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Environmental Awareness-Key to sustainable city planning

I found this article which dates back a couple of years ago, but visiting Accra this year I find it very actual. In Accra I saw very little education on the meaning of development and especially sustainable development. It is interesting to read this from the voice of a local person….

“Many people perceive sustainable growth or development to be living in gated estates or houses and driving expensive cars.This is far from it, but very much the ability of humans to use natural resources meaningfully with future generations in mind.Often, we tend to forget that everything is connected on the planet and go on to disconnect ourselves from nature.For instance, natural resources such as parks, gardens and green areas are noted to help muffle noise from vehicular traffic and other activities with plants acting as filters for air pollution, but we do not put premium on these facilities.”

Read the full article here: Environmental Awareness-Key to sustainable city planning.

The subtle art of not giving a f#@%

Great article by Mark Manson to start the year with the right spirit!

This is probably one of the main lesson I have learnt so far in Ghana…

The title of the article might be misleading, so read it until the end, to understand the right way of not giving a f#@%! 😉

Mark Manson’s article

Quando Israele volò fino a Londra per sparare ad un vignettista…

Polvere da sparo

Naji al-Ali

E’ il quotidiano israeliano Haaretz a comunicarci che domani in piazza, a Parigi, alla mastodontica manifestazione “per la libertà di espressione e la democrazia” sarà presente anche Benyamin Netanyahu.
Sotto il drappo nero e la scritta “Je suis Charlie” abbiamo visto scorrere, in queste giornate, tra le più terrificanti immagini di questi tempi e sicuramente domani, sull’asfalto parigino, assisteremo alla sagra della mostruosità.
Charlie Hebdo era irriverenza e blasfemia, lotta con qualunque arma all’oscurantismo: i caduti di quel giorno son gente nostra, son compagni, sono anarchici, sono blasfemi cazzari che hanno sempre odiato quel che questa gente è. Una rivista nata sull’antimilitarismo, sull’abbattimento del bigottismo e dell’oscurantismo, sulla presa per il culo di qualunque tipo di religione (che ci piaccia o no): chi riempirà le strade domani sarà proprio il nemico di quelle matite spezzate.

Poi, mi ripeto, veniamo a sapere che non ci sarà solo un…

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Impact of Urban Agriculture in Developing Countries

Sprouts in the Sidewalk

From Growing Better Cities by Luc Mougeot

On May 23, 2007 for the first time in human history, the world population became more urban the rural (according to a North Carolina State University study). That is, more people live in cities and towns than in less inhabited areas. Between now and 2030 nearly all population growth will be in urban areas of developing nations, where some cities are growing two or three times faster than the country’s overall population. This trend is equivalent to adding a city of one million residents every week (UN-HABITAT 2004).

What does this all have to do with urban agriculture?

Because developed countries like the United States, Germany and Australia have better economies, education, quality of life and access to resources, urban agriculture plays a different role in developed countries than it does in those of less economic stability. Below I’ll outline the role of…

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