Posts Tagged ‘ rights of nature ’

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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A True Earth Day is Grounded in Rights for People & Nature

Apr 19th, 2018 | By
[Climate March, New York City, 2014. Photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York As Earth Day celebrations take place in communities across the country this weekend, it’s a good time to consider how we can really honor the earth. Undertaking efforts such as eating less meat, taking public transit, using clean energy, and so on counts for a lot. Yet with so much on the
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Rights of Nature – The Planet’s Best Hope?

Jan 1st, 2018 | By
[photo: pixabay.com]

By Suzanne York. As the world rings in a new year, there are the ubiquitous feelings of desiring fresh starts and new beginnings. Yes, a fresh start is greatly needed, as the state of the global environment (and more) is extremely bleak. With so much on the line for the planet as a whole –
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Cultivating Change for the Climate

Nov 28th, 2017 | By
Climate art outside the climate negotiation zones, Bonn [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. The climate negotiations that took place earlier this month in Bonn, Germany (referred to as COP23) dealt with challenging issues, including the U.S. government sticking its head in the ground regarding the reality of climate change. Still, there are reasons to be somewhat hopeful that global society overall is moving in the
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Killing Our World With Plastic?

Mar 12th, 2017 | By
[photo credit: http://web.unep.org/stories/story/seven-hot-environment-stories-look-out-2017]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. Plastic pollution is a huge problem in the world today and is affecting our daily lives in ways we may not even be aware of. As we grow up in a culture relying on disposable items, we are unaware of the huge damage this is creating, not
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Confronting Our Global Growth Obsession

Feb 24th, 2017 | By
[photo credit : Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York, Transition Earth. (A longer version of this article was originally written for the online magazine, ReImagining, published by the Chicago Wisdom Project) Lately it seems as if the entire world is veering wildly off course. From climate change to species extinctions to rising inequality, many people – not to mention nature – are crying out
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It’s Not a Hoax: Bolivia’s Shrinking Glaciers

Dec 1st, 2016 | By
La Paz, Bolivia [photo:uncambiodeaires.com]

By Suzanne York. In what is sadly a sign of things to come for many places, Bolivia has declared a state of emergency, as it endures its worst drought in 25 years. The Andean glaciers that for centuries have supplied water to La Paz and its sprawling neighbor El Alto – one of the poorest
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The Loss of Wildlife – Is Anyone Listening?

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
[photo credit: Diana Robinson, Flickr, Creative Commons Mother elephant with twins in Amboseli]

By Suzanne York. The prediction is so shocking that it is difficult to comprehend – our world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020. The Living Planet Report 2016, by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London, reports that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on
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