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Switching to GREEN in an Artificial Intelligence era. By Mar Introini

 

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We are living under contradictory processes: a world pushing for more sustainable green standards, on a go back to old codes of living closer to nature and at the same time a revolutionary technology that mark our daily life differently.

Is this incompatible? Is this a contradiction? Is it possible to harmonize both processes and become more and more “green” within a world more and more technologically advanced?

We are definitely prepared to move forward through new innovative technology that makes our life easier however, not to become more green and attached to nature codes that demands the implementation of new habits and maybe, new sacrifices and resignation to comfort.

Walking towards a green technological developed world means, “get naked” from old habits and patterns and enters a new path of living within a new “dress code”.

If you see the picture above you could identify the contrast: a laptop in the middle of a forest, in which wood and trees are the powerful actors and, in a sense, the tech element is the distortion element that searches for a space.

There is not incompatible, although there is a clash if there is not a harmonic adaptation into a holistic strategy of green in all layers of the society.

Going back to old codes as living in the countryside, reducing consumption of water, using pubic transport, buying food daily, not use of plastic, recycling, change our purchasing focus -“buy less, buy better”- etc. are all elements that make up a green way of living. Even if it seems a contradiction in itself: going back to past habits but with the help and boost from a revolutionary technology.Indeed, when we get the essence of the past it doesn’t mean that we are “repeating” or “imitating” but that we get inspired and apply the same criteria although under a cross-cutting technology.

Innovation is what marks the difference from the past; to create new structures a change of minds its paramount to be open and creative.

We need technology to make it happen even if it’s just to campaign for Green, as social media and networking become the way to do so. A change of habits also come from creating trends and fashion around them. People moves through emotions and the feeling of being part of the society and updated to the new trends is an element to take it very seriously at time to generate new codes.

Is it so that the Education system becomes a challenge to address much more complex that the one described by SDG 4 but a driver for new generations around awareness, sensibility and creativity for building a reshaped and adaptive world.

Green Education is not about educating people around green issues but to boost green professionals. Architects, engineers, activists are all professions directly linked with the environment, however a resilient world could only be built by a deeper action. Lawyers, politicians, teachers are also paramount for creating frameworks and spaces of green action and reflection; because a green education is also about “construction “ of creative minds that from any field of work could achieve a goal of innovation and adaptation. Simply… making a real revolution in our Education systems.

Technology at the service of a green planet means the transformation of what seem anachronic tech elements into harmony pillars to become more sustainable.

 New lenses for a new innovative green world: mind, soul and…. tech!

 

Green Community Action: The Need For Innovation. Take The Risk! By Mar Introini

 

 

 

The SDG´s approach demands a new approach at global system level and a systemic action at individual and community level. Innovation, even its part of SDG 9 “industry, innovation and infrastructure” represents one of those challenges to take into account on a daily and personal basis.

Communities as a difference from corporations do not see the need for innovation but of small changes that make their daily life easier. This attitude may prevent them from a real revolutionary change especially for those who considered themselves as “stable and safe societies”. A personal change represents a much more important step to get through this situation than for other challenges.

Until there is not a real sense of the need for a change that fixes current green global crisis, we will not being able to become sustainable. Eventually there are just communities that introduce technology for their own particular benefit and innovation but for specific goals based on local profitability.

Getting into a sense of empowerment is a must. We need to Educate and re-Educate adults and future generations on the power of Advocacy and the own responsibility of getting the tools. Is it simply a democracy pattern in which citizens engage with the community and lead their destiny.

It’s surprising to see that even if global corporations has very strong interests there are committed to the global goals and aware of a change. Most of the multinationals has made important steps towards a green investment leaving the public sector behind and not updated to the new challenges. Also on this aspect coordination and the power of partnerships its extremely needed. In which local communities play a paramount role, changing their own daily habits and taking the principle of “think global, act local” into extremes.

The tools are there to be used: social media, associations, debate, etc. through reshaping the Education system. Traditional tools (as association and debate) need to be reshaped  and find a new concept in which there are not just “green associations/debates” but a cross-cutting union of people, thoughts and ideas towards a common goal on sustainability. That is the key to enter in new roads of resilience: the use of the same tools from a different focus.

A holistic approach is what we need for getting into the goals successfully  and on a “relaxing mood”. The so-called “safe societies” must be aware of the need to reshape their goals and business as usual for addressing crises effectively. Moving through green debates, green associations and green campaigns is not the correct strategy and global goals demand that green goals are just one more part of a systemic strategy.That´s the reason for building awareness towards uncertainty and the need for being resilience by an in depth change on structures and personal attitudes.

New and innovative green communities: a personal attitude that doesn’t represent financial investment but capitalization of human resources, re-Education and innovative structures that delivers a new sense of living.

As the picture, the logs represent the citizens: strong and resilient but without awareness of the need for innovation and change. There will not fall down but they need stronger support to become sustainable. Take the risk!

*The Green Axis of SDG´s

https://thesustainabilityreader.com/2018/06/06/the-green-axis-of-sdgs/

Free Books Southampton – At The Third Age Center Recycle Your Old Books

Another fantastic group writing for us again this week. This time with the duel purpose of love for books and planet, by providing a place for unwanted books to be loved again. Here it is, Free Books Southampton.

Free Books Southampton (FBS) is a volunteer led group based at the Third Age Centre (3AC),
in partnership with Transition Southampton. We take in donated books and redistribute
them to the community in Southampton and further afield.

“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks
of variegated feathers and have a charm which is domesticated volumes of the library lack”
– Virginia Woolf

We are very lucky to receive generous book donations from different places; from
individuals, schools, libraries or shops etc, who are having a clear out and do not have space
for them. By taking books from us, you are reducing the amount of waste that goes into
landfills each year and you are helping to recycle valuable resources.

Most of the books we get given are in good, readable condition. However, we do receive
books that are worn and damaged. Those that are not in good nick get used in various arts
and craft projects at the 3AC and across the city. We encourage others to recycle books that
cannot be used for reading anymore and we can happily provide some for people to use in
their craft projects. Our own most favourite creation is the book hedgehog using such
books. Just two simple folds on a page repeated throughout the book can make a cute
creature. We have taught people how to make these at many events in Southampton.
We are a small team of volunteers who work together to sort through donations, put books
out on display, making them look presentable, running the Facebook and Twitter social
media sites, emails and giving books out at community events.

 

Being based at the 3AC means we can provide free books to those who want them 7 days a
week. All you have to do is stop by, browse our selection and help yourselves! We have
most genres ranging from; sci-fi, thriller, romance, non-fiction, autobiographies and children
just to name a few. There is no excuse to not read, there is something for everyone and they
are FREE!

We are very lucky to be supported by a great community in Southampton. We have been
asked to give books out at a number of events. Not only are we able to give books to those
in Southampton, more recently we were able to donate 271 books to Brikamaba Primary
School in Gambia. We would not be able to do things like this if we did not receive
donations! In 2017 we gave out 5166 books and we are hoping to beat that total this year.

If you would like more information about Free Books Southampton please do not hesitate to
send us an email booksforfree.soton@gmail.com, send us a Facebook message or drop by
the 3AC.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” – Jorge Luis Borges