Vivienne Westwood is right: we need a law against ecocide | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional. Designer Vivienne Westwood in Brussels in 2011. She has spoken out in favour of a new law against ecocide. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters Designer Vivienne Westwood expressed anguish and alarm at the worsening state of the planet, at a press conference yesterday. "The acceleration of death and destruction is unimaginable," she said, "and it's happening quicker and quicker. " Speaking in support of the European Citizens' Initiative to End Ecocide, her words echo a growing sentiment that we have to do something. That ecocide – the destruction of ecosystems – is even a concept bespeaks a momentous change in industrial civilisation's relationship to the planet. Unfortunately, we live in an economic and legal system that contradicts that realisation. In moral terms the matter is clear, but what about economic terms? Changing that is no trivial matter.
It is more accurate to say that, instead of hurting the economy, a law of ecocide would transform the economy. Newmanity - Le réseau qui change le monde. Modern Earth Life. Off Grid Quest. Mycelium. Self Sufficiency. Deep ecology. Deep ecology is a contemporary ecological and environmental philosophy characterized by its advocacy of the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs, and advocacy for a radical restructuring of modern human societies in accordance with such ideas.
Deep ecology argues that the natural world is a subtle balance of complex inter-relationships in which the existence of organisms is dependent on the existence of others within ecosystems. Human interference with or destruction of the natural world poses a threat therefore not only to humans but to all organisms constituting the natural order. Deep ecology's core principle is the belief that the living environment as a whole should be respected and regarded as having certain inalienable legal rights to live and flourish, independent of their utilitarian instrumental benefits for human use. Principles These principles can be refined down into three simple propositions: Development Green Building Blog. What’s missing in green buildings?
Training Posted on December 2, 2014 The following post is from Washington State University: More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but without training or an operator’s manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use them. Julia Day recently published a paper in Building and Environment that for the first time shows that occupants who had effective training in using the features of their high-performance buildings were more satisfied with their work environments. Day did the work as a doctoral student at Washington State University; she is now an assistant professor at Kansas State University.
Julia Day She was a WSU graduate student in interior design when she walked into an office supposedly designed for energy efficiency and noticed that the blinds were all closed and numerous lights were turned on. She examined how people were being trained in the buildings and whether their training was effective.
The promise of a bio-based economy. While consumers feel the pain at the pump, crude oil prices have more than doubled over the past five years, and economists continue to express concern that the volatile oil market hampers economic prosperity around the world. Politically, Europe’s dependence on oil and gas imported from Russia has severely limited the region’s ability to respond to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Yet our society's dependence on oil will be difficult to break.
Despite high costs, hydrocarbons typically remain the cheapest source of energy on the planet. The most promising replacement – bio-based energy – is more viable than people think. For decades, scientists have known that organic biomass can be used to fuel cars, trucks and even airplanes. In the United States and Brazil, people are already using starch-based biomass such as corn kernels and sugarcane, for exactly that purpose. Europe is also slowly adopting bio-based technologies.
Today, the greatest challenge is not one of science, but of scale. Handbook of Global Bioethics. AZA-White-Paper-April-2003. The Cradle-to-Cradle Alternative. By William McDonough & Michael Braungart, ©2003 from State of the World 2004 (Worldwatch / W.W. Norton, 2004) Imagine a world in which all the things we make, use, and consume provide nutrition for nature and industry—a world in which growth is good and human activity generates a delightful, restorative ecological footprint.
While this may seem like heresy to many in the world of sustainable development, the destructive qualities of today’s cradle-to-grave industrial system can be seen as the result of a fundamental design problem, not the inevitable outcome of consumption and economic activity. Indeed, good design—principled design based on the laws of nature—can transform the making and consumption of things into a regenerative force.
This new conception of design—known as cradle-to-cradle design—goes beyond retrofitting industrial systems to reduce their harm. Conventional approaches to sustainability often make the efficient use of energy and materials their ultimate goal. Sustainable Communities Wheel. Humanitad Foundation. New Earth Project. Computing for Sustainability | Saving the earth one byte at a time | Page 2. Hopeful tourism computing? A couple of weeks a ago I interviewed Tess Brosnan, a film maker who wanted to talk about links between citizen science and hopeful tourism.
This led me to read Annette Pritchard, Nigel Morgan and Irena Ateljevic’s “Hopeful tourism: A new transformative perspective” (pdf). I found myself reading while mentally replacing “tourism” with “computing”. For […] Apple growers, Academics, Activists and an Animator of Lunatics Sustainable Lens: Resilience on Radio, condensed down to one image. Match six months of speakers and their quotes via the set of images and read more and listen on Sustainablelens.org Which is your favourite quote, and why? There’s a word for that: Anupholesteraphobia I found myself reading a book on music performance (long story). Audaciously sustainable The Audacious Student Business Challenge has expanded this year to encourage business for good with a social enterprise category.
Sustainable action points What’s your favourite quote? Innovative, Reusable "Replenish" Spray Bottle Could Disrupt Home... - StumbleUpon. We love to tout sustainability in the consumer sector, but of the 60 billion pounds of plastic discarded annually, only 7 percent is recycled—meaning that billions of pounds end up in landfills. That said, recycling shouldn't be our only objective; the other Rs (reduce and reuse) should be our primary targets. That's where Replenish comes in. The company rightly describes its new spray bottle as a "disruptive" product: Its reusable spray bottle is made of a sturdy, durable PET-1 plastic, meaning you don't have to replace it (though every part of it is recyclable).
At the bottom of the bottle is an interchangeable "twist-on concentrate pod. " To use it, you simply attach the pod to the bottle, flip it upside down, squeeze the pod until the internal measurement cup is full, and add with water. Each pod contains four bottles' worth of concentrate, and each time you buy a refill, you're not only reducing plastic waste, you're also saving money on packaging. Un modèle du monde vu du développement durable. Le développement durable affirme la volonté de concilier économie, société et environnement pour les générations futures. Mais, pour qu’il y ait développement « durable », il faut d’abord qu’il y ait développement. Or, sur le plan économique, la Triade est indéniablement en tête. Etats-Unis, Europe occidentale et Japon représentent ainsi 67,5 % du Revenu National Brut et contrôlent 62 % des exportations dans le monde. Sur leurs territoires, notamment dans leurs métropoles, se localisent les sièges sociaux des principales firmes transnationales et le pouvoir de commandement.
Mais il s’agit également d’Etats dont le niveau de développement économique profite à une majorité de la population, ce que mesure leur indice de développement (IDH) parmi les plus élevés de la planète. Le triangle de base du développement durable – économique, social, environnemental – serait donc finalement plus équilibré dans la triade qu’ailleurs dans le monde. Les terres cultivables d'Ethiopie vendues pour produire des agro carburants. Du carburant pour les voitures «vertes» plutôt que de la nourriture. En Ethiopie, le gouvernement a cédé plus de 250.000 hectares de terres dans la vallée de l’Omo, une des régions très fertiles et importantes pour l’approvisionnement en eau, à des entreprises qui y cultivent de la canne à sucre et des palmiers à huile pour répondre à la demande des pays développés.
L’ONG Survival International dénonce ces cessions qui aggravent encore la famine dans la corne de l’Afrique. 100.000 personnes atteintes «Une compagnie d'Etat, Kuraz Sugar Project, détient 150.000 ha dans la vallée de l'Omo et a commencé depuis le mois dernier à y planter de la canne à sucre, explique Sophie Baillon, chargée de communication chez Survival International, interrogée par 20Minutes. Une autre compagnie italienne d'agro-carburants, Fri-El Green, opère au sud de l'Omo, près du Lac Turkana et possède au moins 30.000 ha de palmiers à huile.» Un barrage hydroélectrique pourrait encore aggraver la situation. Promoting Eco Friendly Lifestyle to Save Enviornment - Ecofriend. Dreamflesh. Steve Jobs Understood Something About Emotions That The Green Movement Too Often Ignores.
Photo: Thierry Ehrmann/CC BY Going through all the Steve Jobs commentary this morning I came across actor-comedian-proud technophile Stephen Fry's commentary on BBC News. Fry and Jobs have apparently been friends for a while and the whole thing is worth a listen. But there's one passage that really jumps out at me as being something the environmental community, particularly those involved in politics and those trying to motivate people to become more environmentally aware, should pay close attention to.Fry says, Steve Jobs has always understood that, as human beings, our first relationship with anything is an emotional one. ...
A device isn't just a sum of its functions; it's something that should make you smile, you should cradle, you should love, you should have an emotional relationship with. If people think that's pretentious, then, in a sense, the success of Apple proves how wrong they are. First and foremost we are emotional beings. Our Approach: 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) Building sustainable futures from the ground up At the foundation of Empowerment WORKS, 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) is a collaboration road map, an Asset Based Community-driven Development (ABCD) framework, philosophy of self-determination and an educational curriculum empowering communities to build sustainable futures from the ground up. In short, 7 Stages to Sustainability is a tool to transform poverty into prosperity in the world's most economically challenged communities. And, modeling the way nature creates, the 7SS pattern is universal and used world-wide to catalyze innovation in business, technology, music and even movies.
Although those using it have little or no awareness of one another, the widely distributed 7SS pattern, termed 'monomyth' by author Joseph Campbell (a.k.a. Hero's Journey), is inherent in most (if not all) other functional systems. 7SS as a Framework for Participatory Community Development Stages 1-3: THE INTERNAL FOCUS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Systemes Durables - La société Systèmes Durables. Durable, Équitable & Solidaire / Sustainable, fair & solidary.
La voie du mieux. 1000 Words: A Manifesto for Sustainability in Design. 1000 Words: A Manifesto for Sustainability in Design By Allan Chochinov I don't like the word manifesto. It reeks of dogma and rules—two things I instinctually reject. I do love the way it puts things on the line, but I don't like lines, or groups. So a manifesto probably isn't for me.
The other thing about manifestos is that they appear (or are written so as to appear) self-evident. This kind of a priori writing is easy, since you simply lay out what seems obviously—even tautologically—true. Anyway, here they are. Hippocratic Before Socratic"First do no harm" is a good starting point for everyone, but it's an especially good starting point for designers. ...designers are feeding and feeding this cycle, helping to turn everyone and everything into either a consumer or a consumable. Stop Making CrapAnd that means that we have to stop making crap.
Systems Before ArtifactsBefore we design anything new, we should examine how we can use what already exists to better ends. Sustainable Development. Sustainability. Sustainability. Solutions | For a sustainable and desirable future. Forest Farming vs. Forest Gardening: What’s the Difference? | Farming the Woods. Steve Gabriel In our pursuit of discovering forest farmers for the writing of our book, we’ve received a lot of responses from folks around developing forest gardens. This post describes the difference between the two practices.
We are absolutely supportive and encouraging of forest gardens and see the two practices as companions. The topic of forest gardening has been well articulated in Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier’s 2005 book, Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1 & 2. (EFG) Definitions With many agricultural and horticultural practices out in the world, there are many lines that one can draw in the sand; some useful and some less so. Forest Gardening: mimicking the structure and function of forests in the way we garden, or using the forest as a model for the way we garden.
Dave Jacke and others advocate that in Forest Gardening we want to mimic mid-succession forests and woodlands with a 40 – 50% canopy cover. As Dave Jacke says, this is This is gardening/farming IN the forest. Like this: Green. Green Living. RECYCLED CRAFTS. Creative and Cool Reuses of Umbrellas. You would be surprised to know that a broken/used umbrella has so many useful and creative uses too! Umbrella Skirts: Italian designer, C Felli transforms old umbrellas into unique skirts, complete with the original spokes and dangling Velcro. Umbrella Apparel and Accessories: Himane uses used materials to make one-of-a-kind apparel and accessory designs. Laptop Pouch: Shopping Tote: Umbrella Shade: Sunshade made from sewing umbrella fabric together; "they simply sewed the edges of each umbrella together, then added grommets around the perimeter. " Umbrella Dog Rain Coats: Designer Taryn Zychal works exclusively with broken umbrellas. Hood: The modern day babushka for the woman, another product from designer Taryn Zychal.
Umbrella Apparel: Fashion designer Melanie McClintock creates sustainable style out of used umbrellas. Umbrella Chandelier: Umbrella chandelier installation created with used umbrellas by artist Shelly Sabel. Yarn: How about spinning an umbrella into a yarn? Green et Vert - Source inépuisable sur le développement durable. Aquascaping Is Underwater Art Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen | Fill The Well. Like Fill The Well on Facebook! You may have never heard of aquascaping, but to many people it’s a very serious art. The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest holds an annual competition that ranks the best of aquarium design, and the results are phenomenal.
Here are some of the entries that showcase the incredible underwater landscapes that contests have designed using their expertise in art and biology. “Forest Scent” by Pavel Bautin “Pale Wind” by Takayuki Fukada “Whisper of the pines” by Serkan Çetinkol “Verve!” “Way to heaven” by Dmitriy Parshin “Wild West” by Stjepan Erdeljić By Georgi Chaushev By Francisco Wu By Long Tran Hoang “Pilgrimage” by Shintaro Matsui If you liked this, please share: Sign Up for Project Green Challenge.
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