Let's gamify cleaning the planet to preserve it for the next billion years. Ideas welcome
Bhungroo is a water management system that injects and stores excess rainfall underground and lifts it out for use in dry spells. Adoption of this technology has decreased salt deposits on soil and increased fresh water supply, saving farmers from drought. (Source: UNFCCC)
This technology and method should be adopted (and adapted) all around the world Thanks @hadiscissa for the share!
Narayana Peesapaty created edible spoons in Hyderabad, India, because he is fed up with plastic waste.
India is in the region of South Asia where it is culturally common to eat traditional meals with your hands, even among the wealthy who can trace the practice back to Ayurvedic teaching—and yet every year Indians use 120 billion pieces of plastic cutlery.
Waste production is particularly problematic in large cities whose economic development precedes waste management infrastructure. China is an example of one of the world’s most densely populated regions that has come to create the world’s largest economy, though their record-breaking growth amounts to unprecedented pollution.
Peesapaty’s utensils should hasten that change. He began his business, Bakeys, in 2011, though it is gaining larger attention today because the business is crowd-funding with The Better India video to make money for investment in chopsticks and forks. The edible cutlery is a bio-degradable option that has a shelf life of three years and decomposes within four-five days if not used. They even come in three different flavors to suit the food that they are served with: plain, sweet, or spicy. Full original article written by Mica Kelmachter “India’s Edible Cutlery Points The Way For A Zero-Waste Future” as seen on Forbes.
In a recent article on Food Navigator, Niamh Michail explains how retailers Iceland and Ekoplaza and tea brand Teapigs will add the plastic-free logo to select products this year.
The logo was designed by environmental group A Plastic Planet, whose mission is to dramatically reduce the use of conventional plastic, with a particular focus on plastic packaging used for food and drink. It also campaigns for supermarkets to introduce aisles of plastic-free products.
The logo, launched this week, can be added to products packaged in specific, Trust Mark-accredited materials, including carton board, wood pulp, glass, metal and certified-compostable biomaterials.
Manufacturers can use the logo free of charge.
In order to be eligible, products must have a minimum of 99% plastic-free packaging and be approved by experts from A Plastic Planet according to the group’s materials evaluation criteria.
For the full original article visit https://foodnavigator.com
As a result of testing and prototyping the Himalayan Rocket Stove in Ladakh, the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation discovered an easy, cheap and effective way for anyone to make their own smokeless cookstoves (chulhas) in a format that suits their own home. This project encompasses the various ways we are addressing the issue of Household Air Pollution.
Here is a link to their page with a video:
You can support the work of the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation. All donations made here go 100% towards funding training programs for rural villagers who desperately need the work we offer here.
To this day there have been 1175 direct impacts.
Smokeless Cookstove Foundation is now in the process of scaling up to meet the demand for workshops in the field in India. They are seeking committed people to help. Initially volunteer positions are offered, and if you prove to be a good fit with their teams and ethos, some paid training positions will be offered to select volunteers.
Happy Earth Day 2018! “In our obscurity, in all this vastness,
there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life.
There is no where else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet.
Like it or not, for the moment,
the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is humbling, and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
– Carl Sagan “I want to know my ancestors–all of them. I want to be a good, strong link in the chain of generations. I want to protect my children and the children
of ages to come.
We, who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, we’ve begun to learn the story of our origins–star stuff contemplating the evolution of matter, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness.
We and the other living things on this planet carry a legacy of cosmic evolution spanning billions of years.
If we take that knowledge to heart,
if we come to know and love nature as it really is, then we will surely be remembered by our descendents as good, strong links in the chain of life.
And our children will continue this sacred searching, seeing for us as we have seen for those who came before,
discovering wonders yet undreamt of…in the cosmos.” – Neil DeGrasse-Tyson (Quoted from Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey S1:E13 Unafraid of the Dark)
Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident as posted in the Guardian recently on April 16th! The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.
The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.
The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. “It’s great and a real finding.” The mutant enzyme takes a few days to start breaking down the plastic – far faster than the centuries it takes in the oceans. But the researchers are optimistic this can be speeded up even further and become a viable large-scale process. “What we are hoping to do is use this enzyme to turn this plastic back into its original components, so we can literally recycle it back to plastic,” said McGeehan. “It means we won’t need to dig up any more oil and, fundamentally, it should reduce the amount of plastic in the environment.” About 1m plastic bottles are sold each minute around the globe and, with just 14% recycled, many end up in the oceans where they have polluted even the remotest parts, harming marine life and potentially people who eat seafood. “It is incredibly resistant to degradation. Some of those images are horrific,” said McGeehan. “It is one of these wonder materials that has been made a little bit too well.” Original link here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/16/scientists-accidentally-create-mutant-enzyme-that-eats-plastic-bottles
The Drawdown EcoChallenge is a fun and social way to learn about and take action on the 100 climate solutions featured in the seminal work of Paul Hawken “Drawdown.” From April 4-25, individuals and teams from around the world will take part in simple daily activities to reduce their carbon footprints and delve into the world’s most substantive solutions to global warming. At the end of the Challenge, the teams with the most points will win great prizes, including copies of Drawdown and a one-hour video session with Paul Hawken!
The EcoChallenges are broken down into these sections (with an added note of current participants): LAND USE (1260)
ELECTRICITY GENERATION (1751)
WOMEN AND GIRLS (1392)
BUILDINGS AND CITIES (1598)
Executive Director of Drawdown, Hawken states “All of life is comprised of self-organizing systems and the Drawdown EcoChallenge is exactly that—people coming together to share, learn, support, imagine, and innovate for a better world. We are honored to be a part of this significant and brilliant initiative.”
Visit http://www.drawdown.org/ecochallenge for more information!
Photographer @veronique_pattyn recently shared this reusage for a fishing net found from ocean debris--fashion a hammock!
Organizers say Earth Hour has participants in 154 countries and territories and over 5,000 cities agreeing to switch off their lights for one hour.
In Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark. In London, a kaleidoscope of famous sites switched off their lights — Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye.
That scene was repeated over and over across the world Saturday night: at Sydney's Opera House; at New Delhi's great arch; at Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland; at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin; at St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
It lasted for just an hour and its power is purely symbolic. But in countries around the world, at 8:30 p.m., people were switching off their lights for Earth Hour, a global call for international unity on the importance of addressing climate change.
Since beginning in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has spread to more than 180 countries, with tens of millions of people joining in, from turning off their own porch lights to letting grand sites like the Opera House go dark.
The photo for this post is of participants taking part in Earth Hour 2018 in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Saturday (today). Visit LATimes.com for original article! (: Adam Berry / Getty Images)
Although we may already be familiar with Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Project, and perhaps even the recent advancements in phase two, we can now ask how to get involved in a variety of ways. In his recently posted article on Business Connect World, John Hawthorne brings together the vision behind the international Ocean Cleanup Project and how we can get involved. Here is an excerpt:
So, what’s the next step you can take to help the Ocean Cleanup Project, or just to help clean up our waterways, bodies of water, and expanses of fresh and saltwater? While it may seem unlikely, small efforts by individuals can make go a long way toward decreasing the garbage in our oceans.
When speaking specifically about the Ocean Cleanup Project, there are a few specific ways to help this foundation inch their way toward success.
First, you can simply help fund the cleanup. The foundation needs help bridging the gap between their first-system and the full-scale development of the plans they have to clean up the Pacific Garbage Patch. The foundation states that any amount helps to further their mission, so donating is certainly a great way to get involved.Second, you can volunteer your time, skills, and efforts to the cause. According to their site, there are plenty of career, as well as volunteer, opportunities to work with the foundation.
Speaking generally, though, you can help reduce the amount of garbage in the ocean and contribute to solving the trash problem by making small dedicated efforts. Recycle
Reduce your use of single-use plastics, Avoid microbeads in cosmetic products Back organizations that work to fight pollution and encourage ocean cleanup... Visit John Hawthorne’s FULL original article with a new video here: https://businessconnectworld.com/2018/02/21/the-ocean-cleanup-project/
CEF FFT: The environmental impact we have affects not only the living creatures inhabiting of bodies of water and land, but even the health of us human beings unto ourselves.
Thanks for the share John!
Jean-François DAVIAU is president of Sabella and a pioneer of tidal energy. The Sabella D10 is a 17 meter high tidal turbine used to harness the energy from marine currents, generated by the gravitational attraction of the Moon and the Sun!
Sabella is proposing a tidal solution that is especially suited to remote and off grid areas. A clean an reliable alternative to polluting and expensive fossil fuel generators.
Ocean energy from marine current is an innovative way to harness a clean, predictable and renewable energy.
For more information visit Sabella’s website here: http://www.sabella.fr/index.php?lg=gb
Toyota, the second biggest automaker in the world, announced an ambitious plan: to tackle mobility and delivery services in the age of autonomous cars. Apparently it involves weird, see-through self-driving boxes roaming through cities, delivering people, packages, and pizza.
Toyota is calling them “e-Palettes” and describes them as “fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle[s] designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service businesses.” Think of them as transparent cargo or shipping containers on wheels that grow and shrink in size depending on their specific task. ""THINK OF THEM AS TRANSPARENT CARGO CONTAINERS ON WHEELS"" Toyota envisions these serving a variety of functions, from typical mobility services like ride-sharing and carpooling, to less-typical purposes like serving as mobile office and retail space, medical clinics, hotel rooms, and more. Need a new pair of shoes? Summon the mobile shoe palette and try on different sizes as you travel from here to there. Hungry from some pizza? Hail the roaming pizza oven, complete with (prisoner?) chef. As far as concepts go, this one is pretty out there. “Just think how good e-Palette would be at Burning man,” quipped Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Company’s bespectacled president, from the stage at CES in Las Vegas today. That about sums it up.
Visit the original article on The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/8/16863092/toyota-e-palette-self-driving-car-ev-ces-2018