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Crisis What Crisis: The World Is full Of Opportunities
The corona crisis is making the world 'small' and many people worry. For many years I - and many around me - have been tense about the future of humanity on our planet Earth. With a crisis like the drought in the Netherlands in 2018, but also in my own environment: forest fires, tornadoes and floods doesn't makes my worries less. At the same time harrowing stories of refugees on and about the sea. Crisis What Crisis! I believe we should say goodbye to our current system where the global economy is predominant. It ensures the exploitation of people, the depletion of natural resources on earth and unimaginable animal suffering. But how? The film 'Economics Of Happiness' shows it nicely. It clearly exposes how the Ladakhs in India had great wealth of their own, until roads were built and multinationals made their appearance. People mirrored a fictional ideal and became unhappy. What did the Ladakhs do before that they were doing so well together? Things we can do here too? Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace How did the Ladakhs live before the major roads, in the 1980s? They grow their food in fields with an eye for the natural functioning of those fields, with an eye for the ecosystems. Working together is binding. Several generations meet in the field. Care for each other comes up close. They make their own clothes, have their own music and dance and history. They are proud, not of themselves, but of each other. Everyone is seen. There is no competition. Our lives look very different. But what ideas can we draw from their example for our own lives? {youtube}                                                                      The Economics of Happiness  The World Is full Of Opportunity: How Would Such A Life Look? Because of this Coronavirus period, we are suddenly much more at home. I noticed by the forced sitting at home that there is more rest among the children. Finally, there is time to make the crafts from the craft book, build the hut or make the bird house. They learn fanatically in the morning and continue singing and playing throughout the day. What would it be like if the competition and performance pressure of the school system disappears and we only learn for ourselves without comparing with others? And also mainly learn other things? About ecosystems, about caring for each other, making music (own music but more than just the national anthem), about making clothes yourself, baking pots, weaving baskets? What would it be like if there was time for this? What would it be like if we produce food without loss of quality of soil and biodiversity? Wouldn't it be nice if we felt with every harvest that the soil would be better instead of worse? Isn't it useful to pay more attention to everything that happens and is possible in our immediate environment? For example, for agriculture, health care, nature and the economy within an hour's walk. Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Opportunities: A Lot Is Already Happening In my immediate vicinity, Eefde and Zutphen in The Neterlands, there are already many beautiful initiatives to join, that bring us closer to nature and together and reduces our footprint. Some examples: A basic income (a Zutphens initiative) would kick-start the creation of less stress from crowds. Farming together according to permaculture principles provides income and food for others / a biodiverse environment. You can harvest yourself at the permaculture market garden 'De Veldhof in Joppe'.  You can also find a lot of healthy food in nature. 'Pluk De Stad' visualized it for Zutphen, among others. In Zutphen, ' KratjeLokaal ' delivers local food to your door every week. As a self-employed person, you can work together in various contexts, such as 'The Zutphense Coopkracht'. It ensures that you do not have to do it all alone and that you are also entitled to 'work at home'. Perhaps we should replace the 'healthcare' sector with the social cohesion sector. When people feel seen, less care is proven to be needed. We are used to family living far away, having distant friends, and some close by. We are used to living in subcultures, and without much contact with neighbors. There are often great ideological differences between people on a street. That does not always make it easy. What if we meet each other automatically, for example at the community garden or 'Animal Meadow Of Eefde? If we learn together, work together, will there be more understanding and mutual respect? And if people still need help despite their social embedding, this can simply come from the neighborhood with Buurtzorg or, for example, Help just home care, a cooperative of self-employed persons. Herbert Nijkamp's flock grazing grass fields and roadsides in Eefde. Children like to watch and play around the herd Opening roadsides for adaptation is a first step in the municipality of Lochem. For example, no less than 3000 m2 of roadside was sown with flower mixture by all the neighbors of a street. In Zutphen there are also green adoption projects such as the bee garden where people do yoga together, for example. We used to burn coal and wood, then oil and gas came, now we have learned to make energy from wind and sun. Let's take advantage of this, but after we cut back to the max, otherwise there will be acres of land left. choose a non-profit local energy company. They consider energy saving of paramount importance. For example ZutphenEnergie or LochemEnergie. You are as strong as your ecosystem, so make sure it is robust. De-stone your garden, give space to flowers and insects. Participate in the construction and maintenance of nature in your area, ensure a lot of neighborhood greenery. Zutphense and Eefdese green initiatives are: Emerpark, Gorsselse heather, biodiverse roadsides. It is a lot of fun to make your own clothes. A permanent fabric shop can be found in Epse, 'Javro Fabric Market', but (eco) fabrics are also for sale at the weekly market in Zutphen. There are also several good seamstresses, such as Radijsje in the Laarstraat. In addition, there are many second-hand clothing stores in Laarstraat that reduce the pressure on raw materials. The World: Locally And With Each Other Think in connection with this. You don't have to learn and do it all alone. There are many active people in your immediate environment. There are repair cafes to go to, the Zutphense Energy Shop with energy coaches, gardens where you are welcome like on the 'Kaardebol'. There are also various active Facebook groups to join, such as: 'the Zussen van Zutphen' or 'Ruilen and Sell'. Various people are linked here. This also applies to the equally beautiful Zutphen initiative 'Buddy to Buddy', in which asylum seekers get a native buddy. This has been awarded with the 'Appeltje van Oranje'. Queen Maxima from the Netherlands and members of 'Budy to Budy' receive the 'Appeltjes van Oranje reward It is possible in Zutphen and Eefde. So it can be done anywhere! By: Tjitske Ypma (on behalf of Stichting de Lynx) Before you go! Recommended:  Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your community life? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
The corona crisis is making the world 'small' and many people worry. For many years I - and many around me - have been tense about the future of humanity on our planet Earth. With a crisis like the drought in the Netherlands in 2018, but also in my own environment: forest fires, tornadoes and floods doesn't makes my worries less. At the same time harrowing stories of refugees on and about the sea. Crisis What Crisis! I believe we should say goodbye to our current system where the global economy is predominant. It ensures the exploitation of people, the depletion of natural resources on earth and unimaginable animal suffering. But how? The film 'Economics Of Happiness' shows it nicely. It clearly exposes how the Ladakhs in India had great wealth of their own, until roads were built and multinationals made their appearance. People mirrored a fictional ideal and became unhappy. What did the Ladakhs do before that they were doing so well together? Things we can do here too? Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace How did the Ladakhs live before the major roads, in the 1980s? They grow their food in fields with an eye for the natural functioning of those fields, with an eye for the ecosystems. Working together is binding. Several generations meet in the field. Care for each other comes up close. They make their own clothes, have their own music and dance and history. They are proud, not of themselves, but of each other. Everyone is seen. There is no competition. Our lives look very different. But what ideas can we draw from their example for our own lives? {youtube}                                                                      The Economics of Happiness  The World Is full Of Opportunity: How Would Such A Life Look? Because of this Coronavirus period, we are suddenly much more at home. I noticed by the forced sitting at home that there is more rest among the children. Finally, there is time to make the crafts from the craft book, build the hut or make the bird house. They learn fanatically in the morning and continue singing and playing throughout the day. What would it be like if the competition and performance pressure of the school system disappears and we only learn for ourselves without comparing with others? And also mainly learn other things? About ecosystems, about caring for each other, making music (own music but more than just the national anthem), about making clothes yourself, baking pots, weaving baskets? What would it be like if there was time for this? What would it be like if we produce food without loss of quality of soil and biodiversity? Wouldn't it be nice if we felt with every harvest that the soil would be better instead of worse? Isn't it useful to pay more attention to everything that happens and is possible in our immediate environment? For example, for agriculture, health care, nature and the economy within an hour's walk. Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Opportunities: A Lot Is Already Happening In my immediate vicinity, Eefde and Zutphen in The Neterlands, there are already many beautiful initiatives to join, that bring us closer to nature and together and reduces our footprint. Some examples: A basic income (a Zutphens initiative) would kick-start the creation of less stress from crowds. Farming together according to permaculture principles provides income and food for others / a biodiverse environment. You can harvest yourself at the permaculture market garden 'De Veldhof in Joppe'.  You can also find a lot of healthy food in nature. 'Pluk De Stad' visualized it for Zutphen, among others. In Zutphen, ' KratjeLokaal ' delivers local food to your door every week. As a self-employed person, you can work together in various contexts, such as 'The Zutphense Coopkracht'. It ensures that you do not have to do it all alone and that you are also entitled to 'work at home'. Perhaps we should replace the 'healthcare' sector with the social cohesion sector. When people feel seen, less care is proven to be needed. We are used to family living far away, having distant friends, and some close by. We are used to living in subcultures, and without much contact with neighbors. There are often great ideological differences between people on a street. That does not always make it easy. What if we meet each other automatically, for example at the community garden or 'Animal Meadow Of Eefde? If we learn together, work together, will there be more understanding and mutual respect? And if people still need help despite their social embedding, this can simply come from the neighborhood with Buurtzorg or, for example, Help just home care, a cooperative of self-employed persons. Herbert Nijkamp's flock grazing grass fields and roadsides in Eefde. Children like to watch and play around the herd Opening roadsides for adaptation is a first step in the municipality of Lochem. For example, no less than 3000 m2 of roadside was sown with flower mixture by all the neighbors of a street. In Zutphen there are also green adoption projects such as the bee garden where people do yoga together, for example. We used to burn coal and wood, then oil and gas came, now we have learned to make energy from wind and sun. Let's take advantage of this, but after we cut back to the max, otherwise there will be acres of land left. choose a non-profit local energy company. They consider energy saving of paramount importance. For example ZutphenEnergie or LochemEnergie. You are as strong as your ecosystem, so make sure it is robust. De-stone your garden, give space to flowers and insects. Participate in the construction and maintenance of nature in your area, ensure a lot of neighborhood greenery. Zutphense and Eefdese green initiatives are: Emerpark, Gorsselse heather, biodiverse roadsides. It is a lot of fun to make your own clothes. A permanent fabric shop can be found in Epse, 'Javro Fabric Market', but (eco) fabrics are also for sale at the weekly market in Zutphen. There are also several good seamstresses, such as Radijsje in the Laarstraat. In addition, there are many second-hand clothing stores in Laarstraat that reduce the pressure on raw materials. The World: Locally And With Each Other Think in connection with this. You don't have to learn and do it all alone. There are many active people in your immediate environment. There are repair cafes to go to, the Zutphense Energy Shop with energy coaches, gardens where you are welcome like on the 'Kaardebol'. There are also various active Facebook groups to join, such as: 'the Zussen van Zutphen' or 'Ruilen and Sell'. Various people are linked here. This also applies to the equally beautiful Zutphen initiative 'Buddy to Buddy', in which asylum seekers get a native buddy. This has been awarded with the 'Appeltje van Oranje'. Queen Maxima from the Netherlands and members of 'Budy to Budy' receive the 'Appeltjes van Oranje reward It is possible in Zutphen and Eefde. So it can be done anywhere! By: Tjitske Ypma (on behalf of Stichting de Lynx) Before you go! Recommended:  Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your community life? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Crisis What Crisis: The World Is full Of Opportunities
Sustainable Storing Of Fruit And Food: Life Without Fridge
One of the worst things that can happen to you is your fridge breaking down. Like most unfortunate events, it has a tendency of happening late at night or in the weekend. Or in the midst of the Corona-crisis lockdown, leaving you absolutely helpless. After all, what do we do without our trustworthy cooling machine in the house? Storing Food: Root Cellars And Other Ancient Methods As it turns out, it is not always a must-have. We mostly use it for storing fresh food, including fruit and vegetables. But do you know that you can easily store these products without your fridge? Saves energy and a lot of the nutritional value. Plus, it will eliminate the panic of your food wasting away as you experience a power outage. In the past, our ancestors managed perfectly fine without a fridge. Sure, they did not have cellphone service or toiletpaper either, things considered basic human needs today, but it is worth looking at the way they did things. The way in which they preserved food is not just fairly simple, it is also highly effective. They used something known as a root cellar, a cool underground space where they stored large quantities of produce. As the space stayed cool for a long period of time, they could enjoy their fresh produce for most of the year. The exact method of food preservation varied across cultures. The ‘typical’ root cellar was mostly used in the western world, with the British being the first to introduce the walk-in root cellar, while the indigenous people of Australia buried food directly in the cool ground to preserve it. The Incas froze their food in the mountains on cold nights. In Africa, ancients used to keep food in clay pots, also buried underground. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Build Your Own In-Built Fridge While you might not be so keen on burying pots in your backyard, the idea of a root cellar really is not so bad. In most houses, you will have a room or area that are naturally cooler than others. Usually a storage basement, if you have got one. This is a great place to start if you are looking to create a natural cooler for your fruits and vegetables. {youtube}                                                 Cool Ideas for Inexpensive and Easy to Make Root Cellars   If you do not have such a basement, you can get creative. Think about a trash can cellar, made using a metal trash can dug underground, so that only the mouth of the can is level with the earth. Or a barrel root cellar, that uses a large plastic barrel instead of a metal trash can. Another option is to use the so-called straw storage, where you can layer straws and your potatoes or other root veggies in a large basket or barrel. This way, it will stay good for months as well. Either way, you should keep some parameters in mind when creating your root cellar: temperature, humidity, air circulation, darkness. Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Storing Fruit And Vegetables: Temperature Between 0 And 10 Degrees Celsius First, you should consider temperature. The cooler the area, the slower the rate at which fruits and vegetables release ethylene gas. This means that it slows down the wasting process. Depending on the exact types of fruits or vegetables, you should be looking for a temperature between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius. Life Without Fridge. Humidity Between 85 and 95 Percent Next, the humidity plays an important role in preserving produce as well. After all, produce is best kept at high humidity, anywhere between 85 and 95 percent. Basements are usually pretty humid, particularly root cellars, which are made of earth. In order to further increase the humidity, you could include a hygrometer - a device measuring humidity. If the cellar is too dry, you can always increase the humidity by sprinkling water on the floor. Too humid is not good either, so if your cellar is too humid, you should ventilate more. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Storing: Air Circulation Through Minimum Two Vents Air circulation is another important variable when looking to create your root cellar. Through ventilation, the number of gases produced by your fruits and vegetables can be controlled. If those gases cannot escape, they will cause the food to rot. To prevent this, you should install at least two vents in the root cellar, one high, and one low. Darkness In Order To Prevent Decomposition Finally, one important parameter is the darkness. Fruits and vegetables decompose much faster if they are exposed to light. Therefore, storing perishable items in complete darkness will ensure long-term preservation. Sustainable Storing: More Tips For Storing Fruits And Vegetables Besides following the guidelines above, there is more you can do to extend the shelf life of your fruit and vegetables. Most importantly, do not wash the produce before storing it. Washing will drastically reduce its ability to stay good for a longer period of time. Make sure there is sufficient time for the dirt to dehydrate on its own and simply brush off large chunks of dirt. Pretty much all kinds of vegetables and fruit can be stored for an extended period of time. Not just sturdy root vegetables like carrots, beets, potatoes and onions, but also the more delicate types, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower. Each has its own list of requirements and specifications for storing them; make sure to Google this before you give it a go. Recommended:  New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Lots Of Attention In The Netherlands More Sustainable Fruit And Vegetables You might find that some products are not suitable for your root cellar, or are perhaps better off matched with one kind of product over another. Starting your own fruit and vegetable preservation might be a bit of a trial and error, but eventually you will get the hang of it. You will get used to the specifics of your own root cellar and what produce does best in it. Recommended:  Food From Nature: Is It Healthy And Good For The Environment This is not something new or groundbreaking. It is a relatively simple and inexpensive way of keeping your fridge empty(-ier), thus saving energy. At the same time, you will find that your fruits and vegetables are fresher and taste better, as more of the nutrients are saved. Or, if nothing else, it gives you a fun project to occupy yourself with while you are stuck in Corona-quarantaine mode. Before you go! Recommended:  Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about storing food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
One of the worst things that can happen to you is your fridge breaking down. Like most unfortunate events, it has a tendency of happening late at night or in the weekend. Or in the midst of the Corona-crisis lockdown, leaving you absolutely helpless. After all, what do we do without our trustworthy cooling machine in the house? Storing Food: Root Cellars And Other Ancient Methods As it turns out, it is not always a must-have. We mostly use it for storing fresh food, including fruit and vegetables. But do you know that you can easily store these products without your fridge? Saves energy and a lot of the nutritional value. Plus, it will eliminate the panic of your food wasting away as you experience a power outage. In the past, our ancestors managed perfectly fine without a fridge. Sure, they did not have cellphone service or toiletpaper either, things considered basic human needs today, but it is worth looking at the way they did things. The way in which they preserved food is not just fairly simple, it is also highly effective. They used something known as a root cellar, a cool underground space where they stored large quantities of produce. As the space stayed cool for a long period of time, they could enjoy their fresh produce for most of the year. The exact method of food preservation varied across cultures. The ‘typical’ root cellar was mostly used in the western world, with the British being the first to introduce the walk-in root cellar, while the indigenous people of Australia buried food directly in the cool ground to preserve it. The Incas froze their food in the mountains on cold nights. In Africa, ancients used to keep food in clay pots, also buried underground. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Build Your Own In-Built Fridge While you might not be so keen on burying pots in your backyard, the idea of a root cellar really is not so bad. In most houses, you will have a room or area that are naturally cooler than others. Usually a storage basement, if you have got one. This is a great place to start if you are looking to create a natural cooler for your fruits and vegetables. {youtube}                                                 Cool Ideas for Inexpensive and Easy to Make Root Cellars   If you do not have such a basement, you can get creative. Think about a trash can cellar, made using a metal trash can dug underground, so that only the mouth of the can is level with the earth. Or a barrel root cellar, that uses a large plastic barrel instead of a metal trash can. Another option is to use the so-called straw storage, where you can layer straws and your potatoes or other root veggies in a large basket or barrel. This way, it will stay good for months as well. Either way, you should keep some parameters in mind when creating your root cellar: temperature, humidity, air circulation, darkness. Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Storing Fruit And Vegetables: Temperature Between 0 And 10 Degrees Celsius First, you should consider temperature. The cooler the area, the slower the rate at which fruits and vegetables release ethylene gas. This means that it slows down the wasting process. Depending on the exact types of fruits or vegetables, you should be looking for a temperature between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius. Life Without Fridge. Humidity Between 85 and 95 Percent Next, the humidity plays an important role in preserving produce as well. After all, produce is best kept at high humidity, anywhere between 85 and 95 percent. Basements are usually pretty humid, particularly root cellars, which are made of earth. In order to further increase the humidity, you could include a hygrometer - a device measuring humidity. If the cellar is too dry, you can always increase the humidity by sprinkling water on the floor. Too humid is not good either, so if your cellar is too humid, you should ventilate more. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Storing: Air Circulation Through Minimum Two Vents Air circulation is another important variable when looking to create your root cellar. Through ventilation, the number of gases produced by your fruits and vegetables can be controlled. If those gases cannot escape, they will cause the food to rot. To prevent this, you should install at least two vents in the root cellar, one high, and one low. Darkness In Order To Prevent Decomposition Finally, one important parameter is the darkness. Fruits and vegetables decompose much faster if they are exposed to light. Therefore, storing perishable items in complete darkness will ensure long-term preservation. Sustainable Storing: More Tips For Storing Fruits And Vegetables Besides following the guidelines above, there is more you can do to extend the shelf life of your fruit and vegetables. Most importantly, do not wash the produce before storing it. Washing will drastically reduce its ability to stay good for a longer period of time. Make sure there is sufficient time for the dirt to dehydrate on its own and simply brush off large chunks of dirt. Pretty much all kinds of vegetables and fruit can be stored for an extended period of time. Not just sturdy root vegetables like carrots, beets, potatoes and onions, but also the more delicate types, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower. Each has its own list of requirements and specifications for storing them; make sure to Google this before you give it a go. Recommended:  New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Lots Of Attention In The Netherlands More Sustainable Fruit And Vegetables You might find that some products are not suitable for your root cellar, or are perhaps better off matched with one kind of product over another. Starting your own fruit and vegetable preservation might be a bit of a trial and error, but eventually you will get the hang of it. You will get used to the specifics of your own root cellar and what produce does best in it. Recommended:  Food From Nature: Is It Healthy And Good For The Environment This is not something new or groundbreaking. It is a relatively simple and inexpensive way of keeping your fridge empty(-ier), thus saving energy. At the same time, you will find that your fruits and vegetables are fresher and taste better, as more of the nutrients are saved. Or, if nothing else, it gives you a fun project to occupy yourself with while you are stuck in Corona-quarantaine mode. Before you go! Recommended:  Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about storing food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Sustainable Storing Of Fruit And Food: Life Without Fridge
Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking
It has already been said by many. COVID-19, better known as the Corona virus, has a seriously impressive track record. Not only for its speed in trapping the world in a pandemic modern times have never seen, but also for its impact on society. In only a few short months, the virus has managed to do exactly that what threats of climate change and whatnot have failed to do. Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking The world has ground to a halt, with air quality having significantly improved in many countries and water cleaner than it has been in our lifetime. Once Venetians start seeing fish in the crystal-clear canals and Chinese children experience the joy of crisp, fresh air for the first time, it becomes clear that COVID-19 has done more than just unleash horror and death on the world. Recommended:  Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet No, we are not trying to imply that COVID-19 is a good thing. We are just as worried about the death toll and implications for our society and our economy as the next person. However, it is undeniable that there are some rather unexpected side-effects. Not just the fact that nature and the environment is thriving, but also the innovation that it has unleashed. It has shown that mankind is remarkably resilient and able to make lemonade out of lemons. So, perhaps it is worth celebrating some of those innovations we have seen over the past weeks. Anti-virus snood One of the main messages that is put out is that sneezing or coughing should be covered up as much as possible, as this allows the virus to get airborne and affect others. This is why some clever minds from Manchesters came up with their snood (the lovechild of a scarf and a hat) that is able to trap germs. Photo by: Virustatic Shield. The Virustatic Shield snood  The fabric coating is similar to the carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of the cells covering the oesophagus. Or, put simply, the material functions like a germ-trap the same way flies might get stuck in a fly-trap. As the snood covers not just your mouth and nose but the majority of your face, it catches some 96% of all germs flying around. Recommended:  We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us Fever-detecting helmets Now, let’s turn from the fashionable to the somewhat creepy. Chinese police agents have been equipped with pretty impressive fever-detecting smart helmets. These helmets feature an infrared temperature detector, coupled with an augmented-reality visor. This means that you are able to look through it at a crowd of people and detect people with a fever, sounding an alarm if one is spotted. Photo by: China News Service. Police officers in Chengdu, China, wearing smart helmets fitted with infrared cameras to detect citizens with high body temperatures It works for people who are up to 5 meters away, allowing officers to scout a pretty large crowd in a relatively short period of time. And, for the creepy part, the augmented reality part and Wi-Fi connection will allow for facial recognition, pulling up the name and relevant medical details for each subject observed. 3D-printed ventilator valves With the virus sweeping across the globe, medical professionals are stressing the importance of ventilators. With only a limited number available and many more people needing them, it is time to start getting creative. The Italian company Isinnova came to the rescue when a hospital sent out a cry for help as they ran out of Venturi valves, used to connect the ventilator to a face mask. Photo by: Filippo Venezia/EPAD. Printed valves help hospitals in Italy keep up with demand.  They decided to reverse engineer the valves before churning it out on a 3D-printer. The prototype was ready within 6 hours, with 100 working valves printed and supplied the following day. After their success, the company went on to 3D-printed adapters that can turn a snorkelling mask into a non-invasive ventilator, to aid in the shortage of oxygen masks. 3D-printed isolation cubes Speaking of shortages, the capacity of most hospitals is close to being exceeded - if it isn’t so already. Patients need to be isolated for long periods of time, slowing patient turnover. In order to come up with more wards for Corona-stricken patients, the Chinese company Winsun turned to its architectural scale 3D-printers to print 15 isolation cubes in a day. Originally designed as holiday homes, the company decided to share them with hospitals to give them some breathing room. The buildings come complete with showers and eco-toilets and are made of recycled materials. Recommended:  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands Photo by: Winsun. 3D-printed isolation wards have been put into use at Xianning Central Hospital, China  Virus testing booths South Korea has become the world’s poster child for Corona virus testing, as it has the highest percentage of tests performed on its population. The way they have done so is remarkable as well: one hospital in Seoul came up with fancy-looking testing booths, allowing medical staff to examine potential patients from behind a plastic panel. These booths resemble phone boxes, which can be pressurised to prevent any particles from escaping. {youtube}                                    Coronavirus: South Korea dials up testing with hospital 'phone booth' | AFP After getting in, patients will be granted a quick consult via intercom, after which a nose and throat swab will be taken using large arm-length rubber gloves built in the panel. After performing the tests, the entire booth can be disinfected and ventilated. Arm door opener As data seems to indicate that the virus can survive on metal surfaces for quite a long period of time, it was only a matter of time before a smart company came up with a way of preventing hand-to-door-opener contact. Belgian company Materialise came up with a hands-free door handle attachment, that can be downloaded for free on their website. Two simple parts can be screwed to the side of the handle, making it easy to open the door using your arm or elbow. Recommended:  Sustainable Great Inventions From Eco-Inventors: Worldwide Photo by: Paolo Vergalito. Materialise Armed and less dangerous … Materialise’s door opener  Virus fighting drones China has finally found a use for its drone army that could be considered innovative. In order to fight the spread of the disease, the tiny flying choppers were equipped with anything from fever-detecting sensors to disinfectant sprayers to loudspeakers to talk to large groups of people. Or they were employed as messengers, to deliver supplies to those in isolation or take test samples to and from the lab as soon as possible. They were combatting the virus faster and more efficient than a person could, while not running the risk of being infected. Recommended:  Drones Safeguarding Your Food: Future Farming Worldwide Photo by: China Daily. Airborne response … a drone sprays disinfectant on streets in China’s Hebei province Before you go! Recommended:  Smart Sustainable Lifestyle Changing Tips & Tricks For 2019 Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about innovations? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
It has already been said by many. COVID-19, better known as the Corona virus, has a seriously impressive track record. Not only for its speed in trapping the world in a pandemic modern times have never seen, but also for its impact on society. In only a few short months, the virus has managed to do exactly that what threats of climate change and whatnot have failed to do. Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking The world has ground to a halt, with air quality having significantly improved in many countries and water cleaner than it has been in our lifetime. Once Venetians start seeing fish in the crystal-clear canals and Chinese children experience the joy of crisp, fresh air for the first time, it becomes clear that COVID-19 has done more than just unleash horror and death on the world. Recommended:  Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet No, we are not trying to imply that COVID-19 is a good thing. We are just as worried about the death toll and implications for our society and our economy as the next person. However, it is undeniable that there are some rather unexpected side-effects. Not just the fact that nature and the environment is thriving, but also the innovation that it has unleashed. It has shown that mankind is remarkably resilient and able to make lemonade out of lemons. So, perhaps it is worth celebrating some of those innovations we have seen over the past weeks. Anti-virus snood One of the main messages that is put out is that sneezing or coughing should be covered up as much as possible, as this allows the virus to get airborne and affect others. This is why some clever minds from Manchesters came up with their snood (the lovechild of a scarf and a hat) that is able to trap germs. Photo by: Virustatic Shield. The Virustatic Shield snood  The fabric coating is similar to the carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of the cells covering the oesophagus. Or, put simply, the material functions like a germ-trap the same way flies might get stuck in a fly-trap. As the snood covers not just your mouth and nose but the majority of your face, it catches some 96% of all germs flying around. Recommended:  We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us Fever-detecting helmets Now, let’s turn from the fashionable to the somewhat creepy. Chinese police agents have been equipped with pretty impressive fever-detecting smart helmets. These helmets feature an infrared temperature detector, coupled with an augmented-reality visor. This means that you are able to look through it at a crowd of people and detect people with a fever, sounding an alarm if one is spotted. Photo by: China News Service. Police officers in Chengdu, China, wearing smart helmets fitted with infrared cameras to detect citizens with high body temperatures It works for people who are up to 5 meters away, allowing officers to scout a pretty large crowd in a relatively short period of time. And, for the creepy part, the augmented reality part and Wi-Fi connection will allow for facial recognition, pulling up the name and relevant medical details for each subject observed. 3D-printed ventilator valves With the virus sweeping across the globe, medical professionals are stressing the importance of ventilators. With only a limited number available and many more people needing them, it is time to start getting creative. The Italian company Isinnova came to the rescue when a hospital sent out a cry for help as they ran out of Venturi valves, used to connect the ventilator to a face mask. Photo by: Filippo Venezia/EPAD. Printed valves help hospitals in Italy keep up with demand.  They decided to reverse engineer the valves before churning it out on a 3D-printer. The prototype was ready within 6 hours, with 100 working valves printed and supplied the following day. After their success, the company went on to 3D-printed adapters that can turn a snorkelling mask into a non-invasive ventilator, to aid in the shortage of oxygen masks. 3D-printed isolation cubes Speaking of shortages, the capacity of most hospitals is close to being exceeded - if it isn’t so already. Patients need to be isolated for long periods of time, slowing patient turnover. In order to come up with more wards for Corona-stricken patients, the Chinese company Winsun turned to its architectural scale 3D-printers to print 15 isolation cubes in a day. Originally designed as holiday homes, the company decided to share them with hospitals to give them some breathing room. The buildings come complete with showers and eco-toilets and are made of recycled materials. Recommended:  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands Photo by: Winsun. 3D-printed isolation wards have been put into use at Xianning Central Hospital, China  Virus testing booths South Korea has become the world’s poster child for Corona virus testing, as it has the highest percentage of tests performed on its population. The way they have done so is remarkable as well: one hospital in Seoul came up with fancy-looking testing booths, allowing medical staff to examine potential patients from behind a plastic panel. These booths resemble phone boxes, which can be pressurised to prevent any particles from escaping. {youtube}                                    Coronavirus: South Korea dials up testing with hospital 'phone booth' | AFP After getting in, patients will be granted a quick consult via intercom, after which a nose and throat swab will be taken using large arm-length rubber gloves built in the panel. After performing the tests, the entire booth can be disinfected and ventilated. Arm door opener As data seems to indicate that the virus can survive on metal surfaces for quite a long period of time, it was only a matter of time before a smart company came up with a way of preventing hand-to-door-opener contact. Belgian company Materialise came up with a hands-free door handle attachment, that can be downloaded for free on their website. Two simple parts can be screwed to the side of the handle, making it easy to open the door using your arm or elbow. Recommended:  Sustainable Great Inventions From Eco-Inventors: Worldwide Photo by: Paolo Vergalito. Materialise Armed and less dangerous … Materialise’s door opener  Virus fighting drones China has finally found a use for its drone army that could be considered innovative. In order to fight the spread of the disease, the tiny flying choppers were equipped with anything from fever-detecting sensors to disinfectant sprayers to loudspeakers to talk to large groups of people. Or they were employed as messengers, to deliver supplies to those in isolation or take test samples to and from the lab as soon as possible. They were combatting the virus faster and more efficient than a person could, while not running the risk of being infected. Recommended:  Drones Safeguarding Your Food: Future Farming Worldwide Photo by: China Daily. Airborne response … a drone sprays disinfectant on streets in China’s Hebei province Before you go! Recommended:  Smart Sustainable Lifestyle Changing Tips & Tricks For 2019 Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about innovations? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking
Designing Business Models: Reciprocity And Circularity
An economic closed-loop system, where raw materials and components lose as little of their value as possible throughout the process - while using renewable energy as much as possible. This is the hallmark of the circular economy, that seeks to do better for the planet by minimising waste and limiting the use of scarce resources. This includes extensive recycling and re-use of particular components or by-products.   Reciprocity Is The Way Forward Yet there is one thing lacking in this schoolbook definition of a circular economy, and that is the concept of reciprocity. Reciprocity towards nature and the environment, reciprocity to our neighbours. And not just reciprocity in the form of keeping nature as it was and not doing any additional damage, as it is for the typical circular economy.   No, reciprocity is all about giving back and making nature just a little better. It is not just your bottom line that benefits. Through a reciprocal business model and, eventually, a reciprocal economy, we will do good for the planet by cleaning air or water, by providing healthy food, by re-building ecosystems, or instilling a sense of community. All those other things that look good in the larger picture.   Recommended:  Plastic Waste Turned Into Building Blocks: Circular Economy Indications That We Are Running Out Of Planet After all, this planet will not always be here for us, allowing us to take from her in any way we can. At some point, we have to start giving back if we want to create a world that all of us can keep on living in for many years to come. Already back in 1972, the Club of Rome recognised that there might be such a thing as a so-called collapse, caused by exceeding our limits to growth.   Similarly, the Stockholm Resilience Center came up with 9 planetary boundaries - limits that we ought to stay within. Unfortunately, our report card is not looking great thus far. Biodiversity and biochemical flows are big fat F’s, officially listed as ‘Beyond zone of uncertainty (high risk)’. Yet we are not doing much better on land-system change and climate change, ranked in the ‘In zone of uncertainty (increasing risk)’ which means that they still crossed the borders of the safe zone.   {youtube}                        5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world | Johan Rockström If you need more proof that we are running out of planet, the Earth Overshoot Day will give it to you. The initiative itself claims that: “ Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (fish and forests, for instance) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. ” This day was on July 29 in 2019, meaning that there are 5 months in the year that we cannot account for. Recommended:  Circular Architecture 'The GreenHouse': Utrecht, Netherlands Circular Economy Falling Short The problem is that the circular economy does nothing to address these issues. Sure, it tries to guarantee that the situation does not become worse. Yet making it better, that is where we fail. Most even use the wording ‘minimising’ when it comes to discussing the use of scarce resources and waste. This is not really what we ought to be looking for if we want to make the world better. Instead, we should be fighting to make the world better throughout our value chain - in doing so, creating a world that will give back to us in equal parts, while staying within her precious boundaries. One way of doing this is by ensuring that we only use materials that are abundantly available, preferably at a hand’s reach. Producing locally is another big thing, adhering to safe and socially acceptable business practices. Locally Grown Organic Materials If you are in production, find out what products grow in your area. Bamboo, perhaps. Seeweed, industrial hemp, nettles. Any of these could potentially be used to replace components or raw materials that are sourced or actively produced. If you are into building or construction, it is worth looking into materials that are fully biodegradable. Some innovators are already working on building materials composed of fungi and mycelium, fully organic products. Then, we got to think about the end-stage of our product. Instead of ending up with waste, or items that need to be actively recycled, why not consider creating something that will have a practical use after its initial life is spent? Something that could potentially enhance nature and our local community. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Creating A Better World Through Reciprocity Reciprocity is more than just giving back. It is also living together with and finding synergy with nature and our local community. And while circular business models are a great way of at least preventing worse, we can do better by creating business models that try to find this synergy. To create a better world for us all. Before you go! Recommended:  Economic Growth Is Dead: Welcome To The Circular Economy Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about circularity? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
An economic closed-loop system, where raw materials and components lose as little of their value as possible throughout the process - while using renewable energy as much as possible. This is the hallmark of the circular economy, that seeks to do better for the planet by minimising waste and limiting the use of scarce resources. This includes extensive recycling and re-use of particular components or by-products.   Reciprocity Is The Way Forward Yet there is one thing lacking in this schoolbook definition of a circular economy, and that is the concept of reciprocity. Reciprocity towards nature and the environment, reciprocity to our neighbours. And not just reciprocity in the form of keeping nature as it was and not doing any additional damage, as it is for the typical circular economy.   No, reciprocity is all about giving back and making nature just a little better. It is not just your bottom line that benefits. Through a reciprocal business model and, eventually, a reciprocal economy, we will do good for the planet by cleaning air or water, by providing healthy food, by re-building ecosystems, or instilling a sense of community. All those other things that look good in the larger picture.   Recommended:  Plastic Waste Turned Into Building Blocks: Circular Economy Indications That We Are Running Out Of Planet After all, this planet will not always be here for us, allowing us to take from her in any way we can. At some point, we have to start giving back if we want to create a world that all of us can keep on living in for many years to come. Already back in 1972, the Club of Rome recognised that there might be such a thing as a so-called collapse, caused by exceeding our limits to growth.   Similarly, the Stockholm Resilience Center came up with 9 planetary boundaries - limits that we ought to stay within. Unfortunately, our report card is not looking great thus far. Biodiversity and biochemical flows are big fat F’s, officially listed as ‘Beyond zone of uncertainty (high risk)’. Yet we are not doing much better on land-system change and climate change, ranked in the ‘In zone of uncertainty (increasing risk)’ which means that they still crossed the borders of the safe zone.   {youtube}                        5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world | Johan Rockström If you need more proof that we are running out of planet, the Earth Overshoot Day will give it to you. The initiative itself claims that: “ Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (fish and forests, for instance) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. ” This day was on July 29 in 2019, meaning that there are 5 months in the year that we cannot account for. Recommended:  Circular Architecture 'The GreenHouse': Utrecht, Netherlands Circular Economy Falling Short The problem is that the circular economy does nothing to address these issues. Sure, it tries to guarantee that the situation does not become worse. Yet making it better, that is where we fail. Most even use the wording ‘minimising’ when it comes to discussing the use of scarce resources and waste. This is not really what we ought to be looking for if we want to make the world better. Instead, we should be fighting to make the world better throughout our value chain - in doing so, creating a world that will give back to us in equal parts, while staying within her precious boundaries. One way of doing this is by ensuring that we only use materials that are abundantly available, preferably at a hand’s reach. Producing locally is another big thing, adhering to safe and socially acceptable business practices. Locally Grown Organic Materials If you are in production, find out what products grow in your area. Bamboo, perhaps. Seeweed, industrial hemp, nettles. Any of these could potentially be used to replace components or raw materials that are sourced or actively produced. If you are into building or construction, it is worth looking into materials that are fully biodegradable. Some innovators are already working on building materials composed of fungi and mycelium, fully organic products. Then, we got to think about the end-stage of our product. Instead of ending up with waste, or items that need to be actively recycled, why not consider creating something that will have a practical use after its initial life is spent? Something that could potentially enhance nature and our local community. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Creating A Better World Through Reciprocity Reciprocity is more than just giving back. It is also living together with and finding synergy with nature and our local community. And while circular business models are a great way of at least preventing worse, we can do better by creating business models that try to find this synergy. To create a better world for us all. Before you go! Recommended:  Economic Growth Is Dead: Welcome To The Circular Economy Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about circularity? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Designing Business Models: Reciprocity And Circularity
Designing Business Models: Reciprocity And Circularity
Social Distancing: Turning Offshore Oil Rigs Into Houses
In the distant past, mankind was actually not as keen on living together as we seem today. Sure, we grouped together when it came to hunting, gathering and taking care of their families, but we tende d to avoid areas where we knew other tribes to be hanging around. Our ancestors much favoured the empty lands, as it promised them a wealth of untapped potential for food and other resources. Corona Virus Highlighting Need For Social Distancing Somehow, we evolved to the point where we became social creatures, keen on living together in tight packs. 5, 10, or even 50 or 100 story high buildings, boasting large numbers of apartments on each floor. It is the human equivalent of the ants’ nest. We are quite literally living on top of each other. Which could be great for a lot of things - and it is very convenient for those of us who need to live close to the office or to relatives. Yet in times such as these, with the Corona virus sweeping across the globe, it is starting to show why social distancing is not such a bad thing after all. While living together has offered many benefits to the growing world population, the downsides are now becoming apparent. It also means that diseases are able to spread quickly, jumping from one body to the other at breakneck speed. Recommended:  Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change This is why the invention of Paris-based architecture firm XTU architects is such a remarkable one. These visionary minds have come up with a project titled x_lands, that is looking to find a purpose for offshore oil rigs after the oil is depleted. Quite a large number of those bad boys have been constructed over the past century to get our hands on this natural resource, but it looks as if the age of oil is now coming to a close - with renewable and green energy taking over. Offshore Oil Platforms As Location For Prime Accommodation Now, XTU architects figured they could use the striking looking offshore platforms in order to create actual accommodations. Each community of houses will be created on the oil rig itself, futuristically shaped - like bubbles, for instance, or like containers. Sustainable and light shapes that can easily be transported to the remote location. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation For Many Nations? Furthermore, to add to the sustainability, the rigs are to incorporate all kinds of greenery in the structures, making it not just industrial but also green, inviting and welcoming. There could be several rigs, interconnected using glass or wood walkways, or one single rig that quite literally rises to the sky. It is definitely the kind of material sci-fi movies are made of.   Sustainability And Renewable Energy Come First Each platform will also boast its own electricity source - primarily through windmills, although solar panels and hydroelectricity generated by water running down the structures will be used as well. The rendered images of those platforms also include a wealth of drones swarming the houses, probably for deliveries and the like. It is not just the idea of finding alternative uses for abandoned oil rigs, aiding us in getting rid of the polluting resource once and for all. It is also the idea of finding ways of living on previously inhabitable areas to provide some much-needed relief to the overpopulated areas on land. Recommended:  Geothermal Power Accessible As Wind And Solar Energy: Climeon The Strategy Of Social Distancing Towards The Future If diseases like Covid-19 are to become commonplace, we should find more ways of keeping a reasonable distance from one another - social distancing will become a term that all of us will be more than familiar with. Yet while the concept of XTU architects is admirable, I am not sure it is the type of social distancing that we should be looking for. People who work on oil rigs go through rigorous testing to ensure they are physically and mentally fit enough to do so.   Social distancing It is not like you could visit your neighbours, or pop down to the supermarket for a quick grocery run. The loneliness will be real and the solitude, out on the ocean, could turn out to be too much for some. Add to this the often unpredictable and extreme weather encountered on these locations, and it might just turn out that there is limited interest for living on an abandoned oil rig. The thought, though, is definitely something worth considering.   Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about nature? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
In the distant past, mankind was actually not as keen on living together as we seem today. Sure, we grouped together when it came to hunting, gathering and taking care of their families, but we tende d to avoid areas where we knew other tribes to be hanging around. Our ancestors much favoured the empty lands, as it promised them a wealth of untapped potential for food and other resources. Corona Virus Highlighting Need For Social Distancing Somehow, we evolved to the point where we became social creatures, keen on living together in tight packs. 5, 10, or even 50 or 100 story high buildings, boasting large numbers of apartments on each floor. It is the human equivalent of the ants’ nest. We are quite literally living on top of each other. Which could be great for a lot of things - and it is very convenient for those of us who need to live close to the office or to relatives. Yet in times such as these, with the Corona virus sweeping across the globe, it is starting to show why social distancing is not such a bad thing after all. While living together has offered many benefits to the growing world population, the downsides are now becoming apparent. It also means that diseases are able to spread quickly, jumping from one body to the other at breakneck speed. Recommended:  Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change This is why the invention of Paris-based architecture firm XTU architects is such a remarkable one. These visionary minds have come up with a project titled x_lands, that is looking to find a purpose for offshore oil rigs after the oil is depleted. Quite a large number of those bad boys have been constructed over the past century to get our hands on this natural resource, but it looks as if the age of oil is now coming to a close - with renewable and green energy taking over. Offshore Oil Platforms As Location For Prime Accommodation Now, XTU architects figured they could use the striking looking offshore platforms in order to create actual accommodations. Each community of houses will be created on the oil rig itself, futuristically shaped - like bubbles, for instance, or like containers. Sustainable and light shapes that can easily be transported to the remote location. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation For Many Nations? Furthermore, to add to the sustainability, the rigs are to incorporate all kinds of greenery in the structures, making it not just industrial but also green, inviting and welcoming. There could be several rigs, interconnected using glass or wood walkways, or one single rig that quite literally rises to the sky. It is definitely the kind of material sci-fi movies are made of.   Sustainability And Renewable Energy Come First Each platform will also boast its own electricity source - primarily through windmills, although solar panels and hydroelectricity generated by water running down the structures will be used as well. The rendered images of those platforms also include a wealth of drones swarming the houses, probably for deliveries and the like. It is not just the idea of finding alternative uses for abandoned oil rigs, aiding us in getting rid of the polluting resource once and for all. It is also the idea of finding ways of living on previously inhabitable areas to provide some much-needed relief to the overpopulated areas on land. Recommended:  Geothermal Power Accessible As Wind And Solar Energy: Climeon The Strategy Of Social Distancing Towards The Future If diseases like Covid-19 are to become commonplace, we should find more ways of keeping a reasonable distance from one another - social distancing will become a term that all of us will be more than familiar with. Yet while the concept of XTU architects is admirable, I am not sure it is the type of social distancing that we should be looking for. People who work on oil rigs go through rigorous testing to ensure they are physically and mentally fit enough to do so.   Social distancing It is not like you could visit your neighbours, or pop down to the supermarket for a quick grocery run. The loneliness will be real and the solitude, out on the ocean, could turn out to be too much for some. Add to this the often unpredictable and extreme weather encountered on these locations, and it might just turn out that there is limited interest for living on an abandoned oil rig. The thought, though, is definitely something worth considering.   Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about nature? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Social Distancing: Turning Offshore Oil Rigs Into Houses
Social Distancing: Turning Offshore Oil Rigs Into Houses
Community

A community is you and me. A network of social, economic, ecological and many other relationships. We all work together and live in urban, suburban and rural areas. Social sustainability is becoming increasingly important on our small planet. We define: support, quality of life, development, adaptation, rights and labour.

We belong to a group of individuals - our society - in which we belong geographically. Certain environmental issues play an important role in our society. Here, sustainable solutions are sought, developed and implemented. This may differ from societies in other countries, but because of our global environmental issues and dependence, we must learn to work more together so that we can all benefit from sharing sustainable knowledge to tackle, for example, climate change.

Green architecture is important. Building with local materials that can be recycled and reused brings us a big step forward to have less impact on the environment. With green architecture we can build smart cities where resources can be used more efficiently and information can be shared, thus improving our society, your community.

Lifestyle is the way we live, the dynamics of personality. Fashion defines our self and together with food it is getting - at present - an even more important role in our society. It's not just about taste, but especially about the burden that the fashion industry, agriculture and the meat industry have on our resources, especially water.

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