Viewpoints Archives - State of the Planet

boat full of people watching a whale breach

It’s Time to Rethink the Practice of Whale Watching

A scientist reflects on the potential harms of chasing whales with boats to try to get that perfect snapshot.

by Marco Tedesco |July 2, 2020
explosion at bikini atoll

Colonialism is at the Root of the Diabetes Epidemic in the Pacific Islands

People across the Pacific Islands are suffering from an alarming diabetes epidemic. To solve it, we must confront the legacies and remnants of colonialism.

by Chloe Schneewind |June 19, 2020
burned trees in forest

The Amazon Continues to Burn

The environmental tragedy does not stop even in the face of the pandemic. From January to April, over 1200 square kilometers of forest were wiped out.

by Marco Tedesco |June 19, 2020

Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Investments Are Necessities, Not Luxuries

A clean and healthy environment and environmental justice are necessities and not luxuries.

by |June 8, 2020

Environmental and Justice Activists Need to Join Forces

To achieve an equitable, sustainable culture and economy, we must combine efforts that liberate communities of color and liberate the planet.

by Cayte Bosler |June 3, 2020
Members of the Maasai tribe dressed in traditional clothes posing for an advertisement

How Ecotourism Can Harm Indigenous Communities

The lack of a clear set rules for ecotourism means it’s often not as sustainable as it sounds.

by Arooba Ahmed |June 2, 2020
Community supervision of mineral prospecting in Tsumkwe District West, Namibia

Land Investments During COVID-19: The Hazards of Pressing on Without Community Participation

Companies are seeking to press ahead with investments on community lands or even take advantage of the pandemic to avoid the usual authorization requirements.

by Sam Szoke-Burke |May 28, 2020
girl on video call

It Takes a Village to Teach a Child

During the pandemic and beyond, we should tap into the skills and knowledge of community members for our kids’ education and enrichment.

by Radhika Iyengar |May 28, 2020
great lakes maps

Do Two Failed Dams Foretell a Dire Future?

What happened in Michigan shines a light on our aging and failing infrastructure. The question remains, will we do something now to fix it?

by Upmanu Lall and Paulina Concha Larrauri |May 27, 2020
isabelle seckler stands near tree and river

Biomimicry 101: Nature and the College Freshman

Sustainable development student Isabelle Seckler explains how nature taught her the most important lessons she has learned all year.

by Isabelle Seckler |May 25, 2020