Our Changing Planet – In Real Time
It’s hard to understand how quickly our earth is changing. This interactive Earth Clock by poodwaddle.com provides an amazing look at the intersection of our energy use, world population trends, food production and the impact of these activities on our environment. It helps us understand that Planet Earth has some serious issues:
- The forests are disappearing at an alarming rate.
- Thousands of species go extinct each year.
- Pollution floats around the oceans and poisons the air.
- Natural resources are being depleted.
- Populations grow in places that can not sustain them.
- Our climate is in chaos.
Our future depends on creating and living into systems that nurture and restore life. This means living differently, changing much more than our light bulbs. It means we need to replace economies that depend on growth, consumption and exploitation of resources and people. It means living with less. It means taking care of and restoring ecological systems that are life-giving. It means taking care of all people.
We already have the technologies and knowledge that would enable us to:
- Reduce our consumption and exploitation of natural resources.
- Stabilize our population.
- Stop poisoning ourselves and our environment: This includes ALL living things.
- Move towards an energy portfolio that ultimately leaves fossil fuels in the ground.
- Live within our planet’s limits.
Our lack of change has more to do with corporate power and systems in place than it does with lack of awareness. Changes as comprehensive and far-reaching as we need to ensure our survival – as well as the many innocent species that share this planet with us – won’t come easily, but can happen quickly when there is perceived need.
Please share this world clock as a means for communicating the ecological and social impacts our global population and global economies are placing on our planet. But also talk about solutions. Real solutions that lessen our ecological footprints in our households, our communities and throughout the United States. Real solutions that work for people – all people – not just generate profit corporations. It can make a difference.