Posted by: gnse | February 13, 2015

Fish are friends, not food!

Finding Dory (2016) Official Trailer – Disney | Pixar from REEN&BURM on Vimeo.

Pixar is finally taking us back to the sea.

Disney | Pixar proudly announce that the Oscar winning splash hit “FINDING NEMO” (2003) will get a sequel. Titled “FINDING DORY”, will be diving into cinemas in the summer of 2016. Characters from the first film will appear again including Dory, Nemo, Marlin and the “Tank Gang”.

This new animation is based on the lovable little blue tang fish, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. The movie will be directed by original “Nemo” co-director Andrew Stanton. “Finding Dory” is about a new search. This time about finding your family and your home.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” says DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating “Toy Story 16.” But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it’s got a lot more Dory.”

This trailer has no commercial intent. It is a warning and a request for people to use their minds before we have empty seas and all fish stocks are gone. The tuna is already in danger of extinction but no one is taking action. Let our trailer be an eye opener and share this with all your friends. Choose certified sustainable seafood. Stop eating tuna!

‘Fish are friends, not food!’ – Vegetarian shark: Bruce

For more information:
Marine Stewardship Council:
Save The Bluefin Tuna:

Music: Thomas Newman

Posted by: gnse | February 10, 2015

The Arctic: Not so cool

“THE Arctic is hot,” joked a Swedish diplomat in 2012. Not any more. In the past six months, the trends that had made it a centre of global attention have changed. It still matters, mainly for environmental reasons. But a surge of interest in its economy and politics has ebbed. Read more here.

Posted by: gnse | December 19, 2014

Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement

In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy explains how it works.

Posted by: gnse | December 19, 2014

Future of Education

Florence / Italy
11 – 12 June 2015

The fifth edition of The Future of Education aims to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of innovation for Education. The Conference brings together teachers, researchers, practitioners and project managers from all over the world to share findings, expertise and experience about innovative teaching and learning methodologies. The conference is an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current educational projects.

Posted by: gnse | December 19, 2014

How to Run a Business in the Gift Economy

In this article Marie Goodwin lays out a bunch of basic principles and how-to’s for navigating the transition into the gift economy. Without trivializing its complexities, she nonetheless offers some commonsense insights that I think will be helpful. It is a good companion piece to Charles Eisensteins Essay on gift culture.

Posted by: gnse | December 11, 2014

Spice Launches Time Credit Evaluation Report

Spice is delighted to launch an independent evaluation of Time Credits and the impact they are having. Available as the full report and as a summary, the findings confirm Time Credits as a vital tool to delivering health, social care, community engagement and civic Regeneration.

Prepared by Apteligen Limited and our associates Kerry McCarthy and Cassie Robinson as part of an independent evaluation of Spice Time Credits, the reports demonstrate how Time Credits are changing communities across the UK. Through a series of independent studies over 1,300 Time Credit members from across the UK using Time Credits were engaged.The results make for exciting reading:

  • The amount of time people regularly give through Time Credits programmes is notably higher than the national average. Nationally, around two thirds of volunteers (66%) give their time at least once a month, where as 62% of Spice volunteers give their time at least once a week.
  • Time Credits lead to sustainable improvements in quality of life. 65% of members reported that Time Credits have helped to improve their quality of life within the first year.
  • Time Credits have opened up many opportunities for people to get involved in new activities. Over 40% of respondents reported that they now regularly do things they didn’t do before.

You can download the Evaluation Summary Report here

You can download the Full Evaluation Reprt here

Posted by: gnse | December 9, 2014

Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift

Charles Eisenstein has written for many years on a wide array of topics. A friend recently asked him a question he gets a lot: “How do you manage payment for your time and workshops?” by which she also meant, “How can I do that in a way that works practically and feels right too?”. Charles answered this question publicly here.

Posted by: gnse | December 8, 2014

It’s smarter to travel by bus!

See the Video!

Posted by: gnse | October 27, 2014

University of the trees

University of the trees is a participatory, global, social sculpture for developing creative responses to the ecological crisis, through new ways of perceiving our relationship to the world.

Straight through the city center, on the international tracks of our consumption – together with you, we want to discover how greatly globalization has long been a part of everyday life. We follow the tracks of everyday consumer goods, which often travel around the world before making it to the store around the corner. We want to show the alternatives that are available to us as consumers and how we can exert an influence on worldwide companies through our behaviour. It would be best that we discover all of this together with one WELTbewusst (WORLDaware) guided tour, directly in the shopping district of your city. Sustainable consumption certainly doesn’t change the whole world, but it is part of a change and can therefore make a big difference for humans and the Environment.

Posted by: gnse | October 13, 2014

The Meatrix

Inside the Meatrix:

Join Leo, the young pig who wonders if he is “the one”, Chickity, the feathered family farm defender, and Moopheus, the trench-coat-clad cow with a passion for green pastures as they expose the problems with factory farming while making the world safe for sustainable family farms.

The Meatrix is a worldwide phenomenon. Check out the chart to see which Meatrix movies are available in your language or click on the name of the country to find local organizations to help you get involved close to home!

Posted by: gnse | October 13, 2014

Creative Transition towards Sustainability

6th sustainable summer school

What do we have to do in order to achieve a creative transformation towards sustainability?
Which fields have to change and which impact can we have on such transformations?
Whole perspectives and problem solving strategies need to be applied in order to successfully deal with globals crisis and sustainability.

To explore and develop ways of transition towards sustainability, we invite design students and students from all other disciplines that deal with sustainability, to join the 6th Sustainable Summer School from November 3rd to November 5th 2014 in Barcelona /Spain. The registration is online.

Posted by: gnse | October 13, 2014

The Growth of Trees

A Historical Perspective on Sustainability by Christof Mauch


Posted by: gnse | September 29, 2014

E-Learning and Sustainability

This report has been produced by Graham Attwell from Pontydysgu for the University of Bremen as a contribution to the Lefo learning Folders Project:

“This paper has been commissioned by the University of Bremen as part of its contribution to The European Commission Socrates supported Lefo Learning folders project. The brief for the study was “working out an analysis of how to manage a virtual learning environment in different countries and by different types of organisations (universities, SMEs, primary schools, international associations) in a sustainable way”. This is a very wide-ranging assignment and one difficult to deliver within the confines of a short research paper. Put in its nutshell, I will attempt to address the central issue of how e-learning can become sustainable. In this introduction to the paper I will attempt to scope the different issues involved and provide an outline to my Research approach.”

Posted by: gnse | September 29, 2014

Voices of Transition

Voices of Transition is an inspiring, award-winning movie about how to achieve a better (food) system. The film showcases community-led action in Cuba, innovative farming methods in France and the powerful transition movement in the UK.

The film has already catalyzed more than 20 transition initiatives, which is why we like to call it an “action” movie: please use it to inspire your own neighborhood and don’t forget to bring spades to the screening! You will want to use them. “a new vision of how our food system could be” “a very powerful tool”
(Rob Hopkins, founder Transition movement)

Posted by: gnse | September 29, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio at the UN Climate Summit

Leonardo DiCaprio’s opening remarks at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.

Posted by: gnse | September 29, 2014

WMO Weather Forecast 2050 – Germany

What will be the weather like in the year 2050 in Germany and Europe?
See the Video!

Article: Eight Tons of Material Footprint
Baedeker, C.; Bowry, J.; Rohn, H.; Scharp, M. Bildung für Ressourcenschonung und -effizienz. uwf UmweltWirtschaftsForum 2014, 22, 169.

Abstract: The paper suggests a sustainable material footprint of eight tons, per person, in a year as a resource cap target for household consumption in Finland. This means an 80% (factor 5) reduction from the present Finnish average. The material footprint is used as a synonym to the Total Material Requirement (TMR) calculated for products and activities. The paper suggests how to allocate the sustainable material footprint to different consumption components on the basis of earlier household studies, as well as other studies, on the material intensity of products, services, and infrastructures. It analyzes requirements, opportunities, and challenges for future developments in technology and lifestyle, also taking into account that future lifestyles are supposed to show a high degree of diversity. The targets and approaches are discussed for the consumption components of nutrition, housing, household goods, mobility, leisure activities, and other purposes. The paper states that a sustainable level of natural resource use by households is achievable and it can be roughly allocated to different consumption components in order to illustrate the need for a change in lifestyles. While the absolute material footprint of all the consumption components will have to decrease, the relative share of nutrition, the most basic human need, in the total material footprint is expected to rise, whereas much smaller shares than at present are proposed for housing and especially mobility. For reducing material resource use to the sustainable level suggested, both social innovations, and technological developments are required.

Keywords: consumption; lifestyle; household; natural resources; resource cap; sustainability; transition; material footprint; MIPS; ecological backpack
Posted by: gnse | September 19, 2014

«Leader’s Climate Summit»

Leaders from all corners of the globe will be in New York for a one-off climate Meeting.

See more at:

Posted by: gnse | September 19, 2014

Politics of Sufficiency

Sufficient lifestyles can be considered both necessary and desirable on a personal level, but supporting framework conditions need to be created politically. This includes overall economic policy and its goals as well as specific sectors like mobility, education or health policy.

Read the complete article of Dr. Uwe Schneidewind (president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy) and Dr. Angelika Zahrnt (honorary chairman of Friends of the Earth Germany and fellow at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research): 5556_Schneidewind

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