Viewpoints Archives - Page 2 of 4 - State of the Planet

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
elephants in a field crossing a road

Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery Should Harness the Benefits of Nature and Conservation

As the theme for the International Day of Biodiversity states, “Our solutions are in nature.”

by Brighton Kaoma, Alice Ruhweza, and Jeff Worden |May 22, 2020
person meditating and looking at horizon

Why We Need Climate Stoicism to Overcome Climate Despair

The immediate and apocalyptic stakes of climate change can be overwhelming to the point of despair. Can we stay motivated by clinging to optimism, or are we better off accepting the value of a partial victory?

by Max Goodman |May 19, 2020
fisherman on ice

A Sustainable Arctic Has to Include Indigenous Groups

Assimilation and colonization are still happening in our own backyard.

by Isabelle Cojocaru-Durand |May 15, 2020
drawing of houseplants

What We Can Do to Preserve Our Cleaner Air

How you can fight air pollution in your neighborhood and your home.

by John Loike and Robert Pollack |May 12, 2020

The Sustainability of Sustainability

The managers of our organizations must pay attention to the physical dimensions of environmental sustainability.

by |May 4, 2020