Global Ecological Restoration: Yes We Did It, and We Can (will and must immediately begin to) Undo It
Two wonderful commentaries today are worthy of merit for communicating well the urgency of climate and global ecological change, while proposing sufficient solutions (both to which EcoInternet is committed). The Yale Environment360 site notes the “urgency of the current situation cannot be overemphasized” and thus urges the next President of the United States to immediately wield powers under the clean air act [ark] to regulate carbon dioxide [search].
And environment heavy-hitters including Thomas E. Lovejoy and Tim Flannery note that while atmospheric carbon levels at 387 are already past the dangerous level [ark] of 350, that tremendous potential exists to ecologically restore degraded lands [search], returning carbon to safe levels while staunching hemorrhaging of biodiversity. There is much more work to be done on the social incentives and policies necessary to make it equitable and just, but it is a global ecological necessity that we strongly and immediately commit to an era of ecological restoration.
Indeed, we did it — destroyed the Earth's life giving ecosystems — and we can (will and must) undo it or being ends. Finally leading scientists and institutions are thinking big and proposing ecologically based policy prescriptions that matter and provide some measure of hope when implemented. Now we need nations, leaders and global citizens to lead. It is up to all of us — global citizens committed to global ecological sustainability, loosely coordinated through the Internet — to make it happen no matter what. Global ecological restoration is the ultimate truth for all remaining time.