Humans need to work more in tandem in order to survive in the long run. This site is a small effort to contribute to that direction. Stand As One is not a call for everyone to be the same, or follow the government, or lose their individuality or freedom. Nor is it related in any way to the End Times.

We can all agree, hopefully, that we would like the Earth to continue to support humans for as long as possible, at the highest standard of living as possible. Assuming that's the goal, this site is a small effort to present ideas to help anyone interested to work towards that goal in their own way. That's all Stand As One means. We have one planet that we've evolved to live on. If we screw this one up - there is no place left to go in the foreseeable future.

It ain't no doom and gloom - it's about challenges and opportunities.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Encyclopedia of Life

I heard about the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) through an appearance by E.O. Wilson in Seattle last year. EOL launched in February, but I'm just now getting caught up with it. This site is a world-wide collaborative effort to document all of the species of life on Earth. Everyone from established institutions to dedicated individuals are encouraged to contribute.

The overall goal of the site is to "Increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity." Biodiversity is a critical element of long-term survival of humans on Earth.

More on this as I learn about it, but it's pretty cool that anyone can research and learn about all the known species of life on the planet. I think in February the site launched with 30,000 listings. For now, enjoy this small image of Nelson's Anchovy.

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