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The Dramatic Decline of Earth’s Biodiversity

Sep 19th, 2020 | By
[image: UNEP]

By Suzanne York. It feels like a moment of truth for humans and nature.  It’s obvious we are in ecological breakdown and need to change course, but will we do it? The weather is becoming increasingly erratic and harsh, from heatwaves in Europe to floods in South Asia.  Antarctica’s “doomsday” glacier is breaking. There are
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An End of the World Thriller

Sep 7th, 2020 | By
Photo by Klimkin/Creative Commons

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. Take in the big picture.  It’s a story that is apocalyptic in scale, driven by arch villains defending the old order, against protagonists determined to forge a life-affirming, and sustainable transformation for humanity. It’s about survival on an epic, planetary scale. It is our story. We are
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Overcoming Earth Overshoot By Respecting Nature

Aug 21st, 2020 | By
[photo: © lednichenkoolga; Creative Commons Attribution License]

By Suzanne York. Talk about timing.  Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity’s demands upon nature exceeds what Earth’s natural systems can renew in a given year, comes as California endures a wildfire hell.  Overshoot Day, however, is falling later than in past years, on August 22nd, due to the other hell the world is enduring, that
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The Nature of Sustainability

Aug 9th, 2020 | By
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. Over the years, I have tried to be a student of good planetary stewardship.  The ultimate prize is a humanity that functions in harmony with nature. This is what comes when what we take from the biosphere balances out with what we give back to it. In
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The World Can’t Afford to Shrug Off the Methane Threat

Jul 22nd, 2020 | By
[Image from public domain images website, www.public-domain-image.com. ]

By Suzanne York. This past June saw an unprecedented heat wave in the Arctic, and in Siberia in particular, driven by climate change.  That alone should spur people to take real action on curbing the severe effects of our changing climate.  But COVID-19 is distracting us and turning our lives upside down, and worse.  Even
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8 Billion People, Reproductive Health and Planetary Tipping Points

Jul 10th, 2020 | By

By Suzanne York. The news comes fast and furious these days.  Breaking stories, shocking tweets, and crucial studies all demand our attention.  Climate change, pandemics, environmental degradation, racial injustice, inequality, human rights violations – each of these alone needs to be understood and thoroughly addressed. Beyond that though, it’s also important, maybe more than ever,
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A Tale of Collapse and Redemption

Jul 2nd, 2020 | By
planet on fire

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. As I sit here isolated from the pandemic at home, I’ve been thinking a lot about the bigger picture.  The world we know has been set back on its keister by a global-scale force of nature.  It wasn’t done to us. We ourselves are responsible for its unleashing.
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Our Eating Habits Are Killing the Planet

Jun 19th, 2020 | By
cow

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. Humans have been a distinct species for at least 200,000 years.  For most of those years, we were stone age nomads. Humans are omnivores, which mean we are able and willing to eat almost anything. During the Neolithic era, generally speaking, men hunted animals to eat, while
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Redefining Ourselves for Survival

Jun 12th, 2020 | By
earth is better

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. I’m always happy when consequential people make consequential remarks about stuff that matters. One of the most influential people on Earth, the revered naturalist Jane Goodall, has just delivered a consequential whopper. If you’re paying attention, you have to recognize that humanity is on a dead-end course. I’m
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Finding “Time for Nature” Means People are Part of Nature

Jun 5th, 2020 | By
Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Natl Park [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. This is the year of upheaval and change and understanding that we are all in this together, this life on our little blue dot.   If the current inhabitants of Planet Earth don’t get that humans are part of the web of life by now, we are all in big trouble. To help
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