There are many ways that we can act to intervene in the catastrophic trajectory that civilization is taking, so many that we can only list a small fraction of them here. We refer to these actions as ‘interventions’ since we cannot ‘solve’ many of these problems in the conventional meaning of the word (putting things back the way they were), but we can intervene to improve them. We intend to create another website of interventions in the near future. For now, here are a few of the organizations doing outstanding work to stem the tide. We encourage you to contact us with others you think should be added to this list.
For now, if you are involved with an organization that is actively combatting the stressors that civilization is placing on the planet, please endorse the Scientists’ Warning and then contact us we will add your organization to the list we are creating of groups that individuals can join with to work on our urgent problems.
The World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity itself underscores humanity’s inadequate response thus far to the current well-documented stressors to the biosphere but also recommends the following important forms of intervention.
- prioritizing the enactment of connected well-funded and well-managed reserves for a significant proportion of the world’s terrestrial, marine, freshwater, and aerial habitats
- maintaining nature’s ecosystem services by halting the conversion of forests, grasslands, and other native habitats
- restoring native plant communities at large scales, particularly forest landscapes
- ‘re-wilding’ regions with native species, especially apex predators, to restore ecological processes and dynamics
- developing and adopting adequate policy instruments to remedy defaunation, the poaching crisis, and the exploitation and trade of threatened species
- reducing food waste through education and better infrastructure
- promoting dietary shifts towards mostly plant-based foods
- further reducing fertility rates by ensuring that women and men have access to education and voluntary family-planning services, especially where such resources are still lacking
- increasing outdoor nature education for children, as well as the overall engagement of society in the appreciation of nature
- divesting of monetary investments and purchases to encourage positive environmental change
- devising and promoting new green technologies and massively adopting renewable energy sources while phasing out subsidies to energy production through fossil fuels
- revising our economy to reduce wealth inequality and ensure that prices, taxation, and incentive systems take into account the real costs which consumption patterns impose on our environment, and
- estimating a scientifically defensible, sustainable human population size for the long term while rallying nations and leaders to support that vital goal.
This is by no means a complete nor prioritized list. The need for us to pursue action at every level – economic, social, political, technical, educational and more – cannot be overstated.