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Today, 5th June, marks World Environment Day, where we collectively consider the impact human activity is having on our planet and encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

The WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depends upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Through positive changes however we can shift our consumption patterns towards goods and services with lower energy and material intensity without compromising quality of life, and World Environment Day is a great opportunity to highlight some of the innovative and positive actions individuals and organisations alike are taking worldwide…

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The sweltering heatwave in India has become so extreme that the streets are beginning to melt and warp. Over a thousand people have died and countless more are struggling in the sweltering temperatures. Hot dry weather patterns emerging from winds from the desert states are said to have caused the unusually high temperatures. Many people don’t have access to air conditioning, making the 48 degree temperatures unmanagable. The National Disaster Authority Government has issued advice in order for people to stay safe in the heat, including avoiding tea, coffee and alcohol, which can be read here .

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PATTERNITY explores patterns both seen and unseen, aiming to create awareness of ourselves and the world around us through noticing more. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, we consider the impact the practice of Mindfulness can have on our day-to-day lives, through breaking the patterns and rituals that we have come accustom to, and creating new, more positive ones…

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Edward Burtynsky’s magnificent photography has been providing us with a new perspective of our planet, and drawing attention to the impact that we humans are having on the environments in which we dwell.

Burtynsky’s latest project Watermark draws attention to our inextricable relationship with water…

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Giant rubbish patches twice the size of Texas float in our oceans, and millions of other pieces of plastic float in the seas, washing up along shorelines, posing threats to marine life and birds.

Artist Alejandro Duran has created installations in Sian Ka’an tropical nature reserve in Mexico, a UNESCO site where swathes of plastic wash up, and hopes to raise awareness of how humans are impacting on the beauty of the natural world…

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“We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected.”

To coincide with International Earth Day, PLANETARY have released a new film exploring Earth and our perspectives of it…

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Whale songs have been interpreted by researchers, who found that the large mammal’s communications followed recognisable patterns and formula – much like human language. Scientist Roger Payne and researcher Scott McVay were able to create a new form of notation from the sonographs of the underwater tunes, in turn highlighting the reoccurring sounds and rhythms of their calls. Further research by scientists since has even uncovered rhymes and different whale dialects…

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#WorldWaterDay In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. #waves #wave #ripple #ocean #Barbados #PATTERNITY  #pattern #nature #water 

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A founding element of PATTERNITY’s ongoing mission is to encourage people to take notice of their environment and appreciate the unseen in the everyday. Around 12–19 miles above us, in the lower part of the stratosphere, is one of our great unseens – the ozone layer. This gaseous region absorbs up to 99% of the sun’s ultra-violet rays, keeping the planet from overheating and protecting life on the surface from sun damage. Small (relative to other regions of our atmosphere) and invisible to the eye, it is integral to maintaining the balance of every ecosystem on Earth. Without it, the living world and its landscape would be unrecognisable.

Although the last 30 years have seen united global action to reduce damage to the ozone layer, its preservation remains the responsibility of every nation in our connected world. To mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, PATTERNITY selects some of the most inspiring images that can be seen as we ‘look up’ towards our hidden protector.

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Pattern is an essential tool in the process of data visualisation, called upon to turn abstract statistics into the concrete and comprehensible. At the Tower of London, ceramicist Paul Cummins and set designer Tom Piper are creating an ongoing sculptural installation that makes use of pattern not only as an aesthetic expression of data, but also as a poignant First World War memorial artwork…

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