Tropical forests can partially regenerate in just 20 years without human interference
Study finds natural regrowth yields better results than human plantings and offers hope for climate recovery Source: The Guardian Tropical forests can bounce back with surprising rapidity, a new study published today suggests. An international group of researchers looking at a number of aspects of tropical forests has found that the potential for regrowth is substantial […]
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Sir David Attenborough Addresses World Leaders at COP26
A sustainable future is neither feasible nor affordable
It was Sustainable Tuesday last week. This sustainability ‘Budget Day’ has brought together politicians and innovators for 23 years in a drive to join forces. This year, Deputy Minister Steven van Weyenberg of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management received a suitcase filled with 414 innovative ideas from all corners of society. And Werner […]
Climate change will no longer take us unawares
‘When I’m older, I’m going to buy a houseboat with 10 floors where the whole family can live. And where we can have guests. We’ll keep our supplies in the cellar. On the roof we’ll have a vegetable garden, solar panels and a place to sit and relax. From there, we’ll be able to see […]
Are slow travel holidays gaining traction?
Are slow travel holidays gaining traction? As a teenager and student I liked to travel by train. I found it adventurous and romantic, whether it was the night train to a skiing holiday or an interrail pass criss-crossing Europe. Later, I started taking the plane more often, mainly for practical reasons. It made the world […]
Joining the coffee revolution
Joining the coffee revolution I’ve been dreaming about a good espresso machine for a while. A machine for which you grind freshly roasted beans yourself to make a caffè like a real barista, and which would win the approval of regular customers in an Italian bar. Quite apart from the exquisite coffee taste, I would […]
Tiles out, come on with the green!
Tiles out, come on with the green! In the Belgian town of Lier, 30 families were ordered to take the paving out of their front gardens at short notice. Bricks, pebbles and tiles had to be removed and replaced by green – a very sensible measure as far as I’m concerned, one that wouldn’t do […]
There’s a sustainable alternative for everything you need
There’s a sustainable alternative for everything you need What is the mission of your platform? This question was asked by the owner of a sustainable business in an introductory meeting to explore the possibility of partnering. My answer was that we seek to inspire people in an accessible and positive way to make sustainable choices […]
Setbacks, perseverance and success in the end
Setbacks, perseverance and success in the end A long time ago, I fell in love with a house on the River Amstel. It was an old, detached house with a big veranda, green and white window frames, a cluttered garden and tall trees. In the city of Amsterdam, but in a green and leafy area. […]