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On the Way to Zero Waste! Can We Become a Zero Waste Planet?

10:59 am, 28 May 2018

Environmentalists today are working hard to make Planet Earth a zero waste planet. But will their hard work formalize into reality?

Will they ever be able to achieve their dream, especially when millions of people do not have any awareness on how to smartly manage their waste? Zero waste living is a noble idea and one that requires everyone to participate. It means contributing nothing to landfill, reducing what we need, reusing things as much as we can, spend as little as possible to be recycled, and convert garbage into compost. Zero waste lifestyle requires that we completely redefine the system. Today we live in a linear economy where we consume resources from the earth and then dump them all the waste into a giant hole in the ground. Going zero waste is about making the shift to a circular economy where we do away with the idea of trash by coming back to nature where there is no trash and everything is usable. In the circular economy, we do not discard resources, but we create a system where all the resources can be brought back fully into the system. [caption id="attachment_1422" align="aligncenter" width="815"]zero waste living Image by ravenrecycling.org[/caption]   Producing less trash, eliminating demand for wasteful products, replacing plastics bags with reusable cloth bags, using less paper, recycling electronics and converting food waste and biodegradable materials into compost can help us in reducing our trash and carbon footprint on Planet Earth. Lauren Singer, an environmental activist, blogger, and entrepreneur has switched to Zero Waste lifestyle in New York City. She has been on this journey since 2012. She documents her journey on Trash is for Tossers - a blog that shows how leading a Zero Waste lifestyle is simple, timely, fun, cost-effective, timely and entirely possible for every person. let's hear his story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF72px2R3Hg

Una acción que puede cambiar al mundo

11:45 am, 15 May 2018

Para nadie es un secreto que vivimos en una sociedad de consumo en todas las esferas, lo cual implica un grave deterioro de nuestro planeta a través de la contaminación del mar, de los ríos, de la tierra y de todo lo bonito que aún nos queda. Hay muchísimos factores que intervienen aquí, pero claramente, uno de los más implacables es la contaminación del plástico aunque tenga un disfraz demasiado bondadoso. Así que hoy hablaremos de una excelente y enorme iniciativa de un pueblo en Guatemala, cuya acción deja una huella importante para el ambiente y que si todos replicamos estas acciones puedemos cambiar al mundo entero.

San Pedro La Laguna

Es un pueblo pequeño, mejor dicho, un municipio ubicado al sur de Guatemala que no supera los 24 km2 y con unos pocos habitantes que decidieron decirle “Hasta nunca” a la contaminación del plástico. San Pedro La Laguna no se jacta de avances tecnológicos, sociales, políticos y mucho menos industriales como sí lo hacen la mayoría de los países. Aquí al contrario en medio de lo simple, lo ancestral, y lo natural ellos mantienen armonía con el planeta... cualquiera podría decir que un país de América Latina, no tiene nada que aportar al modelo social que va en contra del consumo, sin embargo, San Pedro La Laguna ya demostró lo contrario. [caption id="attachment_1370" align="aligncenter" width="797"]contaminación de plástico Photo by Thomas Delsol. Guatemala, Lago de Atlitan, San Pedro la Laguna[/caption]

Un plan extraordinario

Los habitantes de este municipio hicieron sistemas de organización para detectar que el problema más grande que afecta al mundo es la contaminación del plástico, y que ellos no hacían la diferencia. Están rodeados de un hermoso lago que sufría los azotes de la contaminación: pensaron en generaciones futuras, pensaron en que terminaban con la vida de maravillosos seres acuáticos, pensaron en la desaparición de su pueblo por acciones que ellos mismos generaban con algo tan innecesario como los envases  o las bolsas de de plástico, y decidieron cambiar como en realidad todos debemos hacerlo. Implementaron leyes que prohíben drásticamente el uso de plástico, lo cual los obligó a tomar vías de escape: En primer lugar limpiar toda la basura que había en su lago y en su tierra, se conoce que retiran más de 500 sacos por año y en segundo lugar, abrieron paso a la artesanía para continuar su diario vivir normalmente: servilletas de tela, canastas de paja, hojas de plátano para conservar alimentos frescos lo cual es muy positivo porque genera fuentes de producción, eso sin contar el arduo trabajo de reciclaje y recolección de desechos que tienen. Sin dudarlo, San Pedro La Laguna se levanta como voz e inspiración para Guatemala y todos los hermosos países en América Latina. Un pequeño pueblo (insignificante y desconocido para muchos) apuesta por la transformación del mundo, y más que la transformación, apuesta por su renovación y la sostenibilidad. Aunque ellos no son los únicos, son pioneros de una gran lección que todos deberíamos aprender: dejar de vociferar el importante cambio y tomar en serio esa acción contraria a la contaminación del plástico, pues  sólo de esa manera el mundo donde habitamos estará bien para nosotros y las generaciones futuras.

Sustainable Mobility, Beyond a Trend

11:43 am, 28 March 2018

What do you think is sustainable mobility?

Our elevator pitch is that is about all movements that are sustainable, or in other words that ensure that generations after us have at least the same quality and possibilities. Do not overexploit. Easier said than done. That is why this insight discusses the why and how of working towards a sustainable mobility culture.

Principle of sustainability: Balance between three Ps

Mobile workers are taken into account. The ability to move is crucial for the economic as well as the social cultural development of each individual. It allows us to 'live' with each other and ensures that we live quality of life. And because mobility involves so many costs, some countries are drawing a map of the sustainability principle. People are at the heart of this. After all, increasing pollution, insecurity on the road, traffic jams, etc. are constantly reducing our quality of life. In an environment that is becoming less liveable. It is 5 to 12 to take structural measures. That is why most be a balance between three elements: economic, social and ecological. Or "Profit, People, Planet".

Rules of thumb for sustainable mobility

The 4 rules summarize sustainable mobility:
  • The most important thing is the freedom to participate in activities. Even if you have to move around in order to do so;
  • Proximity and concentration of these activities ensure that you cover so few (motorised) kilometres. So proximity is the best mobility. With priority for quality travel for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • If you still have to cover a large distance, it is best to opt for collective or public transport;
  • And only use the car 'correctly'. So only for (medium) long distances for which there is no solid alternative.
In short: the right travel mode, which is affordable, ecologically sound, safe and just for the right travel.

Towards a sustainable mobility culture

Do we think about the way we move around? Most of us do that on autopilot. In the meantime, almost everyone wants to be 'green'. Without effectively doing anything to protect our environment. And to make our journeys safer and more efficient. We advocate a sustainable mobility culture. From Flanders to Europe (and beyond). Within that culture it is a constant search for balance between the 3 Ps. This requires everyone to be 'aware' of the following questions: 'Why am I moving? By what means of transport? And in what way? And by everyone we mean policymakers, people from the transport industry, employers, employees, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities.... Absolutely everyone. Reorganising and improving city traffic is key to achieving efficient and sustainable mobility for everyone, but also to creating new employment opportunities. "Alone, you can make a difference, together we can make an impact"  

Sustainable living in the Netherlands. What we need to know

8:01 pm, 8 February 2018

From tiny houses to green roofs. These are the developments in the field of sustainable living in the Netherlands.

There is a lot of companies that works closely in the field of sustainable living. It is nice to see how this sector is growing and also making more sustainable. This is important, because in the field of climate protection, there is a lot to be gained in the housing and construction sector

Sustainable construction

Sustainable homes are better for the environment than traditional construction. It saves resources, the homes are more energy-efficient in use and often healthier for residents and users. But sustainable construction is more than energy saving. For example, it is also about creating a healthy indoor environment through good ventilation and insulation. Or about durable demolition in which the materials that are released can be reused, improving the circular economy. In any case, there is a rise in new building materials, such as the sustainable elephant grass used to make building blocks out of it. But sustainable living is not just about the inside and outside of your home. It's also about your garden or balcony, did you know that you can also take environmentally friendly measures there that help to make society more sustainable? And don't forget your roof either. With a green roof you save on your energy costs, improve air quality and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
The world population is growing and this is affecting the environment. To ensure there’s enough food, water and prosperity in 2050, we need to switch from a linear to a circular economy.

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Tiny House Movement

Tiny houses, micro apartments, off-grid homes: There are a lot of terms for the houses that are characterized by their small surface area, degree of efficiency and often CO2 neutral production method. The Tiny House Movement has come over from America and has become extremely popular in the Netherlands. The number of providers has therefore grown steadily in recent years: Sustainer Homes, MHome, Finch Buildings and Tiny Tim all offer a sustainable, smaller home. Fortunately, the number of places in the Netherlands where tiny houses can be placed is also increasing. A nice phenomenon is that small innovators often (finally) inspire the large companies. For example, the construction company Heijmans was probably inspired by the tiny house movement for their Heijmans One - a moveable house for single-person households. [caption id="attachment_1054" align="aligncenter" width="815"] Aarchitect Macy Miller traded her 2,500-square-foot residence for a 196-square-foot home. Image by businessinsider[/caption]

Generational living and Cohousing

Together with your family on a farm yard! The cohabitation of several generations has been around for centuries, but in recent years we have seen more and more people living together: Generation living is a form of living that is very popular in Scandinavia and has also come to Netherlands. It means that several generations live together in the same house or on the same yard, yet separately. Each generation has its own home, but things are also picked up together. As a result, older people can often live independently until old age. This form of experimentation is also used in the Netherlands. For example, in a residential care centre in Arnhem where students are allowed to live for 75 euros per month if, in exchange, they help out 30 hours a month with activities for the elderly. [caption id="attachment_1055" align="aligncenter" width="815"] Earthsong Econeighbourhood, Auckland, New Zealand - Bill Algie[/caption]

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Eco-Villages

In our country, sustainable housing forms are being used hard, and eco-villages are such a new form. There are about 12 eco-driving initiatives in the Netherlands, three of which are grounded and therefore a real eco-driving village. The idea of eco-villages is a community that provides sustainable living conditions. Creating a sustainable future in which everyone consciously deals with nature, each other and themselves. Famous eco villages in the Netherlands are Ecodorp Boekel and ReGen Villages. [caption id="attachment_1053" align="aligncenter" width="815"] A room with a view and also energy-neutral. Source: roomed.nl[/caption]

Energy-saving measures for your home

Sustainable living is not just about building or other types of housing. There are also plenty of steps to make an existing house more sustainable! Solar panels are the best known application. But did you know that there is already such a thing as a sunroof pan, in which the solar cells are integrated? The Dutch company ZEP already produces them. To save energy and make your home more sustainable, you can also look at insulation, hr+++ glass or a heat pump. For all kinds of energy-saving measures for your home you can take a look at Slimwoner. Green architecture as sustainable living is no longer a novelty, in fact is the only future for construction that makes sense.

Sustainable Tourism. Is it possible?

7:06 pm, 7 February 2018

The year 2017 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Regional Development. A broad concept. The focus is not only on ecotourism. Tourism is also the engine for cultural preservation and local economic development. The beautiful Slovenia is the first winner!

Sustainable tourism for regional development

For the UN, sustainable tourism does not only mean' green' or' eco'. For the UN, sustainable tourism also includes issues such as cultural preservation and local economic development. The UN has therefore declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Everyone is aware that travelling and the ever cheaper air fares are not good for the environment. However, tourism is a great boost to regional development in disadvantaged areas. Provided it happens in the right way, and the local population benefits from it. Not only major tour operators. The overall picture of 'sustainable tourism' is therefore quite complicated. There are now many labels, but also (fake) certificates. UNWTO - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development from GLP Films on Vimeo.

Slovenia leading the way in sustainable tourism

Slovenia in particular is doing well. In 2016, the country was the first country in the world to be declared a' sustainable destination'. Not so strange with all the green fields, snowy peaks and beautiful lakes. At 96%, Slovenia scores positively on no less than 96 of the 100 criteria for sustainable tourism. Research agency Green Destinations carried out the survey. Location visits, many interviews with local experts, the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO), government and ministries led to the positive opinion. Economic and administrative factors were also taken into account. [caption id="attachment_1048" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Alpine hills and valleys are criss-crossed with exceptional hiking trails. Image by slovenia.info[/caption]

Sustainable Tourism - research by Green Destinations.

The research company Green Destinations from Leiden, operating worldwide, carried out the research into sustainability. Green Destinations supports and certifies countries, regions and accommodations. The agency has developed a comprehensive list of criteria for certification. Through this Green Destination Standard, among other things, consideration is given to dealing with the environment and climate, taxation of nature and influence on biodiversity, culture and authenticity,' green' economic development, administrative and political factors and more.

Ljubljana - green capital

The European Union underlines Slovenia's high score. For example, the capital Ljubljana was declared Europe's greenest capital. Not so crazy. Slovenia is a country of green forests and more than 40 national parks and reserves. More than 20,000 plants and animals, winding roads and beautiful hiking trails make Slovenia a pleasant country. Less than 2 million inhabitants, beautiful lakes and the tastiest wine make Slovenia worth an exploration trip.

Planet First: Environmental education against Climate change denial

3:15 pm, 30 January 2018

"America needs the good old global warming to cope with the massive West Coast snowfalls." This is one of the statement on climate change with a mixture of scepticism and indifference from the US President Donald Trump. This is part of the withdrawal from the climate agreement concluded at the COP21 in Paris and the concomitant interruption of contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund. The Paris agreement included specific objectives such as reducing the global temperature below 2°C and limit the CO2 emissions, and more general results, based on an innovative, multilateral, responsible and transparent approach by the single nations and by the High Ambition Coalition. The ultimate goal is to cope with "one of the biggest current threats to the future of our planet" as defined by the UN Secretary General António Guterres. That means global warming.

The “Fossil fuels” option

The United States, the second world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases, is a key player in the climate change scene. The Obama administration cuts global emissions by 2.6% in 2015 and 1.7% in 2016, on the other hand, the Trump administration has turned in the direction of a dramatic ending for the future of our planet. The reasons given by the American president to explain the withdrawal from the Agreement are based on the negative economic implications for American citizens and businesses. However, recent studies made by the World Bank have shown that in the long-term the use of fossil fuels will lead to higher spending on health-care and therefore they will reduce labour productivity, which could instead increase with investments in the renewable energy sector. The Trump Attitude also faces an internal opposition by States and Companies of the economically dynamic regions that have declared they want to continue with the commitments made in Paris and, where possible, also to go further. However, the Rust Belt States - crucial to the victory of Trump and where the President declared he wants to restore the coal and steel mines.

Positive signals on the world stage

The U.S. environmental policy also clashes with the policies of other states, from those of the Green Scandinavia as Sweden that intends to be the first country in the world without fossil fuels by 2020, to the small but significant changes that are taking place in the Middle East. Saudi Minister of Energy, Khaled Al-Faleh, has recently declared that Riyadh is trying to reform the energy system and aims to get 10% of electricity from renewables by 2023. Local people in the cities have a big role to help protect the environment, but regional leaders and politicians has to Fight Global Warming, working together we can reach the purposes. The positive signals that emerged on the world scene at the national level are reported in multilateral forums, and new incentives for them are proposed by international organizations. Historically, the United Nations have been a champion of environmental protection, from the Brundtland Report (1987), through the Agenda 21 on climate change (1992), and thanks to numerous international guidelines and agreements, proposing an indissoluble link between economic development and environment. This link is inspired by the concept of sustainable development, namely it is able to meet the needs of present generations, without compromising those of future generations. The UN instruments recall the principles of soft law such as the environmental impact assessment, the polluter-pays principle, the precautionary principle, the procedural obligations as the urgent notification of global environmental issues and the principle of development sustainable. However, these policies are also accompanied by international agreements and, even if environmental standards are not yet provided under general international law, the national liability for environmental damage is governed by the same rules used for the international responsibility of unlawful act.

The role of OSCE and civil society

In this struggle to put the interests of the planet before any other national interest, the United Nations are not alone. In addition to numerous institutes and agencies dependent on U.N., we must highlight the role of numerous NGOs and the OSCE as a permanent diplomatic forum (Leads by Italy in 2018). Through the coordination of economic and environmental activities, the OSCE implements projects aimed at the safe management of climate and hazardous waste, promoting dialogue between participating States, energy efficiency and green growth. As stated in November 2017 at Bonn's COP23, states are taking the right path thanks to the joint and multilateral action. At the same time, a greater awareness at the level of civil society becomes necessary since important economic and geopolitical actors can not be left out. According to that, subsidies, agricultural reforms, sanctions in the event of climate disasters and support for green innovation must be supported by a civic culture capable of environmental education inclusion. Recent studies made by Yale University demonstrates that the 40% of people in the world have never heard about climate change. [caption id="attachment_1040" align="aligncenter" width="815"] Students with the TREE program work with school children at the Catamount Center for Environmental Science & Education. Photo by Colorado College[/caption]   With the environmental education we can solve this gap and drive companies to become more resilient to climate problems, we can show the great economic possibilities of renewables to international investors and face local problems with global technologies and tailor-made solutions. A greater awareness of the problem is not only the key to overcome the huge effects of climate change, but also an opportunity to undermine the inertia that prevents states from moving towards a cleaner, fairer and more productive development. A development that support the life of our planet.

Ten 'disguised' microplastics that you have to avoid if you want to save the oceans

11:56 am, 29 January 2018

Among other things, car tyres, synthetic clothing and even tea bags contain microplastics.

The problem with any kind of plastic is that it eventually becomes tiny but never disappears completely. In the oceans even the largest and most stubborn pieces of plastic are broken down by the waves and sunlight until they are smaller than five millimetres in diameter - about the size of an ant. At that time, they are classified as' secondary microplastics'. This type of plastic, which was once a drinking bottle, equipment for fishing, disposable cutlery and so on, is even more common than' primary microplastics', which were small from the outset, such as the micrograins contained in toothpaste. Micrograins are the best known cause of contamination by small pieces of plastic. But that also means that there are other, less obvious sources for microplastics in everyday life. We call them 'hidden microplastics', and they fall within this category:

Car tyres

Car tyres are made of rubber and approximately 60% plastic (styrene-butadiene). The friction, pressure and heat caused by driving, the tyres wear out so hard that plastic dust is formed. Blowing that dust into the atmosphere can contribute to poor air quality. This is seen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a cause of premature death. The dust can also flush to rivers and oceans via sewers. It will probably be eaten there by filtering animals such as mussels, which will end up in our food chain. The industry could go back to natural rubber rubber latex, but that would put too much pressure on the environment: growing rubber plantations are already a catastrophe for endangered species in South East Asia. [caption id="attachment_1028" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Waste plastics ares strewn on the Bao beach near Dakar, on September 2, 2015. About 4.5 million Senegalese (66.6% of the national population) live in the Dakar coastal area and most of the economic activity in the country are concentrated in the coastal zone. A preliminary study of Senegal has demonstrated that sea-level rise due to global warming could have major impacts causing inundation in the delta and estuaries and erosion along the sandy coastlines. AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)[/caption]

Synthetic clothing

Outdoor sports equipment, leggings, fleeces and sweaters made of acrylic, polyester, polyamide, spandex or nylon release up to 700,000 microfibres per wash. And once they end up in the water, it is difficult to filter them out again. More still, research has shown that in many countries the tap water now contains microfibres. In the USA, for example, 94% of the steel microfibres contained. They end up in the air because of friction or as dust from the dryer and can then be inhaled. It is also suspected that the lungs can absorb the toxins in the fibres. In nature, the microfibres are eaten by fish and other animals, which prefer them to' real' food. A solution can be to provide all washing machines with filters and to choose natural fibres.

Tennis balls

The fluffy exterior is made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the same material that plastic milk bottles are made of. Just like car tires, the plastic is worn away by use, making it dusty.

Pods or tablets for dishwasher or washing machine

All kinds of detergents and abrasive disinfectants contain microplastics such as polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), the same granules banned in cosmetics in France and the United Kingdom. It would be better to use a natural material, such as ground coconut shells.

Cigarette butts

The filters are made from cellulose acetate, a type of plastic that is not biodegradable. They can emit microfibres and, when used, they also emit large quantities of toxins, including nicotine. Cigarette butts are a major polluter in the oceans and are most frequently collected when cleaning up beaches.

Glitter

Glitter is a favourite part of craft lessons, but not innocent. It is made from PET or polyvinyl chloride film (PVC) and is very difficult to break down. Instead, you could use glitter of biodegradable film made from eucalyptus.

Wet wipes

All these products are usually made from polyester, polyethylene and polypropylene - or from a mixture of these plastics and natural fibres. They cause so-called "fat mountains" that block sewers and are not broken down. They are also a source of plastic microfibres. A traditional flannel version made entirely of cotton is an environmentally friendly solution.

Tea bags

Many tea bags are not fully biodegradable because they include a polypropylene "skeleton". This skeleton then breaks down into tiny particles when the paper is decomposed in the compost heap or soil. Ask the producer if your tea is free of plastic, or switch to loose tea.

Paint

Plastic dust from thermoplastic paint used for road markings, ships and houses is spread over the ocean surface. Fortunately not all paint contains plastic: go looking for paint with linseed oil or latex as a binding agent.

Paper cups

Paper cups are coated on the inside with a layer of polyethylene. Just like tea bags, the paper is completely broken down, but the plastic falls apart when the cup is thrown away or composted. Such mixed materials must therefore be treated by a specialised recycling company. You can also always bring a refillable bag. [caption id="attachment_1029" align="aligncenter" width="800"] "Underneath the palm trees and embedded in our soft sand are microplastics." Photo by BPM Ocean Ambassador Tarryn Johnson, at Cotton Bay Lagoon, Eleuthera.[/caption]   According to the Plastic Soup Foundation, 311 million tonnes of new plastic are currently being produced each year. Approximately half is for single use and is thrown away immediately. Most plastics are not biodegradable. We neet to combat plastic pollution in the ocean becouse is growing at an appalling rate. Plastic production is expected to increase enormously in the coming years as the world population and economy continues to grow. Watch this this documentary shot on more than 20 locations. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.

How Circular Economy has become the effective path about the Sustainable Development

7:47 pm, 14 January 2018

The challenges of creating sustainable food supplies, protecting our biodiversity and curbing climate change are enormous. Considering this, the concept of circular economy has become a topic of relevance among policy makers and sustainability advocates globally. Its popularity can be attributed to the increasing threats to the planet arising from unsustainable use of natural resources and technological innovations. Circular economy depicts an alternative to the make-use-dispose approach of linear economy. It involves the regenerative use of resources in such a way that waste and pollution is reduced to the barest minimum. It advocates product-life extension and reconditioning activities at all levels. Also, regenerative economy entails divorcing the consumption of limited resources from economic activities in a systemic manner.

Circular economy and benefits for society

The importance of circular economy in the society cannot be downplayed. Its benefits cover virtually every sector of the economy. Closed loop economy creates more competitive business and economic opportunities with direct positive impacts on the environment. According to the Ellen MacArthur foundation’s 2013 report, up to $700billion worth of opportunity exists in the consumer goods sector, which absorbs a huge portion of consumer spending globally. An instance of this opportunity is in the fashion industry where huge savings can be made through the reuse and redesign of several materials. This brings to fore the circular fashion concept which also encourages the making and transportation of fashion products in eco-friendly ways. Supporting this concept is swap.com, an online store where people can sell pre-owned items in the US.   [caption id="attachment_998" align="aligncenter" width="678"]Circular economy Image by wtskiphire[/caption]  

Circular Economy & Climate Change

Furthermore, circular economy presents a means of addressing climate change and global warming through the utilization of renewable energy. In this regard, ideas are being developed into full projects around the EU. One of these is Advanced Substrate Technologies project, which focuses on recovering energy and nutrients from spent mushroom substrates. In addition, the collection and processing of household food wastes to generate biogas and fertilizer is another opportunity with a huge potential for viable income generation. Closed loop economy is critical to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the 12th goal which is to Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. This obviously requires companies to come up with new production methods which closes the materials loop, and the adoption of service-based business models where maintainance and repair can be offered as a value proposition. Dell introduced the use of environment-certified, closed-loop recycled plastics in the production of its computers in 2014. In a related event, Walmart launched a $100million closed loop fund, a five-year action plan of creating recycling infrastructure across US cities. These efforts are being developed to cut down on e-waste and create a means of multi-dimensional revenue generation respectively. Without an element of doubt, circular economy is a concept that should be embraced by all and sundry. The afterlife purpose of every material should be put in proper perspective in a bid to make traditional waste useful in other forms and contribute to environmental sustainability.

Volvo Ocean Race and Clean Seas unite to combat plastic pollution in the ocean

8:55 am, 9 January 2018

This is quite unfortunate for us that around the globe, oceans are going through a tragedy of plastic pollution. The amount of plastic that is finding its way to our oceans and beaches is terrific. About 40% of the world's oceans are affected by billions of pounds of plastic. For the eradication of plastic pollution of our oceans two organizations; Volvo Ocean Race and Clean Seas have taken a step ahead. These organizations have united for the noble cause to dig the solution of plastic pollution. Their main motto is to make the waves plastic free.

What is Volvo Ocean Race?

We must first know that what is "Volvo Ocean Race" in actual. Volvo Ocean Race is a yacht race that takes place around the world. It was established in 1973. This race takes place after three years. The initiating sponsor of this race was British White-bread brewing company. That is why on a formal note it is also called "White-bread Round the World Race." Currently, its name, i-e. Volvo Ocean Race is because of its owner, a Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo car. In this race, 7 teams are participating. It started from Alicante, Spain in October 2017 and will finish at The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. It is considered to be one of the toughest sailing events in sports history. Hundreds of local students are taking part in this race. They have a focus on interactive education and empowering the next generation.

What are Clean Seas?

Clean Seas is a campaign which was launched at the earliest time of this year, i-e. January 2017. Clean Seas wants to enlighten the plastic pollution project. It wants to aware people around the globe that how plastic pollution is increasing on a daily basis. Torn and twisted pieces of plastic swirling in seas and oceans have been giving us alarming signals about the level of plastic pollution. Clean Seas wants the public and private sectors to help in improvising the plastic management and stick to the noble cause of getting rid of plastic pollution by redesigning, reusing, recycling and recovering plastic. Hence, for the betterment of seas and to put an end to plastic pollution, Sweden has joined hands with this campaign. Clean seas, a global initiative by UN Environment aims to minimize and end the litter harming marine life. The head of the UN Environment Erik Solheim appreciated the generous gesture of Sweden. He welcomed the strong support and emphasized that this support will help them in carrying out concrete actions.

 What is plastic pollution doing to marine life?

The marine habitats around the globe are rich in breathtakingly beautiful sights. The marine life offers undiscovered species as well as known lives with varying appearances and survival tactics. Unfortunately, the human carelessness is busy in increasing the ocean debris which is proving to be fatal for the underwater life. When plastic from terrestrial sources enters the water, it kills fish, seabirds and other marine mammals. According to surveys, around 250+ species are affected. So far the worst impact has been on turtle species (86%), followed by 44% of seabird species and 43% of other marine animals. Plastic pollution has been too cruel to these harmless species. Upon ingestion, suffocation, entanglement, drowning, and infections, marine species find it fatal to fight with plastic pollution. Oceanic currents transport the plastic objects, including the plastic bags, gloves, balls, wrappers, and ropes, etc. Migration of these objects marks the beginning of plastic pollution. Only humans are to be blamed for these fatalities. The good news is that several organizations are carrying out important work by providing solutions to get rid of plastic trash in the sea.

What these campaigns want us to do?

It is, from the beginning to the end, humans who are supposed to make a difference. Our simple acts which individually might not hold significance, but on a collective scale, they do a lot. Humans ruined the marine life with plastic pollution, and now we have to reverse the tragedy put our best efforts to remove the last piece of plastic from oceans. Authorities and governments must take initiation on a grand scale. One such effort includes a complete ban on usage of disposable plastics near the oceanic boundaries. Clean Seas campaign joined by Volvo Ocean Race is taking strong concrete steps to make oceans plastic free. We all must show our moral and practical support to win this fight against plastic pollution,

It’s Time to Stop the Dairy & Meat from Destroying the Climate

8:45 pm, 21 November 2017

Vehicles are considered as the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emission. However, it shows different fact. Today, meat and dairy companies are known to emit more greenhouse gases than the combined exhaust from all transportation. Some oil companies like Shell and Exxon are not the only companies that we have to worry about, but meat and dairy companies also give a bad impact toward our environment. Some meat and dairy companies in France and Germany argue that milk and meat are needed today regardless of the greenhouse effect they release. The facts show that the needs of milk and meat in both countries are more than enough. In fact, they can also produce milk and meat for export to other countries. Not only the greenhouse effect, these meat and dairy companies also have made the loss of some small-scale farmers. We know that feeding this planet is also important, but saving our environment is also necessary. The government and politicians has to take lead in reducing the carbon emissions, they only needs to make a regulation and reduce the numbers of meat and dairy companies and then divert it to small-scale family farmers. Certainly, this can also help people financially. A sustainable farming system based on local production, extensive grazing and ecological farms will only be truly sustainable if we drastically reduce meat and dairy consumption. Doing this the demand for meat and dairy will decreased. animal agriculture pollution Other  solution is to stop consuming products from big meat and dairy companies, most people have opted to start a vegan diet, but is something that corresponds to a personal decision of each one, according to its economic possibilities and its ideological premises. There is no biological criterion that can say that a diet is better than another if it is balanced alternatives, but it will definitely have a big positive impact on the environment and climate change.

How Local People and Politicians Fight Global Warming

10:23 am, 19 November 2017

In an effort to reduce the impact of Global Warming, regional leaders and mayors are required to take lead in reducing the carbon emissions and keeping global warming below 2 degrees. This is based on the Paring Climate Agreement that is signed by the National Government. There are also some alliances that join this meeting to talk about global warming and find the solution. It is undeniable that the local people in the cities have a big role to meet the goals, there is a lot of tips to help you protect the environment. The regional leaders will only control and take some steps to handle this issue while the local people will help the local leaders reach the purposes. It is all because 70% of global greenhouse gases are coming from energy and transport. In addition, there are so many people who live in cities and it will increase by 2050. [caption id="attachment_935" align="aligncenter" width="800"]sea level rise © Matilde Gattoni (@matildegattoni) for @EverydayClimateChange[/caption]
Mayors in many cities from all around the world have a duty to introduce regulations and laws in order to fight global warming that cause’s climate change. In this case, Oslo becomes one of the world countries that are willing to take an action to find a solution to this global warming issue. Oslo has many cities and they are about to reduce the emission level-up to 1.3 billion tons of Carbon dioxide by 2030. The people who live near the sea or beach will get the bad impact of global warming. Since the carbon emission gets increase every day, the air temperature will also increase and will make the ice in the north and South Pole melt. In this case, the sea level will be rising and it will get even worse by 2100 that increases the sea level up to 2 meters. Nowadays, there are some areas that already get the impact. For example, most of the people in Solomon Island who live by the sea already get an impact on rising sea level. Finally, Global environmental issues must be solved immediately because it can give a bad impact toward our environment. Local governments, leaders, and mayors from all around the world have to take a quick action to solve this issue. In addition, the people in the cities also have a big role in helping the government to reach the goal.  

Global environmental issues challenges and solutions

7:17 pm, 7 September 2017

Global environmental issues has become one of the most troubling problem in this decade. The problem has become worsen everyday and giving a visible effect on our current days. Therefore, in order to mitigate the problem. There are several points that we need to know. From the issues itself, how to solve it and how it can affect the whole world in general.

Environmental issues related to global warming

It has been known that current environmental issues regarding global warming have a very large impact on our ecosystem. Some of the most major issue regarding climate changes, broken ecosystem, species extinction due to the sudden climate changes, and also rise of sea level which is very dangerous. This kinds of issues are several of the most recent and problematic issue due to the global warming.  
For your global environmental issues facts there are actually, several environmental issue with a global impact. One of the most infamous is the rise of sea level.

How to solve global environmental issues

Because we life in earth, global environmental issues and challenges are something that need to be solved. There are several ways to solve global environmental issue. First of all, we need to change our way of thinking. This means that we need change our life and start to think more about our environment in a more different way. We need to preserve nature by not litter, not using or minimizing product that can harm earth and ozone, preserve the earth and start to take care of our surrounding. Many people are changing their lifestyles, to sustainable homes, zero waste life, electric cars, solar or wind power, eco-friendly products, stop the dairy & meat, composting, etc. Global environmental issues and solutions of course is not something that can be done in just one day. It needs time to repair what we human have broken. However, it does not mean that it can be repaired. As long as we have the audacity and preservation to take care of nature we can do it. Start by taking care of our surrounding environment then we can move to a bigger solution to take care of global environment caused by global warming. Global environmental issues

Environmental issues with a global impact

For your global environmental issues facts there are actually, several environmental issue with a global impact. One of the most infamous is the rise of sea level because of the hole in our ozone. This is caused by the use of Freon and pollution in our world. The cause of this has been trying to be minimized on the decade but the problem is too big therefore it still needs time to be completely repaired. There are of course other important issue, and it is our duty as human to make sure the issue can be thwarted for our future generation.

Looking Ahead to the Future of Green Architecture

8:21 pm, 9 August 2017

Technological advances have made it so there’s practically no excuse not to integrate green architecture principles into new construction. While standards like those for LEED certification are a terrific starting point, it’s important that cities and communities answer basic questions about why they should build responsibly and the best ways to go about it. green building architecture Green architecture can be put into practice countless ways, including roofs that are home to vegetation. The activity of construction, coupled with building operation and maintenance, accounts for significant greenhouse gas emissions. But architects have far more tools today for designing structures that minimize environmental impact, or even generate their own sustaining power resources. Smart, efficient buildings are nothing new, of course. Many of the most lauded buildings worldwide have been ones that respected their immediate surroundings and how they fit into them. With technologies like LEED tiles, green roofs, and photovoltaic (PV) cells, green architecture is more attainable than ever. Here are some materials and technologies that will power the green architecture revolution.

Green architecture is no longer a novelty and in fact is the only future for construction that makes sense.

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  Geothermal Technology and Green Architecture Different types of geothermal energy wells are found beneath the crust of the earth. Some connect to steam sources that can be used to power geothermal heat pumps, for example. Despite large variations in temperature on the earth’s surface, underneath the crust, the temperature is typically hot and stable. Geothermal technology uses these heat sources to generate electricity and heating for structures built on the surface. Harnessing the possibilities of geothermal wells requires drilling into the earth, and installing well rings in the drill holes for structural soundness. Some wells can be connected to geothermal power plants, where heated water powers turbines, and others transfer heat to other materials that can be used in power generation. Geothermal wells that connect with structures’ integrated heating and cooling systems circulate water through a building’s structure, warming it in the winter and pulling heat out of it in the summer. Using closed-loop geothermal wells means that these power sources are indefinitely sustainable. Biomorphic Designs Biomorphic designs are structures that are built in harmony with their surroundings. One famous example would be American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home, built in 1935. Biomorphic designs don’t have to be as completely enmeshed in the environment as Fallingwater, but they are generally made so that both the exterior and interior elements of the structure have a harmonious, “organic” look and feel. sustainable architecture Biomorphic designs are nothing new, but today they can be made sturdier and more environmentally friendly than ever. Fluid, organic architectural forms continue to be popular, and by nature they lend themselves to green architecture, taking advantage of environmental features that can form a mutual symbiosis with structures. With advances in computer-aided design and construction, biomorphic forms that look like everything from nests to waves can be created, and they can be powered by green technologies like solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or geothermal wells so that structures not only look organic, but also adhere to green architecture principles. Photovoltaic and Other Alternative Power Types Geothermal wells represent just one type of alternative to the use of fossil fuels to power buildings. Renewable energy systems are rapidly becoming more efficient and cheaper. In some cases, multiple types of power generation are tapped, improving energy performance compared to using a single power source. For example, a hydropower plant and a photovoltaic (PV, or solar) plant may work together to power structures, sometimes working in parallel, sometimes relying on one or the other depending on conditions. The control system of the hybrid power structure manages the use of component plants and ensures efficient power is always available. For example, a hybrid PV/hydropower system typically includes reservoirs that store water and power in batteries. Different operational strategies put different demands on the reservoirs, ensuring the “greenest” power production at all times.
Green architecture is no longer a novelty and in fact is the only future for construction that makes sense. Whether it’s the incorporation of solar panels, tapping into geothermal wells, or designing structures so they harmonize with their environment, green architecture is about both form and function.
 

What Is Sustainable Energy and Why Is It Important?

8:15 pm, 9 August 2017

From time to time, most countries have been using energy sources like crude oil, coal, and natural gas. Unfortunately, these all are non-renewable energy. So, we will run out of them anytime soon. Due to this issue, some nations begin to search for other alternative, which is sustainable energy.

The sustainable energy definition

Is the energy production which is responsible to fulfill our energy needs in present without affecting the supply in the future. That will allow the next generation to be able to use the energy as much as they need. There are several types of sustainable resources we can use. Those are water, wind, solar, geothermal energy, artificial photosynthesis, and many more. We can use all of the resources as a power plant. Most of them can be applied as a green energy which will not harm our environment.  
The use of non-renewable source has developed climate change to Earth.
  Although they all are renewable energy, each of them has their own way of management. For example, we make use of wind to activate a windmill to produce electricity. If you want to learn more about it, then you can take sustainable energy management program. This program will introduce students to the variant of energy resources. Moreover, they will learn about other things like quality and quantity of various potential resources, the impacts to environment, security, and so on. Sustainable Energy

This program is expected to make a better sustainable energy developments.

As we know, not many countries use such energy. However, there have been several of them which start to study about sustainable energy solutions for more reliable energy. It will be better if we all can begin to use this energy as soon as possible. Let us tell you some reasons why it has to be that way. First, the fossil energy sources are getting depleted. Second, the overpopulation issue increases the needs of energy. Last, the use of non-renewable source has developed climate change to Earth. The other importance of it is that it can give us a lot of benefits. That includes no global warming, environmental quality and public health improvement, inexhaustible energy, and more stable energy prices. Due to the importance and benefits of it, there have been some organizations intend to help introducing renewable energy worldwide. One of them is Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). They have so many sustanible projects that can help the Less-favoured communities and their mission is to give more energy access to people who have none at all. With such organization, we can expect to see a better life quality in both present and future.

How Does Sustainable Tourism Help Protect the Environment?

8:02 pm, 9 August 2017

Tourism has been contributing a lot everywhere in the world. However, it will not give the same result over and over if people do not maintain it properly. That’s why we need sustainable tourism.

Sustainable tourism definition

Is a concept of tourism which takes full responsibility of economical, social, and environmental impacts either in present or future. From the definition, some of you may be mistaken it for ecotourism. They may be similar yet still different in the same time. In fact, you can consider it as the sub-category of sustainable tourism.  
It will need the participation of local people in the maintenance, development, and improvement of tourism.
  Ecotourism is responsible for natural areas by conserving the nature. It also enhances the well being of local people. The difference of both terms is that ecotourism aims to minimalize negative impacts toward tourism, while sustainable tourism is a complex, standarized, and continous system. Although their scope is different, they are still the same in vision and mission. To make it clearer, let us give you an example for each. The sustainable tourism examples are riding a bike to travel a city, buying local products, using eco-friendly accommodation, etc. The examples of ecotourism are hiring a local people to guide you for watching birds or staying in a homestay owned by local people. This way can contribute to the economy of the locals. Sustainable Tourism

There are several indicators which can increase sustainable tourism development.

First, it will need the participation of local people in the maintenance, development, and improvement of tourism. Second, stakehholders and other parties who got involved in the development need to participate as well. Third, we must limit or even stop the use of non-renewable resources. Last but not least, local society must be accommodated in tourism activity so there will be harmonious atmosphere between the locals, tourists, and places.  
As you can see, sustainability in tourism is really important. It is because everyone will get the benefits of it. For example, the locals will take you to some amazing spots, and you have helped their economy by hiring them as your tour guide. What’s more is that they will converse every natural tourist attraction so that many people still can visit there in the future. Of course it will need a proper sustainable tourism management to get that result. The need for change in our daily lives is important to win the fight of all global environmental issues.