Find out what ideas two sustainable economy experts have about the future South Africa of 2015 in an informative video.
COP17 drew to a close on Friday, with some kind of international climate change deal agreed on. In this post, Joe Peach – editor of This Big City – and Rashiq Fataar – editor of Future Cape Town – look back over their collaborative series, discussing the best ideas explored and whether the agreement reached at COP17 is enough.
In our 16th article in our series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Future Cape Town team member Gareth Pearson explores two avenues of thought when it comes to making more of the waste we produce in cities. The first considers a communal concept for the vehicles, machinery and physical tools which temporarily go to “waste” when we are not using them – which could instead be used by somebody else. The second concept termed industrial symbiosis looks at how by-products for one industry or group can become an input for another, potentially reducing costs and carbon emissions.
In our 15th article in a series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Future Cape Town team member Dinika Govender argues that a consistent commitment is needed from all spheres if South Africa is to start making progress, in both reducing its carbon emissions and creating jobs – often considered to be competing goals. Govender goes on to highlight policy recommendations from the World Bank’s report on South Africa’s economy, which could address these competing goals and ensure that the move towards a truly Green Economy is in our national interest.
The importance of renewable energy in addressing climate change has been central to the discussion at COP17. We’ve previously looked at harnessing heat from crowds and sewage systems. In our 14th article in our series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Benjamin Chambers of Green Futures looks at how countries producing too much renewable energy (what a concept!) could export the excess to their less sustainable neighbours.
Employment opportunities and climate change are closely aligned. COP17 will explore how switching to more environmentally sustainable systems can generate employment, though for the long-term unemployed, the journey back to work can be complex. One London-based social enterprise is trying to make that easier. In our 13th article in a series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Joe […]
Green space in cities is vital for environmental sustainability. But converting unused urban areas into green space can not only bring environmental benefits, it can also encourage social interaction and an improved sense of place, as team member Mayra Hartmann explores in this, our 12th article in our series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17.
Making cities more sustainable is vital if COP17′s goal of tackling climate change is to be achieved. In our 11th article in a series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17 , Claudia Huerta looks at how the zoning of cities can be used to promote more sustainable environments, as well as exploring potential drawbacks.
Reducing our dependance on cars could be one of the biggest sustainability challenges, and one which COP17 is unlikely to find a solution to. But do we really need to give up cars to be sustainable? In our 10th article in a series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Roger East of Green Futures looks […]
One of COP17′s goals is to raise awareness of sustainable practices. But can art be used to communicate that message to a wider audience? Both the city of Durban and a Cape Town-based artist believe so. In our 9th article in our series of 17 Sustainable Ideas for COP17, Joe Peach of This Big City […]