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 photo by Lincoln Capricone 

The force of human endeavor has distinguished our species’ impact on this planet. From an evolutionary perspective, we have succeeded as a species, multiplying in great force. But this success is testing the limits of our living earth. Human history reveals the improbable story of the rise of civilization. The last 250 years has witnessed the rise of our human ingenuity and an exponential increase of our dependency on and consumption of energy. But a respect for the more distant past and an honest appraisal of our “success” may shed some light on how we might live our lives in the future. The stories in this section will recognize the people who are challenging the status quo of our current ways of life and offering alternative ideas and practices for change or improvement.

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