Protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030

S. Res. 372: The 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature Human survival depends on the natural ecosystems around us – for clean air and water, medicine, outdoor recreation, energy, food, economic growth, and more. Right now, the world is facing two dual, existential crises: the climate crisis, and a rapidly accelerating nature crisis. These crises are interconnected – and we cannot …

‘Nature-based solutions or nature-based seductions?’

November 2020 The hype over NbS relies on the myth that the carbon-sequestering possibilities of nature can compensate for (or in technical carbon market terms – offset) the continued burning of fossil fuels. But offsets do not reduce the overall concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; at best, they result in no net emissions. Carbon markets and offset myths are useful for …

What is ecocide?

By Sophie Yeo 5th November 2020, BBC, What is Ecocide? From the Pope to Greta Thunberg, there are growing calls for the crime of “ecocide” to be recognised in international criminal law – but could such a law ever work?I In December 2019, at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Vanuatu’s ambassador to the European Union made a radical …

Satellite map of world’s tropical forests

A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. (Oct 2020, BBC) It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis – for free. The Norwegian government is funding …

Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

30% by 2030 protecting the natural world from development

Ed note, Indigenous people manage around 80% of the world’s biodiversity on 20% of the world’s lands. From Science Daily: In the past, when protected areas were established, Indigenous peoples were sometimes excluded from using land they had previously relied on for food and materials. This was harmful to many Indigenous communities and did not necessarily achieve the original goals …

“We’re running out of time and options, unless we immediately and fundamentally transform our relationship with Nature” to relationship and respect instead of monetization and extraction. Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

From Cultural Survival – May/June 2020 Proven stewards of global biological and cultural heritage, the Indigenous Peoples have sustained respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world without undermining its life-sustaining functions for millennia. Despite the unrelenting assault of the “developed” world on the living planet, more than a quarter of the global land area continues to be traditionally owned, managed, or used …

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

Drafted in 2010 and passed in Ecuador but not in the UN yet. We, the peoples and nations of Earth: Considering that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny; Gratefully acknowledging that Mother Earth is the source of life, nourishment and learning and provides everything we need …

The number of birds in North America has fallen by a third since 1970 and climate change is making long distance migration more difficult

The number of birds in North America has fallen by a third since 1970, and climate change now seems to be making long-distance migration—always something of a miracle—much more difficult. Migratory Birds Are Failing to Adapt to Climate Change By Dharna Noor New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday shows that the climate crisis may …

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

120 hours of nature access per week was an important threshold – see https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health Bratman, G. et al. Science Advances  24 Jul 2019: Vol. 5, no. 7, eaax0903 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0903 Article  PDF Abstract A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial …