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Anthropocene Adaptation

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

Adaptation in the Golden Age of Cnidarians Valerie Durant

Geologist tell us that we have left the #Halocene epoch, and entered the #anthropocene, a period in which humans have impacted the earth state and caused de-stablisation in ecological systems.

As an architectural and urban design professional, my goal is to find the most #sustainable solutions and outcomes that reduce GhG emissions, and produce the lowest or nil ecological footprint during the process of construction or development. Without ecosystem services such as water, air and food, human and species survival is threatened. As an artist, I'm always looking to express hope, bring awareness and convey the beauty that our natural world possesses. I believe in the possibility that each of us can have a minimal impact on the environment While the Anthropocene suggests an order of magnitude and scale never seen before the Industrial age reversal is possible.

My photograph, The Golden Age of Cnidarians, is a photo montage of several photographs. During the Forest fires of 2018, the haze which was unbearable, both emotionally and physically, led me to capture much of my imagery underwater, were visibility was unaffected. In this image I have compiles images of Science World, Vancouver House which is a LEED Platinum building, a cruise ship and a proliferation of anemones, know as cridarians. It is believed that as oceans warm and acidify, anemones, jellyfish and bivalve populations may proliferate. We can adapt but we need to mitigate risks as well. More to follow.

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