"Within the lifespan of someone born today, our species is currently predicted to take our planet through a series of one-way doors that bring irreversible change and commit us to losing the security and stability of the Holocene, our Garden of Eden. In such a future, we will bring about nothing less than the collapse of the living world, the very thing that our civilization relies upon."
"None of us want this to happen. None of us can afford to allow this to happen. But, with so many things going wrong, what do we do?"
"The work of scientists who study the Earth's systems gives us the answer. In fact, it's quite straightforward. It's been staring us in the face all along. Earth may be a sealed dish, but we don't live in it alone! We share it with the living world - the most remarkable life-support system imaginable, constructed over billions of years to refresh and renew food supplies, to absorb and reuse waste, to dampen damage and bring balance at a planetary scale. It is no accident that the planet's stability has wavered just as its biodiversity has declined - the two things are bound together. To restore stability to our planet, therefore, we must restore its biodiversity, the very thing we have removed. It is the only way out of this crisis that we ourselves have created. We must re-wild the world!"
Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Our Planet - My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future
A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future (David Attenborough)
The advent of the Anthropocene could yet mark the beginning of a new and sustainable relationship between ourselves and with the planet. It could be a time in which we learn how to work with nature rather than against it, a time in which there would no longer be any great distinction between the natural world and the managed, for we would become the attentive stewards of the entire Earth, calling upon nature's extraordinary resilience to help us bring its biodiversity back from the brink.
Looking to nature for inspiration to solve design problems in a regenerative way.
Earth Overshoot Day
Marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.
Global Footprint Network
Measure of national biocapacity reserves and deficits.
Group On Earth Observations
Improve the acquisition, coordination and delivery of biodiversity observations and related services to users including decision makers and the scientific community.
Working to conserve half the land and sea to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity - including ourselves.
Half-Earth Project Featured Maps
National report cards.
High Ambition Coalition - Campaign for Nature
Championing a global deal for nature and people that can halt the accelerating loss of species and protect vital ecosystems that are the source of our economic security.
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services
Nature's dangerous decline unprecedented and species extinction rates accelerating.
Living Planet Index
Measure of the state of global biological diversity based on population trends of vertebrate species from around the world.
Showcasing inspiring business innovations and ideas for a sustainable future through a series of films curated by editor-in-chief, HRH The Prince of Wales.
Red List Index
Available for five taxonomic groups: birds, mammals, amphibians, cycads and warm-water reef-forming corals.
The Nature of Nature (Enric Sala)
The planetary ethic moves humans away from a self-proclaimed center of the world and into a humble and respectful membership in the greater biosphere. It moves us from a position over the natural world to a place within it. Because of our higher intelligence, we also carry a great deal of responsibility - but that is not the same as dominion over all creatures. Now is the time to use our intelligence and compassion to protect the right of all other creatures to exist. Our reward will be the sense of awe and wonder we enjoy by living in this diverse and beautiful world.
United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)
Promotes informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities.
World Wildlife Federation
Create a climate-resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy.