The way modern humans are living is diminishing Earth’s ability to sustain human life – as well as all the other species that share this planet with us.
We treat the biosphere as if we are indifferent to its well-being. We need to be doing everything we can to see it has all it needs to be supported, loved and left capable of thriving and enduring.


Biosphere Image, from NASA


The Challenge


Eco-systems are under severe stress by human activity. Study after study has documented degradation and depletion of these essential systems.


Air Pollution  •  Destruction of Forests  •  Depletion and Pollution of Fresh Water  •  Disrupted Ocean Ecosystems  •  Species Extinction  • Topsoil Loss



“The security of people and nations rests on four pillars – food, energy, water and climate.
They are all closely related, and all under increasing stress.”
—Tom Burke

The Solutions

Reducing industrial production and consumption is vital. In most countries the “material intensity” of the economy is decreasing, which means that it is taking less “stuff” to create a given amount of economic value. Accelerating this trend can be fueled by individual shifting our way of living to more a just and sustainable set of values and practices.


Thousands (maybe even millions) of NGO’s are at work in the world, promoting conservation and eco-tourism. Each local stream that is renewed, each marshland that is preserved, every tree that is planted, all make a difference in the global effort to restore Earth’s ecosystems to a robust level of resilience.



“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
—Chief Seattle


More Resources


See Worldometers for up-to-the-minute statistical measures of planetary well-being.


U.N. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report

An excellent summary of the current state of the environment is in the comprehensive United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report This study, completed in 2005, was carried out by 1,360 scientists around the world. For the assessment report and other related information, see:


World Wildlife Fund (USA, Canada, Switzerland)
Working to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth.


Jane Goodall Institute
Promotes responsible care-based action of animals and their ecosystems through conservation and education.


Global Restoration Network
Ecosystem restoration resource hub.



“All living beings on earth are our neighbors.”
—Albert Schweitzer