London Greenground Map
Inspired by the iconic London Tube map, a graphic designer has produced a similar map joining London’s parks and nature spots. Greenground Map “aims to change (the) perception of how we see cities, when walking and cycling longer distances become regular ways to get around.” It’s a great idea that is likely to be adopted by other towns and cities attempting to get people out of their cars and connecting better with nature. Why not ask your students to make a similar green spaces map for where they live? Read more here.
Use the power of social media
If this article is to be believed, the body that regulates advertising in France has a record of protecting corporate interests over the interests of the environment. For example they banned this video promoting electric bikes because images of traffic might create ‘a climate of anxiety’! What’s the answer? Use the power of social media to counter their bias by sharing this video as widely as possible.
What does it mean for countries, cities and people to thrive in balance with the planet post Coronavirus? On Wednesday, Amsterdam will become the first city in the world to formally embrace ‘doughnut economics’ aiming to create a thriving city that is also socially just and ecologically safe. Read more here.
Climbing out of Covid-19
Many of the responses to Covid-19 are also good for the planet: see here. Let’s take advantage of this crisis to *not* return to business as usual. Here are some ideas:
- Instal protected cycleways across Britain,
- Create safe Mini-Holland neighbourhoods
- Mass installation of solar-panels
- Insulate all UK homes
- Plant vast new biodiversity rich forests
- Restore our precious peat-bogs
- Build fleets of electric buses and emergency vehicles
- Electrify our railways
- Convert heavy industry to renewable hydrogen
- Build great new offshore windfarms
- Fund the switch to soil protecting organic agriculture
- Re-create community orchards and allotments
The Re-planning of Cities
One of the most effective ways to energise your response to climate change in the present is to visualise a better future. This article also available here does that while describing hopeful changes happening right now in cities around the world.