Only three planetary boundaries—ocean acidification, air quality, and ozone preservation—still fall within the tolerable limits. This grim reality underscores the precarious state of our planet's health.
I'm reading this looking out into a sea of fog that's supposed to clear around 11 (it's 8:30 AM now). I just erased a paragraph where I was talking about how much and why I love fall. It will be in my own newsletter later on today instead.
I usually embrace change because every change is a new beginning. Great example with the rubber band - sometimes there's too much change, we snap and can't be restored. Same for nature of course. Nature is taking a rest in winter and then starting all over again in the spring. Or trying to ...
Those points of no return are scary. And no, they were not in the news much here. It's election time. Posters all over the place. Nobody wants to talk about tipping points. Not even the green party. Oh and we're of course entitled to drive our SUVs up into the mountains to demand being able to ski even though it's way too warm for snow ... that's according to the Swiss National Party. It's infuriating.
Love the way you combined the changes in nature, your own experience and the tipping points into one well-written newsletter. I'm going to walk past my own favorite tree today. Thank you.
I embrace change which is probably why I love living in a place with four distinct seasons. Autumn is my favorite and the time to watch the trees on my daily walks. Many leaves have already fallen before their colors shift. We are presently involved in a fight to keep 350 mature trees from being removed for "traffic flow" around the Obama Center construction site. Many trees have already been removed. Recently the Obama Center walked away from a proposal to create a golf course with Tiger Woods' company involving the removal of 2,100 mature trees with a promise to plant 15,000 new trees. Who could believe this is a good idea in our current crisis and I suspect the golf course is still on the table. We will keep fighting for the trees.
That gorgeous autumnal tree you captured seems to be in a calm and warm nice park. Hope you enjoy those moments outside in nature despite all .
My Big 100 year plus acorn tree 🌳 How a marveled about this beauty.. Summer times bright neon green, new baby 🍃. They were followed by acorns dropping everywhere, sometimes on your head. In Autumn 🍂 leaves everywhere. Then the bare strong trunk and branches that sometimes looked like dragons and what ever your minds eye would have you see.🧐 This Majestic friend was always a reminder that tomorrow will come.. with or without what this world craziness decides. I will be making, my small changes to help natures pleas for help. Blessings 🙌 dear caretakers of this 🌎 Thank you Alexander for your insights and beautiful pictures 📸.
Your discussion of breaching planetary boundaries is truly terrifying; may I ask, is there any coming back from these six egregious actions? For myself, I especially love the changing leaves on the Japanese Maples I planted many years ago. But their size pales in comparison to the red and white oaks many, many years old and the solitary walnut on my property, 24 in number on my acre and a half lot, so comparatively very many. Because they hang over my roof, I’ve had to decline solar panels but am engaged in wind energy but not at the level I would like. The oceans and plastic pollution are two items along with methane I remain very concerned about. The use of polyester in the manufacture of clothing is one of my topics of interest along with the human rights abuses of tiny hands in third world countries. Coming late to that discussion, I have discovered a new writer with extensive experience in that area on Substack,
Adam Leach I believe (cannot verify without losing comment) his newsletter very sophisticated with the symbol of sustainability as his identifier! I will try to move on with my own simple ideas 💡 but he has researched and published extensively. So glad you are enjoying the change in seasons once again. Please take care of your abused feet and knee! I seem to remember that recent birthday and must advise the going gets more difficult as we age. Robert Reich has a wonderful piece on aging if you care to explore. Walk, don’t run. Your body needs a break to heal after the Camino! 😘
Oh! That tree! It’s truly a vision. It is indeed “the herald of the vibrant symphony to come”.
My love of trees has been a lifelong affair. They guide us through the seasons with their changes, each beautiful in its own way. My favorite is spring when they actually do spring to life after a long winter. But they are glorious in autumn as well. Summer is lush with greenery and in stark winter trees are art itself.
It’s good you began your writing on a high note celebrating nature. What follows is heartbreaking. As you have so well articulated, we are recklessly blowing past boundaries that we’ve long been warned against. Each year that passes is time lost in saving this precious planet.
If only your ardent words could be heard by all who have treated this crisis so flippantly. I’m great full for my President and his administration showing progress in protecting the planet despite the obstacles of a party who tries to throw up roadblocks much like the UK PM.
As always, thank you for being a valiant harbinger for nature and our planet. I wish we could clone you many times over.
It is said that certain countries, like Canada🍁, are experiencing a 5th season: “Indian summer”.
A season where before winter, the trees and nature still take their time to adorn themselves with wonderful colors before the leaves fall!
It's a privileged moment to contemplate nature and its beauties, a moment of deep breathing, before the arrival of winter!
Happy walks, Alex, and thank you in advance for sharing with us all your beautiful photos, with these warm colors that soothe and warm the heart.
Humanity is also part of nature and, like nature, needs the rhythm of the seasons.
Most of us take our vacations in summer, to enjoy longer days and pleasant temperatures.
Several centuries ago, on the contrary, most people worked in the fields and vegetable gardens all summer to ensure a good harvest and eat their fill,
while nature was at rest.
Some even carried out another activity in winter (stone cutters, cutters of precious wood), so they most often remained sheltered during the harsh winters of the time.
They followed the rhythm of nature and the cycle of the seasons.
Everything has progressed with developments resulting from new techniques and technologies.
Surely in part for the greater well-being of the populations…
But today, the limits of these technologies have not been respected within the allotted time, and their harmful effects are endangering this fragile balance of out nature, of our planet.
Can the expected measures in the fight for the climate be respected by all nations…
While for many countries, it is also a period of political instability, economic imbalance, or worse, war or great poverty.
Shouldn't we also, at the same time, deploy means to prepare people, children, by having more local visions, by focusing on the risks to which their own countries will be concretely exposed.
By setting up neutral and specialized scientific observatories to anticipate, country by country, the measures to be taken, to continue to live “as best as possible” on a daily basis despite the expected imbalances.
Because if many negative indicators will impact us all, there will surely be different effects and impacts depending on the nature and configuration of each continent.
This Newsletter is really very informative on the “tipping points” and points of no return when a balance of nature is definitively broken.
Thank you again Alex 👌👌 for all your Newsletters which nourris our thoughts and reflections on our world