A million species face extinctionand the threat to humans reminds us we’re all connected.

Throughout our planet’s history, plant and animal species have died out—but not like this. Earth has faced mass extinctions before, but she is now staring down a threat to life that she’s never faced. With a population that has doubled since 1950, a global economy that relies on industrialization and consumerism, and our modern addiction to convenience, the impact humans are having on nature is significant and startling. According to a new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ISPPBE), about a million plant and animals species are now on the verge of extinction. Nearly 150 authors from 50 nations compiled the report over a period of three years, as 300 contributing authors helped to …

Sprucing up your community doesn’t have to be complicated. Try these simple tips.

We all want to live in clean, well-kept communities—but sometimes humans make that difficult. Garbage happens when we’re not careful. The wind knocks over someone’s unsecured trash bin and the contents blow all over. Someone pulls keys out of their pocket and a gum wrapper falls out. Litterbugs toss fast food wrappers out of their car windows. Whether intentional or not, trash makes its way into gutters, bushes and waterways every day. No one likes to walk down the street and see garbage littering the ground or graffiti covering buildings. But it’s not just unsightly. According to Keeping America Beautiful, the largest litter study conducted in the U.S., litter abatement costs more than $11 billion dollars per year. Photo by …