Featuring great stories and great solutions, OnEarth is a survival guide for the planet. Published by the Natural Resources Defense Council since 1979, we explore the challenges that confront our world, the solutions that promise to heal it, and the way we can use those solutions to improve our homes, our health, our communities, and our future. Follow OnEarth on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Lights, camera, activism: Filming the story of environmentalism

    This OnEarth story was written by Bruce Barcott. In a creaky wood-floor office overlooking San Francisco Bay, the documentary filmmaker Mark Kitchell removes his glasses, runs his hand through his hair, and glares at a computer screen filled with thumbnail …

  • 7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

    Will my baby be the 7 billionth?

    Born in the U.S., my child will be one of the most voracious consumers on the planet. But to apologize for this seems to signal a loss of hope.

  • The great oyster crash

    When oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest started dying by the millions, ocean acidification was discovered to be the culprit.

  • Is your shampoo making you fat?

    More research suggests that the toxic chemicals present in our everyday lives play a role in the obesity epidemic.

  • What ever happened to the party of national security?

    This OnEarth column was written by George Black. I don’t spend a lot of time listening to Rush Limbaugh. But driving through Wyoming recently, I chanced upon his distinctive cadences on my car radio. I couldn’t find a reliable signal …

  • How to build a better playground

    This story was written by Shanti Menon. In her new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks explores the ways in which landscape design, architecture, child development, and nutrition converge in the schoolyard. …

  • Strawberry grower shows how to make a profit without poisons

    Jim Cochran on the farm in 2004.Photo: Swanton Berry FarmThis story was written by Laura Fraser. Along California’s rugged coastal Highway One, just north of Santa Cruz, a yellow vintage pick-up truck and tidy rows of strawberries mark the entrance …

  • humans with antlers

    Maybe no one cares about climate change because we’re wired for extinction

    Will we follow the Irish elk’s strange evolutionary path toward extinction?This piece was written by George Black. In my unending (and thus far, I have to confess, largely fruitless) attempts to figure out why Americans aren’t more alarmed about climate …