The route to a sustainable future – TED Talk

After watching my first TED(Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk in about a year(which was a talk by the one and only Stefan Sagmeister), I decided to search for TED Talks on Sustainability. I found a great one by Alex Steffen called ‘The route to a sustainable future’. 

Notes I took

  • We’re apparently using up to five planets worth of resources.
  • If we continue living the way we do we would need about ten planets.
  • Our planet is being used in wildly unfair ways.
  • A third of the people on Earth are children.
  • What are we looking for? The bright green city!
  • The biggest way to change the worlds attitude is by changing the cities.
  • Creating cities that are denser and more liveable.
  • Vancouver is a great example of this and are doing better than any other city/country. Their talking North American out of driving cars.
  • Growth management.
  • Cities that have a line between themselves and nature, to which nothing can be touched on the nature side of the line.
  • We can now build buildings that can generate its own electricity and recycle its own water.
  • a great example of this is the Beddington zero energy development in London.
  • We need leapfrogging.
  • Film to watch – City of God.
  • ‘Food Forest’ is a game to teach children how to run a refugee camp.
  • A company called Roundabout created a merry go round in a 3rd world country, that pumps water while kids play on it.
  • Landmine detecting plant? Yes theres a plant that once you’ve thrown the seed on to the ground, its roots grown and if they come into contact with a landmine, the plant re-acts and turns red.

Ecological footprint      Ecological footprint.

English_Bay,_Vancouver,_BC     Vancouver, Canada.

BedZED_2007     The Beddington zero energy development in London.

20080822_reddetect

The Landmine detecting plant.

“The tools we use to change the world, ought to be beautiful in themselves” Alex Steffen

“all of the past is the beginning of a beginning; all that the human mind has accomplished but is the dream before the awakening” H.G.Wells

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