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Food for thought: Why some of us believe a sustainable-farming revolution is underway in Ontario

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, In : Canada 
By Stephen Le. From Ottawa Citizen. Published on June 23, 2017.

Somewhere else in Ottawa, a folk singer is serenading a crowd. Farmers display baskets of freshly picked produce. Sheep’s milk yogurt is sold here, alongside honey and wild boar meat. These farmers know where their food comes from, how it was sown and grown. Of course, farmers’ market prices will “surely always forever be beat” by supermarkets, but wedged within that price differential lie stirring exploits and a profound ...

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The Paris climate deal won’t save us – our future depends on de-growth

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, In : Global 

By Jason Hickel. From The Guardian. Published on July 3rd, 2017. 

When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate deal, the world reacted with outrage. And rightly so: the agreement represents a remarkable achievement in international diplomacy – a breakthrough after 20 years of failed climate negotiations. But as we rally to defend the Paris deal against the onslaught of an ill-informed bully, we need to resist the temptation to cast the agreement as some kind of saviour...

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SD? SCD? SDGs? Post-2015? Focus on communities? YES!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Sustainable Development 
I'm back with some excellent resources and initiatives directly related to the ongoing discussions for the UN post-2015 development agenda and particularly the goals that promote sustainable community development.


Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions
PANDO | Sustainable Communities (collaboration network for researchers and practitioners)
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

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Top 10 Reused Industrial Landscapes

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, May 11, 2014, In : Activities and Proposals 
Advancements in ecology and environmental studies have been particularly prevalent over the past few years. We recycle waste on a daily basis in the hopes of preventing past mistakes, because decades ago we did not understand the full extent of pollution. In the spirit of reusing waste, we have adapted contaminated sites to become useful once again through many means of cleansing and renovating the soil and surrounding structures.

Here is a list containing some industrial landscapes that, hel...
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The Venus Project (something to think about...)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, January 13, 2014, In : Activities and Proposals 
The Venus Project is an organization that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change, one that works towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It outlines an alternative to strive toward where human rights are no longer paper proclamations but a way of life.

You can find more information on the project's website and several videos on the project's Youtube channel!

So, what is the Venus Project?

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Happy 2014! Let us "Reimagine Investment for the Whole Human"!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, January 3, 2014, In : Global 

Tim Jackson talks about how the role of investment must be reconceived...

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"It's not an investment if its destroying the planet." ~ Vandana Shiva
Our ideas about financial investment have been fairly limited thus far. Investment has been all about maximizing financial return at any cost, even if that cost is environmental pollution, human dignity, or our moral compass. Our economy has focused narrowly on creating and s...
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EU: Best "LIFE Environment" projects 2012 (Reports II)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, December 14, 2013, In : European Union 
The Best LIFE Environment projects 2012 publication profiles those environment projects that were completed by the end of 2012 and were acknowledged at the LIFE Environment Awards as having achieved outstanding results.

For the ninth consecutive year, the awards highlighted best practices and innovative actions that can be replicated in other areas of Europe.

This year, a total of 13 LIFE projects were honoured with the accolade, 'Best' LIFE Environment project, while a further four projects w...

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8 Must-See Environmental & Food Documentaries

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : Activities and Proposals 

These eight documentaries explore issues concerning the environment, ecosystem and our societal role in it all. You can watch most of them online. I’d love to have your opinion afterwards!

No Impact Man: The Documentary
This documentary can be accessed through Netflix Instant for a pretty reasonable price and is really worth watching. The documentary follows a New York family as husband and writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a mission to generat...

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Pando | sustainable communities. A world-wide network for sustainable community development!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Environment is an online community with a professional focus, where researchers, academics, and public and private-sector practitioners share knowledge, network, and collaborate on sustainability solutions that can be enacted at the community level - such as green building, reduction and recycling of local waste, water management, participatory democracy, land use, and much more. 

Pando is a collaboration between:

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Brené Brown on the Power of vulnerability (a brilliant, uplifting and funny TED Talk!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
The Power of Vulnerability!

Funny, insightful, brilliant, uplifting, scientific and humane...
Very very worth watching!

The Power of Vulnerability, a TED Talk, by Brené Brown (2010).

If you watch it, I'd love to know what you think and discuss it with you!
(please see the comment form below)

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How to make your carbon footprint ...slimmer!! (a low carbon diet!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Environment 
Here is the review and an excerpt from a new - and apparently interesting book which, I believe, makes the reduction of our carbon footprint easier than we imagined!
Although it's based on British everyday life, it can be an excellent and perfectly comprehensible guide for every one of us to follow. Enjoy and ACT!

Fancy making yourself slimmer and fitter?
Not your body, for once we’ll leave that alone, but your carbon footprint. In other words, the amount of carbon dioxide that all the diffe...

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Think for yourself. Question everything.

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 
Intelligence; not because you think you know everything without questioning, but rather because you question everything you think you know.

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion” 
Chinese Proverb

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” 
Albert Einstein

Also watch an enlightening video from an interesting website (www.knowledgeofto...
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Talks and other videos for the mind and the soul...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, September 14, 2012, In : Various interesting stuff 
TED Talk, by Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found 
TED Talk, by Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod 

...more to follow!

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TEDx Athens Challenge / "Green Saturdays" Proposal

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, August 6, 2012, In : Activities and Proposalsευτυχώς-που-είναι-σάββατο-ή-αλλιώς-πράσινα-σάββατα

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