A tiny house is a big idea
Our friends @treehugger.com postet a pretty nice and green idea, even if the reason for it was not that nice. The rents in Beijing are very high, so designer Daihai Fei built a wonderful little green house wich we think you should know as well.
The house has a bamboo frame, covered with various insulating materials, on top is a layer of stitched bags. These bags are filled with sawdust and grass seeds, that gives the house a grassgreen look and, not to forget, a good protection-system. Inside is everything you need, a bed, a sink & a lamp wich is powered by a small solar panel on top of the house.
The grass is growing, slow, but it does.
The solar panel is nicely integrated into the roof. Daihai Fei built the whole thing for only 6,400 yuan ($960).
DateDecember 2, 2010
Day of Action
International climate activists have picked December 7th as a day of action for climate justice. Groups like Via Campesina, Mobilization for Climate Justice and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance are asking people around the world to show solidarity by confronting climate change and mobilizing in their own way–demonstrations, festivals, classes, etc. The motto is "1000 Cancuns" for climate justice. Are you planning to take part? Tell us how!
DateDecember 1, 2010
One of the topics of discussion at COP16 will be something called REDD. What is it? It stands for 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation' and it's a UN forest protection program. Basically, wealthy nations pay developing countries to preserve their forests, and in return they get "carbon credit" to use in the global carbon trading industry. Some countries, like Indonesia, are already taking part in the project. What do you think? Is this a good way to save our forests?
DateNovember 28, 2010
Experience the latest GLOBAL IDEAS web documentary
Everyone knows forests are important for climate protection. But how, exactly? You don't need to ask us – you can find out for yourself. Take a trip to a great "green lung" via our interactive documentary.
"Expedition in the Jungle" takes you to Guyana on an interactive journey to the guardians of one of the oldest rainforests in existence. Visiting forest protection areas and villages, and speaking to the locals, you'll find out more about just how the planet's green lung operates and how it can be saved while preserving local livelihoods.
To learn more about how Guyana as a whole is planning to save its rainforests check out the video brief by our reporter Christoph Kober
DateNovember 22, 2010