Posts Tagged ‘ Consumption ’

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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Cecil the Lion and The Connection With Family Planning

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By
Lion in Namibia [Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg]

By Suzanne York. The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe is palpable. Sadly, this lion is just one of many species of animals killed by trophy hunters (as well as poachers). Yet would people be outraged if they knew that wild habitat for almost all species in Africa – and the
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Can the World Move Beyond “Infinite-Planet Thinking?”

Mar 17th, 2015 | By
[image credit: http://neanikoipalmoi.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post_1924.html]

By Suzanne York. “Can the world get richer forever?” asks a recent article in the BBC News. If you ask a politician, mainstream economist or the 1%, the answer is likely to be “yes.”    As noted in the BBC piece, growth “is almost universally seen as a Good Thing.”  If you ask most environmentalists, scientists
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When the Water Tap Runs Dry: Coping with Global Droughts

Mar 5th, 2015 | By
Reservoir in São Paulo [photo credit:Fernando Stankuns via Flickr Creative Commons]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In the U.S., almost all the weather news seems to be fixated on the snow storms back East.  Yet despite the cold and snow, more records for heat have been broken than for cold.  The winter of 2014-15 has been so warm across much of the West that more than 20
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Yes, We Can: Women Lead the Way on Climate Action

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
womens climate agenda

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Hopefully you’ve heard about this weekend’s People’s Climate March in New York City.  It is being billed as the biggest climate rally in the U.S., taking place before UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit. While there will be many organizations and diverse views being touted during the march, there is one
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Earth Overshoot: Are We Willing to Pay Such a High Price for the “Good Life”?

Aug 19th, 2014 | By
[image credit: www.footprintnetwork.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Global overshoot.  You’d have to be in serious denial, or living under a rock, to not realize that humanity today is living beyond planetary means.  We take so much from Earth to live our lives today. August 19th is designated as Earth Overshoot Day, the date humanity exceeds the carrying capacity
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Carbon Emissions Just Keep Going Up, Up, Up

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
Tar sands, Canada.  [photo credit: extremeenergy.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In 2013, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in modern human history. And now, in 2014, carbon levels have remained above 400 ppm for three months in a row.  This makes the past three months the first period of
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Gone in a Blink of an Eye?

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.worldwildlife.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There is no denying that humans are impacting the planet, and not necessarily for the good. Some people may argue this point, but one look at mountaintops blown off in Appalachia or forests cleared for palm oil production would have to elicit some acceptance of human alteration of the environment. Many
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Palm Oil: The Threat to Biodiversity

May 1st, 2014 | By
Palm oil plantation next to a watershed [photo credit: www.ran.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Consumer knowledge on the destructiveness of palm oil production – found in everything from ice cream and crackers to detergents and cosmetics, is rising.  Increased awareness is sorely needed, as more and more forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. There are a lot of questions around the
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