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05.06.15

PATTERNS OF AWARENESS | WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

BryanAlberstatBURGER MASS Bryan Alberstat

Today, 5th June, marks World Environment Day, where we collectively consider the impact human activity is having on our planet and encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

The WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depends upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Through positive changes however we can shift our consumption patterns towards goods and services with lower energy and material intensity without compromising quality of life, and World Environment Day is a great opportunity to highlight some of the innovative and positive actions individuals and organisations alike are taking worldwide…

ENERGY EN-MASSE

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The Gemasolar Thermosolar plant in Andalucia has proven the power of solar, through achieving 24 hour operation and displacing about 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year whilst providing enough power for 27,500 homes. 

 

SMALL AND LOCAL

Jim Wark:Lonely Planet)CROP CONTOURS Jim Wark

The UN World Environment Day highlighted Melanie Anderson’s blog as one of the best for 2015. Melanie committed to eating and living locally for an entire year, the story of which she shares on her blog Mel the Locavore, showing how small individual actions can incite larger patterns of change.


Find out about more about World Environment Day and the positive initiatives undertaken to help curtail consumption…