Do you think you could live in 33 square feet? What about a 33 square foot dumpster
? Beginning this fall, Professor Dumpster
will take up residence in the customized trash bin in order to spread awareness about sustainability and promote the model of "less is more
This month we've gone too far, we humans on Earth.
"[H]umanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft." [more inside]
How to feed 9 billion people:
The global food supply is starting to get tight, with increasing sensitivity to droughts and floods causing price spikes and food shortages. The UK commissioned a report to examine how to feed a planet
with a population that is set to increase to 9 billion by 2050. [more inside]
Every day, our world gets a little bit smaller and a lot more complex. So much so that even minor decisions can have major consequences. Not just for trees or frogs or polar bears, but for human lives, and livelihoods. At its core, sustainability is about people. The Living Principles
for Design aim to guide purposeful action. It is a place to co-create, share and showcase best practices, tools, stories and ideas for enabling sustainable action across all design disciplines. [more inside]
You've heard of the IPCC,
but have you heard of the MEA? The term "global warming" has been with us for 35 years.
The idea that CO2 would cause the planet to heat up has been with us significantly longer
, discovered in the early 20th century by the Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius (previously)
. However, the concept of global warming is not without its problems (and this has nothing to do with solar flares). [more inside]
In 1926, Nikolai Vavilov
founded the world's first modern seedbank, and amassed a collection which today contains over 90% unique varieties of plant, contained in no other collection in existence. For his opposition to Lysenkoism
he died in prison, and several of his colleagues famously
starved to death instead of eating their specimens during the Siege of Leningrad. Now the Pavlovsk seedbank
facility has been seized by the Federal Agency for Public Estate Management
, and pending a court ruling will be demolished - contents and all - to build a housing development.
The collection cannot be moved in time because it is a working seedbank of living plants.
is intended to document our experience in creating a “green” home in the city of Chicago. We hope to share our experience, good and bad, in creating a place to live ecologically, happily and with minimal impact upon our world." [more inside]
Designing the Next
[google video], an inspiring talk by William McDonough
on design and ecology, beyond sustainability. Starts a little slow, but builds a powerful vision of a possible future. [transcript
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