Archived articles from 2004

 

Green Oscars for Asia

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Under the blazing sun of Southern India, Hemant Lamba and his team at the international township of Auroville have been working to bring affordable solar panels to 80,000 people across the region. This summer they were awarded the Ashden Award', known globally as the Green Oscars' for their pioneering enterprise in helping this vast country unlock its huge potential...

 

Starting to Live Differently

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Addressing climate change is vital for the future of the planet. Concern is no longer limited to environmentalists. Economists, politicians and mainstream scientists now accept the urgent need to develop more sustainable solutions. Meeting the environmental challenges will require innovation on a scale never implemented before.

 

One Million Sustainable Homes

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Two thousand zero-waste, zero-carbon homes could be built at Thames Gate-way if an ambitious design concept for a One Planet Living Community gets the go ahead. The Z-Squared project builds on the success of the award winning BedZED eco-village, near Sutton, pictured, and is being developed by the BioRegional Group and WWF UK in partnership with world renowned architects...

 

Eco Transport in the Austrian Alps

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Imagine going on your holidays to the Austrian Alps and only needing one key to guarantee unlimited mobility and the use of over twenty different modes of transport: electric cars, E-scooters, E-fun-riders, bicycles and horse carriages, mostly running on sustainable wind and solar energy. With its Sanfte Mobilitat scheme, the town of Werfenweng has become a model for car-free...

 

UK Tides and Waves

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Britain hopes to lead the way in the development of wave and tidal power. Two key players are Scotland's Ocean Power Delivery, with the Pelamis wave energy converter and Marine Current Turbines with the Seaflow underwater turbine

 

Beyond Oil

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Climate change can be slowed and the conflict over oil avoided, according to Beyond Oil, a booklet by Rising Tide, Platform Research and Friends of the Earth, which suggests that individual countries become energy independent by investing in renewable resources.

 

Social Venture Network

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

The Walk Your Talk event was another initiative coming out of Social Venture Network (SVN), the international net-work of entrepreneurs, business leaders and NGOs dedicated to changing the way the world does business.

 

Terra Madre

 
 

Agriculture, Archive

29 Dec 2004

 

Last October, a magnificent gathering of 5,000 small farmers and food artisans took place in Turin. Organised by the Slow Food Movement and the Government of Italy, Terra Madre was an historic meeting to honour the oldest and most important of societies' activities: growing and preparing food.

 

Solar Laptops for Rwanda

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Solar-powered laptops have been given to 800 schools in Rwanda. Digital Links has, so far, distributed over 10,000 computers in 15 developing countries. In Rwanda, the charity has teamed up with solarcentury who provided the photovoltaic systems.

 

Architect Launches Green Matrix

 
 

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29 Dec 2004

 

Hetreed Ross, the Bath based practice of environmentally conscious architects, has developed the Green Matrix, designed to make life easier for people who want to see buildings constructed or developed using a more sustain-able approach. Launching the new guide Jonathan Hetreed explained: "We produced the Green Matrix as a tool to inspire, provoke and stimulate clients thinking about options...

 

Empowering the United Nations

 
 

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28 Dec 2004

 

Key leaders from over 100 global civil society organisations met in Padua, Italy, in November to debate the 'Construction of an International Democratic Order' and to support the 'Campaign to Reform the UN'.

 

World Council for the Future

 
 

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28 Dec 2004

 

An unprecedented initiative to set up a Council to speak for the future of the world has been launched in London. Supported by influential individuals, organisations and parliamentarians from around the globe, the World Future Council is designed to act as a voice for our shared global values and for future generations.

 

Real World in the Woodland

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

A pilot forest school scheme in the Dyfi Valley in Wales aims to raise awareness of the woodland environment and its many resources.

 

Sustainable Schools

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

A brand new project launched by the Alternative Technology Centre (ATC), in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is helping whole school communities learn about sustainability and environmental issues.

 

Victory at Bear Butte

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

After a year of prayers, collaboration and hard work, one of the most sacred places on the North American continent has been saved from developers.

 

Read Between the Pipelines

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

Citizens in Ithaca, New York, are striving to fulfil their vision for a better America. Central to their plans is the defeat of George W. Bush in the November presidential elections.

 

Freeing the World of Landmines

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

A converted mechanical digger, which clears landmines 100 times faster than clearing them by hand, is Kiyoshi Amemiya's gift to the world.

 

Eco-building for Everyone

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

This spring, craftspeople from Orkney to Oregon came together in a community meadow in Presteigne, mid Wales, for a weekend of eco-building organised by Alison Parry and Anne Belgrave of Double Take who stage arts, crafts and sustainability events. It was intended to boost people's confidence in trying sustainable techniques by giving them hands on experience.

 

Unlimited New Energy from Sun and Water

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

A revolutionary new way of harnessing the power of the sun to extract almost unlimited energy from water will be a reality within seven years.

 

First European Conference on Complementary Currencies

 
 

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29 Sep 2004

 

The town of Bad Honnef, in Germany, hosted 155 people from all over Europe, New Zealand, Argentina, Japan and Canada spending five days talking about EKOs, Time Dollars, E-cards, Bartercards, LETS and voucher systems ñ in some 22 different complementary currency schemes.