Environment/Sustainability

Embracing the Earth Charter

Sep 14th, 2021 | By
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By Geoffrey Holland, writer for Transition Earth. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms, we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny ~ The Earth Charter   The idea for the Earth Charter first emerged in 1987, and
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Seeing the Big Picture

Aug 24th, 2021 | By
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By Geoffrey Holland, writer for Transition Earth. If we ruin the Earth, there is no place else to go. ~ Carl Sagan, Son of the Cosmos ‘Code Red’ for humanity – that’s the deeply troubling conclusion of the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  There is no greater authority
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Shaping a Planetary-Scale Renaissance

Jul 29th, 2021 | By
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By Geoffrey Holland, writer for Transition Earth. Some 500 years ago, Europe experienced what came to be known as the Renaissance.  It was a period in which the arts, literature, and even the sciences flourished. It began in Italian Florence early in the 15th century.  It was the time when luminaries like Galileo, Copernicus, Leonardo
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Blunting The Existential Inertia

Jun 29th, 2021 | By
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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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Respect: The First Step in ‘Saving’ Nature

Jun 4th, 2021 | By
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By Suzanne York. It seems likely that humans will learn the hard way that we are not the center of the planet, much less the universe.  As a species, we act as if we can plunder and have our way with the Earth and ignore the consequences. Or worse, push any contentious problems onto future generations.
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Gambling on Planetary Survival

Apr 22nd, 2021 | By
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By Suzanne York. We humans are running a very curious experiment on how much we can take from the planet before Nature tires of our exploitation.  Whether we survive to see the end of this experiment is the big question. There is a constant stream of news, reports, videos, tweets and discussions on the problems modern society
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Facing Our Collective Zombie-like Future: Solutions to Address Global Problems Head-on

Jan 27th, 2021 | By
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By Suzanne York. The threats to the planet by human actions have been studied and reported for decades.  Almost every day now sees reports of the latest research on the fraying of planetary health, for nature and for humans.  We can’t plead ignorance at destroying the Earth. One such study, released earlier this month, addresses the
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Overcoming Earth Overshoot By Respecting Nature

Aug 21st, 2020 | By
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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
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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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A Tale of Collapse and Redemption

Jul 2nd, 2020 | By
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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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