Hey there! Here at The Sustainable Century we’ve met amazing people from around the world doing amazing things to help change the direction of climate change, create healthier living environments, invent products that are more sustainable for the earth, or who simply have amazing ideas about how change IS possible. Here are some fun or thought-provoking ideas and actions we’ve been reading about.
Living without shopping for food!
We start this week off with Rob Greenfield. He actually foraged 100% of his food for a year: “No grocery stores, no restaurants, not even a drink at a bar.” Wow. That is will power and initiative. But not only did he do this, he actually went ahead and turned his neighbors’ gardens into food producing gardens. He is truly a hero this guy. Watch his video here.
Young Inventor Cleaning the Planet
From Forbes we learned about this Irish lad who won top price and money for his invention that focuses on extracting micro-plastics from ocean waters. His name is Fionn Ferreira, an 18-year-old from West Cork, and you can read more about him here.
Buy Less Stuff
NPR journalist Terry Gross interviews Adam Minter, who tells us that the “best thing you can do is not buy more stuff.” Being a fan of recycled clothing, I found this view particularly important. Fortunately, used, recycled, and re-adapted clothes is becoming an “in” thing. (More about that coming up.) Minter has two books out: His first, Junkyard Planet, is about the recycling industry, and his new one, Secondhand, explores the afterlife of donated clothes and electronics.
This is not-so-new great news from German-way.com , especially for bicycle-lovers. Me, please! A 62-mile autobahn connecting 10 cities! Imagine, transportation that keeps you healthy and happy. May more countries be inspired to move toward greater sustainability in their transports. “When it’s ready, the world will upon the Ruhr area and wonder, how many people can you motivate to switch from the car to the bike, and how much will this relieve congestion in the city centers.”