Sustainability Journal

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The chapters in “Two Pines” did a great job in brining to light that educating the public about sustainability is the responsibility of scientists and or artists. An artists must not only educate but also should be incorporating sustainability into their own work. I read an article, “How to make Photography more Environmentally Friendly, that talked about sustainable photography. One point that the article mentioned was that photographers need to be conscience of the photographs that they print. During COVID I printed out a bunch of photos to send to friends to remind them of the times that we had spent together before COVID. I didn’t mail all of those photographs. After reading the article, I am reminded that I should mail those out since I already had them printed. There is no need for me to be wasteful.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

After reading “Think Like a Mountain” the quote that stuck with me was “But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view”.

So many people thing that by eradicating certain animals that the world will be a better place. When in reality, everything is connected. By eradicating anything the balance in nature and life is disrupted. Although I still don’t know what role misquote play, they must be here for a reason. Maybe coming up with a way to sterilize mosquitos isn’t the best answer.

Friday, January 14, 2022

During my recent run I had to stop at a restaurant and ask for a cup of water. I felt terrible when they graciously handed me a plastic cup with a lid and straw. This was my fault for not carrying my reusable hand held. I can make a difference in this area by not contributing to the use of plastic and straws unnecessarily.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

I saw an Instagram post that made me think about my recent wedding. We used glow sticks to light up the evening. I never thought about the solution in the glow sticks ending up in the ocean and causing harm to the environment. I don’t think that I will ever purchase glow sticks again.

Link to IG post: Shedding light

Sunday, January 16, 2022

This picture that I took, shows that building drainage ways helps to stop erosion. Which slows the water down and it goes into the ground instead of running off. 

credits: Adera Robinson

Monday, January 17, 2022

My husband and I spent the afternoon at the San Diego Zoo. We both needed time away from our day to day. I have had a zoom membership for several months and he renewed his today. I started thinking about sustainability while walking through the zoo and looking at all the various plants and animals. The purpose of a zoo is to educate people about animals and their natural habitat. The San Diego Zoo is known for its research on endangered species. For example, the sloth bear “remains vulnerable. in large part due to poaching”. I can’t do much personally for the sloth bear but my membership helps the zoo with their efforts in studying this bear. Their work is helping India which is one of the places the sloth bear can be found. Thanks to the San Diego Zoo’s website, I learned quite a bit about this threatened animal. According to the site, the sloth bear kills more people than any other bear because people have moved into their habitat. I hope the video I took inspires you to read more about the Sloth Bear, Ursus ursinus.

credits: Adera Robinson
Sloth bears at the San Diego Zoo

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

I wrote an article for work back in 2019 that I completely forgot about, How Sharp helps care for the environment. It came to mind the other day after I had a conversation with a colleague about some of the articles that I have written for our organizations online newsroom. The article talks about the different sustainability approaches that our company, Sharp HealthCare, has taken. I went back and read my article and was reminded that as one of the largest employers in San Diego, they are trying to do things that make impacts on a small level. Yes, they recycle, but to me what is even more important is that they found a way to reduce food waste in the community by accepting food that is “imperfect” that cannot be used in grocery stores. This is an example of how a company helps with sustainability in their own local community.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Reality can be seen not only by the minds of scientists but by the minds of artists, each pursing his own means for perceiving as well as expressing… The artist and philosopher deal, by and large, with what we have been speaking of as the metabiological universe. We are now seeing the connection, or the relationship, between the biologic and the metabiologic.

Cardenas, E. (2019). Between Two Pines: Ushering in a Sustainable Future Through an Art-Science Practice, page 21

Thursday, January 20, 2022

It was hard for me to find a photo about sustainability. I found this photo on Instagram. It is a reminder to swap out single plastic water bottles for reusable ones.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Here are three ideas for gift giving, check out the other 15 on Instagram.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

I was looking out on the ocean today. It was calm and beautiful. The only thing that was distracting my gaze was the empty can of beer or soda that was bobbing around. It was ugly and distracting. Who will get that trash out of the ocean? Did someone intentionally throw the can into the ocean? Did it blow in from the near by restaurant? Did it get blown in by the wind from a boat? Did someone accidentally know it in? These were the questions that came to mind when I saw that ugly trash in the ocean.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

“society will never come to an eternal consensus about the meanings of normative terms that comprise sus-tainability. This circumstance recalls contention about the concept of justice. Our understandings of justice are varied, indefinite, and evolving.”

John A. Vucetich, Michael P. Nelson “Sustainability: Virtuous or Vulgar?,” BioScience, 60(7), 539-544, (1 July 2010)

Monday, January 24, 2022

We see face masks on the ground every where we go. Unfortunately, this has become a part of the every day trash on the streets. I have been traveling and saw this mask on the ground. I was tempted to pick it up and throw in the trash. Instead I walked over it. I felt uncomfortable with picking up something that had been touching someone’s face not knowing when I would be able to wash my hands. I realize that I cannot catch COVID-19 from touching this mask and by not picking it up, I just did the planet a disservice.

Face mask on the ground in South Beach Florida
credits: Adera Robinson
Discarded Mask in South Beach Miami
credits: Adera Robinson
Discarded plastic bag in South Beach Miami

I can help make a difference in our world by picking up trash instead of walking over it.

Tuesday, January 25 2022

I am interested in what can be done about all the masks that are being discarded.

  • Do a better job of keeping track of my masks so that I do not unintentionally contribute to the mask trash on the streets
  • Put my masks in a holder to carry them around in so that they stay clean from debris in my bags
  • Stop leaving multiple masks in different locations
  • Conserve my surgical mask, recommended for single use, by putting a cloth mask on top of it

After doing some research, I learned just how bad face masks are for the environment. It is more than the fact that they end up in landfills and the ocean. The masks, as they break down, create “plastic or microplastic pollution to the environment”, according to an article about environmental challenges and solutions by ScienceDirect. There might not be a solution today about how to limit the environmental impact of masks but research is being done so that in the future, there might be a solution. One thing that I found interesting was that there is research being done about using the plastic waste and turning it into construction materials. Maybe the home that I live in next will be made of materials that came from masks.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A hospital in my neighborhood, UCSD, is expanding. The changes are starting to really become noticeable as trees are taken down and size-able chunks of the landscape are being altered. At first these changes look like destruction of the earth. Thinking about it with sustainability in mind, maybe it is not. There is a relationship between the nature and humans. In this neighborhood, humans are part of nature, we are not absent. Man is interfering with the land to make necessary changes. This hospital has over 50,000 patients a year and I am sure that number is growing.

credits: Adera Robinson

Sometimes the changes are not being managed correctly. This part of the construction site shows a poor attempt to make sure soil doesn’t run off into a stream. The water should flow down and go into the black pipe, the orange barrier is supposed to stop the soil from the side going into that water.

credits: Adera Robinson

Thursday, January 27, 2022

When art and economics are combined using surveillance style of photography, this helps to “reconfigure the perception” of what art must be.

Remote Sensing  is a two year project resulting in a split screen digital video tracing the topographies of the global sex trade in relation to satellite media and other geographic information technologies that visualise globality. The video unravels the multi-layered meaning of a geography in which the mobility and migration of women is linked to illicit economies and the implementation of new technologies”

Ursula Biemann, artist who was mentioned in the article Art in the Anthropocene

Friday, January 28, 2022

Global Citizen, an organization whose goal is to end extreme poverty, created a video mimicking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” to draw attention to food waste. Ed Sheeran who was part of Global Citizens One World Together concert, is a Grammy Winning artist.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

“I am prepared to evolve” – Nature Is Speaking – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature

Sunday, January 30, 2022

“The time is now” – 24 Hours of Reality: “Earthrise” by Amanda Gorman

Monday, January 31, 2022

I have been trying to find photographers that specialize in sustainability. One photographer, Tim Flach, did an interview with The Institution of Environmental Sciences about a book he published. In this 2018 article he said “Speaking to scientists makes me a more effective communicator as I am able to use their research in the creation of images”.

This is a reminder that artists and scientists need to work together and not separate to influence change.

“It is the egotist that you really want to start to engage with through the storytelling and emotion. So understanding the very mechanisms of visual communication allows us the possibility of engaging them with the visual storytelling before they have a conscious thought and a chance to think otherwise.” ~ Tim Flach

Fowler, P. (2018). Shooting to protect.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Ploughshare Tortoise Engraved
Scientific name: Astrochelys yniphora Range: Baly Bay (northwest Madagascar) IUCN Red List status: Critically Endangered
Photographer: Tim Flach

According to, the tortoise shell is engraved to try to stop traffickers since they want the tortoise for their shell.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

“I needed to lead instead with curiosity and be open to the role exploration would play in this space.”

Cardenas, E. (2019). Between Two Pines: Ushering in a Sustainable Future Through an Art-Science Practice.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

credits: Adera Robinson
Yard Waste Compost

Friday, February 4, 2022

During my research about sustainability, I read an article about a disinformation campaign that was trying to promote trophy hunting as sustainable.

Imagine trying to fix the climate crisis without knowing the fossil fuel industry and its allies are actively fighting solutions. 

Imagine trying to fix the climate crisis without knowing the fossil fuel industry and its allies are actively fighting solutions. 

Saturday, February 5, 2022

An article by Kitchen Aid shares several ways to reduce food waste in the kitchen. They go beyond the normal “don’t let food spoil” but talk about ways to use pieces of fruits and veggies that are normally discarded in recipes. For example, if an apple is peeled, instead of throwing away the peels, use them to make a tea or dehydrate them to make a healthy snack.

credits: Klaus Pickler

Sunday, February 6, 2022

credits: Adera Robinson
Rain barrel in Hillcrest, San Diego

I pass this house in my neighborhood all the time and depending on the day, I notice different things about it. I love that this house catches the rain and uses the water for the yard. San Diego does not get a lot of rain and this home owner has found a way to have a relationship with the plants and nature in an area that is constantly in a drought.

Monday, February 7, 2022

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