RELEASE: Earth Day 2011: Peace with Earth Day
Re-Declaration of Planetary Ecological Emergency by Ecological Internet
A year ago today Ecological Internet (EI) during Earth Day 2010 declared a planetary ecological emergency. After the past year’s Gulf oil spill, multiple nuclear meltdowns and unaddressed abrupt climate change escalates; it is eminently evident that Earth’s ecosystems are crashing. On Earth Day 2011, EI reiterates call for an immediate and escalating people’s power Earth Revolution on behalf of Earth, all her life, and the human family. And for the entire human family to find a way – each and every – to get out and plant organic Earth victory gardens, and protect and restore ecosystems.
Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet’s President, says “The human family faces the imminent collapse of the biosphere – the thin layer of life organized into ecosystems, upon an otherwise lifeless planet – that makes Earth habitable. As noted a year ago today, human pressures on Earth System’s life-support systems continue at such a dramatic scale that they are causing global ecosystems to collapse. Escalating people power revolutionary action may be the only adequate measures that exist to stop abrupt global ecological collapse. Already we are seeing fascist political responses to scarcity, lack ecosystems, freedom and economic disparities. We are about to witness major famine events as well home agro-ecology strides are a must.”
An overwhelming body of ecological science indicates Earth System is past the tipping point and key global ecosystems and life-support systems are failing . Marshes and rivers and forests and fish are far more than resources – they and all natural ecosystems provide for humanity’s habitat and existence upon Earth. A few centuries of unprecedented explosion in human numbers and surging inequitable consumption are needlessly destroying ecological conditions and habitat for a decently habitable living for all humans and species. Environmental movement accommodation and compromise have not brought required policies necessary to avert widespread ecosystem collapse, or to lay the basis for achieving global ecological sustainability.
Revolutionary actions such as ending coal use, reforming industrial agriculture, and protecting and restoring old forests and other natural ecosystems, stopping fracking and nuclear; are a requirement for living within the biosphere and life-support systems’ carrying capacities. There exist ways to live well within Earth's carrying capacity as we equitably and justly further human advancement with all Earth's plants and creatures at our side. Solutions exist: powering down, ecosystem protection, ecological restoration, reducing population, ending old forest logging and coal, and working for global equity, justice and peace. Earth and humanity’s survival depend upon getting these items implemented quickly using protest, massive and aggressive civil (and then uncivil) disobedience; keeping all options for further escalation open.
Dr. Glen Barry, also an independent political ecologist, will be releasing his “New Earth Rising” book this summer that academically considers an escalating Global People’s Earth Revolution. There is chatter already going at http://www.facebook.com/NewEarthRising and http://www.twitter.com/2NewEarthRising. “I think the book is potentially ground-breaking and lays out a people’s power vision for global ecological sustainability. The book is particularly pertinent at this time given global uprisings for freedom, workers and ecology.”
“New Earth Rising”, the book, presents the ecocidal condition of planet Earth, notes emerging fascist responses, reviews greenwashing responses, lays out a new global ecology policy measures, presents what is known about people’s power revolutions from history, and suggests how these past lessons and the Internet can be harnessed to sustain global ecology.”
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 In “Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity,” published in 2010 in the journal Ecology and Society, and presented also in Scientific American magazine’s April 2010 issue, twenty-eight luminaries from environmental and earth-systems science identified nine "planetary life-support systems" that are vital for human survival. It was found humanity had already overstepped three of nine planetary boundaries –biodiversity loss, climate change and nitrogen cycle – and is approaching boundaries for the use of fresh water and land, and ocean acidification.
*Journal Article: Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity
* Popular Media: Easy to Understand New Scientist article:
* Graphic: http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/archive/2749/27491201.jpg
* YouTube Video: Big Question: Is Earth past the tipping point? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkkKZgKmdP4
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