Our perception of living sustainably is often bombarded with ideas of solar and wind energy, a transition to biofuels, electric cars, energy-efficient appliances, and more widespread public transit systems. These are all very highly-developed ideas and are becoming essential to prolong our existence on planet Earth in the grand scheme. What all of these technologies have in common is that they pertain explicitly to the urbanized world—developed nations in particular.
Last month, I had the privilege of attending an annual reception for the Urban – Rural Biomonitoring Assessment Network, a conservation authority dedicated to preserving the natural state of ecosystems throughout the City of Hamilton. David Miller, the former mayor of Toronto from 2003-2010, made an appearance at this event to present a very engaging account of how goals for improving a city’s economy depend largely on our ability to adapt to a changing climate.
It’s hard to imagine our current agricultural system evolving progressively, considering the regression we’re in, but a presentation given at the Nordic Exceptional Trendshop last week by NASA-inspired individuals could give it the push it needs. The idea is called Agropolis – an urban agricultural venue with a grocery store, restaurant and farm, all under the same roof.
Tuesday is the Editor-in-Chief of Ecolutionist and has allowed us to feature one of her articles on our site. Be sure to check out her site at www.ecolutionist.com.
Have you ever experienced one of those light-bulb moments when a brilliant idea just pops above your head? Illac Diaz, the founder of MyShelter Foundation, certainly felt that moment, but maybe in a more literal sense than others.
From the moment I saw the term ‘wave snake,’ in the water exhibit at the ROM, I was sold. I love bodies of water, and therefore waves, and I also absolutely love snakes. Needless to say, I kept on reading and what I found is definitely worth sharing!
When I became a university student, I stopped routinely taking the elevator. I originally did this out of fear of gaining the infamous “freshman fifteen.” I thought that by introducing more stairs into my lifestyle, I wouldn’t wind up as one of those university students who claim they never have time for physical activity.
As I started my elevator boycott, many people asked me if I chose the stairs over the elevator for environmental reasons. I usually said that’s just a bonus - but is it actually? If people stopped taking elevators, would it benefit the environment?
Uncertainty, complete disbelief, and total denial are a few of the reasons people don’t believe in or acknowledge the global sustainability problem. I think it’s been made clear by the media that enough of the North American population has gone beyond this point and realized that something should be, and can be done to protect our Earth. But what’s not clear is the best way to go about it.