Taking the Earth’s pulse: UBC scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index « UBC Public Affairs
“Singapore ranks worst out of 150 countries in terms of its environmental impact…
This is not very encouraging… But why is it so? Is it our cars, bags, shoe collecting obsession or our oil refineries that tip the scale?”
A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall ‘health’ of 150 countries around the world.
Encompassing both economic and ecological security, high-income countries were ranked among the least healthy overall. Many countries in South America performed well, offering future generations better financial, food, water, and energy security.
The top five performing countries are Bolivia, Angola, Namibia, Paraguay, and Argentina, while the bottom five performers are Jordan, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Kuwait, and Singapore.
Stressed out? Escape to a place of serenity with floral designer Kazuyuki Ishiharas moss-covered “secret garden” filled with enchanting botanical arrangements, lush living walls and even a crystal clear waterfall. Called Midori no Tobira The Green Door in English, the greenery-rich installation for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was based on Ishiharas desire to create a rooftop garden so spectacular that anyone who experiences it simply forgets that theyre standing on a roof – not to mention all of their worries
If you are in the region and believe that businesses can drive action for the environment, this may be an great event to attend. See you there! Nadya
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia
27 – 29 April 2011
B4E, Business for the Environment, is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. Held in partnership with WWF and Global Initiatives, the Summit offers collaborative solutions to address the most urgent environmental and climate issues facing the world today.
Leaders from business, NGOs, international agencies and governments gather to discuss green investments, clean technologies and sustainable growth strategies. At the B4E Summit, delegates share and explore transformative solutions to tackle climate change and to protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems. Partnerships are formed and commitments are made to accelerate the shift towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
via B4E Summit.
Dear Supporters and Friends
I hope this year has gotten off to a good start for you, I know it certainly has been a busy start for me with traveling turning up almost every week so far.
I wanted to share with you that I am up for a Shorty Award in the #Green category.. ( its like the Oscars but for twitter )
Currently I am ranked 8th in the world ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio and Sophia Bush, but need at least another 300 votes to be in the top 4.
If you feel I deserve an award in the Green category and you have a twitter account pls cast your vote n help spread the word :)
More Info can be found here:
And can directly tweet in this format:
I nominate @NadyaHutaGalng for a Shorty Award in #green because…( here you explain why )
Thank you so much for your 20 seconds of time! It would be so cool to be able to get into at least the top 6 and be able to share with the world what we are up to in asia!
I hope to see each of you very soon!
If you could use your twitter account and cut and paste and tweet the following, it would help propel her into the top 4 for a podium finish, and bring our little organisation some added exposure.
I nominate @Nadya_HutaGalng 4 Shorty Award in #green because [insert your reason]
Let’s all be aware of our carbon footprints during this Christmas season….every conscious decision counts!
How to Go Green: Holidays
No time of the year is more emotional than the holiday season, whether you’re bursting with the joy of baking and caroling or overwhelmed with the stress of shopping and wrapping. But even with all those other factors weighing on your mind, it’s possible to put a green spin on your holidays; simple tips and easy substitutions mean you can come through this season of indulgence without leaving a massive carbon footprint.
Start with your gift list, where going green can mean anything from simply buying fewer gifts (the too-cluttered shelves at your giftee’s house will thank you, we promise) to finding Fair Trade alternatives to holiday classics. Look for recycled paper goods, like cards and wrapping, or get creative and make your own versions of both. Green your Christmas dinner with seasonal, local ingredients and organic turkeys, and stock your bar with organic bubbly and other green cocktails. Then look for green greens for your home by choosing fresh wreaths and pesticide-free trees trimmed with energy-slashing LED lights. Put the money you saved on your electric bill toward a donation to environmental charities and let your greenbacks support green projects.
But most importantly, keep in mind that the holidays are not about the gifts, the errands, the trimmings; they’re about celebrating with your family and friends and appreciating the blessings in your life. We happen to think Mother Earth is one of those blessings, so put these tips to work to help keep it that way.
Ecotourism Australia, with the support of the Queensland Government and Tourism Queensland is currently organising the organisation’s eighteenth annual conference, the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference.
The 2010 Global Eco Conference will be held 25-28 October at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and is themed Experience is Everything!
Global Eco 2010 brings together practitioners from around the globe to discuss the opportunities presented by ecotourism. This Asia-Pacific event provides a unique platform for sharing knowledge, highlighting best practice case study examples and outlining new initiatives that will drive the future of ecotourism into the next decade. Importantly the conference also presents the challenges and realities of building an ecotourism business and sector.
In the International Year of Biodiversity there is no better time for players in ecotourism and experiential tourism to contribute to discussions and positive for this vital tourism sector. Achieving a competitive advantage, a crucial part of business, it is essential to keep up with the latest trends, technologies and tools that are available for ecotourism.
Meeting in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland provides an outstanding location to provide highly applied and practical examples of nature-based tourism, the greening of the industry and partnerships between tourism and protected area managers.
With an exceptional program featured over four days and an array of extremely valuable networking opportunities, I encourage you to make Global Eco an essential part of your professional development in 2010.