This planet comes with limits

Previously posted on When I was in my 20s, a girlfriend surprised me by saying that we didn’t have to worry about overpopulation because technology would make sure we always had what everyone needed. Of course, economists have been saying this for decades. And of course, billions of people today don’t have what they […]

Ocean Policy Task Force

 Help Us Work to Establish a Protective, National Policy for Our Oceans   Our oceans are not just places of wonder and beauty – they are economic engines providing valuable jobs, food, energy resources, and recreation and tourism opportunities. But they are under enormous strain as a result of overexploitation, habitat degradation, coastal pollution, and […]

Whales’ Are Back!

whale breach

For a moment, let’s forget the bad and difficult news. We should celebrate success when we can. One of the literally biggest successes is that in many parts of the world whales are again common, and increasing in number. Yes, Japan, Norway, and Iceland still insist on killing whales commercially. Yes, we kill incredible numbers […]

Bonaire–Now or Never

bonaire reefs

Our first dive will be from the beach.  We suit up and walk into the shallows, pull our dive-masks down, and plunge seaward. The broken remains of past, vast Staghorn thickets were mounded on the beach and they carpet the shallows.  Old-timers tell of thickets of Staghorn and Elkhorn so dense that in the 1950s […]

Allies in Ann Arbor

Carl Safina Friendship Collaborative

I spent last weekend visiting evangelical Christians at several gatherings in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was surprised by the warm, and indeed, enthusiastic welcome I received. It’s not every day that a secular environmentalist gets a standing ovation from evangelicals in a church. But the message that we are all in this together resonates with […]