Environment & Sustainable Living

The Situation

  • Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • The rate of warming is increasing. The 20th century’s last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a number of climate studies. And the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850
  • The Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.
  • Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing, and the region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss.
  • Glaciers and mountain snows are rapidly melting—for example, Montana’s Glacier National Park now has only 27 glaciers, versus 150 in 1910. In the Northern Hemisphere, thaws also come a week earlier in spring and freezes begin a week later.
  • Coral reefs, which are highly sensitive to small changes in water temperature, suffered the worst bleaching—or die-off in response to stress—ever recorded in 1998, with some areas seeing bleach rates of 70 percent. Experts expect these sorts of events to increase in frequency and intensity in the next 50 years as sea temperatures rise.
  • An upsurge in the amount of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, heat waves, and strong tropical storms, is also attributed in part to climate change by some experts.


Our Hope – What’s Possible


Earth Day Network has teamed up with Moving Art to share “WHAT’S POSSIBLE: UN Climate Summit Opening Film” with the world. This film was broadcast to the entire UN General Assembly in September 2014.

The aim of this film is to show the world what’s possible. We have the tools at hand to create a clean energy future. This is not a dream. A sustainable planet can be our reality.

We have just one home, Protect it! http://www.countercurrents.org/aiv101112.htm


Additional Downloads & Resources

Grassroots Matter: Lessons Learned From Community-Based Local Economies Projects

Digging into our Conscience: Mining Toolkit

We love the SDGs

“We Love the SDGs” is an inspirational — and danceable! — song that was written and performed by Alan AtKisson for 17Goals. The official launch date for the song and the music video was 1 January 2016, which was also when the SDGs come into effect worldwide.

Explaining the SDGs for Children

An Ecological Study of Ecuador’s Intag Region: The Environmental Impacts and Potential Rewards of Mining

Making Human Rights Work For People Living In Extreme Poverty

povertyThis manual is handbook for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. It assists those who are working directly with people living in poverty to understand the situation of poverty from a human rights perspective. 

Making Human Rights Work For People Living In Extreme Poverty

Advocacy Toolkit

seas_smThis toolkit is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The toolkit supports advocacy activities at the national, regional and international levels. It does not assume a given level of experience in either the post-2015 development agenda or in advocacy activities. Whether you follow each section and step in turn as a newcomer to the agenda, or only consult those new or relevant to you in order to support a more established programme, we hope it will prove useful to all.

Advocacy Toolkit – Influencing the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Earth as Our Home

world-as-a-homeToo often when we hear the word ‘house’ we only think of a physical building and its rooms. But what if we began to think of Earth as our house – with various rooms – what would we need to do to make this ‘house’ a true ‘home?’  The Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth in Dubuque, USA have prepared a reflection booklet on the various rooms of a house, placing each room and its activities into the broader context of our Earth-home. The booklet includes suggestions of simple actions for families to take in order to live more sustainably and walk more gently on Earth.

Earth as Our Home


Rights of Nature: The Economics of the Biosphere

supoprThe majority of the world’s economies are based on the idea that nature is property. So are most legal systems, putting real power behind the idea that nature is a “thing” separate and apart from humans, and here only to serve our needs and whimsical desires. To accept the current structure of law and economy is to accept that the human relationship with the rest of the natural world is one of ownership, and promotes unfettered exploitation of the Earth’s natural systems by humans. This is our current story.

Rights of Nature: The Economics of the Biosphere

Living Faithfully into a New Climate

church-steepleLiving Faithfully into a New Climate
A Bible Study on Creation Advocacy and Care

Sustainable Living Presentation

solarpanelsThis nine month programme was developed to promote ways in which we can live more sustainably. It can be used by individuals or groups in their own place. It is hoped that this initiative will engage a wide network of people who will enter into the spirit and practice of living sustainably.

Sustainable Living Presentation