Welcome to Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

There’s a wealth of information here on how to heal the biodiversity and global warming crises that we’re facing today. Take a Quick Tour for a brief overview of the site, use the Super Search to explore our library of resources, or just scroll down and browse around to get inspired! And please send us thoughts, suggestions and feedback.

Out of sunlight, water and rock, living systems evolved and created this magnificent Earth.

Civilization is driving it to the brink.

Life can fix it – and you can help!

We are enthralled with our feats of technology (you’re reading this on your cool device, after all), but that doesn’t come close to the enormous power, complexity and subtlety of living systems.

Transformation
in Mexico

Watch what happens! A degraded Mexican landscape is transformed by excellent management. It took only two years (the arrow points to the same tree).

Photos: Cuenca Los Ojos

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Reclaiming Ancestral Wisdom

Join Jess Alvarez-Parfrey, Nathan Lou, and William Wildcat (Coakí) for an exploration of ancestral connections, and transformative opportunities to nurture a truly regenerative, just, joyful, and climate resilient future. On Thursday, November 17 at 6pm ET, join us for A New Generation of Change-makers – Reclaiming Ancestral Wisdom.

Bringing together diverse cultural backgrounds, skills, and experiences, our panel of practitioners will share their story, and explore the theme of “regeneration” as it relates to our connection to place, purpose, and community.

In a time of multiple converging…

Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels

A series of virtual and in-person community events
in 6 locations in the U.S. and Canada

Our next installment of Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels is on Saturday, November 12 with national and local speakers from Kansas City.

It’s time to scale way back, redesign how we’re living and roll up our sleeves to restore our ecosystems, soil, biodiversity and connections with our neighbors. Join in on this event to find your…

Jim Laurie’s Class, Biodiversity 7: Rewilding Half the Earth to Create a Future We Want

Course fee: $240; if you’re on a tight budget, a sliding scale is available at checkout.

In Biodiversity 7: Rewilding Half the Earth to Create a Future We Want, Jim Laurie will lead students in examining restorative possibilities such as protecting half the earth, creating mini-forests using the Miyawaki method, and increasing wetlands. 

Beginning Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the course meets for two hours at 12pm and 7pm ET every Wednesday, to accommodate multiple time zones. Read more and register here!

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Past Events

No Trees, No Rain: How Plants Move Water, Weather – And Cool the World

Friday, October 21 at 12:15 pm ET

Droughts and flash floods are becoming a new normal in our warming world. What changed? Our landscapes are losing water as people alter the environment, cut trees, drain wetlands, and use chemicals that destroy the soil.

And we’re feeling the heat.

On October 21, we hosted Anastassia Makarieva, Jan Pokorny, Andrei Nefiodov, and Jon Schull to explore the ways we can support nature and a functioning water cycle to cool and rehydrate the Earth. Stay tuned for the recording!

Youth EcoRestorers for Climate

Saturday, September 17 at 10am ET

Youth leaders across the globe are advocating for people and the planet in various ways including on-the-ground ecosystem restoration, artivism, and promotion of regenerative agriculture.

On September 17, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate hosted three youth leaders from Colombia, the United States, and Brazil to amplify their stories of regeneration and environmental advocacy. Check out the event recording to hear what inspired these leaders to join the climate movement and how they’re making a difference for their communities and the Earth.

Drying Rivers & Drought: What We Can Do In Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 12 at 12pm ET

This July as Massachusetts, like many other parts of the world, reckoned with serious drought, we held a lecture to explore how we can address drought conditions on a local, regional, and global scale. Check out the recording and related resources here!

Drought warnings in Massachusetts are a stark reminder that we are part of a global climate system where warming trends are accelerating. Is there something we can learn from adding a global lens to our local and regional mitigation efforts? Danielle Dolan, Deputy Director…

Rewilding Our Planet: Miyawaki Forest Talk at the Cambridge Public Library

Thursday, June 9 at 6:30pm ET

This June, Hannah Lewis visited the Cambridge Public Library to discuss her recent book, Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World. Hannah was joined in conversation with Maya Dutta, project manager for the Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest planted in North Cambridge in September 2021. Together, they discussed the Miyawaki Method and the opportunities to use it to build cooler, greener, more resilient communities in Cambridge and beyond. Watch the event here!

Lewis offered a look into her book, in which she shares…

Amazon Deforestation: Why it matters to us

Thursday, April 28 at 6pm ET

This April, we hosted EcoRestoration Alliance members Atossa Soltani, Rob de Laet, and moderator Jon Schull for Amazon Deforestation: Why it matters to us. This is an essential discussion on the restoration that can repair this critical system of planetary regulation. If you didn’t catch it live, watch the recording here!

The Amazon Rainforest is known as the “lungs of the earth” because it draws in carbon dioxide and breathes out oxygen. But it is also the biological heart of the planet’s hydroclimate system,…

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Recent Blog Posts

Primates and Peatlands: Restoring Indonesian Ecosystems in the Face of Flooding

Meet Eka Cahyaningrum, restorer of peatlands and advocate for primates. Her work in Indonesia restores wild animal populations and their habitats while uplifting local communities. Her youth-led efforts demonstrate the power of coming together under one goal: to create better living conditions for all living beings, so that we can all thrive. Eka Cahyaningrum, Primate…

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Environmental Activism and the Search for Purpose

By Carlos Mdemu Social Media, Writing, and Online Outreach Intern Since 2011, I have been working in the field of environmental and solid waste management. At the beginning of my journey, I remember visiting one of the famous local markets in Dar es Salaam for a community cleanup. The local market, in terms of waste management…

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Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild our Communities

Bulu mini-forest in Cameroon after 19 months; Photo: Agborkang Godfred Hannah Lewis, Compendium Editor for Biodiversity for a Liveable Climate and freelance writer The Miyawaki Method The Miyawaki Method is a way to grow natural, mature forests in a couple of decades rather than a couple of centuries. You do this by observing what happens…

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Our Underrated Climate Ally: The Small Water Cycle

Cabezon Peak after rain, Photo by John Fowler (CC BY 2.0) Although climate change is a global issue, it can and must be addressed locally. Our overall climate is shifting drastically, but local climates are also changing, and they don’t always get the same amount of attention. Local climates change when the environment is drastically…

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What We Do

Conferences

We’ve held thirteen conferences since 2013 from a wide range of speakers on how to regenerate biodiverse life on Earth. Our speakers are special: they aren’t famous, but in their own creative ways they’ve worked wonders. They are examples of what each of us can do when we’re inspired!

Solutions

There are so many solutions out there that are virtually invisible when we focus on a model of greenhouse gases and alternative energy. These solutions are available to restore living systems, cool the land and calm the climate. We bring these to you, here.

Compendium

Our Compendium is a selection of article summaries from the scientific and popular literatures on eco-restoration to address biodiversity loss and climate catastrophe. We bring material of interest from a wide variety of sources into one central publication. Check it out and discover some of the solid science behind nature solutions to biodiversity loss and climate.

Featured Videos

Some of our most widely viewed videos are on our Introductory Playlist. But don’t overlook hidden gems! You’ll see them on our conference pages or you can search by subject or keyword with our website Super Search.

Voices of Water

Voices of Water is a project, founded by Jan Lambert and currently led by Zuzka Mulkerin, dedicated to the work of innovative hydrologist Michal Kravčík and colleagues, who have developed a new and powerful paradigm for addressing floods, droughts and other disruptions of nature’s water cycles.

Newsletters

We have several years of informative and entertaining newsletters that you are welcome to browse. They include interviews, book reviews, excerpts from our Compendium and past event announcements. Sign up here to receive our newsletters personally delivered to your e-mailbox with only the highest quality electrons!

What You Do

Along with the speakers from our Blessed Unrest conference, you are part of a historic transition.

Hang out with us for a while, learn more, teach us, be inspired, inspire us!

Our most serious problems have their root causes in dying ecosystems. And people around the world have decades of experience bringing the Earth back to life.

Let’s do it!