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The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around ...

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The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around Needham, Massachusetts. Linked by Michael Levenston. barrow. Painting by Abbi Canney. Kate Canney wasn't going to let living in a suburban ...

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Urban Farming for Sustainability: It's workiing in more cities. 

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Darin Hoagland's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:47 PM

Nice article if you need some inspiration.  Countering productive farmland loss from sprawl while boosting productive use of empty urban land and community health. 

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Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris - The New York Times

Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris - The New York Times | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

LE BOURGET, France — With the sudden stroke of a gavel on Saturday night, representatives of 195 countries reached a landmark climate accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change." (more)

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Garbage in, garbage out

Garbage in, garbage out | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Engineers and scientists will take on one of the world’s ugliest problems in 2016 as they test an ambitious method of cleaning the ocean of its tens of thousands of tonnes of floating plastic rubbish. The project is thoroughly unconventional.
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Highlights From Paris Climate Talks: Day 1

Highlights From Paris Climate Talks: Day 1 | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
At the start of the meeting leaders of industrialized nations and developing countries expressed near unanimous agreement that climate change was real, that it was dangerous and that something must be ...
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Vertical Seaweed Gardens Are The New Way To Feed Ourselves From The Overfished Oceans

Vertical Seaweed Gardens Are The New Way To Feed Ourselves From The Overfished Oceans | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Greenwave, on Long Island, is a winner of this year's prestigious Buckminster Fuller Institute prize.
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Ensuring healthy bees for farms and trees

Ensuring healthy bees for farms and trees | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The University of Adelaide and State Government today announced a $600,000 pilot program to help build South Australia's bee populations to help protect native plants and production from orchards and crops that rely on bee pollination.

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Pope Francis Issues Major Call to Rescue a Planet in Crisis

Pope Francis Issues Major Call to Rescue a Planet in Crisis | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
In a close reading of the first papal encyclical focused exclusively on the global ecological crisis, The New York Times finds the head of the Catholic Church calling on leaders and people from all cultures to act to protect the world’s ecosystems and the disadvantaged from predatory and shortsighted political and economic systems.
- 2015/06/18
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A very clear, concise reading of the Pope's encyclical on the environment. Begin by clicking through here. A call to Action is an appropriate, proactive way to look at this major shift in position and power.

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Shell sought to influence direction of Science Museum climate programme

Shell sought to influence direction of Science Museum climate programme | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Sunday 31 May 2015 15.17 EDT

by Terry Macalister


"Shell tried to influence the presentation of a climate change program(me) it was sponsoring at the Science Museum in London, internal documents seen by the Guardian show...


.....A recent book argued that fossil fuel companies were sponsoring the arts around the world on an “epidemic” scale as a cynical PR strategy to improve their reputation."


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Energy is money. As sponsorship information and caveats begin to leak out publicly, can anyone really say they didn't see the environment funding conundrum unfolding? We, as artists, scientists and fundraisers, have used and depended on the fossil fuel corporations for decades.


How now do create bridges and solutions in positive and proactive manner to save our punctured planet?

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Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past the Yuck Factor

Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past the Yuck Factor | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
As California and other areas of the country grapple with drought, the reuse of water is less a technological challenge than a marketing one.
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Great Sunday Read. Contemplating our options and potential solutions for clean water. Then getting to what "clean" actually means.

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Which books deal with #climatechange for younger #children? #EarthDay Tools

Which books deal with #climatechange for younger #children? #EarthDay Tools | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
From Michael Foreman’s groundbreaking Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish to Barroux’s near wordless Where’s the Elephant, The Book Doctor seeks out the best picture books to share with younger children who want to know about our threatened environment
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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, 2015 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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7 smarter ways to talk about climate change

7 smarter ways to talk about climate change | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes thinks we need to trick our primate brains into dealing with climate change. Here are his top tips.

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The psychology of dealing with a subject no one wants to hear about. 

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What If We Told You To Be Optimistic About Solving Climate Change?

What If We Told You To Be Optimistic About Solving Climate Change? | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Project Drawdown is mapping a path to limiting our carbon with just the technologies we have available today.

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Top 10 Graduate Programs For Environmental Sustainability

Top 10 Graduate Programs For Environmental Sustainability | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Net Impact evaluated almost 100 programs and ranked them on their integration of social and environmental themes.
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Fantastic! 

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The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development | Over Grow The System

The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development | Over Grow The System | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

The term “sustainable” has been used by so many people in so many different contexts that it has lost much of its meaning. It has become a buzzword in political, economic and development circles. But it is not the excessive use of the word that has ultimately rendered it largely meaningless but the fact that too many efforts to achieve sustainable development do not seriously attempt to actually achieve sustainable development. It is too often suggested that we can simply incorporate more environmentally-friendly practices into our daily lives while only tinkering with our consumption habits in order to achieve sustainability. But this simply is not true. Each of us living in wealthy nations must massively, and I mean MASSIVELY, reduce our levels of material consumption if we are to achieve a sustainable ecological footprint. And this reality is the elephant that is too often ignored in discussions about sustainable development. (more)

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Handle with humor: why we want you to laugh about climate change

Handle with humor: why we want you to laugh about climate change | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Is the topic of climate change too hot for people to handle? Maybe we need to throw some humor into the mix
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7 important ocean trends, and what we can do about them

7 important ocean trends, and what we can do about them | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
These seven threats to ocean health need our attention and consideration on World Oceans Day – and every day.
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In Case You Missed this important World Oceans Day News...

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21 Food and Agriculture Organizations Fighting Climate Change

21 Food and Agriculture Organizations Fighting Climate Change | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
These 21 organizations are taking the lead in the global effort to fight climate change in the food system.
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#ClimateChange Questions for Young Citizen Scientists #EarthDayEveryDay #education

#ClimateChange Questions for Young Citizen Scientists #EarthDayEveryDay #education | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
A special Earth Day guest lesson, written with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a leader in global climate change research, and the Columbia University Earth Institute. It offers resources for teaching about this issue, while addressing important 21st-century literacy skills.
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Full of great links and learning frameworks for students and educators.

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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.
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:

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, 2015 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, 2015 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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Jaie Hart's curator insight, June 20, 2015 7:35 PM

We cannot flourish if we do not appreciate what we have and where we have it.  Our beautiful planet is a part of us and we are a part of her.

DebbyBruck's comment, June 20, 2015 8:34 PM
This is truly magnifcent... bringing our awareness back out to the greater picture is so crucial in our times - the hyper-focus we drop in to, in doing social media and getting caught up in smaller details of life make us forget the much bigger picture. This was a great reminder , thank you!
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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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