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.
Watch what happens! A degraded Mexican landscape is transformed by excellent management. It took only two years (the arrow points to the same tree).
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 will explain how increasing extreme weather events are connected with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as prolonged droughts, cold spells, heat waves, snowy winters, and flooding…
This November, our mini-conference series on Nature’s Solutions as National Policy continued with a discussion on the Glasgow COP26 summit. We welcomed Andrew Revkin, Joseph Michael Hunt, and Dee Woods onto a panel to address where grassroots movements to protect and restore ecosystems factor into global plans for climate action. Read more and view the recording here!
Fred Tutman joined our Life Saves the Planet lecture series on Monday, November 15 to discuss environmental movements and the importance of decolonizing our attitudes, actions, and leadership. Check out related resources and the talk recording on our GBH page.
As the planet faces existential threats from multiple sources, the people raising movements aimed at greening the planet must first learn how to discard ideals and notions about the environment founded upon capitalism, racism and classism. This will be a frank talk with case studies…
Dr. Felicia Keesing joined our Life Saves the Planet lecture series to discuss biodiversity loss and its impacts on health. As a biologist at Bard College, Keesing studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. She described what we know about the sources of new human diseases, and the potentially surprising role of biodiversity loss in fueling new outbreaks.
If you couldn’t join for the discussion live on October 18, you can tune into the recording, which will be posted shortly on our GBH…
Carl Safina, Fred Provenza, and Tania Roa joined us for Bio4Climate’s second mini-conference of 2021 on implementing nature’s solutions in climate policy. The video recording is available here.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Join us for this online course on the connections between human, animal, and planet health. The course will consist of 8 classes and be held live on Zoom, beginning March 2, 2022 and ending on April 27, 2022 (with no class on March 30th). Read more and register here.
Planting day for our first Miyawaki Forest in Cambridge (and the Northeast) on Saturday, September 25 went beautifully. On a day predicted to hold thunderstorms, the sun shone down as volunteers gathered to put this historic forest in the ground. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this project! Read more about the Miyawaki Forest and stay tuned for more photos, video footage of the planting, and updates on its progress.
This July, we released the ninth edition of our Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming.
In this issue we focused on the ecological roles of native plants, and as well as including discussions of symbiosis, biophilia, and an Okanagan worldview of society.
Recent Blog Posts
“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. …
As many people know through firsthand experience, we planted the Northeast’s first Miyawaki Forest last weekend. After several months of planning, discussion, and organization, we gathered in Danehy Park in North Cambridge to create the forest. This was the part I participated in, but like so much of our work at Biodiversity for a Livable…
Climate change is already here. Severe weather-related events such as more frequent hurricanes, intense droughts, longer wildfire seasons, and devastating floods are evidence of this statement. However, not all people are experiencing the consequences of the climate crisis equally. All too often, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) are on the frontlines. Due to systemic…
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.