Hello world. The hopes and dreams of an entire generation encapsulated into two words. As thousands, and then millions of people joined the movement called the Internet, there was an optimistic view of where technology and globalization would lead us: flying cars, abundant food, and clean energy. The environment, in particular, appeared destined to make a comeback with the renewed interest in cleantech. Poisoned rivers, coal-fired plants, and our reliance on fossil fuels were predicted to be things of the past. Even many environmentalists, once the staunchest opponents of industrialization, seemed to embrace this positive vision of the future.
Modern technology has done many wonders for us; it has given us longer lifespans, faster cars, and connects us to the other seven billion people that call Earth home. While we can almost instantly talk to anyone around the world, at the same time we are isolated, trapped in longer work-weeks and constantly in front of screens. Our connection to the outdoors, which technology seemed to guarantee by making travel more accessible, actually decreased as people spent more and more of their time indoors. Today, the EPA predicts that the average American spends 90% of his day indoors. It’s easy to see how people can forget about the importance of conservation.
The Bioma Project aims to bridge the disconnect that many Americans feel with nature by introducing a slice of it, a small aquarium or a terrarium, into our schools, hospitals, libraries, and other hubs of modern life. Each Bioma model, provided free of charge, provides a glimpse into a small, perfect world, a self contained biome. As we get fewer and fewer chances each day to go outside and reconnect with nature, these little slices of nature help remind us of what’s worth protecting.