Posts Tagged ‘ rights of nature ’

Planting Seeds of Hope in the Face of Despair

Jul 9th, 2021 | By
Population-logo_horizontal

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
[continue reading…]



Respect: The First Step in ‘Saving’ Nature

Jun 4th, 2021 | By
[Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay]

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.
[continue reading…]



Overcoming Earth Overshoot By Respecting Nature

Aug 21st, 2020 | By
[photo: © lednichenkoolga; Creative Commons Attribution License]

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
[continue reading…]



The Nature of Sustainability

Aug 9th, 2020 | By
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

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
[continue reading…]



Finding “Time for Nature” Means People are Part of Nature

Jun 5th, 2020 | By
Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Natl Park [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. This is the year of upheaval and change and understanding that we are all in this together, this life on our little blue dot.   If the current inhabitants of Planet Earth don’t get that humans are part of the web of life by now, we are all in big trouble. To help
[continue reading…]



Opening Our Eyes to What We Can Achieve

Apr 16th, 2020 | By
[photo: Flickr Creative Commons]

By Suzanne York. If it wasn’t clear before this year, it should be crystal clear now:  we need to change our unsustainable ways of living. For our own sake, business as usual cannot continue.  We’re not talking about 9-5 jobs, shaking hands and public gatherings, though who knows what will happen with all that. No,
[continue reading…]



Newsflash: “profoundly troubling signs from human activities”

Nov 15th, 2019 | By
[Photo credit: Creative Commons]

By Suzanne York. As New Delhi chokes from off-the-charts air pollution levels, parts of Australia, Brazil and California burn, and countries in Europe flood, a timely warning on climate change from some 11,000 scientists was released. The scientists’ alarm was first sounded 40 years ago and in most years since then.  But too many people have
[continue reading…]



World Population Day: Let’s Not Forget We Need Nature

Jul 10th, 2019 | By
["OiesOies-4" by MathGoulet is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

By Suzanne York, Transition Earth. World Population Day (July 11th) is a special day of recognition that most people are either unaware of, or want to ignore.  After all, discussing population growth is still often considered taboo. Yet we are at the point where it needs to be made more of a major issue.  The terrible
[continue reading…]



Planetary Duty is a Feminist Construct

Jun 20th, 2019 | By
[Forest Scenery Creative Commons Nature Pictures]

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. Have you noticed? We humans can be very destructive. For the longest time, where nature is concerned, we’ve been takers rather than givers. We’ve become very efficient at ripping up the landscape and stripping the life from our oceans.  On top of that, we produce massive quantities
[continue reading…]



Our War Against the Natural World

May 8th, 2019 | By
Endangered young white rhino in Uganda [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. It’s the type of story that should lead the news headlines all week.  But a report of critical significance for the entire world barely elicited a whimper from media, much less governments. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services was compiled over the past three years by 145 expert authors from
[continue reading…]