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What are Environmentalists Doing at a Family Planning Conference?

Nov 19th, 2018 | By
ICFP

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
[Photo: singularityhub.com]

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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Educating Girls: A Major Solution for Climate Resiliency

Oct 11th, 2018 | By
day of the girl

By Suzanne York. At first glance, the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on global warming may not seem to have much to do with the International Day of the Girl, observed on October 11th. But climate change has a lot to do with girls, and especially the rights of girls. For one
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Addressing a Desert Kingdom’s Water Crisis

Sep 20th, 2018 | By
Aerial view of Jordan, between Amman and Aqaba. [Photo: https://news.un.org]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. Last month, I visited Jordan for the first time. Its colours, the never-ending lands of desert and the magnificent watercolour rocks that cover the whole country, touched my heart and soul. It did not matter what landscape Jordan was preparing for me, I was always surprised
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Solutions to Stem the Tide of Extinction

Sep 10th, 2018 | By
A thriving herd of elephants in Kidepo National Park, Uganda.  [Photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. We humans, in general, pride ourselves on having such ingenious brains, but we’re not always that smart. We live in a society that is using up natural resources at an unsustainable rate – resources upon which our lives depend upon – yet we blithely continue with business as usual. Certainly there are
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Why are People Rushing to Join the Anti-plastics Bandwagon?

Aug 23rd, 2018 | By
[photo: Ian Kirk, via Creative Commons]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. Since the 1950’s our world has made some of the biggest developments in history. We came from the disasters of the second world war to a world of peace with no precedence in the developed countries. However, even with this scenario of peace and comfort, some
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Reversing Global Overshoot for a Healthy Planet

Jul 25th, 2018 | By
Elephant in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

By Suzanne York. As the planet is literally burning up, awareness of our greater human impact on the world may just be increasing.  It does get more difficult to deny climate change as the daytime temperature records are broken in Scotland, Japan faces floods and then a heatwave and Yosemite National Park closes due to
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The Right to Family Planning Is Not Ridiculous

Jul 11th, 2018 | By
Women's March 2018, Oakland, CA [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. Unless you’ve been off the grid, chances are that you are at least somewhat aware of the battle taking place in the U.S. over reproductive rights.  With a potential new conservative Supreme Court justice poised to join the court, it is a dire time indeed for those who support women’s health and
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Living in Balance with Our Wild Earth

Jun 21st, 2018 | By
Giraffes in northern Uganda [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. It’s an almost unbelievable statistic in an age of shocking facts – humans make up just .01% of all life on Earth but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals and 50% of plants since the dawn of civilization. Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans and only 4% are
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Saving Nature to Save Ourselves

Jun 5th, 2018 | By
One of the silverbacks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. There was some good news on the nature front, just in time for World Environment Day – the number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif in central Africa has increased to above 1,000. This represents a rise of 25% since 2010 of a critically endangered species. It is a sign of hope
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