.
  • Earth Matters explores the ways in which African artists have connected to the endless world underground throughout the ages, often through rituals and rites honoring the dead in “Imagining the Underground.” Watch how Paa Joe, the Ghanian master coffin-maker is bringing his own art of honoring the dead to the attention of Great Britain here.
  • Through “Material Earth,” the exhibit asks the question: what is earth? How is the definition the same – or different – from person to person? Salt is one answer – get firsthand look at the unique landscape created by salt in these spectacular photos of the salt trade in Ethiopia.
  • Artists’ active responses to climate change  make up a central theme in Earth Matterslearn more about how the members of the Maasai culture are responding to similar changes while trying to maintain their traditional culture.

<p><a href=”″>For Many Maasai, Climate Change May Mean the End of Traditional Ways</a> from <a href=””>PRI's The World</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Earth Matters Around the Web

2010 Mocambique and MalawiAn aerial photograph of Malawi, recently named one of the countries leading the charge on tackling hunger and undernourishment (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Our earth gives us water, food, minerals –  but how do we respect the earth and its resources while also striving for economic development and prosperity for all? Earth Matters strives to show these issues we all face, through the lens of Africa. Recently, stories of innovation and governmental commitment to answering these questions successfully have been front and center:

Maasai_TribeMasaai peoples gather in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (photo via Wikimedia Commons)