Human ecology

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Grand Forks

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Like many cities, Grand Forks had seen a decline in activity and economic development in its downtown area during the 1960s and 1970s which was escalated by the devastating flood of 1997. Federal assistance and local restoration projects have revitalized the area by rehabilitating the buildings that could be saved.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Welk Barn, Strasburg ND

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All careers begin somewhere, and Lawrence Welk's started on the family homestead farm in south central North Dakota. The original red barn stands not only as a marker for the farm, but as a monument to Welk’s legacy.

A Photographer’s View of Iceland | Drangey Island, Godafoss, Myvatn, and Askja

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The stories of an Icelandic saga’s hero, the “Waterfall of the Gods,” thermal waters and mud pools, and the eruption of a volcano’s effect on immigration. Travel to Iceland, where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists, including Wayne Gudmundson, to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.

Philosophy in the Desert: Idioms | Wild Nevada

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In this video, Wild Nevada explores a dirt road lined with rocks engraved with grass roots philosophy.

A Photographer’s View of Iceland | Emotional Ties to Iceland and North Dakota

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The study of North Dakota’s Icelandic poet K. N. Julius led Wayne Gudmundson to travel to Iceland and find his roots as well. Travel to Iceland, where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists, including Wayne Gudmundson, to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Women Craft Group

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Learn about Women Craft group in Uganda which consists of over 250 women. The next stage of this project is developing marketing opportunities outside of Uganda.

Elisa Korenne: Steamboats on the Red

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Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it's hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul and Winnipeg. This original song by Minnesota musician Elsia Korenne tells the tale of willpower and cut-throat competition that brought steamboats to the Red and made them work.

A Photographer’s View of Iceland | Icelandic Animals and Scenes and Gudmundson’s Photography

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An Icelander talks about the island nation’s animals and birds and Gudmundson about his photography. Travel to Iceland where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists, including Wayne Gudmundson, to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.

Inside Biosphere 2

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Biosphere 2 was built nearly thirty years ago to develop technologies for human living in space and on other worlds. Eight biospherians survived sealed inside the engineered ecosystem for two years. The results of the mission were mixed, but they definitely succeeded in constructing a research facility like none other in the world.

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Inside Biosphere 2

The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet (2004)

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"We can choose to live on a depleted planet or we can choose to live on a rich, biologically diverse, more stable planet' proposes Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint. He suggests that an essential step in avoiding depletion is to track ecological assets, allowing us to make more informed choices.

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The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet

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