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The Sustainable Future Town of Your Imagination

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, In : Sustainable cities 
An excerpt from Rob Hopkins’s new book From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want (Chelsea Green Publishing, October 2019).

Published on October 15, 2019, in YES! Magazine.

"A walk into the future, in a British city where housing is sustainable, energy is locally owned, food is abundant, and the work week is just three days long.

I wake, well rested, in the straw-bale-walled apartment my family and I call home. Built 15 years ago as part of a sust...

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Meeting the challenge of climate change offers the urban development opportunity of our lifetimes

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, In : Sustainable cities 
By Lord Nicholas Stern, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate

Published in Newsweek on September 23, 2019

The world is at a critical moment. Careful research and analysis has shown us that the kind of world we leave the future generations will depend on our decisions, investments and actions in the next two decades. Increasingly, the people, especially young people, are demanding that world leaders -many of whom are gathering at the UN Secretary General's Climate Action Sum...

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‘Social urbanism’ experiment breathes new life into Colombia’s Medellin

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, January 30, 2017, In : Sustainable cities 
By Stephanie Nollen

Published in The Globe and Mail, on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

The transformation of Medellin must rank as the most remarkable urban redemption project in modern history. Two decades ago this city’s very name was a one-word synonym for “murderous-drug-and-crime-ridden-Latin-American-hellhole.” The drug baron Pablo Escobar ruled from a hilltop fortress, and his henchmen set off bombs in the middle of the city and executed police in their beds.

And today, in that same neighbo...

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How fragile are our cities? [new research]

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, February 19, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 

The world is urbanizing at a breakneck pace. But not all regions are moving at the same speed. Most population growth today and tomorrow will occur in the sprawling cities and slums of Africa and Asia. Just three countries — China, India and Nigeria — will account for 40% of global growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, many cities in North America and Western Europe are actually shrinking.

The pace of this urban revolution is mesmerizing. Just 3% of the world’s population lived in citi...

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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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Do we really have to generate so much rubbish?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Various interesting stuff 

POLAND: Consigning waste to the scrapheap, by Ewa Wilk (newsmagazine POLITYKA)


Eager consumers and producers of enormous quantities of waste, Poles are coming under pressure from the EU and will soon convert to a new approach to packaging – the religion of "re": reduction, recycling and reuse.

This year, the atavistic domestic spring cleaning has been accompanied by controversy over waste. Alongside 10 o...

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