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Planting Trees Isn’t Enough: We Also Need Family Planning for a Thriving World

Dec 23rd, 2019 | By
[image via Pacific Southwest Region 5, Flickr/Creative Commons]

By Suzanne York. Green is in, and trees are all the rage as a key (and obvious) solution to climate change: India planted 220 million trees in one day; Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hours; China has plans to plant an area of forest as large as Ireland every year. Even corporations are joining in –
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Food Will Decide the Human Future

Dec 5th, 2019 | By
Sustainable coffee cooperative worker, near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda [photo: Suzanne York]

By Julian Cribb FRSA FTSE*, guest writer. The fate of human civilization in the mid-21st Century turns critically on food. Success in overcoming the intersecting challenges of climate and resource scarcity will bring peace, plenty and a chance to repair the Planet. Failure will bring war. Food or War (Cambridge University Press 2019) presents compelling evidence
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Newsflash: “profoundly troubling signs from human activities”

Nov 15th, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. As New Delhi chokes from off-the-charts air pollution levels, parts of Australia, Brazil and California burn, and countries in Europe flood, a timely warning on climate change from some 11,000 scientists was released. The scientists’ alarm was first sounded 40 years ago and in most years since then.  But too many people have
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The Methane Gun – The Threat to a Habitable Earth

Nov 11th, 2019 | By
[photo credit: Wikimedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Permafrost_in_Herschel_Island_016.jpg]

By Julian Cribb, guest writer [i] In all the sound and fury over climate change, too little public and media attention has been devoted to the ‘methane gun’ [1] – and yet this terrifying phenomenon could usher humans unceremoniously off Earth’s stage for good. Like CO2, methane (CH4) is a greenhouse gas that helps trap the
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The Way Forward

Oct 18th, 2019 | By
A Global Climate Strike action in March 2019. File Photo: Gary Knight, Creative Commons.

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. I am in awe of this reality we live in.  It is amazing to think about the size of the universe; amazing to think how it works; amazing to think how it gives life to so much complexity.  How can one not appreciate these wonders?  How can we not see the
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The Price of Worshipping Endless Growth

Sep 25th, 2019 | By
SF climate march 2019

By Suzanne York, Transition Earth. Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City this week.  She’s gotten a lot of press and focused much attention on climate issues.  Which is a good thing, given that the Northern Hemisphere, which holds 90 percent of the world’s population, had the
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Dominance is a Dead End for Humanity

Sep 4th, 2019 | By
[photo: Suzanne York]

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. Have you noticed?  For the last several thousands of years, virtually every person historically remembered  – good, bad, or ugly – is of the male gender.  The record shows that for all that time, human life on Earth has been dominated by men. The Bible, the Koran,
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Gender Transformative Approach to Slowing Population Growth in Uganda

Aug 12th, 2019 | By
[photo: UNICEF]

By Joshua Mirondo, youth writer for Transition Earth. Uganda is at risk of having adverse gender, human rights and environment effects because of its high population growth rate. There is an annual increase of 3.3 percent, which is one of the fastest in Africa – and the whole world. Since the majority of Uganda’s population is
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Getting to the Heart – Inspiring a Planetary Narrative Worthy of Our Species

Aug 1st, 2019 | By
[photo: Wikimedia Commons, Sam Oth]

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. James Cameron’s epic 2009 movie Avatar is set in the 22nd century on the distant moon Pandora. At its core, Avataris a good vs. evil conflict between the indigenous Na’vi, who live in harmony with their living world, and an intrusive, technically superior force of human profiteers, who have
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Humanity’s Dysfunctional Nervous System

Jul 18th, 2019 | By
media

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. [Editor’s Note: This article was originally published with The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere] In the modern world we know, the mass media – television, radio, and the internet – function as humanity’s  collective nervous system linking billions of people worldwide.  The problem is these
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