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Declaration of Planetary Emergency

We are in the middle of a planetary emergency. This is increasingly acknowledged by scientific and non-governmental organizations. However, awareness of this planetary emergency remains low. Therefore, the EVC has published a Declaration of Planetary Emergency. The goal is to have this declaration made available in all languages and signed by as many citizens of planet Earth as possible. The Declaration is available on Place4Us, the virtual collaboration platform where all people can collaborate to ensure that Earth remains a place for us.

If you want to engage with the Declaration, join us here ...

Others have also declared a planetary emergency. For example, the Club of Rome in collaboration declared a Planetary Emergency in September 2022. They published a roadmap out of the emergency "Planetary Emergency 2.0 already in September 2020 (see local copy).

A Viable Earth: A Book of River Stories

The story of the viable Earth is a book filled with river stories. Life may have started in the ocean, but it spread along rivers into the depth of the continents.

The story of humanity is a book filled with river stories. Even when crossing the oceans to find new land, the landing point was at the mouth of a river. It was the river that provided a path into the new land.

EVC News

EVC will be a Consortium: Earth Viability Center, Inc. (EVC) has amended the bylaws to allow for a consortium of member organizations. The plenary of the consortium members will be the decision making entity in the EVC. The amended bylaws will be effective after June 15, 2023. Organizations interested to be in the EVC Consortium can express their interest here.

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A Global Dialog of the Young for a Peaceful Future

By Hans-Peter Plag, Barry Clemson, Jon Walker, Brett Buzzanga

Published Dec. 18, 2021

There is an urgent need to facilitate a dialog of the young, the Gen-Z generation, about the future they want. This dialog must include the ways the young can ensure that those in power make decisions that benefit the future for this generation and others to come. A new social media platform is needed that can enable this global dialog, a platform developed conceptually by those who are going to use it.

The Earth Viability Center [6] will initiate the development of a platform for the global dialog of the young. The platform will be non-profit, owned and governed by the user community.

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A Viable Future: Healthy Rivers are the Arteries in a Viable Earth.

The story of the (un)viable Earth we are writing in the Anthropocene is a book filled with river stories that tell tales of destruction, pollution, engineering, and dying ecosystems. The time to start a new book of regeneration and giving back to rivers the freedom to regenerate the free flow of rich live they once faciliated.

Polluting Rivers is Destroying Earth's Lifeline

Human Activities have Affected Half of all Rivers Heavily

The article “Human impacts on global freshwater fish biodiversity” by Su et al. published on February 19, 2021 shows that “No waters left untouched: We are increasingly aware of human impacts on biodiversity across our planet, especially in terrestrial and marine systems. We know less about fresh waters, including large rivers. Su et al. looked across such systems globally, focusing on several key measures of fish biodiversity. They found that half of all river systems have been heavily affected by human activities, with only very large tropical river basins receiving the lowest levels of change. Fragmentation and non-native species have also led to the homogenization of rivers, with many now containing similar species and fewer specialized lineages.

Plastic and other rubbish on the Iskar River near the Svoge hydroelectric dam in Bulgaria in January. Photograph: Hristo Rusev/Getty Images. From Carrington (2021)

The sewage canal carrying pathogens and chemicals does not deserve to be called a river (see article in The Guardian, 15 Feb. 2024).

Growing Anthropocene Risks Threaten Rivers

Anthropocene risks are those complex risks caused by modern society resulting from a combination of degradation, reengineering, pollution, biodiversity loss, and climate change. Rivers are increasingly exposed to these risks and are experiencing mounting consequences. The article by Nina Lakhani published on April 13, 2021 points out that many US rivers are at grave risk from dams, mining and global heating. Lakhani's article is based on the America's Most Endangered Rivers 2021 report.

America'a most endangered rivers in 2021. From Lakhani (2021).

River pollution is everywhere and and very varied. Nell Frizell in an article published on April 12, 2022 states "I have swum through sewage and had empty crisp packets stuck to my face" and she asks "Why can’t we take better care of our rivers?" This is a central question, and answering this question may lead us to take care of not just the rivers but all systems in the Earth's life-support system. Protecting the purpose of these systems should be a fundamental mandate for all human activities.

Rivers are Part of Solutions to Humanity's In-World Crisis

As emphasized in a Commentary by Michele Thieme published by MongaBay, the solutions we try to find for the crises we have created in the Earth's life-support system do not include rivers as part of the solution. But they are the network that connects everything and provides the flows all part need to function. Solutions without the rivers are no solutions.

Rivers are also telling the story of the great changes that are happening in our time. They tell of the impacts of exploitation, pollution, and climate change (see, e.g., this article). If we want to restore the reciprocal relationship humans have had with their rivers in the past, we need to listen to the rivers and engage in their stories.

Opening a New Story Book of Earth: Regenerating the Health of the Riverine Systems

We at the Earth Viability Center work to bring together humanity in an understanding of the reciprocity between us and the rivers we live with and live off of.

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