kids play at beach
earths thin atmosphere Connect with Nature!
Studies suggest that mental well-being is enhanced by time spent in natural areas.
earths thin atmosphere Atmosphere Counts!
Anthropogenic changes to Earth's atmosphere cause climate change. What we understand we can fix!
eddie the cat Adopt a Shelter Pet!
Most shelter pets are euthanized: find a new buddy and save a life!
need clean water Who Can We Trust?
Are government agencies really watching out for us?
fracking piplines What The Frac?!
Fracking causes earthquakes, pollutes air, and contaminates water.
my Mom could write! Writers Wanted!
Are you knowledgeable and passionate about a sustainability topic?
Contact me here!
biofuel created in lab Biomass = No Waste!
Biomass is biological material that can be converted into biofuel or biogas.
ballons blow beach cleanup Young Activists Rock!
"We can't all do everything, but we can all do something."
roundup sprayed over gmo crops Choose Non GMO!
"Scientists do not know the true effect of these organisms before releasing them."
solar car innovation We Need Innovation!
New ways of thinking about a problem and new solutions are required for sustainability!
us oil sands strip mine Stop US Oil Sands!
Tar sands strip mining for oil is an environmental disaster on every level!
global warming sea level rising Stop Global Warming!
"Climate change risks should be assessed in the same way as threats to national security or public health."
fossil fuel greenhouse gases Goodbye Fossil Fuel!
Oil is a temporary resource so when reserves are depleted it's game over.
organic food avoid chemicals Choose Organic Food!
Reduce health risk from chemical consumption and support environmental sustainability.
bees pollinate food crops We Need Bees!
Our ecosystem depends upon balance to function properly and supply us with all we need.
solar power is sustainable Solar Power Now!
The best renewable energy option has got to be solar power with photovoltaic [PV].

My motivation for creating FavoritePlanet is simple: I've enjoyed my time on this planet quite a lot - especially my experiences out in nature - and so I feel obligated to leave it in good condition for future humans, as well as other creatures, to live well and appreciate it! People who leave a mess for others to clean up make me angry; I do my best not to be one of them. My goal is to "live large" as far as experiences go, but to live small for minimal impact on the environment.

"There's no place like home."

Planet Earth was formed about 4.54 billion years ago according to evidence from radiometric dating. Within Earth's first billion years life appeared in its oceans and began to affect the atmosphere and surface promoting proliferation of aerobic as well as anaerobic organisms, over time causing formation of the atmosphere's ozone layer. This layer and the geomagnetic field blocked the most life-threatening parts of the Sun's radiation, so life was able to flourish on land as well as in water.

Since then the combination of Earth's distance from the Sun, its physical properties and its geological history have allowed life to thrive and evolve.

Earth is the third planet from our Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, and the only astronomical object known—so far—to support life. The earliest life on Earth arose at least 3.5 billion years ago and Earth's biodiversity has expanded continually except when interrupted by mass extinctions. Earth is currently home to 10–14 million species of life, of which about 1.2 million have been documented. More than 7.3 billion humans depend upon its biosphere and minerals to survive.

Life on Earth evolved to survive and thrive within the constraints of its delicate, thin, biosphere. The chemistry of our air allows aerobic organisms to breathe and live. Radiation from the Sun supports photosynthesis for plants to grow and feed us. Both air and water temperatures are rising. The balance between just enough radiation and too much is determined by the composition of our thin atmosphere (ozone level). Humans have altered the natural values by using fossil fuels and coal for energy. Carbon dioxide levels are rising; recently recorded as >400ppm the highest during human history. Plants that fix (absorb) CO2 are in decline in part due to clear-cutting of tropical rainforests for agriculture. The oceans now must absorb more CO2 to compensate, and this leads to acidification and loss of PH sensitive species. Ocean temperature rise also contributes to hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions. The human population on Earth is growing at a rate our resources can't sustain.

There have been 5 mass extinctions; Earth survived; new life developed and slowly adapted to changes each time.

The problem we now face is about timing: compensatory evolutionary changes for current life forms cannot happen as quickly as we degrade the environment. Life on Earth developed over millions of years, yet the damage we've done occurred in a few hundred. The scientific community understands what's happening and how to fix it, yet short-sighted economic imperatives discourage change.

We must make positive changes now. Every day we have choices that make a difference. We can both support and protest with our 'wallet'. My goal is to increase awareness about these issues and choices.

earth Good planets are hard to find so let's take care of this one earth
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