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The Global, Socially Conscious Consumer

The Global, Socially Conscious Consumer | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Two thirds (66%) of consumers around the world say they prefer to buy products and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society. That preference extends to other matters, too: they prefer to work for these companies (62%), and invest in these companies (59%). A smaller share, but still nearly half (46%) say they are willing to pay extra for products and services from these companies. These are the “socially conscious consumers,” as defined by and focused upon in this report.

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Olive Ventures's comment, February 21, 2013 11:18 AM
Please refer to www.choose.sg :)
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How do we redesign a new economic theory framed by ecological systems?

How do we redesign a new economic theory framed by ecological systems? | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Economics as we know it today is broken. Unable to explain, to predict or to protect, it is need of root-and-branch replacement. Or, to borrow from Alan Greenspan, it is fundamentally "flawed".

 

But where do we look for inspiration in facilitating what is the mother of all paradigm shifts? Interestingly, the most insightful and strikingly innovative ideas are coming from all directions other than the economics profession.

 

Ecology offers the insight that the economy is best understood as a complex adaptive system, more a garden to be lovingly observed and tended than a machine to be regulated by mathematically calculable formulae.

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, February 10, 2013 2:12 AM

For some reason Jonathan Dawson and the Guardian articulate the economic ecosystem conundrum in a way that ia always very readable. Mark this for Sunday reading, too. :)

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iBam 2

iBam 2 | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

As seen on Techcrunch, CNET, Business Times & Green Drinks Singapore!

 

Aspiring for simplicity in design, beauty in sound and excellence in ethics, the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) brings you iBam 2 - the world’s first compact electricity-free bamboo speaker for your smartphone. SL2 engineers focused on the natural resonance of the bamboo and the signature slit design, amplifying every note of your music. Now you can enjoy your favourite music a little louder and greener any time anywhere - without any power source.

 

A portion of revenue from every iBam 2 goes towards supporting makers (traditional craftsmen, disadvantaged women) and the regeneration of bamboo forests for wildlife conservation and disaster risk reduction in Southeast Asia. 


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European carbon price 'inching ever closer to zero'

European carbon price 'inching ever closer to zero' | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Dramatic", "enduring", "meltdown" – the words used by leading analyst firm Thomson Reuters Point Carbon to describe the continued slump in global carbon prices could not be starker. And according to analysts the chances of prices recovering in the near future remain extremely thin.

 

The company today released data for 2012 showing that, while the volume of carbon traded globally rose 28 per cent to 10.7Gt, the value of the market fell 35 per cent to €62bn as the price of allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) collapsed.

The figures mirror similar data released last month by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which claimed the market value contracted by more than a third to €61bn last year.

 

"In Europe, prices plunged as it became clear that the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is over-allocated all the way to 2020, mainly due to the impact of Europe's economic troubles on emissions", explained Anders Nordeng, senior carbon analyst at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon and co-editor of the report.

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Can Virtual Stores Make Shopping More Sustainable?

 “If virtual stores become more common, what type of impact would they have on the world? It’s an interesting question. Online shopping has some advantages from a sustainability perspective: if a company doesn’t have the physical infrastructure of a store to build, heat, cool, and light, and uses a much more efficient warehouse inside, it’s saving energy. And delivery vehicles are more efficient than individual shoppers driving to stores—if, that is, shoppers are driving and not just walking to a store in their neighborhood. Online retailers like Amazon have also been able to eliminate packaging that was only needed on store shelves.”

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The Market and Mother Nature

The Market and Mother Nature | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

I am struck by how many liberals insist on reducing carbon emissions immediately, but, on the deficit, say there is no urgency because no interest rates rises are in sight. And I am struck by how many conservatives insist we must reduce the deficit immediately, but, on climate, say there is no urgency because, so far, temperature rise has been slight. (Although 2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental U.S.) One reason interest rates are so low is that they are being suppressed by the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing. That won’t last. As for the climate, well, “Mother Nature doesn’t do quantitative easing,” said Harvey. Beware of nonlinear moves in both.

 

We can’t go off coal overnight, and we can’t go into recession by cutting spending overnight, but we need to start tapping on the brakes in both realms by agreeing on spending cuts, tax increases and new investments that would be phased in as the economy improves, as well as higher efficiency standards for power plants, buildings, vehicles and appliances that would be phased in, too.

 

A carbon tax would reinforce and make both strategies easier. According to a September 2012 study by the Congressional Research Service, a small carbon tax of $20 per ton — escalating by 5.6 percent annually — could cut the projected 10-year deficit by roughly 50 percent (from $2.3 trillion down to $1.1 trillion).

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World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it
The world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich. “The richest 1 percent has increased its income by 60 percent in the last 20 years with the financial crisis accelerating rather than slowing the process,” while the income of the top 0.01 percent has seen even greater growth, a new Oxfam report said. For example, the luxury goods market has seen double-digit growth every year since the crisis hit, the report stated. And while the world's 100 richest people earned $240 billion last year, people in "extreme poverty" lived on less than $1.25 a day.
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Sir Attenborough: The world is in terrible trouble

Sir Attenborough: The world is in terrible trouble | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

“The world is in terrible trouble,” Sir Attenborough says. “According to the UN, over half the world’s population is now urbanised. Apart from rats and pigeons, they have probably never seen a wild animal. How are these people supposed to act? How are they supposed to feel it’s worth preserving unless they know what it is that keeps them alive, unless they understand the extent to which we are dependent on the natural world, and that we are doing terrible things to it by our very presence?”

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Silicon Valley greed in the long and short term

Silicon Valley greed in the long and short term | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

As I look around Silicon Valley today, or more appropriately the Internet space, I see mostly short term greed. Of course Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft play the long game, as do a handful of exceptional entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, but the vast majority of investors and entrepreneurs are operating under the rules of short term greed. Not only is this unhealthy, but perhaps most egregious is how this group has convinced themselves that they are either playing the long term greed game, or that all greed is simply good.

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French Lights to Be Dimmed to Save Energy

French Lights to Be Dimmed to Save Energy | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Major attractions like the Eiffel Tower will remain lighted, and local authorities can make exceptions for Christmas lighting and other celebrations. But France has decided to be “a pioneer” in preventing light pollution, said Delphine Batho, the environment minister.

 

The new law, she said in a statement, will also cut carbon dioxide emissions by 250,000 tons a year and save the equivalent of the annual consumption of 750,000 households. It is part of a series of government measures announced in December to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste.

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Variation in commute well-being

Variation in commute well-being | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

BikePortland looks at some new research on transportation through a less auto-focused lens. Bike commuters are happiest

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Fred Chomé's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:32 AM

Non Messieurs dames les politiques, les transports enc ommun ne rendent pas es gens le splus heureux ! C'est le Vélo ! Mais l'autosolisme est à la traine ! 

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Musical swings in Montreal

“Amazing, magical, musical swings! I think every city in the world should have these and our lives would only be better! ”

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iBam 2 - CHOOSE. - Singapore's First Eco Store

iBam 2 - CHOOSE. - Singapore's First Eco Store | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

As seen on Techcrunch, CNET, Business Times & Green Drinks Singapore!

 

Aspiring for simplicity in design, beauty in sound and excellence in ethics, the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) brings you iBam 2 - the world's first compact electricity-free bamboo speaker for your smartphone. SL2 engineers focused on the natural resonance of the bamboo and the signature slit design, amplifying every note of your music. Now you can enjoy your favourite music a little louder and greener any time anywhere - without any power source.

 

Community contribution: A portion of revenue from every iBam 2 goes towards supporting makers (traditional craftsmen, disadvantaged women) and the regeneration of bamboo forests for wildlife conservation and disaster risk reduction in Southeast Asia. 

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From #green to #smart - Megatrends that will change everyone's lives

From #green to #smart - Megatrends that will change everyone's lives | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Imagine a future where concerns about sustainability and the environment have given way to worries about individual health and wellbeing.

Investors would shy away from "green" solution to instead focus on so-called "smart" products and technologies, such as digital assistants - ranging from portable screens to vehicles or robots - that help individuals in their everyday lives.

 

These "smart" technologies can help business too, of course, as they help cement a community of four or five billion people who will be connected to each other via the internet, each and every one of them a potential customer.

 

As such, a technological revolution is under way, where gadgets, large and small, are changing society. And this stuff is not make-believe any more. In a decade or so, much of this will have become reality.

 

But how will we get there? How will society change along the way, whether at the local or the global level?

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New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.

 

This new era is one of rising food prices and spreading hunger. On the demand side of the food equation, population growth, rising affluence, and the conversion of food into fuel for cars are combining to raise consumption by record amounts. On the supply side, extreme soil erosion, growing water shortages, and the earth’s rising temperature are making it more difficult to expand production. Unless we can reverse such trends, food prices will continue to rise and hunger will continue to spread, eventually bringing down our social system. Can we reverse these trends in time? Or is food the weak link in our early twenty-first-century civilization, much as it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archaeological sites we now study?

 

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Why we're turned off and tuned out to environmental crises

Why we're turned off and tuned out to environmental crises | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

"The timing of this fall in concern is no coincidence. The period since 2009 has witnessed the most sustained period of economic strife in most of the world’s major economies for the better part of a century. All our polling suggests that, while alarm about the economic situation and jobs has retreated from the stratospheric levels it reached in 2008, it has stabilized at a much higher level than before the crisis. The full ramifications of the banking collapses, ensuing government bailouts and cripplingly high levels of public indebtedness that have resulted have only slowly become apparent. And bluntly, for many citizens, these appear to pose a much clearer and more present threat to their well-being than environmental jeopardy, which for most people remains hidden from view."

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NMP Faizah Jamal’s full speech on Population White Paper & Land Use 2030 (from an environmental perspective)

NMP Faizah Jamal’s full speech on Population White Paper & Land Use 2030 (from an environmental perspective) | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Madam Speaker, environmentalism is not an interest group; it is the foundation to all else. If there is no environment, there is no economy. If we continue to act as if as if human beings are no more than economic digits, as if humans are the top of the heap and we think we can get away with it, we will continue to be an egocentric society which has cut off its own heart and then attempts to live without it. How is that ‘sustainable’? That to me is the height of insanity.

 

There is only so much we can plan and manage and do before Nature takes its course. Far better it is then to manage our consumer lifestyles, our quest for ‘economic growth’ to sustainable levels and change our paradigm from a linear, GDP-driven basis to something that is way more humane.

 

So what would a White Paper that speaks to and from the heart look like?

Olive Ventures's insight:

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A 16-foot mountain of secondhand clothing in HK

A 16-foot mountain of secondhand clothing in HK | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

A 16-foot mountain of secondhand clothing, towering over Hong Kong’s Central Star Ferry Pier, is a sight to behold. But the white-peaked behemoth, designed to illustrate the Chinese territory’s textile waste, is just the tip of the precipice. The equivalent of 7.5 tons of textiles, the “3% Mountain” is only a percentage of the 253 tons of clothing Hong Kong residents throw away on average each day, according to the Environmental Protection Department.

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Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting

Infographic: Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sustainable America has created the following infographic to show how food is wasted and lost around the world, and what can be done about it.

 

Food waste and food security are serious problems, but there are current solutions and ways you can help. Read on to learn more, and stay tuned for our next blog post, which will delve deeper into some of the points made by Lappe and Nierenberg in the Wall Street Journal piece.


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Creativity Angel's comment, February 4, 2013 2:30 AM
Insects are the solution, more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day.
Creativity Angel's curator insight, February 4, 2013 2:31 AM

Insects are the solution. Western people has to use to know that more than 1,000,000,000 people on the planet eat insects every day and they are the most effective food.

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Earth Hour 2013 TVC

Earth Hour 2013, Saturday March 23 8:30PM. Join the global community atwww.earthhour.org and find out how you can be the inspiration for the change you want to see in the world. Narrated by Nadya Hutagalung.

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50 Books To Prepare You For the Next 50 Years - OnlineDegrees.org

50 Books To Prepare You For the Next 50 Years - OnlineDegrees.org | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it
To make ready for the next half century, check out some of these 50 books on everything from business to the biology of the future.
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Corporate Knights Global 100: Sustainably Misleading

Corporate Knights Global 100: Sustainably Misleading | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

Corporate Knights continues to mislead. Once again they’ve issued a list of the world’s “most sustainable” corporations — the Global 100 — and once again the metrics they’ve used have surprisingly little to do with what most of us mean by the word “sustainability.”

 

First, let’s get one thing out of the way. The organization is right to defend the fact that there are oil companies (including Enbridge, for example) and other producers of “sin” products on their list. There’s nothing in principle that says an oil company can’t, in some useful sense, be sustainable. And even if you think the fact that a company like Enbridge should be docked points because oil is a non-renewable resource, it still is a useful and interesting exercise to look at which oil companies (for example) are leading the field in terms of sustainability. So, CK is right to defend itself in this regard.

 

No, the problem with the Global 100 is not that they give kudos to a few unpopular companies. The real problem lies in the criteria used to measure what they refer to as “sustainability.”

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GE Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine: The ‘Brilliant’ 2.5-120

GE Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine: The ‘Brilliant’ 2.5-120 | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

General Electric (GE) has stepped up its investment in clean energy over the past few years, and the company just announced the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine – the “brilliant” 2.5-120. The 2.5-120 is the first wind turbine able to provide world-class efficiency and power output at low wind speed sites, and it features a 25% increase in efficiency and a 15% increase in power output compared to GE’s current models. In case you’re wondering what an 120-meter turbine will look like, its rotor will be the size of the London Eye!

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The Story of Sushi

"Check out this beautiful video my very talented friend Joe Sabia wrote and produced. It took seven months to complete and the handcrafted sets and miniatures were designed by Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber. Directed and photographed by Vincent Peone for Bamboo Sushi in Portland.

Seriously check this out, it’s gorgeous."

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ECOntainer bridge by Yoav Messer Architects

ECOntainer bridge by Yoav Messer Architects | Trends in Sustainability | Scoop.it

The project is located in ariel sharon park, a nature conserve rooted in the ideas of environmental ecology and sustainability. The bridge therefore follows par with its reuse of shipping containers to enhance the space, or rather the connection, between two sides of the site. Repurposing the containers is fast and easy work that can be done off-site and later assembled, minimizing invasive construction. A new steel truss will be integrated with the metal boxes as the primary structure of the bridge, with two cantilevering observation platforms offering specific views of the horizon.


The deck will accommodate pedestrian and light vehicle traffic, freeing the roadways for vehicles and improving the flow of both. The containers’ modular characteristic makes it ideal for replacing or repairing parts, modifying certain points of the design, and using the Natural proportions to frame specific views. Incorporated display panels will keep visitors up to date with site-specific information and presentations on new projects.

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Fred Chomé's curator insight, February 2, 2013 5:32 AM

intéressant - on va bientôt avoir un shortage de containers...