PROTECT THE PLANET, SUSTAIN THE PLANET = SUSTAIN HUMAN LIFE
"A planet of 7 billion people, a number that is growing every minute,
is likely to face increased conflicts over scarce resources.
So unless we begin to use our resources efficiently, we are likely to
reach tipping points that will not only harm our own well-being, but
also that of our future generations." Jeffery Sachs
The decisions we make today will define our tomorrow.
"I come as an elder without an agenda," was David Suzuki's opening words at PowerShift BC 2013 in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories, B.C. Canada. In this passionate speech, he closes acknowledging that the indigenous people have what we need now.
PowerShift BC is a gathering in Victoria, B.C., Coast Salish Territories, October 4-7, 2013 for youth that focuses on climate justice. Hundreds of youth from diverse backgrounds have come to learn, develop their skills and build the movement for climate, environmental and social justice.
There are some people, professors, students, scientists, activists, citizens, and participants in an effort to move toward sustaining the planet - THANK YOU FROM FUTURE GENERATIONS! At least SOMEONE is TRYING to protect the planet and its resources In my research on this subject and trying to find any effort worth blogging about, I ran onto the Earth Institute and their efforts. I could write about their actions and spirit, but I decided just to present them to my readers from their own perspectives. I could not say it or present it any better. So I give you THESE SOLUTIONS from THEM with hopes that you can understand the logic behind these life and death issues of our time, the reason for sustainability measures. It is necessary for each person to be engaged beyond our current engagement as individuals. We can do something. We can make a difference. We can stand for something. Whether it is via blogs or Facebook or other social media, the public has a say and if that say grows big enough, it will soon become a popular political agenda rather than a too-controversial political agenda. We must STOP the forces that are ONLY concerned about their profits.
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY".
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
THE EARTH INSTITUTE
The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources.
Facing the Global Challenge
Much of humankind is vulnerable to natural disasters, extreme poverty, infectious disease and a host of other challenges. One in six people on the planet subsists on less than $1 a day. The world's population is expected to increase to nine billion by 2050. Human activity is straining the planet's resources, threatening the health of our environment and ability to thrive.
By blending scientific research, education and practical solutions, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is working to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability.
The Institute, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, comprises more than 30 research centers and some 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students. Working across many disciplines, we study and create solutions for problems in public health, poverty, energy, ecosystems, climate, natural hazards and urbanization.
At our largest research unit, the renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, some of the world's leading scientists study geology, oceans, freshwater systems, climate and atmosphere. Our scientists map the ocean floor and measure the movements of ice sheets; they bore into ancient trees and pull cores of mud from the sea bottom to uncover secrets of past climate; they chart the flow of ocean and the swirl of atmosphere around the planet. Millimeter by millimeter, they measure the movements of the earth's crust as it thrusts up from far below or dives down into subduction zones. This fundamental knowledge about the dynamics of the earth is key to addressing our biggest challenges.
Earth Institute experts work hand-in-hand with academia, corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and individuals. They advise national governments and the United Nations on issues related to sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals. They are educating the next generation of leaders in basic sciences and sustainable development.
We focus on the protection of earth's environment and the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people. We believe that dealing with issues such as extreme poverty must involve tackling issues such as environmental degradation, and lack of access to health care and education. Our work reflects the fundamental belief that the world possesses the tools needed to effectively mitigate climate change, poverty and other critical issues.MORE from Earth Institute at Columbia
Examples of Earth Institute Initiatives
|Climate and Society|
|Food, Ecology and Nutrition|
|Ecosystems Health and Monitoring|