Civilian Climate Corps
By Jeff Stark
One of the major elements in our array of environmental problems is the extinction crisis. The rate of disappearance of unique, known and unknown life forms continues to grow worse day by day. According to most scientific authorities over 200 species, plant and animals, marine mammals, birds, and microbes go extinct every day.
One major reason for extinctions is the way species from all categories coexist and support each other in healthy ecosystems. Loss of this supportive habitat is almost always implicated in the disappearance of individual species. It's the old story - we lose one species, which causes other species to experience the loss of its support systems, which causes another, and another and another and so on.
Loss of species also illustrates how inter-dependent are the living creatures that we share our planet with. One of the most immediate results of loss of species is loss of the basic building blocks of healthy ecosystems - food, air and water. When that occurs we are almost always faced with a true disaster. Not only does extinction result in irrevocable losses it also spawns similar events in locales that can be literally half a world away. Global warming results in increased temperatures in the Arctic. These increased temperatures result in melting of the ice which has covered the Arctic Ocean for millennia. The loss of the fresh water which has been shielded from being contaminated by interaction with salt water then renders the watersheds unable to sustain the pelagic fish that roam the world's oceans and reef fish that populate near shore waters. And so it goes.
One human activity that supplements and sustains human beings is agriculture. Because of its position in human existence growing food and protecting water, air and food is the subject of a large majority of scientific studies. Working the land, and the water, is among the most profound examples of humans modifying nature while at the same time being a factor in causing extinctions. While science supports agriculture studying nature produces higher yields. Unfortunately it also produces more damage to natural systems and production. The basic question then becomes how do we harvest our natural resources without depleting them to the point of destruction?
WHAT WE CAN DO
Most scientists report that we are in the sixth major extinction in the natural history of planet Earth. This is a huge existential crisis. Fortunately, it is also a huge motivator and is more and more the subject of major campaigns to get the loss of species under control. One of these efforts is a result of the Biden administrations' "all in" effort known as the Civilian Climate Corps. Unlike earlier efforts the current Civilian Climate Corps aims to reduce the current extinction crisis by focusing on climate and its effects on not only species extinction but all areas that make up our climate crisis. It gets individuals working to strengthen the existing climate science, programs and actions the ability to "think global and act local". According to the CCC mission stateament, the effort will "conserve and restore public lands and waters, bolster community resilience, increase reforestation, increase carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protect biodiversity, improve access to recreation, and address the changing climate."
One of the core elements in this organization will be the creation of millions of skilled, professional jobs. US workers who lack the education, skills and experience to participate in today's economy will be eligible for an update. The Civilian Climate Corps will create and apply both new and existing strategies to deal with our global warming crisis while at the same time it will replace municipal water systems with lead pipes, reform agriculture with regenerative operations, cleanse the air by reducing reliance on fossil fuels in favor of renewables and on and on.
The best news is that CCC is not the only game in town. One of our oldest public interest organizations, the National Geographic Society, has been campaigning on behalf of endangered species simce 1888.CLICK HERE to visit their website which features some of the most spectacular wildlife photography anywhere. They, along with scores of old and new citizens groups, will be will be ablw to work together and give their work a more inclusive mission and accoomplishments. CLICK HERE For the results of a Google search for "INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS."
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