All life is made of carbon — banana slugs, western red cedars, your fingernails and the dirt beneath them. As humans, we strive to separate ourselves, building cities that sequester us from the wilder world. But we are made of the same elements and depend on the same resources as the rest of the life that surrounds us. We are part of one global ecosystem.
This spring, The Planet dug into the past to find how genocide victims can be located, saw how the immediate threat of climate change weighs on tribal access to food and culture, and explored future solutions for our resource needs, reaching even into space. We put humans back into the context of an ecosystem.
Scientists study the ways we change the Earth. Less recognized are the effects the environment has on us. A 2014 military advisory study found climate change will not only affect the way we use our environment, but also our security and the way we interact with other nations. As we find ourselves vying for limited resources, we will have to compromise our way of life to ensure all humans can have food, water and shelter.
While reading, notice lessons we have learned from nature. Think about how the world would be different without us — a sky full of stars rather than streetlights. Consider how we would be different without the world. From The Planet to you,
From The Planet to you,
Mikey Jane Moran & Sarah MikkelborgEditor-in-Chief