Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sustainable Energy in Germany & Portland, Oregon.

Hey everybody check out how Germany sorts their recycling and trash in the video below!
Germany is sustainable in their dealing with trash as 65% of their trash is recycled. The video compares Germany versus America but Portland, Oregon has actually displayed the importance of recycling versus simply throwing everything away in one giant bin. Trash is only taken every other week and has forced the citizens of Portland to use their recycling and compost every week during trash day. Even compost in Portland is recycled to be used as fertilizers for yards and gardens! If you live in Portland, Oregon check out what happens to your recycling in the video below.
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If you would like to learn more about what the city of Portland does when dealing with planning and sustainability check out their official website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/402972

If you would like to know what happens to your trash/recycling in your hometown do a quick Google search of your hometown then trash/recycling. It should be a .gov website. Check it out and stay sustainable!

How to Start Your Own Sustainable Farm

Maintaining the landscape of the backyard may be hard for someone – lots of cutting and trimming for the trees and lawn and watering all these delicate flowers. And what you get is the visual pleasure. Instead of maintaining the garden, have you ever consider to start a backyard farm by yourself? Actually it is not that hard to start and it could work as a garden that provide you and your family food. It also can help you take one step further to your sustainable life style goal.


1.     You need a space.
Of course, you need space to grow your babies. If you have a backyard, you have plenty of space to work on. If you don’t have a backyard, don’t worry, here are still options for indoor farming.
For indoor farming, you can use small container to grow your plants. Instead of buying “professional” containers, you can use water bottles and food containers to make your own. Just cut them into the shape you want and fit them into your space. You can also choose to use vertical gardening method, which means you can hang your containers to wall and celling. To plant indoor is also a good way to decorate your house.
If you have backyard to play, you can reduce your lawn space and have edible plant on it. These plants also can create a great landscape for you.

2.     Decide what you grow.
What would you like to grow in your backyard? Good looking? Plants that you don’t need to take care too much? You need to consider about all these question. But above all, you need to choose something you and your family would like to eat. If you choose something you like to eat, you will have much move motivation and passion to work on your farm. Also you can prevent from wasting food.
Growing spices in your backyard is a good option. You don’t need to grown too much and it will be enough for your usage.

3.      Tips.
a.     Use rainwater to water your farm.
Install rain barrels to collect rain and use in your farm. It is good for recycling water and it will reduce your water bill.
b.     Make your own soil enhancement.
You don’t need to buy one from market, you can make you own by using your garden and kitchen waste, such as leaves, egg shell and banana peels. But remember, you should storage them into a container – keep your house clean. When you use it, remember to cover it with the solid well.

References:

http://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/backyard-farm-zmfz15mfzhou?pageid=3#PageContent3

The Goal of Sustainable Development

Sustainable is a one of the most popular word in the world now. People talk about sustainable energy, sustainable clothing, sustainable food and…everything about sustainable. Most of people know that to be sustainable is a good way to protect the earth that we are living on. To be sustainable is a good way to stop polluting our environment and make the best use of everything. To be sustainable is a self-comfort for consoling ourselves that we don’t damage the earth too much, we have some goals to achieve by being sustainable.


01.  No Poverty.
ONE in FIVE people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day. And there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Poverty is not only meant lack of income and living materials. There are hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic service, social discrimination and exclusion, and the lack of participation in decision-making. To help those people is not only to donate money. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality – to solve the problem ultimately.

02. Zero Hungry.
The resources that we have are being rapidly degraded. Climate change also effects the resources we depend on – freshwater, soils, oceans, forests and biodiversity. Also more and more rural residents move to cities. All those things challenging our food source. The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

03.  Good Health and Well-Being.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It is about to stop spread of diseases and reduce crime rate.

04. Quality Education.
To ensure and provide quality education means to improving one’s lives and development.

05.  Gender Equality.
Gender equality is a basic human right. It is also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

06. Clean Water and Sanitation.
People can’t not live without water. Clean water is a living essentials. To ensuring clean water resource can help prevent people from diseases.

07.  Affordable and Clean Energy.
Sustainable energy can stop polluting – it transforms lives, economies and the planet.

08.  Decent Work and Economic Growth.
It means societies should create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment.

09.  Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

10.  Reduced Inequalities.

11.  Sustainable Cities and Communities.

12.  Responsible Consumption.
Get what we need, save the thing that we don’t have to have.

13.  Climate Action.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

14.  Life Below Water.
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

15.  Life On Land.
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

16.  Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

17.  Partnerships for the Goals.
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


Reference: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/