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22 January 2016

Our Friday Updates are ready! Sit back and enjoy our favourite articles this week. An inspiring film soon to come out focusing on solutions from around the world about our environment. Can we harness the energy in plants to create electricity?...We look at the potential of living in earth homes! A poweful quote from Martin Luther King “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” It could be time now to reconnect back to our environment as the scales of justice demand. Enjoy, spread peace and happy reading!

Martin Luther King and the call to direct action on climate change
Travel the world of solutions 
Environmental Psychology : Looking at our detachement from nature 
Earth Sheltered Homes : Comfortable, affordable and energy efficient 
A 100% renwable powered global economy by 2015

Martin Luther King and the call to direct action on climate change


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. from a Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” The Atlanta-based King was explaining why he was in prison for nonviolent demonstrations so far from home, responding to a critical public statement by eight Southern white religious leaders. His words are timeless and universal in part because King was a master of language but primarily because he viewed civil rights through a moral lens. Read more here

Travel The World of Solutions

Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that our countries are going through. After a special briefing for the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it. Read more here

Environmental Psychology : Looking at our increasing detachment from nature

Climate change isn't just a political, social and economic issue. It's also a deeply psychological one -- and now, behavioral scientists are using psychology to better understand the complex relationship between people and nature. An increasing number of psychologists are arguing that in order to tackle the growing threat to our environment, we need to understand people's emotional and cognitive responses to this new reality, which can run the gamut from denial to indifference to outrage to anger to grief. Read more here

Earth Sheltered Homes : Comfortable, affordable and energy efficient

Earth sheltered homes fit a wide range of climates and a variety of building sites — even flat ones. Paired with passive-solar design, an earth sheltered home can save you tens of thousands of dollars in fuel bills during your lifetime. Earth sheltered homes are comfortable, affordable and energy efficient. And, if thoughtfully designed, earth sheltered homes admit an abundance of natural light and are far less of an imposition on the landscape than conventional aboveground houses. Read more here 

A 100% renewable energy powered global economy by 2050

Steve Howard, Ikea's sustainability guru, once argued that 100 percent sustainable was an easier goal than 80 percent or 50 percent, because once you set your mind to an ambitious goal, everyone gets on board and does what needs to be done. Plus, you no longer have to spend time and resources investing in an out-of-date paradigm that will eventually be phased out anyway. Read more here


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