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Day 2 of Occupy The Field Museum – cancer cures, centipedes, & coral reefs

January 9, 2012

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Note: This has nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street. This is a volunteer project to raise awareness of the negative environmental consequences of human actions & the scientists working to restore our beautiful Planet.

Occupy The Field MuseumAugust 2, 2010, I resigned from my position as a Marketing & Sales Representative with a distributor of Life Science research supplies. 524 days later I found myself entering The Field Museum at 8:52am. It wouldn’t be long before the sound waves of children’s voices started bouncing off the walls, tourists crowded around Sue the T-Rex, and volunteers stood at their assigned positions. So I quickly made my way toward the Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth and took this picture while looking down into an empty lobby. Click to enlarge –>

During Day 1 of #OTFM I was made aware that 20% of the Amazon rainforets have been destroyed for timber, oil, and mining. On Day 2, I learned about Madagascar, planet earth’s 4th largest island. Due to it’s location and geography, most of the plants and animals are found nowhere else on Planet Earth, and there are a lot of them.

Occupy The Field Museum

One of my friendly visitors, Chris, and I stood there in disbelief when we heard from one of the videos:

About 80% of Madagascar’s forests have been destroyed.

80%!!? That’s like buying a can of Coke, opening the can and finding less than 2 shots inside. The main difference being, you don’t lose 9.6oz of Coke, you lose 1,000’s of species of beautiful plants and animals. Speaking of beautiful organisms, Nemo’s home is under attack as well. Polluted streams, greenhouse gases, and overfishing are culprits for the destruction of coral reefs. Did you know, chemicals from coral reefs are used to make medicines for cancer? As coral reefs go, so goes potential cures for cancer.

Conservation from Chicago

Amidst all the destruction, there are good stories to be told in The Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth. If you’re a teenager or college student thinking about a career in science, one of the happiest and most exciting moments of being a scientist is discovering something that no one else on Earth has seen. Read about this feeling in a previous post: Cool Science at Adler Planetarium. If you are fortunate to experience this feeling, you’ll probably get to name the discovery. This happened to biologist Steve Goodman:

Steve Goodman Field Museum

While studying coral reefs in & near the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Field Museum scientists have tripled the number of known mollusk species.

Conservation Science Chicago

Here is a personal favorite picture of the day. This image appeared in a video. I only had a few seconds to notice, but I did! Do you see the smiley face?


Check out my cool science tshirt of the day, designed at (as I walked into Restoring Earth and said ‘goodbye’ to Chocolate Around The World). A few people thought it was Santa Claus, do you know who it is?

Restoring Earth Conservation

THANK YOU to all my visitors, friends, family, and Erica (Field Museum employee) who stopped by to say hello. Thanks for your support; you put a smile on my face. I hope you learned about our wonderful Planet Earth. Follow along on the 3rd day of Occupy The Field Museum on Twitter at @letubeu or the hashtag: #OTFM. And/or like the letUbeU Facebook Page. For previous #OTFM posts, here you go: Occupy The Field Museum. I’ll exit with this 19th century quote and leave it anonymous; you’ll have to visit The Field Museum to see who spoke these words:

For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.

Thanks for reading, letUbeU!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    January 9, 2012 10:59 PM

    excellent and eerie first shot!

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