** Please read this article while listening to Vanessa William’s “Colors of the Wind” from the movie Pocahontas **
It is clear that the world is changing, and that it is humans that are shaking up the giant etch-a-sketch also known as the planet Earth. We see it with forest disappearing because of clear-cutting, in the ever-expanding cities, and in the loss of plants and animals on a minute-to-minute basis. Not all animals perceive the world the same way that we do. Unlike humans, there are many animals that rely predominantly on senses other than sight. For instance, sea mammals rely on audio information to assess their environment and communicate with other individuals. Oceanographer, Kate Stafford, researches the changing soundscape in our oceans and gave a TED Talk specifically about the now noisier Arctic Ocean. Trust us, it’s worth a listen…get it?