Based on belief, knowledge & practice,
Eearth is a new counter-culture for the Anthropocene
devoted to environmental sustainability & well-being for all.

Eearth Knowledge

Eearth Knowledge is described below.

The Long Future - Climate Science - Abrupt Climate Change - Thermodynamic Oil Collapse - We Are Of The Environment - Out Of Sync With Nature - Many Good Ideas

The Long Future

Long term in business cycles is three to five years; in politics, it is a week. This is Small Time. However, Eearth is concerned with Big Time, and offers the possibility of the human race to living prosperously on our home planet until our Sun expands and makes life on this planet impossible, a billion years or more in the future. This is called the Long Future.

The diagram above shows the habitable zone. With about 275 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere our orbit around the sun where it is not too hot, nor too cold for life to flourish. Earth will remain in the habitable zone for about another two billion years. Beyond this time, the sun will expand and Earth will become too hot to sustain life. So, while the Earth's biosphere will survive - in one form or another - the big question is, will the humans.
The Planterary Boundaries diagram by the Stockholm Resilience Centre shows that we have already busted through four of nine major biophysical boundaries that must be protected if we humans are to enjoy a safe operating space for humanity. If humans continue to degrade the structure of the natural environment then we humans will be swept off the face of this planet for ever. For the planet, that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. But for we humans, it would be a global tragedy.

The Long Future diagram below shows the decline in availability of natural capital and increase in demand for natural capital due to human behaviour.

The diagrams illustrate that the biosphere will enjoy the Long Future, in one form or another.

The question is, will the humans?

At time of writing, it's not looking good, although there is some promise.

 

Climate Science

Climate change is one of the biggest drivers of global change today. Here, leading scientists and commentators describe the development of climate science over the years.

Abrupt Climate Change

Abrupt Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future: Dr James White

Thermodynamic Oil Collapse

 

There are thermodynamic reasons why the oil age will wind-up very quickly. And that's not good.

We Are Of The Environment

We humans made of water, air and minerals from the soil. We are in effect packets of condensed gas - CO2 and oxygen - and minerals from the biophysical flux that surrounds us. We humans are composed of the environment.

Every day we absorb air, water and food from the environment, and we exhale gas and excrete material. Thus the environment flows through us.

We are intimately connected via our breath to the atmosphere and we share our breaths with every other person on Earth and with every other breathing organism. The atmosphere joins us all, friends and enemies alike.

The oxygen in every breath we take has passed through the metabolic pathways of phytoplankton and terrestrial plants. Oxygen occupies every one of cells. This is so fundamental to our existence that if we stop exchanging air with the atmosphere, we are pronounced dead: 'stopped breathing'.

Because we are comprised of our environment, and the environment pulses in and out of us, we must ensure that our environment is healthy, otherwise it will pollute our bodies and make us sick.

We must protect our environment because we are the environment.

Out Of Sync With Nature

The biosphere is the living skin on the surface of our planet. It extends from kilometers below the deepest ocean trench, to the mid-stratosphere. Bacteria are known to live at these two extremes. In between can be found all the other organisms.

The biosphere is big, complex, and diverse. It has existed in different forms over its 3.8 billion years of existence. It has suffered all manner of global-scale catastrophes - including five major extinction events - and it always bounces back.

However, in order for the biosphere to be a suitable home for the humans, it needs to be in a certain condition. For example, there needs to be 21% oxygen in the atmosphere.

Presently, humans activities are collapsing the biosphere. If we do not radically change our ways, the biosphere will be so radically altered that she will not provide us with the services that we humans need to survive.

While we won't survive this, the biosphere will, and she will rebound again.

Human civilization has emerged in the past 12,000 years, in a geological era known as the Holocene.

However, humans have become such a dominant force on Earth that geologists talk of us having created a geological epoch of our own: the Anthropocene.

While much attention is focussed on climate change, the real peril to human civilization is the synergystic interplay of a dozen simultaneous crises, that also include ocean acidification, loss of species, ocean dead zones, an economic model that demands constant growth — not to mention that the global superclass elite who run the world so badly are totally unplugged from reality.

If you are unsure about this claim, consider the facts

Our planet is already one degree Celsius hotter than it ought to be, and is rapidly heading for 2 degrees plus because we are yet to start rapidly cutting CO2 emissions;

We have lost half of the terrestrial wildlife in the past 40 years;

We have lost 40% of the plankton biomass to climate change caused by burning fossil fuels;

The ocean is 30% more acidic than it should be and this is also stressing the plankton;

There are 18,000 nuclear weapons on Earth and over 400 nuclear powerstations;

There are 7,300,000,000 million people on Earth, and an additional 75,000,000 are added to this total every year...

Today, human civilization is on the brink of triggering a global ecological collapse; we need to find the will to change, now. This is why the Eearth People need to stand up.

Many Good Ideas

Understanding the sustainability problematique and knowing how to respond can be informed by understanding a range of existing and interconnected ideas that include, but is not limited to:

Planetary Boundaries - The Blue Economy - The Long Future - UN Human Rights - The Earth Charter - The Doughnut - The Natural Step - Ecocide Legislation - Permaculture - Gaia Theory

Planetary Boundaries : The work of the Stockholm Resilience Centre suggests that there are nine biophysical systems that need to be protected in order to ensure a safe operating space for humanity. Four of these boundaries have already been exceeded. See: <stockholmresilience.org>

Blue Economy : A concept by Gunter Pauli about a global economic system that restores natural capital. See: <theblueeconomy.org>

Human Rights : United Nations Declaration of Human Rights: <ohchr.org>

The Earth Charter : A global consensus statement of values and principles for a sustainable future, the Earth Charter is a declaration of responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations. <earthcharter.org>

The Doughnut : Alternative approaches to economics including ecological, feminist, and evolutionary economics, along with systems thinking and Earth-system science – have valuable insights if we are to achieve human rights and well-being for all within the means of this one planet. <kateraworth.com>

Long Future : A concept of the Long Future Foundation which states that, as that Earth will be in the circumstellar habitable zone for a billion years or more, this period is the alloted time of humans on Earth and should form a temporal framework for our strategic planning. <longfuture.org>

The Natural Step : A framework by Karl Henrik Robert that simply explains key elements of sustainability. <thenaturalstep.org>

Eradicating Ecocide : as it stands, it is not illegal to destroy the environment. Plans are afoot to change this with a proposal to amend the Rome Statute to include the crime of Ecocide. The Rome Statute underpins the International Criminal Court that presently focuses on the most serious crimes against the international community including crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and the crime of aggression. <eradicatingecocide.com>

Permaculture : shorthand for permanent agriculture. <permaculturefundamentals.com>

Gaia Theory : A scientific theory by James Lovelock that Earth's living systems behave as a single super-organism that maintains homeostasis, creating conditions suited to its own wellbeing. <gaiatheory.org>

Eearth believes that humans have been formed by Gaia in order to do things for Earth that the other natural systems can do themselves. Here is an engaging interpretation of Gaia by Michael Kleider, with Eearth commentary, below.

Eearth commentary on the Michael Kleider video: The idea of humans populating other planets is theoretically sound, but practically not something that needs to be attempted for maybe another 500 million years. The major challenge for humans is not space engineering and going to Mars but learning how to live on our planet planet without destroying its living systems. Also, we humans are not yet emotionally developed enought to go to other planets. The last thing that we would want to inflict on another planet is humans, carring their ecocidal belief systems. Likewise, the laser that shoots down the asteroid. Nice in theory, but right now, the biggest threat to humanity is humanity, not an asteroid.