Just as rainbows follow rain, nature’s disturbances bring with them a newly cleansed Earth. As we mourn the loss of life and remember the pain caused by these disasters, we can look to the future and recognize the growth that can emerge from these challenging and unprecedented times.
Biomimicry and Climate Change
On November 3rd, the world will have all of its eyes on the United States. Though our policies and practices have global implications, only American citizens have the right to vote. We may fill out our ballots independently, but we are far from alone in our political choices. This power is not only a privilege; it’s also an awesome responsibility that we must take seriously.
It’s not always easy choosing the path of optimism, but if I’ve learned anything in the past month, it’s that we humans can come together when we need to — and even if our current system crumbles, there is still soil beneath our feet, and we can rebuild together.
The recent fires in Australia burned an area over twice the size of Portugal, with estimates nearing a billion animals lost along with critical habitat, food sources, and services the forests provide. The fires have set off a feedback loop that doubles down on climate change, releasing carbon trapped in organic plant matter and removing a main absorber of atmospheric carbon at the same time.
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