Biodiversity and Climate Change
Concerned for our planet's biodiversity or climate? You've come to the right place.
ecology noun, the study of the interactions of life and the environment.
Life on Earth revolves around relationships. From the flow of molecules through the cells and systems of our bodies to the balance of radiative energy entering and leaving the top of the Earth's atmosphere, the sustainability of life depends upon a myriad of dynamic processes that constitute living systems at all scales of space and time.
We humans are becoming increasingly aware of our impacts upon the other species, natural habitats and climate of planet Earth – the unintended consequences of our ability to thrive in almost any environment. Each of our global environmental challenges is overwhelming in magnitude, so it is natural for environmentally-minded individuals and organizations to prioritize and focus on whatever issue they see at the top of the list. The inertia of our fossil fuel based economy and mindset is enormous, for example, so effectively mitigating anthropogenic climate change seems almost impossible.
And yet, solving the climate crisis without effective conservation and restoration of biodiversity and natural habitat is almost meaningless. The paved-over lowlands of Florida may not sink beneath the waves of a rising sea, but what will the Earth be like without the wonders of Nature that we have for so many centuries taken for granted? It’s far too easy to ignore what we can’t really see. Extinction, habitat loss, anthropogenic climate change are all just over the horizon on mostly invisible timescales.
Life and environment – biodiversity and climate – we must restore our living planet and harmonize our relationships with it by seeing clearly and addressing the connections, not just the components of the Earth system. The initial goal of the Biodiversity and Climate Project is to effectively illuminate the primary elements of global change via powerful scientific visualizations – interactive maps, animations, movies – thus accelerating the awakening of a new ecological ethos and the societal, economic and technological transformations that will propel us toward a sustainable world.