Patricia Johanson works with the public and the land in ways that help heal both, bringing wildlife and healthy ecosystems back to the land and people's lives. Learn more about her work here. And her website at this link.
From the Blue Mind Website:
Blue Mind links neuroscience and psychology with nature in profoundly important new ways. The result is an exciting, fast-growing new field we call Neuroconservation.
But the benefits of this inquiry extend to public health, education, parenting, business, coastal planning, travel, real estate, sports and recreation, and most importantly rebuilding our personal, emotional connection with and restoring healthy waterways.
Blue Mind helps everyone working with and for our blue planet to do their jobs better by providing deeper insights into the science of "our brains on water". We expand the "ecosystem services" conversation to include the vast array of cognitive values and benefits offered by clean, healthy waterways.
Each year we hold a Blue Mind Summit, bringing together top neuroscientists, oceanographers, explorers, economists, educators, and artists to consider new questions about the "human brain on water".
Passion for Place is the message of Blue Mind...how we treat our watersheds is how we treat ourselves. The Carmel River is only as healthy as we see and understand ourselves as part of the river and watershed in all our actions of daily life...our bodies are watersheds too!
Artist Lauren Bon has created a documentary about the creation of the Los Angeles Aqueduct 100 years ago in 1913. She says about her art:
"I'm not satisfied with just making artwork. I'm more interested in the environmental aspects of it that need to go past the artwork into affecting how we live in our watershed which comes back to the statement that artists must create on the same scale that society has the capacity to destroy."
She organized this performance art piece of 100 mules crossing 240 miles of the terrain that the pipeline/aqueduct was constructed on to go from Owens Lake to Los Angeles . It was on the backs of mules that made it possible to construct the aqueduct. Lauren Bon wanted to create a feeling of imagining the unbridled energy of the 100 mules to help shift how people can think and act on behalf of changing how they use and treat water.
Lauren Bon also says in the film:
I can use that round number of 100 to draw a line in the sand and say that I as a private citizen and as an artist need to create a paradigm shift. It's about acknowledging that there's been a very high price tag paid for the life style we enjoy today and it's not simply about the water we have but about the power we use because most of our power comes from the same water. It's all about falling water and gravity. I don't believe that today we can look at a time when we're not going to need water from the Sierras but certainly we, as a society, can do a lot better in utilizing this resource again and again and again."
A message applicable to watersheds around the world.
This painting shows the beginning of cutting the mountain in half to reroute the Carmel River into the San Clemente Creek. Imagine a person looking like a speck on the mountain. The mountain cut at this section started out at approximately 200 feet high. The final cut will be approximately 450 feet wide from the Carmel River on the back side to the San Clemente Creek Drainage in the foreground and twenty feet deeper (to reach the rocks of San Clemente Creek) than the flat land seen at the bottom of the painting. More paintings will be done to show the progression of the reroute cut. ©Paola Berthoin
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