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[Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel on Unsplash] The Anthropocene: We’re In It, Like It or Not

By Suzanne York. Are we living in a new climate epoch due to how human activities have affected the planet itself? A number of scientists think so, and have been saying for more than a decade, that Earth is now in the Anthropocene epoch.  But it is a contentious issue, and last month, the highest
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Family ‘Without nature, we have nothing’ – Saving Ourselves by Saving Nature

By Suzanne York, Transition Earth. We inhabitants of planet Earth face a dizzying array of challenges, from climate change to plastic waste to pandemics. Our species has such a tremendous impact on the planet that many scientists believe we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction and that the name of our epoch
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Population-logo_horizontal Planting Seeds of Hope in the Face of Despair

By Suzanne York. The impacts that the humans have had – and are having – on the planet are undeniable.  From diverting major river systems to massive monoculture plantations to removing mountaintops, we are a species to be reckoned with, no doubt about it. But Nature is paying a high price for our achievements, and
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[image: ELG21 from Pixabay] Blunting The Existential Inertia

By Geoffrey Holland, writer for Transition Earth. Existential means consequential, on a global scale. By various estimates, there are ten massive threats looming over all of humanity.  In concert, these threats pack more than enough punch to destroy civilization on Earth. ***** Humanity faces an existential crisis consisting of ten, interconnected, mega-threats all bearing down
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Six special Maasai ladies wearing special shukas for a special occasion: Student Celebration. These are Maasai Harmonial's two medical interpreters (left) and four craft leaders (right) Local Livelihoods for Women Lead to Thriving Communities

By Suzanne York. For most people, having a job is critical beyond just income and a way out of poverty.  Being employed elevates feelings of self-worth and a sense of having a purpose, of being valued and giving something back to one’s community.  Too many people don’t get a chance to do so, especially women
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Photo by v2osk on Unsplash Will This be the Year for Rights of Nature?

By Suzanne York. The coming years might be a wild ride. 2023 was the warmest year on record, and this year could be even hotter. Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history, and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating. Human activities are impacting the world to such an extent that our
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Environment/Sustainability

red flag warning We Can’t Say We Weren’t Warned

By Suzanne York. Given all that is happening in the world right now, it seems a good time to revisit the Scientists Warning to Humanity. First issued in 1992, it cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be
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Family Planning

Mechai Celebrating the Impact of ‘Mr. Condom’

By Suzanne York. A global conference on reproductive health and rights is perhaps appropriately taking place in a city chock full of red-light districts and sex tourism. There is clearly a great need for family planning, access to reproductive health services and empowerment of sex workers here in Thailand’s ‘sin city’ of Pattaya.   The
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Energy and Carbon Emissions

[Photo: Pixabay] The Power of Profit on a Stressed Planet

By Suzanne York. The planet is in an environmental crisis, yet money and power run the show above all else.  Nowhere is that more clear than in the money made by the fossil fuel industry.  Five major companies made $55 billion in their last quarter, with Exxon alone making $17.9 billion in net income. That
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Youth Rights

Photo by Kouji Tsuru on Unsplash Gasping for Breath – Valuing Clean Air for Vulnerable Populations

By Suzanne York. There are so many detrimental impacts from human activities that are extremely harmful to both people and the planet.  The worst ones – and there are many – affect children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations the most.  And yet we aren’t trying very hard to change the situation. Increasingly Gray Skies
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Economics and GDP

[Photo by Passang Tobgay on Unsplash] A choice between national happiness – and global misery

by Julian Cribb, AM FRSA FTSE. With 30,000 wildfires blazing from one end of the Planet to the other on any single day, melting icecaps and glaciers, dying coral reefs, polluted oceans, lakes and rivers, vanishing wildlife and forests and growing scarcity of water and soil, the outcome for humanity is already plain to see.
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Water Issues

[Photo: Tom Raftery, Flickr/Creative Commons] From ‘Day Zero’ to ‘Spaceship Earth’ – Confronting Global Water Scarcity

By Suzanne York. ‘Day Zero’ – it’s a term so applicable to our times of environmental overreach. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it came into vogue a couple of years ago when Cape Town, South Africa, was facing a water crisis of fairly epic proportions.  Day Zero was the city’s term for the
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