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We have made progress in some areas, but the recycling rate for plastic bottles hovers around 25%. The recycling rate for all plastics in 2008 was 7.1% leaving 28 million tons to sit in landfills and dumps.

Resource Depletion and Economic Development

It is clear that we live on a planet with finite resources and it is not possible for every inhabitant to consume at the same rate as the industrialized nations. We have no option but to transform our society into one that lives on a fraction of our current energy and resource use.

The Case for
Negative Growth

The Elephant in the Room:In a world powered by petroleum and constructed of steel, cement and plastic, one would expect that some consideration would be given to limits. Governments around the world, however continue to advocate for a growing GDP and spend only a pittance to fund worldwide family planning.

Food Security

The green revolution is has run its course. Will the world run out of food soon? Can the promise of GM foods save us or will it lead to the greatest famine we have experienced yet?

There is only one earth, shared by upwards of 10 million species. The existence of each one depends on a vast web of interconnections, bonding living organisms to each other and to their environment. Whole Systems Foundation - Earth The play of evolution has graced man with the brainpower necessary to control many aspects of his environment. This has led to the illusion that he is separate from the biological web, and no longer dependent on it.

Update! New Site

The evolution of the planetary ecosystem is ongoing. In the 10 years since this site was put up in 2000 many details have changed, but the overall course of events has not changed. Energy consumption continues to rise, CO2 levels continue to rise, ocean fish resources continue to decline, etc. One significant change has occurred and that is awareness of the effects man is having on the environment. Concepts of peak oil, climate change and unsustainable fisheries are now in the daily news. What are we not paying attention to?

Toxic Planet

Project Plastic Planet The accumulation of toxins in the environment is a developing threat that we have only begun to explore. The effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are cumulative and the toxins remain in the environment for an indefinite length of time. The bio-accumulation of toxins is well known. The damage caused by toxins and endocrine disruptors is only now being defined. One vector for this contamination is plastic thrown or washed into the ocean which attracts and concentrates POPs then breaks down into particles that are ingested by fish at the bottom of the food chain. Whole Systems Foundation is involved in several aspects of this issue from research to practical steps to reduce plastic waste. See: Project Plastic Planet

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