Gerald Marten, 2011, EcoTipping Points: Strategies for shifting from decline to restoration [pdf file attached], Success stories from around the world show what it takes to turn from decline to restoration and sustainability. Yes! Magazine Online or download PDF (100kb)
Gerald Marten, 2008, EcoTipping Points: Levers for Sustainability, Stories from the Philippines, India, Thailand, and Indonesia illustrate key EcoTipping Point principles. Keynote Presentation, Second International Conference on Success Stories for Development of Sustainable Societies
Apo Island: Saving a Coral Reef and its Fishery (Philippines, 7 minutes). A marine sanctuary at Apo Island set in motion community fisheries management that reversed a vicious cycle of destructive fishing and depletion of fish stocks, restoring the island’s coral reef ecosystem and rescuing a fishing village’s livelihood and wellbeing. Apo Island’s success has inspired 700 other fishing villages to establish marine sanctuaries.
New York City Community Gardens: Reversing Urban Decay (12 minutes). Community gardens in New York City reversed a vicious cycle of urban decay, crime-ridden empty lots, neglect, and population flight, while producing food, flowers, and wildlife habitat. These gardens nourished the bodies and souls of 800 neighborhoods, and inspired urban community gardening across the nation.
Escaping the Pesticide Trap: Non-Pesticide Management for Agricultural Pests (India, 16 minutes). Cotton farmers in Andhra Pradesh had descended into a seemingly hopeless abyss of escalating pesticide dependence and debt. “Non-Pesticide Management” was the tipping point that brought health and hope to the farmers in Punukula village. Thousands of villages have embarked on the same path.
Alliance for Renewable Energy – Builds support for renewable energy policies that will rapidly increase our shift from fossil fuels to decentralized, clean, renewable energy.
Bioneers – Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. Founded in 1990, Bioneers promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) – Llinks networks of small and medium-sized independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada, helping them to build healthy, diversified local economies, ensuring that economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy community life and natural life as well as long-term economic viability.
Carbon Fund – Helping people “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t”
Centre for Human Ecology – A network of professionals, activists and academics. Offers postgraduate and professional development courses at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and works with organizations to improve their environmental and social performance.
Changemakers: Connects innovators, advocates, and investors so everyone can contribute to a better world.
Common Circle – Get the best in permaculture education at Common Circle.
Culture Change – Information on a wide variety of environmental problems—now and in the foreseeable future—and how they are linked to the prevailing culture.
David Suzuki Foundation – Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge – the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.
Do Something – The country’s largest nonprofit for young people and social change offers concrete actions on a wide range of issues..
Earthjustice – A non-profit public interest law firm representing organizations and communities in environmental law cases.
Earth Day Network – Earth Day Network’s year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
Earth Force – Provides a community action and problem-solving process for young people to make positive changes in their communities.
Earth Portal – A comprehensive resource for timely, science-based information about the environment. It has three components: Encyclopedia of Earth, EarthForum, and EarthNews.
Ecoagriculture Partners – An international non-profit organization that works with farmers, conservationists, researchers, leaders in rural development, entrepreneurs and policymakers around the world to sustain, develop and promote ecoagriculture.
Ecodana – A non-profit social enterprise that supports green solutions to poverty issues in developing countries. Ecodana uses crowd-funding to support specific small grassroots sustainable projects in partnership with local NGO’s.
EcoIQ – Provides media and educational products and services to promote the transition to sustainability.
Ecological Internet – A non-profit organization that specializes in the use of the Internet to campaign for, and bring about, conservation outcomes. Ecological Internet’s mission is to empower the global movement for environmental sustainability by working to conserve forest, water and climatic ecosystems; and to commence the age of ecological restoration. Primary websites – presented as a free service to the environmental community – are: Eco-Portal •Forests •Climate Ark •Water Conserve
Ecosustainable Hub – A one-stop connection to resources and tools for Eco Sustainable Development.
Environment Education with Chris Summerville – A collection of resources for environmental education teachers, including downloadable environmental activities for classroom and campus, and teacher training workshops for environmental education.
Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability – Identifies the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulates how the necessary transition can be effected and promotes the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.
Good News India – News from India : of positive action, steely endeavour and quiet triumphs.
Great Transition Initiative – A global network elaborating visions and pathways for a future of enriched lives, human solidarity and a healthy planet.
The Great Turning – A place for people from all walks of life, who have connected with the messages in David Korten’s books, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and Agenda for a New Economy, and decided to do what they can to turn this world around.
Green Teacher – A magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools.
Greenbiz – Tools and information for improving sustainability in businesses, large and small.
Guerrilla Gardening – Dedicated to illicit cultivation around the world; a growing arsenal for anyone interested in the war against the neglect of public space.
Guide to Green Careers – A guidebook for people interested in finding a career where they can make a difference while making a living.
Hopebuilding – Hopebuilding wiki shares almost 600 stories of achievement by ordinary people who are making the world a better place, so that local peoples’ expertise and achievements in one country can inspire local people elsewhere.
Horizon Solutions – Presents readily accessible peer-reviewed answers to problems in environment, health, population and development.
India Water Portal – India’s best-known resource and platform for water issues. See also India Water Portal’s collection of videos on YouTube.
Mexiconservación – Dedicated to promoting, supporting and executing environmental protection, conservation and restoration programs, integrated natural resource management and sustainable development in Mexico.
Mother Earth News – “The original guide to living wisely” – Organic gardening, modern homesteading, renewable energy, green homes, DIY projects, etc.
Natural Capital Coalition – A global multi-stakeholder collaboration that brings together leading initiatives and organizations to harmonize approaches to natural capital
New Urbanism – A leading and well respected informational website promoting good urbanism, smart transportation, transit oriented development, and sustainability. NewUrbanism.org is independently owned and operated and is not connected to any organization, corporation, or public entity.
Next World TV – Large collection of videos on environmental topics.
pointReturn – The ongoing story of restoring 18 acres of wasteland in India into a sustainable resource for water, energy, food, and cash.
Resilience Alliance – A multidisciplinary research group that explores the dynamics of complex adaptive systems to discover foundations for sustainability.
Rare – Inspiring change in 56 countries so people and nature thrive.
Resurgence magazine represents a world view which integrates ecological sustainability, social justice and spiritual values.
Rocky Mountain Institute – An entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters efficient and restorative use of resources, inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.
Sahaja Samrudha – A grassroots organization working closely with the rural community in South India. Sahaja has revived many traditional seed varieties, established a seed savers network, and runs a successful organic producers company.
Terracycle – TerraCycle provides free waste collection programs for hard to recycle materials. They then upcycle the waste into affordable green products.
Thai Ecotrade – Thai Ecotrade collects and sorts many types of computer and related items and recycles them by de-manufacturing the components and selling the individual raw materials, or by reselling the useful parts.
Thwink.org – An analytical approach to solving the sustainability problem.
Towards Sustainability – A resource for those sharing the vision of a brighter future where enhanced quality of life for all is inseparable from a clean species-rich natural environment.
TreeHugger – A one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
The Water Page – An independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use.
Western Watersheds Project – Project to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and litigation.
World Agroforestry Centre – Working toward a rural transformation in the developing world as smallholder households strategically increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.
youth-leader – News and educational materials for sustainability.
Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives – Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI) is a global network of creative minds seeking solutions to world challenges. The common vision shared by the members of the ZERI family is to view waste as a resource and seek solutions using nature’s design principles as inspiration.
Sustainability Organizations – Hawai`i
Blue Planet Foundation – Supports energy efficiency and the development of clean, renewable, local energy resources in Hawai’i.
Conservation Connections – A new web and mobile tool for connecting to Hawaii’s stewardship sites and ways to get involved
Green Hawai‘i – The online venue for and by the community concerned with sustainability. Promoting the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations contributing to a healthy environment, society and economy.