A Commitment to Earth Stewardship

 

 

We must end our extreme reckless exploitation and destruction of nature and the biosphere we all depend on. In all the cosmos, the only place we know that supports life, is our Earth. Yet, as we move into the 21st century,  the planet’s living fabric, and the natural resources we depend on, are being consumed recklessly, like there is no tomorrow. Since our beginnings as a species about 400,000 years ago, it took until 1950 to reach a human population of 2.5 billion. Since then, in a matter of a few decades, human numbers have more than tripled to 7.3 billion, on the way to 10 billion or even 12 billion. Quite simply, we are exceeding the planet’s ability to provide. The reason why is not complicated. It amounts to ‘too many people, too few resources.’ The Earth is under assault in unprecedented ways…

  • Global warming carbon emissions from coal and oil totaled nearly 10 million metric tons in 2013[i]
  • Global solid waste production of 1.3 billion tons annually could double by 2020[ii]
  • Eight million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans every year[iii]
  • The global wild animal population is down 52% in just the last 40 years[iv]
  • 53% of world’s fisheries are overexploited
  • The global fishing fleet is 2-3 times larger than the oceans can support.[vi]
  • Half the world’s tropical forests have been cleared or degraded. Every hour, at least 4,500 acres of forests fall to chain saws, machetes, or bulldozers[vii]
  • Worldwide, 750 million people lack access to clean water[viii]
  • 40% of the Earth’s soil used for agriculture is either degraded or seriously degraded… soil is being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it can be replaced[ix]

Sustainability is a term that refers to the use of a resource so that it is not depleted or permanently damaged. We humans do not live sustainability. We must change our ways. Citizen Sluts take responsibility for healing the biosphere. We choose to inform ourselves and work for a future that will allow humanity to live within our planet’s ability to provide