Land use

The world has a finite amount of land and water, and that base has to support all the needs of humanity and all natural ecosystems. It provides the basis for our food, our shelter, the air we breathe, the raw materials needed to support every aspect of our societies. For thousands of years humanity has been able to exploit the landscape and nature’s bounty essentially at will, as we had neither the numbers nor the technology to cause total devastation to the landscape. There were local problems that could cause the downfall of some societies, but these problems were never global. But now we live in a connected society and there are now so many of us and we have such power to modify the world that we are causing irreparable harm. We need to continue to change our course. Following are pieces that describe some problems, solutions, and perspectives on how to more sustainably manage our land use.

  • 5 acres for every person on earth
  • Nature needs half
  • Our yards
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Carbon sequestration in the landscape
  • Biofuel production is (generally) a terrible use of the land