The introduction of the new book from Food First and Groundswell International “Fertile Ground: Scaling agroecology from the ground up” offers a bold statement, “There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm productively and sustainably with nature, instead of against it, is perhaps the most powerful force that can be unleashed to overcome the interlinking challenges of hunger, poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation. This is the essence of agroecology.” Agroecology—and agricultural development—are sometimes seen as a something to be offered underdeveloped countries having trouble feeding themselves. Or, like organic agriculture, agroecology is often viewed as a nice idea for “niche” farmers producing for high-end, specialty markets. But can agroecology also be part of a broad-based strategy for rural development, in the developing world and the United States […]
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The uncovering of Seoul’s Cheonggye stream, which was once covered by a highway, shows the kind of initiatives cities can take. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters Magali Dreyfus, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) A year after COP21 and the adoption of the Paris Agreement, international policymakers are still struggling to convert targets into action […]
Protestors with forest advocacy group Stand erected a giant, cardinal-red coffee cup in Seattle’s Westlake Center on Thursday, pressuring Starbucks to make its holiday cups recyclable.
Starbucks has struggled with reinventing its disposable products for years. It aimed to make all of its cups reusable or recyclable by 2015, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The night before, Westlake Center had been the site of a large protest against Donald Trump, who promises to gut existing measures to fight climate change.
So why focus on cups? Stand’s U.S. Campaign Director Ross Hammond told us: “Where we can make change is forcing companies to do things they should be doing but don’t want to do.”
Patrons of the original Starbucks store in Pike Place Market — a few blocks from the protest — had a different take:
“I don’t know how we can go from the [Trump] protests last night … to protesting red cups,” said Steph K., 28, of Los Angeles. We have a national identity crisis, she said, and “this is what we’re talking about?”
Starbucks told Grist that it is “committed to reducing the impact of waste generated in our stores,” and that its cups are recyclable in some places, like Seattle, already.
We recently came across the story of Ed Woolsey, a fifth-generation farmer from Iowa. In recent years his crop has changed radically. “Before, I raised corn and soybeans and cattle”, he told Bloomberg. “Now… I’m a wind farmer.” He’s part of a community collective that manages 10 wind turbines and sells the power to rural electric cooperatives. By 2030, rural landowners in the US are projected to generate as much as $900 million a year in revenues from wind energy, according to the report. Taking a failing sector or business and helping it move to towards a new, low-carbon growth area has become known as a ‘just transition’. Our partners at The B Team, and Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), have done a great deal to highlight the importance of this issue. The concern is that as we move into a low-carbon future, a just transition is needed to ensure that the impact on local employment and economies is managed in a way that allows the obsolete jobs and sectors to be replaced by equally skilled and well-paid, low-carbon jobs. Examples include Pittsburgh, formerly an industrial steel city, now reinventing itself as a leader in autonomous cars. […]
Great coworking spaces aren’t just about “sharing desks” — just like other intentional communities where people share resources, they need a common vision and more. […]