On Sauna Day, Helsinki’s homes, hotels and associations invite the public into their saunas. Sweating together helps deepen the relationship between Helsinki dwellers and their home town, while also bringing people together.
Christmas trees can have a life after the holidays. The French enterprise Treezmas has been working towards this end by renting out potted Christmas trees. They are replanted or recycled to combat wastefulness.
The Netherlands will kick off the year 2017 by launching an experiment with an unconditional basic income starting in January - the culmination, for now, of a charismatic social scientists’ decades of activism.
In Nova Scotia, minority and low-income communities are disproportionately located near degraded environments. An ongoing research project raises awareness of the issue, while also mobilizing affected residents to action.
In Māori tradition, a whale is said to have come to the rescue of a chief’s son who found himself stranded at sea. Centuries later, his tribe again turned to whales to lead their struggling New Zealand town to a new life of employment and prosperity.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, a fun running and walking race tackles climate change. The event produces no waste and is powered by solar energy and bikes, while participants raise money for renewable energy projects.
Climate change affects everyone — but not everyone evenly. If nothing is done to stop the impact of climate change, some of the oldest living cultures in the world could die out. An all-Indigenous youth activist group in Australia has risen to the challenge.
Why would the Slovenian Public Radio, the Botanical Garden at the University of Ljubljana and a number of volunteers all express interest in an area along a railway line? Correct: They are jointly dedicated to the cause of urban gardening.
In the centre of Cairo, residents have joined forces with the goal of helping their community. Their organization Ruwwad assists children, youth and families. A student article as part of the youth media project Bashkatib.
Cuisine, drumming, calligraphy: Brazilians can learn all of this from low-income expats. The platform Migraflix organizes courses with a view to integrate immigrants into the local society and labor market.
In Alexandria, students are designing solutions to save architectural heritage. Their university professors have brought young minds and sponsoring companies together in a competition to bring forth the best ideas.
Tradespeople working in Canada’s oil sands have created their own organization to provide training in renewable energy. Positioning themselves at the forefront of a bourgeoning industry, they are seeking to realize a vision for a more sustainable future.
Overflowing trash cans could be a thing of the past: It is absolutely possible to produce less than eleven pounds of trash per year. Even with children. A French family has accomplished this feat for a few years now, hassle-free, and eating well.
With its colloquial language and broad variety of topics, Radio Antika caters to a young audience. Sometimes the listeners themselves take a seat behind the mic.
An article by two students as part of the youth media project Bashkatib.
Executives from Canada’s biggest banks came together with other companies, landlords, the government and volunteers in a Race to Reduce. The amount of carbon emissions they saved is the equivalent of taking 4,200 cars off of Toronto’s roads.
In Aubervilliers in the Paris metropolitan region, eight amateur actors take to the stage to talk about fleeing their homes and their experiences in France. Up until the opening night of their play, they were undocumented aliens – which has since changed.
A recycling academy, an agent to beautify public space, a learning place for children – the Orient & Dance Theatre in Palestine is all these things at once. It was established by a manager of the municipal electricity company.
The parking problem in Montreal can no longer be solved by additional parking spaces, the independent organization CRE-Montréal is convinced. It proposes that politicians find an intelligent and sustainable management plan for parking spaces.
Since he was small, Dutchman Maurits Groen has had a sort of ‘antenna for sustainability’. Today, he illuminates conflict areas and regions that are disconnected from the power grid all around the globe. The more urgently you need his WakaWaka lamp, the less it will cost you.
As the Chinese middle class are seeking rest and relaxation, the remote
regions of their country are becoming the target of commercial
schemes. But there are alternatives, architecture offices like
standardarchitecture demonstrate: in their structures, local
traditions meet development for tourism.
In Tapajós-Arapiuns, an Amazon region in the north of Brazil, a private initiative works towards making tourism a conscientious and sustainable practice in defense of the environment and local cultures.
In the North of Paris, the Carton plein association collects, cleans and sells discarded boxes. People in precarious situations recycle, deliver by bike and help move – gaining professional and life skills in the process.
In the village of Sidi Thabet, a farm welcomes disabled children from disadvantaged families, providing the opportunity of vocational training. Along the way, the children acquire the art of “horse whispering”.
At the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be "mechatronic engineers" and repair electronic devices. Founder Sepp Eisenriegler tirelessly initiates networks, projects, and cafés—all dedicated to the art of fixing things.
Students from hostile sides of the Middle East learn and live together at Israel's Eastern Mediterranean International School. Their first lesson in preparation for a complex and interconnected world: trying to understand each other.
Abir Rouis, with her association Mazalet El Barka, wants to revive the hopes of elderly abandoned people. The young woman is building bridges between the generations in one of the poorest regions of Tunisia.