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Personal Planets and Megacities of the Future

Looking back two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2008 Understanding our Impact on the Planet Alex Steffen reflects on Michael Tobis's essay "My Little World (And Yours, Too)" and the ideas of ecological footprints and one planet living... 2005 Megacities and the Environment Alex Steffen shares a link to an article that offers a "damn fine overview of the problems" megacities face, as well as some links back to bright green solutions... Other recent "look backs":...


Invisible Heroes of Dharavi: Improving the Lives of Waste-Pickers in India

In the chaos of Mumbai’s best-known slum, thousands of recyclers process the megacity’s garbage and provide an invaluable environmental service, but the health and social costs are high. Today, many organizations are working to improve the working conditions of India's valuable waste-pickers... by Anna da Costa “It’s funny how we popularise our movie stars,” said Vinod Shetty, director of the Acorn Foundation, when we met in his crowded office in Mumbai. “There are so many other...


Ingenuity on the Train Tracks, Thinking Intelligently about the Future, and Seeing America through the News Abroad

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Bangkok Traintrack Market Video A popular and great little video that serves as a pretty amazing example of ingenuity in emerging megacities, where poverty and extreme density combine to generate all sorts of new possibilities... 2008 The Apocalypse Makes Us Dumb Alex Steffen discusses how the idea of millenarianism has influenced our collective conception of the future and argues that "believing in a millennial future,...


Shanghai: A City of Two Tales

I'm writing this en route home from Shanghai, where I've spent most of the past week touring, visiting, meeting, and experiencing this Asian megacity for the first time. The occasion was Expo 2010, the world's fair situated on both sides of the Huangpu River, which runs through the center of China's largest city. I came to Shanghai primarily for the opening of an art installation, "The Nature of Cities," on cities and biodiversity, at the Expo's United Nations pavilion. The theme of the...


A Recycling Village, How to Build a Village, and Shadow Cities

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Review: Garbage Dreams Carissa Bluestone reviews "Garbage Dreams," a documentary about three boys in Mokattam, Cairo's largest "garbage village," which should really be called a "recycling village." The film showcases the enthusiasm and ingenuity of the younger generation that live and work in almost every megacity. The movie's larger significance is in its revelation of the missed opportunities inherent in globalizing...


New Developments in Solar Powered Cooking and Mega City Building

Looking back one, two and five years ago (approximately) today on Worldchanging: 2009 Cardboard Cooker Wins $75,000 Check out this innovative invention that aims to transform the lives of hundreds of millions of villagers in developing countries: it could halve the need for firewood, saving an estimated two tonnes of carbon per family per year, as well as free women and children from the health risks of inhaling smoke from cooking fires. 2008 Nothing to share for today! 2005 New Songdo...


Defining a ‘Carbon Neutral’ City

by Justus Stewart and Pete Erickson Last November, Alex Steffen gave a two-night talk at Seattle’s Town Hall. In those talks, he issued a challenge to the government and the residents of Seattle: to be bigger and bolder with our goals; to stake our claim as the environmental and civic leaders of the bright green future. He challenged us to conceive of Seattle as the first carbon neutral city in North America, and to get there by 2030. Since then, the idea has spread, and been debated,...


Bangkok Traintrack Market Video

This has been around a bit, but if you haven't seen it, it's pretty amazing as an example of the ingenuity of folks in the emerging megacities, where poverty and extreme density combine to generate all sorts of new possibilities.


Book Review: The Chinese Dream

The Chinese Dream - A society under construction, by DCF, Neville Mars and Adrian Hornsby. Publisher 010 says: What if you built the whole mass of western europe in 20 years? What if 400 million farmers then moved in? What would it look like? How would it work? Would you be able to go to sleep at night? And if you did, would you dream of somewhere else ...? China is in the midst of breakneck transformation. The last 30 years of astonishing economic growth and political and cultural reform...


Mexico City Metrobus Is Clearing Air, Traffic

By WorldChanging Guest Blogger Augusta Dwyer: Negotiating Mexico City aboard one of its motley collection of buses, micro-buses and vans has long been a torment. Jammed into jerry-rigged seats or clinging on foot to overhead bars, passengers are either stuck in a sludge of traffic or careening down streets and avenues, heart in throat. Uncomfortable, unsafe, falling apart and prone to crawling the streets fishing for passengers, they are the bane of motorists and travelers alike. Yet for a...

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