Digital entertainment giant Sony and the non-profit World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) put one simple question onto the web in September 2010: “How can today’s technology help us to make the most of our planet’s resources?” It was the kick-off for their initiative called Open Planet Ideas (OPI). Participants from nearly 200 countries joined the journey to find an answer. In doing so, they identified more than 300 challenges our world faces at the moment. For instance, how do we turn our behaviours less resource-intensive? And how to turn waste into something useful?
“My granddaughter is only eight months old, and she coughs so heavily when she sleeps.” These are the words of nana Prema, living in a village of 300 people. No one is surprised when they see heavy black smoke – this is just the iron and steel factory.
Dainar rarely smiles and doesn’t seem to notice us much as we ride behind him through the endless grasslands. We’re in Kyrgyzstan, and excited to start a three-day horse trek into the mountains. Dainar is our guide – a very serious and quiet guide. He is twelve.
World Resources Forum 2013 – Davos. In a 3-day agenda captured by politicians, scientific researchers and academics, Solitaire Townsend’s talk “The Naked Environmentalist: How Sex Will Save Us” stood out like blood on white sheets.
We are currently exploiting 50 percent more resources than what the planet has the ability to regenerate. What can we learn from countries that have small ecological footprints?
Only about 20 % of Americans recycle their e-waste: to safely dismantle electrical gadgets is a time-consuming task. Thus, much of the e-waste ends up being dumped in developing countries, without much reflection on the environmental consequences.
Gamification, the use of game elements in non-game settings, aims to add an element of excitement to everyday activities, in this way encouraging a particular type of behavior. Does it turn people into sustainability champions?
Tall and slim, with dark, messy hair, and a big smile, the Secretary for the Green Party of Switzerland, Pascal Renaud, gives a politician’s perspective on what is happening and what is needed next as far as mobilizing Swiss people to be more green.
In the Philippines, plastic fishing nets that have been discarded in the sea kill large numbers of fish and other marine animals, reducing the catches of local fishermen. A new program is attempting to solve this problem by turning the old fishing nets into carpets.
Participants at the World Resources Forum in Davos thought that the food leftovers of the banquets will go to waste. What happened to all the delicious sandwiches and salads that were not eaten?