Search Results: A Plan for the Nations

Recognizing the Systemic Interconnections Between the Sustainable Development Goals: Why a Systemic Approach is Imperative to Wildlife Conservation and Species’ Extinction Prevention

It was the heartbreaking plight and looming extinction of the African elephant that compelled me to move to Tanzania in October 2016. How could Tanzania lose 60% of its elephant population, or roughly 66,000 elephants, in only 5 years (2009-2014)? How could an ivory poaching crisis of this magnitude continue unabated? How can we halt […]

What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet. She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in […]

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was […]

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: An Interview with the MAHB to Discuss Resilience

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief has sprung to the aid of victims of climate related disasters in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and, most recently, California. Their template is simple and replicable: What is needed in response to disasters is solidarity, not charity. Frequently, the government and what MADR calls the “nonprofit industrial complex,” has its own […]

The Earth Armistice (updated)

THE EARTH ARMISTICE THE LEGAL ARGUMENT BASED ON THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS FOR URGENT ACTION BY THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AS A FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO LIFE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY ON THE EARTH. SUMMARY The following article outlines a call for the UN Security Council (UNSC), consistent with Articles […]

What Will It Take to Avert Collapse?

A lot of people are asking the question these days—including serious folks who work full-time on climate and energy policy. How can the world’s nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to forestall climate catastrophe, without undermining either the global economy (which is still 85 percent dependent on fossil fuels) or the hopes of billions […]

If you can’t build well, then build nothing at all

Scientists must call out — not merely greenwash — infrastructure building that will ruin environments, lives and economies, urges William Laurance. Esteemed Brazilian scientist Eneas Salati once said that the best thing that could be done for the Amazon was to blow up all the roads. By 2050, Earth could accumulate another 25 million kilometres […]

Weekly News Update Nov 7th

Tony Hoagland passed away on October 23. The poet hoped for humankind’s peaceful transition in the world it has diminished. We are diminished:  The World Wildlife Fund released a report that found a 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in the just over 40 years. The WWF report preceded the UN Convention […]

Available Data and Reason Tell Us

Statistics from the United States government and the United Nations show us that we are bringing about dramatic changes in our Earth’s environment. Projecting these changes into the future shows that unless they are stopped, or mitigated humanity will be in serious trouble as time moves on. Our planet, and even our species, has been […]

HELP WANTED: A PLEA TO ECONOMISTS

Many civilizations have disappeared in the past, but today for the first time a global civilization is threatened with collapse (Ehrlich, Paul R. and Ehrlich 2009).  Individually, or in combination, nuclear war, climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, erosion of soils, global toxification, massive famine, or a nasty pandemic, could in the near future end rich-nation […]

Love Polar Bears? Then Have Fewer Children

We are now experiencing unsustainability at all levels, ranging from deforestation, habitat destruction, species extinction, atmospheric and marine pollution to climate change. Yet most efforts to mitigate environmental degradation focus only on consumption and technology, which are still too slow and insufficient to have the required effect. This article therefore highlights the link between resource […]

The Earth Armistice

ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AS A FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO LIFE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY ON THE EARTH. The following article outlines a call for the UN Security Council (UNSC), consistent with Articles 25 and 26 of the UN Charter, to pass a resolution that is legally binding on all member-states to […]

The Ecological Crisis is a Political Crisis

With each passing day, reports on global climate change become increasingly bleak. Recent research has affirmed that the glaciers are melting faster than anticipated1, and that acidification, with its catastrophic effect on ocean ecosystems, is also proceeding faster than feared2.  As the concentration of atmospheric carbon continues to rise, so does the likelihood we’ve passed […]

The Restoration and Rebirth of the Earth Atmosphere

The need to mobilize the world’s states, peoples, and resource to restore the global atmosphere to levels of 400 ppm as the immediate challenge of humanity in order to survive climate change. This can be done using a variety of mitigation methods, including negative emissions, but we are rapidly running out of time to make […]

The Fox News Effect

Join Paul and Anne Ehrlich on Thursday, September 20th at 5pm PT/8pm ET for a Live Webinar to discuss The Fox News Effect and its significant impact on discourse and politics worldwide.  Register for the webinar here. “One of the most remarkable threats to watercourses in the United States are concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). For example, […]

Juliana v US: Getting Ready to Rumble

Supreme Court Tells White House ‘No,’ As A Buncha Kids Sue The Government Over Global Warming                                                                 —from an article by Alex Parker This is […]

Nature, Gender, and Social Democracy- A Dialogue with Political Scientist Sheri Berman

This the first in what will be an ongoing Q&A blog series focused on the need to embrace our common planetary citizenship.   “What distinguishes social democracy is not government control of the economy or businesses; it is how government deals with citizens. “- Professor Sheri Berman   Geoffrey Holland – What nation states on […]

The Earth Armistice

THE EARTH ARMISTICE: ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AS A FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO LIFE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY ON THE EARTH. In order to address and reverse climate change, The Earth Armistice requires that all states, following the appropriate UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC),[1] to set aside from 10% to 20% of […]

Beyond Paris: The Next Step, The Earth’s Atmosphere as A Global Trust Part II

The following article outlines a call for a United Nations General Assembly Nonbinding Resolution recognizing the Earth’s Atmosphere as a Global Trust. In Part I, I described how and why the Earth’s Atmosphere should be recognized as a Global Trust. In Part II, I will expand on this approach to show how it can be […]

Beyond Paris: The Next Step, The Earth’s Atmosphere as A Global Trust Part I

The following article outlines a call for a United Nations General Assembly Nonbinding Resolution recognizing the Earth’s Atmosphere as a Global Trust. In Part I, I describe how and why the Earth’s Atmosphere should be recognized as a Global Trust. In Part II, I will expand on this approach to show how it can be used […]

Humanity’s Dysfunctional Nervous System

In the modern world we know, the mass media – television, radio, and the internet – function as humanity’s collective nervous system linking billions of people worldwide. The problem is these media are failing big time when it comes to serving the public as honest brokers of information and understanding. Some perspective…. At the end […]

The Silver Gun Hypothesis: New Model for a Sustainable Carbon Economy

Introduction Many people are hoping that civilization will undergo an economic transformation for the objective of becoming ‘sustainable’ over the long run. It seems reasonable to assume that a transformational change—if it does occur—will be accompanied by a paradigm shift in economic philosophy. A paradigm shift seems reasonable in the face of the environmental and […]

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