Although human activity cannot destroy the global ecosystem, we can change it in ways that will be unpleasant for us.
—Lawrence Slobodkin, A Citizen’s Guide to Ecology
A few months ago, a friend posted something about the importance of large-scale restoration of damaged ecosystems. One comment caught my eye:
“More important than planning out and beginning construction on my survival bunker?”
I replied: “Look around — the biosphere *is* your survival bunker!” (I managed to refrain from adding, ‘Fool! We are in *space*! Or have you not noticed?’)
Destabilization of our Ecological Support Systems
Rockström et al. (2009) identify three planetary systems whose boundaries have been exceeded:
- Biodiversity loss
- Climate change
- Nitrogen cycling
The Nature article is behind a paywall, but the longer version from Ecology and Society is available as a PDF.
Books on Sustainability
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by McDonough and Braungart
- Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, by Paul Stamets
- Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Katz