Environment/Sustainability

Pollution: The Lasting Effect of the Anthropocene Era?

Oct 22nd, 2017 | By
[photo: UNEP]

By Suzanne York. It’s shocking news that impacts people the world over. A study by the Lancet medical journal has found environmental pollution is the largest cause of disease and death, killing more people each year than war and violence, accounting for 16 percent of all global deaths. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health
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Deforestation – The Problem that Affects Everyone

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Deforestation in Indonesia [photo: un.org]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. This past summer I volunteered with an orangutan sanctuary located in Borneo, Indonesia. The feeling of being just one more creature in the middle of the forest, no longer an intruder but a guest, is a beautiful gift that few people get to experience. However, there is a
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Earth Overshoot – Can Our Society Change Course?

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
In the fishing community of Wanseko, Uganda, fisherfolk face many threats to their livelihoods and community [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. Another Earth Overshoot Day is upon us, this one coming August 2nd, even earlier than last year. This date, calculated by Global Footprint Network, arrives earlier with each passing year, as humanity uses up natural resources faster than the Earth can replenish in a year. Currently we are using the ecological resources
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The Connection Between Endangered Species and Family Planning

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
Alex Ngabirano of Conservation Through Public Health

By Suzanne York. A visit to southwestern Uganda makes it clear why Churchill deemed it the “pearl of Africa.” The lush greenery, the people, the animals all make it a delightful experience. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda is aptly named – the forest is thick as far as the eye can see, and the
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The Anthropocene – Are We There Yet?

Aug 30th, 2016 | By
Earth at Night [image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Earth_at_Night_2001.jpg]

By Suzanne York. It’s official, more or less – we have entered the Anthropocene epoch, a time when humanity’s impact on the planet is so transformational that it’s pushed the world into a new geological period. “New Age of Man” An international working group, after seven years of deliberation, voted unanimously (with one abstention) at
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Solutions for Saving Elephants on World Elephant Day

Aug 11th, 2016 | By
[photo credit: @ChrisAustria.com]

By Suzanne York. One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. Perhaps it is appropriate that World Elephant Day (August 12) follows Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity exceeds the carrying capacity of the planet. This is because human beings are doing a good job of wiping wild elephants off the face
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Forest Guardians and Discount Clinics: Rethinking How to Save the Environment

Jun 8th, 2016 | By
Former illegal loggers now working in conservation for ASRI

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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The Struggle to Protect Mother Earth: David vs. Goliath

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By
[photo credit: www.goldmanprize.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony was held this week, just prior to Earth Day.  It is an annual prize given to six environmental activists who face tremendous struggles – even death threats – to protect their environment. As the world endures increasingly serious environmental problems and intensifying impacts from climate change,
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Exceeding Earth’s Limits

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
Yanacocha gold mine in Cajamarca, Peru [photo credit: Jeffrey Bury, http://sciencenotes.ucsc.edu/2011/pages/gold/goldpic.html]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. The world is headed towards a “danger zone,” as it is passing a number of planetary boundaries that could destabilize the earth, according to yet another study by an international group of scientists. While your average citizen is probably not even aware of the concept of planetary boundaries, it should be a
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Is Empathy For Nature Missing from the UN Climate Talks?

Dec 9th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org From the outside, it seems like the UN climate negotiations are all about wordsmithing, rehashing decades-old arguments on responsibility, finance and a little bit about impacts on people. It is more difficult to hear about the planet, i.e., nature, in the talks. When it does come up, nature is often reduced
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