||Caring for our Planet - like it’s the only one we have
Caring for this amazing but endangered planet is the challenge of our lifetime. Every one of earth's systems is in trouble: the climate continues to warm, half of all the earth's wetlands are gone, extinctions are epidemic, only half of tropical forests remain, even the seas are in jeopardy due to threats from many angles.
Here are some of the key areas of human impact. Pick the issues that energize and/or concern you and get to work healing this planet!
Water - Where would we be without it? Not here!!
Earth isn’t called the Water Planet for nothing—an abundance of water and the right temperatures to make it available separate us from any other place we know of in the universe. Yet, the oceanic ecosystem is struggling, droughts are looming, groundwater is being depleted, and along with fueling our lives, our energy addictions fuels water pollution from the Gulf to the Amazon.
Go here for all kinds of water-related info and ways to cut water consumption.
Climate Change - Act now, or we get a world we don’t really want!
We need some greenhouse gases surrounding the earth—otherwise the average global temperature would drop from 56 degrees F to around zero—and we’d be popsicles. But like anything, too many of these gases makes it warmer—maybe 4-6 degrees warmer by the end of the century. That would be very bad news for everything from our food and water supplies to diseases to storm severity—and would likely lead to massive refugee flows and conflict between regions within countries and between nations.
Check out our climate change info and action page—and get to work turning down the heat!
Stuff - “Innovation is the mother of necessity”—in other words: if they create it, we think we have to have it.
And it’s getting us in trouble. The average American requires 27 tractor trailer loads of stuff from the earth every year to maintain their lifestyles—for household consumption as well as everything we need for roads, buildings, commerce, etc. Take the aluminum can to the left. Here’s its story—and more info about the all the other stuff that has come to define our lives.
Food - It’s looking more and more like we are—morally—what we eat.
Strange as it seems, something as mundane and necessary as eating has big consequences for our planet—perhaps more impact than any other human activity. Pollution, water use, climate change, habitat destruction—agriculture can do it all! Read all about it here.
Eco-nomy/Eco-logy (both words stem from the Greek oikos, or “household.” Ecology is the study of the household, economy is the practice of housekeeping)
Yes, they’re related! We just have to turn a bad relationship into a good one!
Often we make bad eco-behavior profitable, while making it more expensive to do the right thing. Find out what we’re doing wrong and should be doing better to bring economy and ecology into harmony. Read all about it here.
Cheap Clothing: High Price
We’ll spend $350 billion on clothing this year in the USA—but that’s not the only cost of our shirts, socks and jeans—there’s a big environmental price to be paid as well.
Clothing isn’t the first thing on our minds when we think of the eco-impact of our daily routines—but the shirt on our backs can create quite a load for Mother Earth. Think water, chemicals, petroleum, disposal and more. Find out more here.