A Sustainable Planet

All human advances have been connected to advances in producing and using energy from Earth’s natural resources. Those resources are finite, and we are now at a crossroads. The paths we take will be key to our future.

Featured Books

Featured Book

Rescuing the Planet

Protecting Half the Planet to Heal the Earth

By Tony Hiss

Could it be possible to set aside half the earth’s land and sea for nature by the year 2050? Former New Yorker staff writer Tony Hiss investigated the feasibility of this ambitious idea proposed by biologist Edward O. Wilson and emerged inspired and surprisingly optimistic. These efforts are already underway and must focus immediately on a few dozen threatened “hotspots,” home to an enormous percentage of Earth’s plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Read more »

The Future

Six Drivers of Global Change

By Al Gore

No period in global history resembles what humanity is about to experience. Explore the key global forces converging to create the complexity of change, our crisis of confidence in facing the options, and how we can take charge of our destiny. Read more »

Our Choice

A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

By Al Gore

We clearly have the tools to solve the climate crisis. The only thing missing is collective will. We must understand the science of climate change and the ways we can better generate and use energy. Read more »

The Big Ratchet

How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis

By Ruth DeFries

Human history can be viewed as a repeating spiral of ingenuity—ratchet (technological breakthrough), hatchet (resulting natural disaster), and pivot (inventing new solutions). Whether we can pivot effectively from the last Big Ratchet remains to be seen. Read more »

The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert

With all of Earth’s five mass extinctions, the climate changed faster than any species could adapt. The current extinction has the same random and rapid properties, but it’s unique in that it’s caused entirely by the actions of a single species—humans. Read more »

Natural Capitalism

Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

By Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins

A new definition of capitalism that fully values natural and human resources may hold the keys to a sustainable future. Read more »

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels

By Ian Morris

Human social development, says Morris, is constantly generated by environmental and social factors. The amount of energy that can be extracted from the environment through technology defines the social possibilities, and thus influences the attitudes and world view of each epoch. Read more »

Travel the Journey

Is THIS the Real Reason Weather is Getting Wilder?

Learn the way that climate change is causing extreme storms, drought and floods.

Can Sea Water Desalination Save The World?

Globally, one out of three people don’t have ready access to safe drinking water. Why can’t we just take seawater, filter out the salt, and have an unlimited supply of clean, fresh water? Find out why this is a last resort.

Mr. Trash Wheel Is Keeping Baltimore Rivers Clean

What has googly eyes and is cleaning up the harbor of Baltimore, USA? Meet the Trash Wheel Family – Mr. Trash Wheel, Professor Trash Wheel, Captain Trash Wheel, and Gwynnda the Good Wheel of the West.

The Threat from Climate Tipping Points

Is one degree of warming really that big a deal? Yes it is, and find out why it could lead to even greater climate threats.

Global Energy Outlook 2023

The world may be on the cusp of its first true energy transition, but more ambitious public policies and technological innovations are needed.


Our Planet’s Fight for Life
Edward O. Wilson

“An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet.” —Jedediah Purdy, New Republic

Further Reading