The UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals took effect the first day of 2016. I’ll be leading a discussion of these goals at the upcoming NTU Sustainability Salon. As I see it, the most promising thing about this renewed effort is the intention to interlink these challenges, recognizing interconnections and building bridges between disciplinary silos.
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It’s always great to see Janine Benyus spiral forth some of the ways that nature can collaborate with us and suggest solutions to our most vexing problems.
Learn more about Biomimicry here.
September 3, 2014 in climate, nature
Tagged biomimicry, carbon, climate change, energy, plastics, recycling, solar, stuff, waste, wind
Think.Eat.Save is a new international campaign to address a plethora of problems by reducing food waste.
The down side: food waste is a massive global problem that has negative humanitarian, environmental and financial implications.
The up side: with relative ease and a few simple changes to our habits, we can significantly shift this paradigm.
Many regional campaigns have recently been launched, echoing to the challenge of food waste at the national level and in major sectors, including hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and households. Perhaps surprisingly, one-third of all unused food in developed countries is wasted by households.
via About Think.Eat.Save
Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labor and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.
Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.
via Fast Facts – A World of Waste.
As with energy, we should have practices that enhance our awareness that nothing is ever “thrown away.” It is especially important that we think about the disposition of each item, knowing where it is going and acknowledging the different impacts of “disposal.” While the exact words are not crucial, the different sentiments are.
If you are disposing of something that will go into a landfill or will be incinerated, ask forgiveness by raising a hand and saying “Hail Gaia, Full of Grace.” If you are disposing of paper, aluminum, glass, plastics or similar materials to be recycled in industrial processes, raise a hand and say “Go with Gaia.” If you are disposing of food or other wastes to be composted, raise a hand in the air, smile and say “Join Gaia with Joy.”
via Mindful Recycling and Waste « The Imagined Worlds of Michelle Yvonne Merrill, originally posted on Apegrrl’s Meme Garden (29-Aug-2002).