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ASRI sign Making ‘Radical’ the Path to Empowering People and Nature

By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. Amazing things can happen when local voices are heard. In a remote pocket of the island of Indonesian Borneo, a small organization is working with the local community to link the issues of human health and protecting a fragile environment in an effort to build a brighter future.  As the world recognizes
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[Photo credit: http://www.thebusinesswomanmedia.com] Standing at the Crossroads

By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org “We are the first generation with the knowledge of how our activities influence the Earth System, and thus the first generation with the power and the responsibility to change our relationship with the planet.” That statement was written in 2011 in a journal article by a group of some of the
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[image credit: http://neanikoipalmoi.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post_1924.html] Can the World Move Beyond “Infinite-Planet Thinking?”

By Suzanne York. “Can the world get richer forever?” asks a recent article in the BBC News. If you ask a politician, mainstream economist or the 1%, the answer is likely to be “yes.”    As noted in the BBC piece, growth “is almost universally seen as a Good Thing.”  If you ask most environmentalists, scientists
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[image credit: nova.campusguides.com] Is Word Getting Out that Population and Climate Change are Connected?

By Suzanne York. “In fact, person for person, reducing birth rates in industrialized nations has a bigger impact on greenhouse gas emissions because affluent people use more of the Earth’s resources and depend more heavily on fossil fuels.” Thus wrote the editorial board of the Los Angeles Timesover the weekend. Word is getting out that
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[photo credit: www.unmultimedia.org] Population is Complex, and That is a Good Thing

By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org Population is the proverbial elephant in the room of the world’s problems. Despite its massive importance in determining the fate of, well, everything, it is frequently ignored or glossed over. Meanwhile, 250,000 people are born every single day, many in resource-deprived areas. How do we change this? An
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Reproductive Rights/Women's Rights

[image credit: http://www.healthnews.com] States are Stepping Up for Women’s Rights

By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. Lately it seems that most of the news on women’s reproductive rights is focused on the shutting down of access to reproductive health/family planning services. But there are actually some good policies on women’s reproductive health that have been passed this year at the state level. In May, the state of Maryland
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Environment/Sustainability

Former illegal loggers now working in conservation for ASRI Forest Guardians and Discount Clinics: Rethinking How to Save the Environment

By Suzanne York and A.Tianna Scozzaro. In the southwestern part of Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, there’s a small town on the outskirts of an incredibly diverse forest where the community has turned from illegal logging to stewards of the land. Sukadana borders Gunung Palung National Park, home to an estimated 2,500 orangutans. As much
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Other Resources

[photo credit: https://twitter.com/katha_nina/status/723555510729977856] In the Crossfire: Women Environmental Defenders

By Suzanne York. Some of the greatest and most dedicated guardians of our planet are women. At Women Deliver, an international conference dedicated to improving the lives of women, it is heartening to see the efforts of female environmental defenders being acknowledged. With the International Day for Biological Diversity recognized on May 22 (this year’s
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Biodiversity/Conservation

Sister Angelique, who has  helped over 2000 displaced women and girls in the DRC [photo credit: www.unhcr.org] The Congo: What’s At Stake

By Suzanne York. Mention the Congo, and it evokes thoughts of Conrad, King Leopold, diamonds, conflict, war, and also incredible biological diversity and culture. If there is anyplace on the face of the planet that seems to comprise the best and worst of humanity, it might just be the Democratic Republic of Congo. From its
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Water Issues

Woman collecting water in Phulakhrara village [Photo credit: waterdotorg at https://www.flickr.com/photos/waterdotorg/19365390491/] How Much Longer Will We Take Water for Granted?

By Suzanne York. The poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water, according to WaterAid’s report, Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water 2016. Worldwide, some 650 million people in the world still do not have access to clean water and more than 2.3 billion do not
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Climate Change

earth Earth Day: The Time Has Come For Change

By Suzanne York. Yet another Earth Day is upon us, now officially known as International Mother Earth Day. In honor of it this year, some real steps forward are taking place, with the signing of the Paris climate accord today which, amongst other things, strives for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial
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Economics and GDP

[photo: www.globalresearch.ca] Trade Trumps Climate: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Suzanne York It’s ironic that while much attention is focused on getting to a climate agreement in Paris that at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated.  On the one hand you have efforts to reduce global carbon emissions as a means to protect people and the environment.  On the other
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Family Planning

[photo credit: www.huffingtonpost.com] Approach to Family Planning: A Tale of Two Countries

By Suzanne York. What is the role of government when it comes to having babies?  Should the goal be to empower women or promote economic growth? The government of Ethiopia announced earlier this week that it will try to lower its total fertility rate to 2.6 by the year 2020 from the current rate of
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