For many people, whether from a family, social or professional perspective, it is difficult to know where to begin to make the changes required for a sustainable, healthy planet, one that is productive and profitable for all.
And yet, a critical mass of ordinary citizens, in every country, are passionate about earth’s well-being, and increasingly concerned at signs and symptoms of a global environment that is less able to support humans, animals and plants in health and prosperity.
How can we access the valuable lessons for restoration of degraded land, waterways and air, solutions developed in other parts of the globe? How do we learn from these flourishing ecosystems? How can we apply the lessons to poor soil, degraded habitat and stressed wildlife, as well as providing improved living standards for human beings? How do we clean up the plastic debris that is choking the waterways, and littering the land? In short, how do we ensure biospheres are used to their best advantage, preserved for future generations, while supporting our own?
And so many individuals are asking themselves, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’
The exchange of information is impeded by a lack of vocabulary for interdisciplinary communication. There is no one common protocol for the exchange of information about the biodiversity and health of small and large ecosystems, waterways, land formation, and air quality in the context of the human habitat and lifestyle. There are many, often complex, while input from local knowledge is at best patchy, and often missing altogether.
Consequently, valuable experiences and lessons are difficult enough to share within regional and national boundaries, let alone globally across geo-political borders, and economic regions.
Yet the earth is not logically divided into race, creed and financial status. The ‘Gaia’, or living nature of the planet that we all inhabit, is a whole entity, with interconnected ecosystems that are as interdependent as the parts of the human body.
How can we share vital information about the health or otherwise of our beloved planet Earth, unobstructed by national borders and international boundaries?
How can we propagate best practice across language and culture? And how do we communicate this information in time to save biospheres from tipping into accelerated decline? Sadly, every country is witness to the demise of once fertile tracts of land, and the pollution of once abundant, healthy rivers, and, of course our oceans. These, the lifeblood of the planet, are showing signs of sickness, particularly close to populous coastlines.
Financing climate projects can allow educational institutions, community and professional bodies to collect information, and make it publicly and readily available. The goal to collect information and provide a snapshot survey of the health of planet Earth.
A categoric approach to information gathering, empowering volunteers from around the world to provide input into a global census of earth’s ecosystems, and their interaction with human activity. This can be achieved by answering a set of questions and providing topical descriptions of the local habitat , via the internet and mobile networks, updating a cloud-based global ecology database of anecdotal evidence to complement scientific data and statistical analysis.
Taxonomic search and analytics can be accessed and cross referenced by means of a simple interfaces, publicity can be accomplished by electronic social media, as well as dissemination through interested organizations, groups and associations.
For any particular locality, there are bound to be valuable lessons and solutions found elsewhere, that could be shared across national borders.
The earth’s problems are too widespread to wait for governments and corporations to act effectively. They have proved, in view of recent global financial crises, ineffective, weak and too beholden to vested interest to act for the people and the earth’s increasingly fragile and weakened ecosystems.
What if every district in the four corners of the globe were to take a few simple positive steps to improve the local land, water, air and energy management? Concerted action can change the world. We, the people, can make a difference.
Make Local Knowledge Available
So how can we share this knowledge, across political divides, national barriers, and scientific disciplines? In a simple way that is readily understood, in practical terms, able to be translated into the world’s diverse languages and cultures?
We can develop a suitable catalogue of land, air, water and energy management within the human context. We can make a start by collecting information at the local level, with a simple interface, and making data available, cross-referenced by relevant earth science topic.
A survey of earth’s local biospheres that equally enables communities, scientists, rangers and guides, educators and students, professionals and amateurs alike, to provide information. Web content can be added and accessed in a standard format, about local habitats and ecosystems in readily understandable, everyday terms. Data can be collected and presented in simple formats for web and mobile applications.
Local knowledge is an incredibly valuable resource to support scientific enquiry. Information can be collected and used to improve the quality of life for us all in every corner of the globe.
On the whole, information from the earth sciences is sophisticated, solution-focused, and holistic. Interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration can be fostered, so that decisions are taken, directions are determined, sourced from a diversity of sources and viewpoints.
Scientists can be made aware of available data from other disciplines.
Context, knowledge, and vision for sustainable use of resources by human beings can encourage evolution and progress with respect to particular kinds of environments , such as mountain regions, rainforest, tropical coastline, temperate moorland, etc.
For each type of region and climate zone, there are many different variations of micro-climates, because of prevailing winds, ocean currents and rainfall, etc., about which data can be shared. Climate factors are a limited, finite set of permutations and combinations.