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Can humanity make the “transition to sustainability?” 


That is a question posed by over 15,000 scientists who issued a warning to humanity earlier this month, during the global climate talks. 
 
Here is one critical piece from the scientists' notice: By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere.

We have to try to make this transition - read on for how Transition Earth is doing this.

Supporting Planetary Health
 
Transition Earth is excited and honored to be a new member of the Planetary Health Alliance!  The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 70 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.  

 
Several of our colleagues who work on population, health and environment issues are also members, including PHE Ethiopia Consortium and Health in Harmony.   We look forward to exploring how we can elevate the PHE approach and other aspects of our work within the Planetary Health Alliance in the near future.
Global Climate Talks: Sharing 'Climate Condoms'
 
Transition Earth attended the UN climate negotiations, or COP23, in Germany earlier this month.  Much of our time was spent with colleagues from countries around the world who are part of the Population & Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA), working to inform attendees on the importance of talking about population issues.  Climate negotiators were urged to recognize sexual and reproductive health and rights as an adaptation strategy, and to make it eligible for funding via adaptation funds.
 
One afternoon was spent handing out ‘climate condoms’ and informational brochures on the links between climate change, population growth and reproductive rights.
 
Read our report-back here, on progress on a gender action plan, as well as rights of nature.
 
Handing out climate condoms at COP23 with PSDA
Transition Earth: Writers Corner
 
Our youth writer, Candela Vázquez Asenjo, continues to look into our society’s impact on forests and nature, this time exploring alternatives to logging trees for paper products.   See her post, A Second Chance to Get Paper Products Right.
 
 

We have many positive alternatives at our fingertips, but we need to find the way to reach new audiences and implement them, for the planet’s sake, and humanity's.
Kids And Teens: Learning About Environment And Health
 
Our partners with ASRI and Health in Harmony are having a big impact with youth in Indonesian Borneo. Since ASRI Kids was founded in 2012 and ASRI Teens in 2014, there have been 700 children in 20 schools who have joined ASRI Kids program, and two groups of ASRI Teens.
 
ASRI Kids close to 'graduating' to ASRI Teens.
The ASRI Teens are junior high school students. They also study about environment and health like ASRI Kids, but this class is more advanced. One activity is to explore the forest by the ASRI health clinic. The teens are asked to find things in nature using their senses of vision, hear, smell and touch. After exploring the forest, they were asked to make a poem about forest. This activity is called Poet-Tree.  We hope to share a poem in an upcoming newsletter.
Image of the Month
 
While in Bonn, Germany at the climate talks, we met up with our colleagues from Climate Wise Women, who are sharing stories from the frontlines.  In the words of Constance Okollet of Osukuru United Women’s Network in Uganda, "You find climate change everywhere...I am happy that everyone is standing up to talk about climate change."
 
Women and the environment leaders: from L to R - Suzanne York, Candela Vasquez Asenjo, Tracey Man, and Constance Okollet
In solidarity,
Suzanne
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