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Examples of positive change prepared for the California Academy of Sciences




Each year, the tulips fields in Lisse, Netherlands begin to bloom in March and are in peak bloom by late April. The Dutch produce a total of 4.32 billion tulip bulbs each year. 53% of the total harvest (2.3 billion) is grown into cut flowers. Of these, 1.3 billion (or 57%) are sold in the Netherlands as cut flowers and the remainder is exported: 630 million bulbs to Europe and 370 million elsewhere.



Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located 940 kilometres (584 miles) south of Tokyo, Japan. Starting in November 2013, the volcano began to erupt and continued to do so until August 2015. Over the course of the eruption, the area of the island grew in size from 0·06 square kilometres (0·02 square miles) to 2·3 square kilometres (0·89 square miles). This Juxtapose shows the island mid-eruption in July 2014, and once again in the same location in January 2016, after the eruption ceased.



Burning Man is a week-long, annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA. Drawing more than 65,000 participants each year, the event is described as an experiment in community, art, self-expression, and radical self-reliance. One of Burning Man’s key principles is ‘Leave No Trace’ – meaning significant efforts are taken to make sure the desert returns to its original state in the days following the festival.