SEEDS - Environment. Energy. Education GREEN Schools™ Program NEW for March 2013 - Register for GREEN Schools project sharing and tracking and much more at greenschools.ca. This program is easy and exciting for kids to run! Holistic management Holistic management (from ὅλος holos , a Greek word meaning all , whole , entire , total + From Old French manege “the handling or training of a horse, horsemanship, riding, maneuvers, proceedings”, probably from Old Italian maneggiare “to handle, manage, touch, treat”, from mano, from Latin manus “the hand”) describes a systems thinking approach to managing resources. Holistic management was originally developed by Allan Savory for grazing management , [ 1 ] but is now being adapted for use in managing other systems with complex social, ecological and economic factors. In 2010 the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, Operation Hope (a " proof of concept " project using holistic management) was named the winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge as a comprehensive, anticipatory, design approach to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] Beginnings [ edit ] Development [ edit ]
Independent Media Center West Papua: Neglected genocide - 29 Nov 2013 Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. Can we live inside the doughnut? Why the world needs planetary and social boundaries This blog summaries a new Discussion Paper published by Oxfam. It does not represent Oxfam policy, but is intended to encourage public debate in the run-up to the UN conference on sustainable devolpment (Rio+20) in June. When crossing unknown territory, a compass can be pretty handy. Achieving sustainable development for nine billion people has to be high on the list of humanity’s great uncharted journeys.
Parks, Recreation, and Culture Vancouver is the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The Park Board's mandate is to nurture, maintain, and develop Vancouver’s urban parks and recreation system. This committment brings sports and recreational programs, social and cultural activities, educational programming, and special events to the people through community and cultural centres, pools, rinks, golf courses, and specialty parks. Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known for a high level of citizen happiness, but it is doing something even more noteworthy in the near future. With Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley making a major announcement regarding the organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which took place last month, the move has made national headlines. It’s called the National Organic Policy, and it is fueled by the simple concept that working ‘in harmony with nature’ will yield the most powerful results — all without sacrificing human health or the environment.
Bigfoot - test your ecological footprint EcoLogic explores one of the world’s hottest topics today: climate change. Discover the science behind global warming, learn what we can do to slow it down and what we can do to adapt to the changes already taking place. Scientists predict a warmer Earth in the near future, with more acidic oceans, wilder weather and rising sea levels. You’ll see how one of our most precious natural resources – fresh water – is managed in Sydney. A hands-on interactive iPad game tests your ability to manage a city’s water cycle.
Vertical farms sprouting all over the world - tech - 16 January 2014 Leader: "Fruit and veg, fresh from the skyscraper" URBAN warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution. But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide. In March, the world's largest vertical farm is set to open up shop in Scranton. Built by Green Spirit Farms (GSF) of New Buffalo, Michigan, it will only be a single storey covering 3.25 hectares, but with racks stacked six high it will house 17 million plants. And it is just one of a growing number.
Keeping bees on your property As part of their goal to help make Vancouver one of the world’s most sustainable cities, Council encourages beekeeping in urban areas. Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to improve pollination for plants in backyard, community, and public gardens, which leads to better vegetable production. With good management practices, beekeeping is completely safe in residential areas.
AAEE » AAEE Conference Papers AAEE 17th Biennial Conference Melbourne 2012: Creating your next Courageous Steps (Next Steps 2012). The 17th Biennial AAEE 2012 Conference – Creating your next Courageous Steps (Next Steps 2012) -was held at the Sebel Albert Park in St Kilda between September 30th and October 3rd 2012. Hosted by the Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE), the Victorian chapter of AAEE. VAEE and AAEE engage in activities which strengthen networks and partnerships to further build the capacity of educators to assist schools, tertiary institutions, government and business to incorporate the sustainable practices into their operations and into their curriculum. We delivered a conference that both exemplifies and enables courage to take the next step on our Environmental Education journey. AAEE 2012 Conference Presentations
Vertical Farms Ruwan FernandoAustralia This design by Australian architect Ruwan Fernando is an open skyscraper with five clusters of u-shaped structures for vertical farming. This project is designed for low-depth water bodies – it uses specialized mechanical filaments for tidal energy production. SGBC - Agricultural Land The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) represents 5% of BC’s land base. Buying locally grown food supports BC’s farmers and minimizes transportation-to-market costs. Protecting scarce farmland from urbanization is therefore a key smart growth strategy. Farming in BC makes cents: over 36,300 people are directly employed in primary agricultureover 280,000 are in food related jobsover $2.4 billion is farm cash receipts annuallyover $115 million is spent at BC’s farmers markets annually Why is Agricultural Land Important?
Recycling Around the World - Alan Taylor - In Focus November 15 is America Recycles Day, an annual event launched in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition. The need to reuse and recycle raw materials has never been as urgent as it is today. The human race has reached a worldwide population of 7 billion, and America is responsible for consuming a disproportionate share of the planet's resources. In many parts of the world, recycling is done by necessity. In others, artists, governments, and businesses have found creative and useful ways to reuse materials -- a plastic bottle may find itself reborn as artwork, a warm blanket, or fuel oil. Collected here are photographs of various recycling efforts around the world, ranging from small and whimsical to industrial in scale. [33 photos]
The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy - University of Brighton - Faculty of Arts The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: multimedia version. Edited by Poppy Villiers-Stuart and Arran Stibbe You can browse this online resource by chapters from the paperback, additional chapters as well as Video interviews. In this ground-breaking book, leading sustainability educators are joined by literary critics, permaculturalists, ecologists, artists, journalists, engineers, mathematicians and philosophers in a deep reflection on the skills people need to survive and thrive in the challenging conditions of the 21st century. Responding to the threats of climate change, peak oil, resource depletion, economic uncertainty and energy insecurity demands the utmost in creativity, ingenuity and new ways of thinking in order to reinvent both self and society.