This year started out – or is that, continued? – with a barrage of bad news that is enough to make any sane person just want to turn it off and tune it out.
A little selection?
Scientists’ dire warning: The oceans are on the verge of mass exctinction
Humans have nearly destroyed the oceans, a major new study warns — but there’s still time to save them
Lindsay Abrams, Friday, Jan 16, 2015 11:49 PM CST
Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists
Humans are ‘eating away at our own life support systems’ at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say
Oliver Milman, Thursday 15 January 2015 19.00 GMT
The climate is ruined. So can civilization even survive?
David Ray Griffin, Special for CNN, Updated 1756 GMT (0156 HKT) January 14, 2015
Last Year May Have Been the Warmest on Record, But Clues From a Coral Atoll Suggest We Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
By Tom Yulsman | January 16, 2015 6:17 pm
‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’
As politicians and business leaders gather in Davos, climate expert Jørgen Randers argues that democracy will continue to hamper climate action
Guardian sustainable business | Davos 2015
Jo Confino, Monday 19 January 2015 17.00 GMT
Things continue apace in the usual ways, and yet we wonder why there has been so little change (for the better, anyways).
Let’s not continue like that, especially as we are seeking ways of getting by and getting to better, anyways. Let’s, instead, explore ways of making things better.
Ecology, as the science of how things (in life) are connected, has not usually been about happiness, but between ecology and (positive) psychology, there have been lots of findings that point to ways we can combat depression, create greater well-being, and live in ways that are less full of negative impacts at the same time – if they don’t end up even creating greater diversity and resilience.
One case in point, to remain with news: Cities – or at least one city – looking to a future that works with ecological principles in order to deal with climate change effects – and look better in the process.
Such ways of creating better, more livable places that also function better ecologically, ways of living better that also make us ourselves more resilient are just what is in order if the dire news/predictions of above should turn out true, but good also if things don’t turn out nearly as badly, and even better in helping to prepare for the worst and work for the best…
But now, enough with the general good talk, certainly enough with the doom and gloom, and deeper into better living by ecology.
After all, especially in this world of ever-more and ever-more-uncertain choices, the question to ask is and remains: What do I do?