Sustainable Innovation


Before the flood

To document the devastating effects of climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio travelled around the world and spoke to scientists, governmental and industry leaders.

DiCaprio & team analysed the melted ice layers on Groenland, witnessed burning forests in Indonesia and inspected the white-washed ocean coral riffs out of a submarine. The science is clear. The future unfortunately isn’t.

We need the world to urgently switch to renewable energy, energy efficient buildings, sustainable cities, clean transport, less waste, act upon the Sustainable Development Goals.

A sign of the times – 2016: More information: https://www.beforetheflood.com.

You can watch the documentairy on You Tube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=90CkXVF-Q8M

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City of Tomorrow : Seminar on March the 15th in Paris

In Europe, no less than 74% of the people are living in urban areas. Paris is among the top 3 largest cities in Europe with 6.4 million inhabitants, including suburbs. The growing population density brings a number of challenges such as increased energy consumption, traffic congestion, pollution and resource scarcity.

Fortunately, a great number of enterprises and public bodies are starting to introduce new plans and technologies to contribute to the development of sustainable cities, such as the The Hague municipality, and Dutch energy provider Eneco.

If we look at a city as a ‘living being’, with all its¬†buildings, streets, inhabitants, enterprises,¬†we recognize different streams that enter, are used by and¬†sometimes leave the city. Think about¬†energy, water, primary resources and waste.

If the city were one living being, how¬†should we manage¬†all different streams (‚Äėflux‚Äô) ? What role to play for the private sector parties that bring specific solutions ? What¬†are responsibilities of municipalities, the territories, the national government or the European Union ? How should we develop our cities in such as way to guarantee a good quality of live respecting environment ‚Äď for the benefit of ourselves as well as our children ? I invite you to share your thoughts by sending your ideas via email or posting them on this blog.

For those¬†living near Paris : On the 15th of March 2011 in Paris the seminar¬†¬†‚ÄėVille de demain : une ville qui respire‚Äô will be organised. Senior speakers will share their views on the particular challenges of our future cities and the systematic approach that is needed. Among the key note speakers¬†will be a¬†Paris suburb mayor, the¬† Sustainability Director of a large fastmoving company and French largest¬†energy provider as well as a waste management company and urbanism specialist.

The seminar is organised by the network ‚ÄėFemmes & D√©veloppement Durable‚Äô (women and sustainability). Inscription for this particular seminar is open to both women and men. Note that the working language will be French. For more information look at : http://femmesdd.hautetfort.com/.

Sources : http://www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/population.html, National Geographic ‚ÄėPlanet Earth‚Äô, edition 2009, Washington DC, http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Urban_rankings