The Daily PlanetWatch for Wednesday, July 31

Thomas Schueneman

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  • Enemies of the State? 3 environmental activists killed every week in 2018. Throughout Latin America and Asia, murdering people trying to protect the environment is alarmingly commonplace. A total of 164 activists where killed in 2018, according to a report by Global Witness. Most of the murders took in the Philippines, followed by Columbia, India, and Brazil. The majority of the slain were indigenous people trying to protect their homes and communities from mining, hydrocarbon extraction, damning, and agribusiness.  
  • Get outside. Separation from nature is traumatizing. This isn't news for us here at PlanetWatch. In our crowded, tense, conflicted world, we seek relief. But it's hard to find a center, a grounding where we feel truly at peace. Why is that? It's called Solastalgia, the mental and psychic distress of environmental change. Don't think it's something that won't or isn't happening to you. It is.  
  • Is the sunk cost of capitalism killing us? Mass extinctions have have happened before throughout the planet's multibillion year history. We are on the cusp of yet another, and this time, we must look to ourselves for both causes and solutions. Last week the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a report estimating a loss of 1 million species by 2050. 
    The report concludes that only "transformative transformation" will bend the curve back toward life. “We’re not addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, which is the way we organize economies, production and consumption patterns, our institutions, and our rules,” says Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University in a OneZero article. “We need to transform the sheer fabric of our society to become more sustainable.” 

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