HOW IT ALL STARTED

I have always loved drawing, reading and writing little stories and poetry. I drew in all my mother’s books and on the walls. And I still doodle on whatever I can. I’ve often used my drawings to explain (to myself) concepts that I don’t understand, especially during my studies. Science can be a very daunting subject, and my drawings made it easier for me to understand.

As a civil and environmental engineer, I have been involved in the construction of water and sewer pipe networks, roads and other infrastructure. I furthered my studies in the environmental field to learn about how infrastructure development impacts on the natural environment. I have also learnt that there are many environmental laws that govern the way in which development occurs. I have experienced that some of the environmental legislation can be very challenging and that many citizens do not fully understand their role in the implementation of these laws. Many citizens may not fully understand how their drinking water gets to the tap, what is happening in the air nor what happens after the toilet is flushed. And how important the citizen’s role is in a healthy environment.

I am passionate about citizen science, community awareness and the empowerment of communities. And I love drawing. So, I decided to combine my formal training with my love for drawing and writing stories to develop these books.

I hope that my books could assist children with school projects in Life Sciences and, hopefully, awaken the love for science and engineering, as future careers. I want children and young adults to see the practical implementation of maths and science in careers, and that it is achievable. I am hoping that adult readers will be able to use these books as guidelines and encouragement to participate in their local environment, and to understand that the environment does not only affect certain communities but everyone.

I want parents to use these books to encourage and work with their children on scientific projects and to access their local information centres like libraries where information is readily available.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

I have always loved drawing, reading and writing little stories and poetry. I drew in all my mother’s books and on the walls. And I still doodle on whatever I can. I’ve often used my drawings to explain (to myself) concepts that I don’t understand, especially during my studies. Science can be a very daunting subject, and my drawings made it easier for me to understand.

As a civil and environmental engineer, I have been involved in the construction of water and sewer pipe networks, roads and other infrastructure. I furthered my studies in the environmental field to learn about how infrastructure development impacts on the natural environment. I have also learnt that there are many environmental laws that govern the way in which development occurs. I have experienced that some of the environmental legislation can be very challenging and that many citizens do not fully understand their role in the implementation of these laws. Many citizens may not fully understand how their drinking water gets to the tap, what is happening in the air nor what happens after the toilet is flushed. And how important the citizen’s role is in a healthy environment.

I am passionate about citizen science, community awareness and the empowerment of communities. And I love drawing. So, I decided to combine my formal training with my love for drawing and writing stories to develop these books.

I hope that my books could assist children with school projects in Life Sciences and, hopefully, awaken the love for science and engineering, as future careers. I want children and young adults to see the practical implementation of maths and science in careers, and that it is achievable. I am hoping that adult readers will be able to use these books as guidelines and encouragement to participate in their local environment, and to understand that the environment does not only affect certain communities but everyone.

I want parents to use these books to encourage and work with their children on scientific projects and to access their local information centres like libraries where information is readily available.

Humans told their stories through cave drawings and rock art by drawing maps and pictures of explorations and discoveries. These were early forms of communications that moulded  and educated humanity. Today, drawings are still key in education and awareness, as these magical pictures transform the brain and take us on many adventures.  

At the COP 21 held in Paris on the 15th December 2015 and actioned on the 4th  November 2016 many nations across the world agreed to limit global warming to well below 20 Celcius.

This agreement means that all humans on the Earth must work together to ensure that our daily actions minimises global temperature rise.

2C SCIENCE ART endeavours to assist in upholding this agreement by contributing to communicating this important agreement by incorporating the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, specifically GOAL 4 – QUALITY EDUCATION].

2C SCIENCE ART demonstrates the science of art (or the art of science) through illustrations        and storytelling. The aim is to take the reader, young and old, on an exploration of    understanding the sciences that ensures that life on Earth can function.

I want to introduce you to the magic and wonder of our amazing Earth and to show you how Earth works through you.

Most importantly, I need to show you that Earth’s well-being is in your hands.

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves (nature).” - QUOTE BY JANE GOODALL
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René Toesie hails from Grassy Park in the Western Cape of South Africa. She is a qualified Civil and Environmental Engineer who has over 21 years of experience in the private and government infrastructure sectors. Her focus areas are promoting community awareness of the built and natural environments and she is passionate about citizen science. She made a decision to combine her formal training with her love for drawing and writing stories to develop books.

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