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Norwegian artist Tone Bjordam was moved to tears when she heard an eminent Swedish scientist explain the relationships between nature, society and the economy at a 2013 workshop in Uruguay. Displaying a diagram of three concentric circles, with the economy in the middle and nature on the outside, Carl Folke, science director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, argued that if the economy collapses, society and nature will likely survive, and if society implodes, then nature can stay intact."Real engagement often starts with an interesting and fantastic experience in nature or through art," she told scientific researchers in Sweden last month.Nor does the 42-year-old artist pay mere lip service to biology, chemistry and physics – she has collaborated with scientists since one saw her 2009 video piece "Coral" in an art museum. It organizes events combining science and music, where individuals meet to discuss the threats to coral reefs and ways to protect them.
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