Official government travel in the UK will now be partaken with a smidgen less guilt. Three departments will offset all air travel pollutants with a monetary amount used for projects as diverse as solar cookers in India and home insulation in South Africa. Now that’s global thinking.
“Green farming set for growth” is the headline in the UK’s Green Consumer Guide refering to various sustainable steps being encouraged in the farming community. The more interesting thing about this article is the realization that “green” and “farming” have become so separate that it’s news to reunite them.
This sort of thing would probably drive Americans insane, but the Japanese city of Kyotango will install a system in certain fleet vehicles that alerts the driver when he or she makes an inefficient move, such as flooring the accelerator.
Joel Makower has a quick synopsis of business plans nominated for the Global Social Venture competition. Something to take away – nevermind calling it “socially responsible”, it’s simply
the way business should operate: delivering good products and services that create jobs and make money for their investors, while providing tangible social benefits.
USA Today has a front page story on the tremendouse quanity of pollutants drifting into the country from places as far away as China. The significance of the article to me is first of all that it’s on the front page, and second that although it’s pointing fingers elsewhere, it makes the interconnectedness of the planet very obvious. That second point is what one hopes readers walk away with.
Life on the farm may be getting easier with big bonuses paid to farmers for the installation of wind turbines on their land – from $2-$6,000 per year, per turbine. The Grand Rapids Press reports that even in the absense of government incentives, utilities are “forging ahead” with the plan in Michigan.
Curitiba, Brazil is hailed as one of the world’s most “liveable” cities, with highly successful recycling program, unrivaled public transit, a higher than average per capita income, and more green space per capita than anywhere else in Brazil. They finally made a website.
Like it or not, appearance makes a statement. Grist points out that these days, the art of self-presentation is all the more important to master.
Apathy toward image may be an expression of rebellion, but it’s also a blown opportunity. You could be promoting a green lifestyle as one of vitality and flair, rather than one of dreary deprivation.
Superficial? Maybe. Effective? In the right circles, yes.
According to the LOHAS Journal, competition to develop fuel cells for practical use is intensifying with the Kyoto Protocol coming into effect which obligates developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Forty-one percent of entrepreneurs are women, according to a cross-national study of thirty-four countries. The first Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report on women’s entrepreneurial activity was released today by The Center For Women’s Leadership at Babson College. The GEM 2004 Report on Women and Entrepreneurship provides an in-depth global look at women’s entrepreneurship and highlights the important role that women play in developing and developed economies.
2005 is a historic year for the United Nations and for women. This is the year in which the role of women in respect to the environment and the environment’s role in delivering gender equality moved from the edges into the centre of political life. Read full story from the Environmental News Service
If you remember watching the Mr. Fusion scene from Back to the Future and thinking… “my god, if I could invent that, I’d be a biiiilionaire!”, then you’re not alone. Startech Environmental Corporation is working with plasma technology to convert waste materials to a more usable form, plus something called “Plasma Converted Gas” which can be converted to energy. It may alchemy at this point, but it’s definitely interesting.