Increasing population and consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world’s future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically.
Amazing initiative where buying local really does mean buying local. A supermarket that sells what it grows on its roof.
“From an entrepreneurial standpoint, he had an early guiding principle.
“I knew from the beginning that this couldn’t be about guilt. You can’t guilt people to give,” he said. “It had to be about opportunity. I had to find a way to get real people, selfish people like me, to invest in this cause.”
Harrison revealed to the crowd the three things he set out to do with this charity—all of which, he says, most charities lack.
1. Find a way to give 100 percent of the profits to the actual cause.
2. Proof: Make it completely transparent where the money goes.
3. Build a brand.
Today, having met those three objectives, the organization has funded 4,200 water projects with over $40 million in donations. He’s convinced not only everyday people to donate money, but huge brands like Saks Fifth Avenue to help out in some way. For more information about how you can donate (which Harrison encouraged the crowd to do), check out their website.”
Inspired (via Say Something Nice | Improv Everywhere)
Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World
—Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World - Read it. Believe it. Do it.
This short is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today…
The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (www.sanctuaryasia.com).
Now this is innovative.
Some sad but true facts about Hunger, the worlds biggest killer:
- Every 10 seconds we lose a child to hunger.
- 1 of every 10 people in the world can’t find food.
- Without nutrition in the first 1000 days from conception significantly stunts brain capacity and ability.
Sleeping in is good for you and them. It’ll either teach you to get up on time or it’ll make a charity a lot of money.
Snooze is a simple alarm clock that resides on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad that allows you to pledge $0.25 to a nonprofit in the LetGive network every time you hit snooze. Twice a month you’ll have the opportunity to donate the value of your Snoozes to the nonprofit.
I would make a lot of donations…
Half for Happiness….
Awesome idea, people are given the option of buying half-size fresh food products at the normal full price and 50% of what they pay goes towards the charity Casa do Zezinho
Stroom den Haag and NAIM Bureau Europa, two creative organizations, have launched a pop-up ‘time store’ called time/bank in Maastricht, Netherlands that is open now until October 2, 2011. This unique concept uses time as currency and allows groups and individuals to pool and trade their time and skills (labour) for commodities. For instance, five hours of clerical work may be exchanged for five pounds of potatoes. This project is part of an exhibition on sustainable design called, ‘Re-Action! Sustainability through Social Innovation.’ via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2011/07/time-store-in-the-netherlands-rejects-money-as-currency.html#ixzz1UaH42rxF
Who Killed Economic Growth? (by postcarboninstitute)
Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. Richard Heinberg propose a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.
Why have mainstream economists ignored environmental limits for so long? If Heinberg is right, they will have much explaining to do.” — LESTER BROWN, Founder Earth Policy Institute
Heinberg shows how peak oil, peak water, peak food, etc. lead not only to the end of growth, but to the beginning of a new era of progress without growth. — HERMAN E. DALY, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
By the time you finish Heinberg’s book, you will have 2 conclusions: This is the end of economic growth and it is our problem, not our childrens’. It’s time to get ready. This book is the place to start. —PAUL GILDING — Former head of Greenpeace International
Richard has rung the bell on the limits to growth. Our shift from quantity of consumption to quality of life is the great challenge of our generation. Frightening…but ultimately freeing. —JOHN FULLERTON - President and Founder, Capital Institute