Welcome to Earth Overshoot Day 2017. August 2nd is the earliest Earth Overshoot Day ever. Today is the day when humanity’s consumption of natural resources officially surpasses the planet’s ability to replenish them in one year. The good news is that the time frame for this special day has slowed its march back through […]
Before people address a problem, they must be made aware of it. Once aware, they must take appropriate action to solve the problem. This is the premise behind This Spaceship Earth’s “crew consciousness” concept. TSE is devoted to developing people from being passive passengers on Spaceship Earth to being active crew members. Just as […]
The ocean has a draw to it. We go there to live, to work, to relax, to escape, and to find ourselves. It is a mystery, a provider, a taker, and a wonder. It is a source of life. In an effort to improve our relationship with the ocean, the theme of this […]
This commentary originally appeared on Planetary Ethicist. This year’s theme for World Environment Day is about reconnecting with Nature: go outside and enjoy Nature, value Nature, and learn about the importance of Nature in our lives and livelihoods. We tend to take Nature, natural resources and nature’s services for granted. It’s easy to under-appreciate the […]
As a boy, the four letters NASA meant unprecedented adventure to me. NASA opened up the frontier of space. It gave credence to all the science fiction I had read. Most importantly, it gave America a vision, one that brought the country together and gave us a collective sense of pride. For me, that […]
A Vietnam veteran, William “Coty” Keller is an ecologist and Florida Master Naturalist, working to conserve and restore the natural relationships among living things and the environment. He lives and works in Port Charlotte, FL. Current projects include leading the local chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, eradicating invasive species from the mangroves in the Charlotte […]
Habitat loss is the wrong term and sends the wrong message – for habitats aren’t lost. Habitats do not wander off the trail, become confused and fail to find their way home again. Nor do habitats fall through a hole in one’s pocket, or get jostled out of a backpack and get left behind. Habitats are not lost, they are taken.
Although it is important to understand the concept of climate change on a global level, it is not necessarily productive to frame the “solution” in the same way, simply because there is no single global solution. We see glaciers melting on one side of the planet and dust bowls gathering on another, and it’s almost automatic to think, “How in the world can I possible change this?”
I often get comments, after presenting the City’s climate-related work to the public, along the lines of “I had no idea the City was working on climate change issues!” So I take every opportunity to share the degree of detail to which the city considers climate projections in planning city infrastructure.
There’s no question that humanity is the cause of the rapid rate of climate change. The question is whether or not we are willing to work together (across party lines and the boundaries of counties, provinces, states and countries) to stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere; and, therefore, to reduce the harmful impacts of a warming climate. It’s a simple question, with a difficult answer. Are we the parents of the future or the children of the past?