Wildlife scientist and graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Diane Arrieta begins a mural this weekend at the Boynton Beach Art District. This mural project is in conjunction with Diane’s scientific research for her master’s thesis. The Rickie Report is pleased that Diane is also selling her artwork to benefit the Rare Species Foundation. Kudos to Rolando for bringing diversity of art, community-based creators and non-profits!
by Diane Arrieta
ActivistArtistA’s Bay Gates Project
Reception: July 25, 2013
7 - 10 PM
BIRDS ARE NICE
Exhibition of work by Diane Arrietta to benefit RareSpecies.Org
Wildlife scientist and graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Diane Arrieta begins a mural this weekend at the Boynton Beach Art District. This mural project is in conjunction with Diane Arrieta’s science research, as a partial requirement for her master’s thesis, MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystems Health from the University of Edinburgh School of Medicine and Veterinarian Medicine, College of Biomedical Sciences.
Seeing Red is based on the IUCN’s red list of endangered species.
Biodiversity may be defined as the variety, of plants, animals and other living things in a particular area or region. Biodiversity is the foundation of all ecosystems (managed or unmanaged). The services it provides determine the quality of human and animal well-being. Loss of biodiversity affects climate regulation, promotes the spread of disease, keeps our water clean, aids in carbon storage and affects many other aspects of daily life. Everything in an ecosystem (plants, animals, habitat, water, soil, and people) is dependent on the other. Human activities and land use changes are threatening all of the components necessary for healthy living.
Seeing Red focuses on one aspect of biodiversity loss (endangered species). Scientists now estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than we did in previous times.
The Center for Biological diversity states that 99 percent of currently threatened species are at risk due to human activity. Those driving habitat loss, global warming and the introduction of exotic species are causing the greatest degradation.
To find out more about what biodiversity is and how you can be affected by the loss of it, please visit these websites to learn more.
- IUCN Red List IUCNredlist.org
- Millenium Ecosystem Assessment unep.org
The project’s aim is to raise biodiversity awareness by directing participants to explore and learn important scientific concepts regarding biodiversity and conservation. By seeking out new information, the project intends to offer scientific models to a general audience and encourage participation towards a positive change for a healthy planet.
Street art as a tool for biodiversity awareness
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For more information: BIRDS ARE NICE or ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project Boynton Beach Art District 404-422 West Industrial Ave Boynton Beach, Florida 33426 786-521-1199