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Why Are We Ignoring the Warning Signs of Water Scarcity?

Mar 22nd, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. If humanity somehow survives the pending ecological collapse – driven by human impacts – future generations will wonder how it got so bad.  It’s a rather simple explanation though. It is a combination of greed, ignorance and sticking our heads in the sand. Case in point.  Water, and water shortages in particular. 
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The Path to Cleaner Air: Is a halt on importing old cars the solution to Uganda’s air pollution problem?

Mar 18th, 2019 | By
Cars at the Old Taxi Park in downtown Kampala (photo by Josh Mirondo)

By Joshua Mirondo, youth writer, Transition Earth. Kampala, like many growing cities around the world, suffers from bad air quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Kampala as one of the most polluted cities in the world in 2016. They carried out a research and discovered that the air in Kampala has dangerous substance small
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Assessing Future Population Growth in the Anthropocene

Mar 13th, 2019 | By
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By Art Elphick, guest writer. There is no shortage of thought on the rate of global population growth.  What follows below is a brief analysis of whether United Nations projections are valid or of course, as well as questioning whether continued growth on a finite planet is truly feasible or beneficial. 1) Max Roser’s Assessment
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Women Are Leading the Way Towards a Healthy Planet

Mar 8th, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. It is critical to support human rights in the face of climate change and environmental degradation, as the situation grows more dire with each passing year. People everywhere must have their rights to water, food, and health acknowledged and respected, women above all. As the world recognizes International Women’s Day, let’s explore
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Rights of Nature: The Time Has Come

Feb 19th, 2019 | By
Lake Erie [photo: Harmful algae bloom. Lake Erie. July 22, 2011. Credit: NOAA.]

By Suzanne York. Whatever you can do or imagine, begin it; boldness has beauty, magic, and power in it.   ~ Goethe The rights of nature movement has hit the mainstream media, which surely is good news for those looking for a way to change the planet’s current course of continuing environmental degradation and climate disruption. 
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On the Path to ‘Ecological Armageddon’

Jan 21st, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. If you ever question whether or not the world is experiencing the Sixth Mass Extinction, as noted by many scientists, a glance at recent news headlines of species at risk should send convince you we are either in it, or on the precipice.  From monarch butterflies to tigers to bats, too many
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“Have Children for the Country” – Changing Misguided Assumptions on Declining Population Growth

Jan 8th, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. It is commonly accepted by the ‘powers that be’ that continued population growth is a great thing and declining population growth is terrible. This assumption permeates the global economy mentality, where constant growth of people and markets is the mantra. And if population growth is on a downward course, that is cause
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Our Not-so-Green Dependence on Rare Earth Minerals

Dec 13th, 2018 | By
Mining for rare earth metals [Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. There seems to be hope that we are finally moving, albeit slowly, toward a more sustainable society. Solar panels, bans on plastics, green buildings and more are increasing. Yet no matter how ‘green’ our reality may appear, we are still far away from being the environmental
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What are Environmentalists Doing at a Family Planning Conference?

Nov 19th, 2018 | By
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By Suzanne York. This question came up a few times at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), a biennial gathering of reproductive health and rights advocates.  This year’s conference included a small number of attendees who address both reproductive health and conservation/environmental rights through a development approach known as PHE, or population, health and environment. The
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Can We Win the Battle of Plastic Pollution?

Oct 24th, 2018 | By
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By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. I have been an activist campaigning against plastic pollution for the past four years. During this time, I have learned about a number of projects that promised to change the course of plastic pollution, but sadly none have actually been strong enough to have a lasting
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