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Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal Winter 2019

Earth Island Journal is a publication in the field of news and society offering news and analysis about energy and the environment

United States
Earth Island Institute
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En este número

3 min.
less talk, more action

I am so glad that the final piece I worked on for this issue was my interview with a determined 15-year-old Swede who’s on “school strike” to protest inadequate action by her government on the climate crisis (Conversation, pg. 46). Greta Thunberg’s single-minded focus on addressing climate change, her on-point messaging, and her no-nonsense answers lifted my spirits during what feels like a season of awful things. As I write this sitting in Berkeley, the air outside my window is blanketed with smoke from the Camp Fire that has been raging up north for a week now. Over in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire is ravaging Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Already, the death toll, in what’s now considered California’s most destructive wildfire season on record, is up to 66, and…

2 min.
letters & emails

In Solidarity Thank you so much Kandi White for this beautiful, well thought-out, and heartfelt article (“Ties of Blood,” Autumn 2018). Since I was a small child, I have felt the suffering of the Earth and all women (and peoples) in my own body. But until recently my attempts to communicate these feelings have fallen on the deaf ears of the mind-based, patriarchal culture I grew up in. Your words touch me deeply and as a European descendent woman I stand in full solidarity with your work to bring safety to your community and protect all that is sacred, for women and men alike. We are one people with one “environment” both inside and outside of us! Avalon Gulley Boulder, CO There’s Work to be Done Kandi White’s essay makes an important point. Wherever you…

2 min.
get them out!

Want your kids to have good eyesight? Send them out to play. It’s not as if we need more reasons to encourage us to get our young ones out into nature, but there you have it — research shows that spending time outdoors reduces children’s risk of becoming shortsighted. Shortsightedness, or myopia, is on the rise across the world. It is especially bad in East Asia. Estimates in China, for instance, indicate that about 90 percent of teenagers and young adults there are shortsighted. Americans aren’t faring too well either. Numbers from the National Eye Institute show the prevalence of myopia grew from 25 percent of the US population (ages 12 to 54) in 1971-1972 to 41.6 percent in 1999-2004. The exact cause for this increase in nearsightedness is unknown but is generally…

1 min.

As much as Donald Trump may want us to believe it, saying adiós to dirty energy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game between a clean energy future and fossil fuel industry workers. Spain is showing us just how compatible clean energy and workers’ rights goals can be. In November, the Mediterranean nation announced an exciting new climate plan that includes transitioning to 100 percent renewably sourced electricity and decreasing overall greenhouse emissions by 90 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. But that’s not all: Spain wants to completely eliminate carbon from the economy as soon as possible after that. And there’s more still: At the core of the decarbonization plan are “just transition” strategies that involve re-training fossil fuel sector workers in solar and wind energy. The full climate plan was…

2 min.
cutting cancer

Cancer can feel like an omnipresent threat these days. There are so many different ways to increase our cancer risk, from those that are well within our control, like drinking and smoking, to those that are less so, like breathing polluted air or simply aging. Thankfully, a French research team may have just given us one more tool in the fight against this disease: A new study indicates that consuming a diet high in organic foods decreases overall cancer risk by 25 percent. The researchers cannot prove cause and effect here. But a growing body of evidence has linked exposure to common pesticides like glyphosate to cancer, and research has shown that these pesticides can be detected in many popular foods. They suspect, then, that eating more organic foods reduces dietary…

2 min.
$1 billion for the planet

Money can’t buy us happiness but perhaps it can help save our living world? That seems to be the thinking behind Swiss billionaire and conservationist Hansjörg Wyss’s decision to launch a billion-dollar campaign to conserve lands and oceans across the world. Announcing the campaign in an October New York Times op-ed, Wyss said that he will donate the money over the next 10 years through his foundation. The aim of the effort, called the Wyss Campaign for Nature, is to help accomplish a United Nations goal to conserve 30 percent of the planet in a natural state by the year 2030 by creating and expanding protected areas, encouraging the international community to establish more ambitious protected-area targets, investing in science, and inspiring conservation action around the world. “Every one of us —…