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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.
Watch what happens! A degraded Mexican landscape is transformed by excellent management. It took only two years (the arrow points to the same tree).
On Thursday, June 9 at 6:30pm ET, Hannah Lewis will visit the Cambridge Public Library to discuss her upcoming book, Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World. Hannah will be in conversation with Maya Dutta, project manager for the Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest planted in North Cambridge in September 2021. Together, they will discuss the Miyawaki Method and the opportunities to use it to build cooler, greener, more resilient communities in Cambridge and beyond. Register here to join the discussion!
Lewis will offer excerpts from her book, in…
Jim Laurie’s Class, Biodiversity 6: Systems Thinking & Scenarios – Tools for Creating Better Ecological Futures
Course fee: $240; if you’re on a tight budget, a sliding scale is available at checkout.
In Biodiversity 6: Systems Thinking & Scenarios – Tools for Creating Better Ecological Futures, Jim Laurie will lead students in taking on the question, “could humans be a global force for the reemergence of healthy ecosystems on a much faster timeline?” To answer this question, the course will look at systems thinking and scenario-writing as tools for examining the “Whole” and finding out what possibilities exist for the future.
On Monday, May 30 at 12pm ET, we welcomed Miyawaki method advocates Hannah Lewis and Daan Bleichrodt to talk about Miyawaki forests and their role in climate resilience, urban beautification, and connecting all of us to nature. Stay tuned for the forthcoming talk recording!
Hannah Lewis is the author of the upcoming book Mini Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World. Daan Bleichrodt has worked with IVN to lead the Tiny Forest movement in the Netherlands, working with children in establishing school forests through the country. They discussed…
Course fee: $200; if you’re on a tight budget, a sliding scale is available at checkout.
In Heat Planet: Restore Ecosystems – Restore Climate, Christopher Haines will lead students on an exploration of the sources of heat and climate disruption, and the ways that local action can significantly improve local climates. The course will empower us to take on the cooling and re-greening actions necessary to rebalance local, regional, and eventually global climate.
Beginning Wednesday, May 4, 2022, the course meets for two hours at 9am and 7pm…
In Horizonal Thinking: Toward a New Economics, Fred Jennings will focus on planning horizons and explain his approach to an ecological economics based on favoring collaboration over competition. Students will examine why and how our society has evolved toward the destruction of our ecological life-support systems, and how we might change our economic culture to protect ourselves against this destruction.
Beginning Monday, April 4, 2022, the course meets from 1 – 2 pm ET every Monday and Thursday. Read more and register here!
In Social Solutions: Making Systems More Resilient, Fred Jennings will focus on developing a working group of people who are ready to engage in ecological economics and to address social problems creatively and intelligently. Students will develop their practical analytical skills by examining our failing democratic processes and our fisheries management systems.
Beginning Monday, April 4, 2022, the course meets from 12 – 1 pm ET every Monday and Thursday. Read more and register here!
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, stay tuned for the talk recording to be posted online soon!
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…
On Monday March 28, our Life Saves the Planet speaker series continued with a panel on Introducing the EcoRestoration Alliance. Members Jon Schull, John D. Liu, Ilse Koehler-Rollefson and Valer Clark introduced the groundbreaking new alliance that aims to advance the global case for regeneration through cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary partnership.
This March, we held the latest installment in our Nature’s Solutions as National Policy conference series, Code Red Water: Two Global Perspectives. Atossa Soltani and Michal Kravcik discussed how improved water management can support functioning water cycles to meet the needs of living systems and cool the planet.
Does it seem as though the weather gods have gone crazy lately? It is not your imagination. The question on everyone’s minds is why? And is it related to climate change? In Arctic Meltdown: Why It Matters To Us, Dr. Jennifer Francis explains how increasing extreme weather events are connected with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Check out the talk recording on the GBH Forum Network.
Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which…
Recent Blog Posts
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…
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…
“Climate Anxiety” has become a widespread theme lately. As Bio4Climate began planning an event along those lines, I thought of my own anxieties about biodiversity loss and global warming, and wondered how to transform climate distress into a rich, meaningful and adaptive state of mind. I’m finding that it helps when I embrace rather than…
In northwestern Australia, far from roads or major cities, a herd of wild donkeys carries a valuable promise. This remote region is the Kimberley, home to Kachana Station, a family-owned holistically managed landscape. The Henggelers have overseen Kachana Station for decades, and their management techniques have brought benefits for the soil, wildlife, and local climate. …
What We Do
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!
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.