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Child labour in the fashion supply chain - where, why and what can business do?

Child labour in the fashion supply chain - where, why and what can business do? | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Some 170 million children were in child labour in 2012, according to the International Labour Organisation, touching areas of our lives from fashion to food. To achieve true sustainability, businesses must consider their impacts on children, both directly and indirectly. 



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How can businesses help to eradicate child labour? Join experts online in live chat, Tuesday 20 January, 2-3pm GMT

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5 Ways to Celebrate World Water Day

5 Ways to Celebrate World Water Day | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

A holiday for H2O

Sunday is World Water Day, a United Nations initiative to celebrate clean water and bring attention to those who don’t have enough of it. A new report released ahead of World Water Day warns about a looming shortage, and centers on this year’s theme: water and sustainable development.

Here are five ways to celebrate World Water Day.

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Still not sure that Bill Gates has the answers to sustainability and scarcity issues - nevertheless, it's a great time to review scarce water priorities. Many are blatantly clear. :)

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Brydie Lucht's curator insight, March 21, 9:04 PM

I'm quite a bit of an environmentalist, having grown up being taught my father's ways of appreciating the world upon which we walk and always giving back to nature. I have a soft spot when it comes to seeing the advertisements on television of the third world  countries where water is scarce and people are starving to death. I'm quite a freak when it comes to saving and preserving water hence why this article appealed to me.

In five years time I hope to be implementing my knowledge to promote higher occupational health and safety standards but also being able to promote environmentally friendly working practices through these standards. I dream of the day where our world's natural resources aren't becoming so scarce and that our society and workplaces are working to become environmentally sustainable environments.

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Groundbreaking Permaculture Film Offers Bold New Solution in Regenerative Agriculture » EcoWatch

Groundbreaking Permaculture Film Offers Bold New Solution in Regenerative Agriculture » EcoWatch | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The film Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, its digital premiere on Earth Day, offers solutions to pressing environmental issues. Regenerative agriculture

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Tips | Recycle or Compost - We Hate To Waste

Tips | Recycle or Compost - We Hate To Waste | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Tips from WeHateToWaste.com on how to recycle or compost rather than sending unwanted items to the landfill. Living a no-waste lifestyle.

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Great Resource!

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5 Innovative Ways Environmentalists Are Working to Save the Earth

5 Innovative Ways Environmentalists Are Working to Save the Earth | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
As an increasingly dire prognosis about the health of the planet emerges, it's worth remembering that environmental pioneers around the world are working at the highest levels to create a greener, more sustainable future....

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Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change

Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
With the recent signs of progress, long-wary environmental groups are permitting themselves a burst of optimism about the world’s forests.
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Extensive overview of the checks and balances in the world's forests today. Great year-end read for 2014.

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How to conserve water

How to conserve water | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

What can you do to protect the world’s most precious natural resource? The Rainforest Alliance has boiled it down to 11 major ways individuals can help conservation on a large scale.

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Sustainability case studies - database

Sustainability case studies - database | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The 2014 Guardian Sustainable Business award winners, those short and long-listed, plus a searchable archive.
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Video: BP Oil Spill Aftermath Proves America Needs More Clean Energy

Video: BP Oil Spill Aftermath Proves America Needs More Clean Energy | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Today, just over four years since the BP oil spill, Oceana is releasing a short documentary titled “Drill, Spill, Repeat?” that uncovers the dark history of oil drilling and highlights how Gulf of Mex

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Genetically Modified Fruit Fly Release Slammed by Global Eco Groups

Genetically Modified Fruit Fly Release Slammed by Global Eco Groups | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FRUIT FLY RELEASE SLAMMED BY GLOBAL ECO GROUPS

Sustainable Pulse, October 7, 2013

Environmental and civil society groups on five continents warned Monday that plans to release non-native strains of genetically modified (GM) flies in olive fields in Spain and fruit orchards in Brazil pose major risks to crops and the environment,... http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/10/07/gm-fruit-fly-release-slammed-by-global-eco-groups/#.UlRoNyTc-RQ

 

September 4, 2013 Sustainable Pulse
CONTAMINATION DANGER: GM FRUIT FLIES SET FOR MASS RELEASES IN SPAIN AND BRAZIL http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/09/04/contamination-danger-gm-fruit-flies-set-for-mass-releases-in-spain-and-brazil/#.Uig5r7zc-RQ

 

WILL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY BENEFIT OR THREATEN WILD THINGS? http://sco.lt/79HQvZ

 

RE-ENGINEERING, RE-PROGRAMMING AND PATENTING LIFE ITSELF - THE ETHICS, MORALS AND LEGALITY - http://sco.lt/6M35KD

 

23 March, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

GENETIC MODIFICATION STRAINS OLD FOOD AND DRUG LAWS - HOW A FISH BECOMES A DRUG AND CORN A PEST  http://sco.lt/6vynBp

 

UNDER SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY, LIFE WILL NOT BE A PRODUCT OF NATURE BUT OF A LAB AND IT WILL BE PATENTED AND PRIVATIZED http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2995205047/under-synthetic-biology-life-will-not-be-a-product-of-nature-but-of-a-lab-and-it-will-be-patented-and-privatized

 

DO WE NEED A GENETIC BILL OF RIGHTS? http://sco.lt/6jmb1l

 

CONTEMPORARY AGRICULTURE IS POISONING AND BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/99tRI1


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I try not to fighten people with genetic modification issues, but you need this information. So be it. I'm changing my tactics. This is startling information. 

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Seth Lurie's curator insight, March 25, 2014 11:37 PM

Oxytech should have considered the effect of non native species on the environment before attempting to release them in the UK. They seem to have cut corners in an effort to maximize profit.

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Design challenge seeks portable, renewables-powered alternative to diesel water pump

Design challenge seeks portable, renewables-powered alternative to diesel water pump | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
A new open design challenge is looking for viable alternatives to the dirty diesel pumps that provide irrigation water for off-grid farmers in India.
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Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air

Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

There’s nothing wrong with “art for art’s sake,” the notion that works of art don’t require a justification or need to serve a higher purpose. But it’s also kind of cool when they do transcend that philosophy and send a specific message.

That’s certainly the case with artist Michael Jantzen’s design for his Eco-Seed Sowing Machines. The solar-powered structures would contain a large number of flower seeds that would be automatically released in small amounts whenever evidence of environmental degradation was observed around the machines.

Jantzen calls the project “a symbolic public art response to environmental degradation,” and he’d like to see the machines located in places around the world where environmental damage is the worst.

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:38 PM

Imagine a piece of art that would blossom where environmental destruction is the worst, drawing more attention to the area as signals cause it to activate into a work of flowering beauty. Would it get your attention? Would it be a call for action? When funded, this artist's designs will change some landscapes significanlty.

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Footprints to Sustainability | UBC Sustainability

Footprints to Sustainability | UBC Sustainability | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Eco-footprinting.... starts from a series of simple premises:

    * People remain integral components of the ecosystems that sustain them;

    * Most human impacts on ecosystems are associated with energy and material extraction and consumption (all economic activity has material consequences);

    * Many energy and material flows are readily measurable and can be converted to corresponding productive or assimilative ecosystems areas;

    * There is a finite area of productive land and water ecosystems on Earth.


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France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years.

Read more: France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 



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"Here's hoping that other nations can soon follow suit." I had to go back and dig through my sources to make sure I hadn't dreamed this!

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Karole Armitage’s New Dance Work Traces Steps for a Greener Path

Karole Armitage’s New Dance Work Traces Steps for a Greener Path | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The choreographer and Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, a professor of biology, collaborated on this work about climate change, set to premiere March 25, at the American Museum of Natural History.
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It is oddly disquieting to think of the 20th-century's leggy punk-rock ballerina (then musician's Rhys Chatham's counterpart) as being an activist for climate change.


This article details that almost inevitable path towards environmental awareness so many of us are experiencing.


"For Dr. Ehrlich, collaborating with Ms. Armitage and the museum is a way to reach the public on a personal level. “One of the things that we’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that telling people what the science is doesn’t change their behavior,” Dr. Ehrlich said. “What we need is to change attitudes.”

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, March 19, 4:52 PM

It is oddly disquieting to think of the 20th-century's leggy punk-rock ballerina (then musician's Rhys Chatham's counterpart) as being an activist for climate change.


This article details that almost inevitable path towards environmental awareness so many of us are experiencing.


"For Dr. Ehrlich, collaborating with Ms. Armitage and the museum is a way to reach the public on a personal level. “One of the things that we’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that telling people what the science is doesn’t change their behavior,” Dr. Ehrlich said. “What we need is to change attitudes.”

Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, March 19, 4:58 PM

It is oddly disquieting to think of the 20th-century's leggy punk-rock ballerina (then musician's Rhys Chatham's counterpart) as being an activist for climate change.


This article details that almost inevitable path towards environmental awareness so many of us are experiencing.


"For Dr. Ehrlich, collaborating with Ms. Armitage and the museum is a way to reach the public on a personal level. “One of the things that we’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that telling people what the science is doesn’t change their behavior,” Dr. Ehrlich said. “What we need is to change attitudes.”

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Drop everything and watch this video of our gorgeous planet

Drop everything and watch this video of our gorgeous planet | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Complicated science, political buffoonery, social injustice, terrible jokes — keeping up with the fate of our planet is an overwhelming endeavor. That’s why today (in fact, right now) you should take a break from all that noise to remind...
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Changing the Climate Narrative

Changing the Climate Narrative | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The reality is that clean energy is the only viable path to progress, and the path is open today. Viewed through the opportunity lens, the future is not carbon-constrained; it is solar-empowered.
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As the Keystone Pipeline is vetoed, great articles (like this one by William Becker) may inform the direction of a new climate reality.

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Are Bamboo Sheets Good?

http://www.cushylife.com/bamboo-sheets-good Sheets seem to be a straightforward purchase. I mean, shouldn't they be what they say they are on the package? No...

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Is Bamboo Cloth Good for the Planet?
Very useful discussion here. "Organic" and "Sustainable" products, unfortunately, do not always go hand in hand. Bamboo is cheap to grow, expensive to process. The breakdown to fiber consumes vast amounts of water. If you are looking at creating a more sustainable planet, human resources and scarce resources may become more important to you than the luxuries of some organic products. Thanks for the tips, CushyLiveTV! #Bamboo#Sustainability #LuxuryOrganics

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Why 2015 will be the year of sustainability - Forum:Blog

Why 2015 will be the year of sustainability - Forum:Blog | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, explains how, in 2015, we have the opportunity to move humankind towards the sustainable future we want.
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Climate Tools Seek to Bend Nature’s Path

Climate Tools Seek to Bend Nature’s Path | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
It’s called geoengineering, and its possibilities, like reflective droplets in the sky and rocks that remove carbon dioxide, are gaining momentum.


“There may come to be a choice between geoengineering and suffering,” said Andy Parker of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. “And how we make that choice is crucial.”

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Geoscientists begin to look at last ditch efforts. Although my goal has been to talk about the positives, it is time to acknowledge that harsh measures are under consideration for climate adaptation.

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Freshwater Initiative | National Geographic

Freshwater Initiative | National Geographic | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Learn about the National Geographic Society's Freshwater Initiative with articles, photos, interactives, and more.
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Great Resource Base for Freshwater initiatives.

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Global warming’s evil twin: ocean acidification

Global warming’s evil twin: ocean acidification | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas emissions have warmed the oceans in regions such as the Baltic by as much as 1.3°C.
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On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hydroponic Vending Machines; Oasis Grower Solutions for Anxious Growers; Living Within a Vertical Farm

On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hydroponic Vending Machines; Oasis Grower Solutions for Anxious Growers; Living Within a Vertical Farm | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The image that stopped me dead in my internet-surfing tracks: A hydroponic lettuce vending machine. This brilliant machine can be found in Japan. It's brilliant. Brilliant. Let's move these in next...

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ParadigmGallery's comment, April 1, 2013 4:38 PM
awesome...I crave greens....totally cool idea!
Albert Green's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:23 AM

Even though this will not pass as an alternative for lunch, lettuce vending machines are nevertheless a nice invention for those who want to get fresh greens. Hydroponic farming and vending gives more options and soon we can see more fruits and vegetables sold this way.

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Art about climate change: a new trend

Art about climate change: a new trend | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

This post comes to you from Culture|Futures “Wow, I wish I knew someone dealing with climate change. How is it that no artists are working with the most compelling issue that affects all of us?” (more)

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Art that does not cower from the real-world issues. Sustainable Practice for the Arts is doing a remarkable job defining that landscape. This is a great site to follow! 

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A Billion Acts of Green | Earth Day Network

A Billion Acts of Green | Earth Day Network | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Take action to help your community and protect our planet by pledging an Act of Green today! Help us reach 2 billion pledges and make every day Earth Day.
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Monday is #EarthDay. Click through to find manageable actions you can commit to everyday. #EarthDay "activites" are no longer options. They are the daily crucial components to keeping our planet alive. The Earth Day Network is an critical organization taking a leadersship in chunking down the tasks. Let's make it happen now.  

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