PART 1: Green Cities, States and Countries
We have such busy lives, we’ve forgotten how refreshing nature can be and how some fresh air can replenish our souls. The hustle and bustle of crowded walkways and roadways can clutter our minds. The stress of deadlines hinders our self-preservation and obstructs our healthy habits. We tend to drive instead of walk or bike. We skip lunch or worse, vacations, because the office cannot do without us. We don’t exercise because of the time commitment away from our many responsibilities. Sometimes, it’s a choice between convenience or exasperation. Other times, our location doesn’t offer amenable resources or inspiration. We are blinded by a concrete jungle and lose sight of what’s important.
We need a safe and healthy environment at home, at work, and in leisure. The importance of integrating nature, conservation and recreation into our cities cannot be emphasized enough. After all, the cities are our hub. The integration of career, recreation and nature leads to more productivity at work and generally more satisfaction in life, not less. It’s a relief that many future-forward cities agree!
Cities around the world have been making the move toward more sustainable living and working spaces, both indoors and outdoors. States are striving to be the greenest. Some countries are leading the way with innovative policies and legislation. The trends show more focus on energy efficiency, increasing green spaces, offering more activity opportunities, zero carbon goals and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, LEED certified buildings, eco rooftops, public transportation overhauls, waste reduction programs, water purification and conservation, and tree planting projects. Below highlights a few of these trends with corresponding locations.
San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix, Arizona; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birmingham, England; Wellington, England; Oslo, Norway; Singapore; Brisbane, Australia; Perth, Australia; Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Seoul, Korea
"We need nature in our lives more than ever today, and as more of us are living in cities it must be urban nature. Biophilic Cities are cities that contain abundant nature; they are cities that care about, seek to protect, restore and grow this nature, and that strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world. Nature is not something optional, but absolutely essential to living a happy, healthy and meaningful life."
For more information on Biophilic Cities, click here.Read More »
Let’s put a spin on charity, social activism and leaving a legacy. It’s fun and sexy to support a worthy cause. If it wasn’t worthwhile, these philanthropic hollywood celebs wouldn’t do it … right?
– It’s a choice to become aware and take action.
– It’s a choice to be a role model for good and make an impact.
– It’s a choice to be a global citizen and leave the world better than when we arrived.
With great admiration, I commend these celebrities and non-profit organizations for their courage, due diligence and passion in making our future brighter.
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The tropical rainforest offers nature, beauty and adventure. It’s valuable for us to explore, firsthand, the most diverse plants and animal species on earth. It is also an opportunity to meet indigenous people and learn tribal wisdom. Ecotourism is one key to saving our vital tropical rainforests. Plan a trip and learn how to help save these important ecosystems.
Listed below are three ECOleisure trips that may be of interest to you:
Ecuador Amazon Immersion Pachamama Journeys. Honored as one of 2014 National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” 12 days. $3,495.
Peruvian River Cruise National Geographic Expedition. Travel on a luxury riverboat with a team of naturalist experts. 10 days. $5,990-6,990.
Costa Rica Family Volunteer Trip Globe Aware. Volunteers help villagers with projects to build the Carara Rainforest Reserve plus leisure activities. 7 days. $1,290.Read More »
1to1 Movement is making an impact
Let’s count the ways:
1) COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCE
A Place At The Table Conference in San Diego is uniting “a business leader, a policy maker, an educator, a non-profit professional, and a youth activist” at each table to discuss how to change the world for the better. GENIUS! You can participate for only $11 for two days of collaboration, inspiration and action. Register NOW!
2) CHILD EDUCATION
"Our goal is to start the conversation and inspire students to innovate ways they can participate in preserving the environment."
There are programs offered for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades:
- Intro to Sustainability
- The Away Project
- Powerful Program
Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!
"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."
This photo and her 80th birthday brought me joy today. Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network
A historical view of Jane Goodall’s life work
"Chimpanzees … have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest…never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."
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