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Solar Taxis Offer a Clean Energy Solution for Environmentally Conscious Cities

Solar Taxis Offer a Clean Energy Solution for Environmentally Conscious Cities | Sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Designer Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis created Solar Taxi, an eco-vehicle powered by clean energy for urban use (Solar Taxis Offer a Clean Energy Solution for Environmentally Conscious Cities http://t.co/Q6MAAgn3lH...”;
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Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue

Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue | Sustainability | Scoop.it
“There is no shortage of discussion on climate change; it seems almost pervasive these days. The media report extreme weather events, animal extinction (think polar bears floating off to sea), health problems, and the political push and pull around the issue. The problem is also prevalent in popular culture, with magazines running special issues, movies showing the end of our days, and video games that presenting post-apocalyptic scenarios. Yet, we have very little consensus about how to deal with it. Robert Redford recently wrote a blog post calling for more storytelling on “complicated, politically charged issues like our environment and the need for swift action to combat climate change.””
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 12, 2014 2:59 PM

If you are committed to positive change happening on any complicated social issue, stories can help. And here's a terrific post by Roxanne Bauer discussing how storytelling makes a difference -- and its limitations, too.


Years ago I coached the top global expert on grizzly bears. Her lament: "We scientists keep doing the same thing over and over again (sharing data and danger) and expecting different results. I think storytelling may be the answer to bring about needed change."


She is so right. Her stories about the importance of, decline of, and what to do about supporting grizzly bears got standing ovations.


This is not so much an article about "Yes we can". It's understanding more about how stories work on making complex issues less intimidating, and how they overcome the limitations of technical language where eyes glaze over.


I particularly like Bauer's statement that stories can/should address the underlying consequences of an issue that hit home for people. She's got good examples to make her point.


To change the world, get your storytelling game on. Let's remember what doesn't work/hasn't worked and share stories to experience different results.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 15, 2014 8:41 AM

Glad to see influential people who know how to tell a story get involved.

Joao Leao's curator insight, June 17, 2014 11:43 AM

Climate change is NOT a Story!

 

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Triple Bottom Line & Sustainability: the science of good business - YouTube

Learn about sustainability for free with short animation videos! More sustainability videos on http://www.youtube.com/learnsustainability Subscribe to receiv...
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BBC will soon show you how green its TV programmes are - Engadget

BBC will soon show you how green its TV programmes are - Engadget | Sustainability | Scoop.it
In an effort to reward programme makers for doing their bit for the planet, the BBC will soon start displaying a seal of approval on shows that are greener than most. In partnership with BAFTA, the Beeb will award TV ...
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Highlights on CSR Provisions notified on 27.02.2014

Highlights on CSR Provisions notified on 27.02.2014 | Sustainability | Scoop.it

• Effective Date for CSR Applicability – Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII and the relevant rules, namely Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 have been notified to become effective from 01st April 2014 vide MCA notification dated 27.02.2014. • Amend...

• Effective Date for CSR Applicability – Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII and the relevant rules, namely Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 have been notified to become effective from 01st April 2014 vide MCA notification dated 27.02.2014.

 

• Amendment to Schedule VII - Schedule VII which contains list of activities which can be undertaken by a company as part of its CSR initiatives has been amended vide this notification and companies must refer to the new list for undertaking qualified CSR activities.

 

 

 

• Changes in CSR Rules – There are many welcome changes in the CSR Rules which have been notified now as compared to the draft rules which were issued for public comments previously. Many of the ambiguities in the Section and the draft rules have been addressed in the final notified rules.

 

• CSR Applicability – Every company including its holding or subsidiary, and a foreign company defined under clause (42) of section 2 of the Act having its branch office or project office in India, which fulfills the criteria given below:

 

 

 

• CSR Mandate (What should the above companies do?) –

 

 

 

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS INTRODUCED VIA RULES

 

• Meaning of Net Profit for CSR Purpose – “Net profit” means the net profit of a company as per its financial statement.

 

• Requirement of atleast 1 independent director in CSR Committee – Unlisted public companies and private companies which are not required to appoint an independent director shall have its CSR Committee without such director

 

• Requirement of atleast 3 directors in CSR Committee – a private company having only two directors on its Board shall constitute its CSR Committee with two such directors

 

• CSR Expenditure –

 

a. Contribution of any amount directly or indirectly to any political party under section 182 of the Act, shall not be considered as CSR activity.

 

b. Companies may build CSR capacities of their own personnel as well as those of their Implementing agencies but such expenditure shall not exceed 5% of total CSR expenditure of the company in one financial year.

 

• CSR Implementation through Trust/Society- The Board of a company may decide to undertake its CSR activities approved by the CSR Committee, through a registered trust or a registered society or a company established by the company or its holding or subsidiary or associate company under section 8 of the Act or otherwise.

 

• Non applicability in subsequent years – Once a company falls within the ambit of CSR applicability, it has to comply with all the CSR provisions until the completion of 3 consecutive years for which CSR applicability does not arise.

 

 

 

 

 


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A Travel Junkie's Guide to Responsible Tourism - Triple Pundit

A Travel Junkie's Guide to Responsible Tourism - Triple Pundit | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Responsible travel also can be good for the bottom line. According to the World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) 2012 Tourism in the Green Economy Report, tourist choices are increasingly influenced by sustainability considerations.
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Energy Efficient Window Coverings: Green Designs

Energy Efficient Window Coverings: Green Designs | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Sustainability has become a focus for most of us and today there are more products to choose from that are eco-friendly; especially when it comes to decorating. A good example is window coverings.
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Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

http://www.ted.com What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and th...
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The Future is here | Renewable Energy Source 2014

This is the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generator discovered by German architect André Broessel. This is 35% more efficient than current solar panels and...
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10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture | Sustainability | Scoop.it
“They’re not just for global shipping anymore: These creative adaptations think inside the box.”
At this moment, there are more than 17 million steel intermodal shipping containers floating or riding across the globe—rectangular, bland engines of global commerce filled with anything and everything you can imagine. While there’s a certain fascination with all these small links in the global supply chain slowly making their way around the world—each identified with its own ISO 6346 number, an odd commercial shorthand—here at Dwell, we’re even more amazed by what happens when the trip ends and reconstruction and reuse begin. Here are ten more recent projects that give thiese 20-foot-long steel rectangles a second life.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:49 AM

These are better looking than most modular units, generally for housing, from shipping containers.  Given that the US imports far more than we export we will probably have a lot of these sitting around. 

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Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet

Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet | Sustainability | Scoop.it
“This daily dose of satellite photos helps you appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things humans have constructed--as well as the devastating...”
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Diane Johnson's curator insight, June 15, 2014 11:19 AM

Great images for giving students a global perspective.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 17, 2014 9:33 AM

unit 1

Sally Spoon's curator insight, June 2, 2015 4:01 PM

Really cool to look at. Interesting to use as writing starters.

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Algae: renewable resource in the future | Tomorrow Today - Interview

"Algae could be one of the answers to solve a lot of our problems case of energy, and in case of feeding mankind" says Dr. Martin Ecke, from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. More reports:...
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Why sustainable startups choose creation over competition - The Globe and Mail

Why sustainable startups choose creation over competition - The Globe and Mail | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Why sustainable startups choose creation over competition
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Building a sustainable startup means understanding why your company exists, and figuring out what drives you as the founder.
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Nike Significantly Reduces Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Business ...

Nike Significantly Reduces Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Business ... | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Can a very popular shoe company make strides to be more sustainable while continuing to grow? The latest Sustainable Business Performance Summary by Nike, Inc. proves that a company can grow while doing good for the ...
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Non-Renewable Energy Resources

Follow me!: https://twitter.com/DoodleSci Doodle Science teaches you high school physics in a less boring way in almost no time! Script: Fossil fuels are non...
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US Green Building Council Launches National Plan to Educate All ...

US Green Building Council Launches National Plan to Educate All ... | Sustainability | Scoop.it
"Education for Sustainability (EfS) empowers students to make decisions that balance the need to preserve healthy ecosystems with the need to promote vibrant economies and equitable social systems for all generations to ...

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Recycle Wine Corks Into Ready-to-Use Fire Starters - Lifehacker

Recycle Wine Corks Into Ready-to-Use Fire Starters - Lifehacker | Sustainability | Scoop.it
When the wine bottle is empty, don't throw away the cork that came with it. If you've got a fireplace, wine corks can easily be turned into ready-to-use fire starters to warm you up in winter, says Mrs.
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Are we bad at recycling? Some of the most common recycling faux pas

Are we bad at recycling? Some of the most common recycling faux pas | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Recycling has never been more en vogue, but unfortunately, there is still a steep learning curve associated with the process - and since the regulations and technology keep evolving and changing, that learning curve isn't flattening out any time...
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