A CBS Special: Earth on Edge: What are ecosystems? Details on natural eco life-support systems, how they are stressing out, and what you can do.

Why “The Shift”?


  1. 1.Current life conditions are leading to disaster for all life on earth.

  2. 2.Old thinking isn’t going to save us. We need a global mind-shift.

  3. 3.Moving in a different direction is our only chance to survive and flourish.

  4. 4. Not only must we shift, we must proceed with the speed, money and energy equivalent to WWII’s armament campaign. 

What Would It Look Like?

This 25-minute video (the longest on this web site) asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves, and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.

What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, is it enough to respond with the same tired solutions? Or are we being called to question a set of unexamined assumptions that form the very basis of our civilization?

Nature’s Ecosystems Are Stressing Out

How can they be brought back into balance?

Open Space Question:

  1. 1.Which natural life-support system are you most passionate about, and what can you see yourself doing to preserve or enhance it?

Ensuring sustainable fisheries.

Related Sites for Research

Ecosystems: YES! magazine articles

Environmental Justice: YES! magazine articles

Deep Ecology: Selected Writings


  2. Agroecosystems - the farms where we grow our food and the livestock production systems-ranches and hog farms, for example-where we produce meat products.

  3. Forest ecosystems - the woodlands where we hike, cut timber, and hunt.

  4. Freshwater ecosystems - the lakes, streams, and rivers we fish in, boat on, transport our goods over, and rely on for drinking water.

  5. Grassland ecosystems - meadows, prairies, pampas, savannas, and steppes where we graze our cattle.

  6. Coastal ecosystems - the beaches where we play, the marine waters we trawl, the reefs and atolls that line coasts in tropical waters and buffer our coastlines.

  7. Urban ecosystems - Even cities and suburbs are ecosystems, where a greater concentration of economic and educational opportunities are offered and where nearly half of the world's populations live.

Thirty three percent of the world’s natural resource base has been consumed in the last thirty years alone.

This page is a Work in Progress

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the IEA in Paris, said "I see fossil fuel subsidies as the appendicitis of the global energy system which needs to be removed for a healthy, sustainable development future," he told the Financial Times.


Leonardo DiCaprio - narrator of the film,

“The 11th Hour”

The movie is the result of interviews with leading scientists, visionaries, and experts from around the world.

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