Sunday, February 26, 2017

March 2017: Global Sustainability


Sustainability looks different depending on your culture and country. While California has been a leader in the conservation movement, much can be learned from other countries conservation efforts. Here's some examples of sustainability around the world: (find out more on this article about sustainable countries)

In Iceland, 100% of electricity production and house heating is generated by domestic renewable energy, specifically hydroelectric power from rivers and geothermal reserves. Plus, they've diversified their farming to include greenhouse agriculture so that they can produce their own tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, instead of importing them from foreign markets.

Costa Rica is the first government in the world to set a goal of carbon-neutrality by 2021! On top of this amazing feat, Costa Rica has world-renowned rainforest conservation programs and 25% of its land is designated as protected areas (Nature Conservatory).

Sweden is also considered a very eco-friendly country. The government has set a goal of eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2020. When a employee of the Sustainability Office traveled to Stockholm last summer, she noted the high variety of recycling bins on the street that far surpassed that of California.

The Ghana Permaculture Institute, located in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, is working towards eradicating poverty through permaculture. They host workshops for farmers across West Africa in a variety of topics including ecovillage network design, permaculture, mushroom cultivation, moringa cultivation and more! Check out their website and see how you can learn from their experience, subscribe to their newsletter and get involved!

In Japan, everyone of all genders and ages carries a hand towel. You won't find paper towels or hand driers anywhere. Hand towels have even become collectables. Find out more in this article from We Hate to Waste.com

One mold does not fit all. The Earth is a place of diversity, and the conservation movement should mirror that diversity in its participants, campaigns, and activities. It is important for us to learn about conservation efforts around the world in order to diversify our domestic and international efforts.

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