One Step At A Time

Finding Our Feet

Certain words and phrases have become catch-cries for the green movement. “Action for sustainability”, “social change”, “environmental advocacy” – all are examples of language that needs to find solid ground in a world of proliferated rhetoric. As environmental communicators and sustainability educators, how can “walk the talk”? How can we do good work that moves beyond lip-service? How can we target measureable action for sustainability, meaningful social change and environmental advocacy with political and economic efficacy? The short answer is there is no short answer. What there are, however, are a series of questions we can ask ourselves as we… read more

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day

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The recognition of Arbor Day began in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. The intent of this day was to create awareness of the importance of planting trees. 100 years later, the Arbor Day Foundation was started. This not for profit organization has a focus on conservation, environmental education and the significant role that tree planting plays in both. Trees help to reduce carbon dioxide and promote oxygen in the air. By increasing tree growth where it can be helpful instead of continually cutting down these natural resources, a positive ecological boost is created. The foundation encourages tree planting and inspires… read more

Endorsing Green Products

Endorsing products to be green

Consumer protection law, simply explained, is a field charged with the responsibility of protecting the general public from any form of undue exploitation by retailers and service providers. With the dawn of “going green” trends globally, the consumer is being lobbied and bombarded with campaigns to migrate to green living. These rigorous campaigns have opened opportunity for false and misleading advertising. Many consumers are heeding the call to go green. Consequently, many people concern themselves with the environmental effects of the products they purchase for domestic use. This in turn has prompted many manufacturers to endorse their products with environmental… read more

LaChapelle’s Littered Landscapes

LaChapelle’s Littered Landscapes

Creating in your face art with unconventional messages, David LaChapelle is a name widely known in the fashion and photography industries. He has captured the glimpses on camera of numerous well-known celebrities, in ways that are never dull and are always intriguing, to say the least. The past decade the talented eyes behind the camera have been concentrating on more artistic feats and less commercial works. He has developed a series of images made from commonplace but unusually displayed items. Titled Land Scape, everyday objects work together to form models of unbelievably detailed constructions. Things like cardboard, cans, cups, straws,… read more

Climate Change Is Not A Hoax

Climate Change

Before any of this gets started, there must first be made a clarification and acceptance of terms and contexts, otherwise this will tear apart at its seams. First, it must be accepted that United States and United Kingdom media outlets are legitimate, fair, and accurate in their reporting. Second, it must be accepted that climate change deniers and skeptics deserve an equal part of the debate and attention, solely based on their ability to form an idea in their heads, and not on any merit or evidence. Now that’s out of the way, let us continue: It is reprehensible for… read more

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Sitting on the floor around a board game isn’t what usually comes to mind when someone mentions gaming. However, long before the digital age took over, families and friends used to gather around to play games of a different sort. Created by the Victor Aleman Studio, the Grid Game is a kickback to the days of the surface based, in person and interactive idea of games. This playful take on a design piece knocks on the door of nostalgia, and looks good doing it. From the designers: In a world of virtual connections where games have gone digital we play… read more

Legal Loopholes

Legal loopholes

In contracts where two or more parties are from different jurisdictions, there usually is a choice of law stipulating which country’s laws will govern the contractual relationship. This practice is founded upon the widely recognised doctrine of party autonomy in contract law. National courts do not generally go against the wishes of the parties. There may however be instances where a court will not uphold a choice of law clause, a classic example being where the law as it applies to issues at hand is likely to yield results which are contrary to the policies of the country wherein the court… read more

Bottling It Up

recycling bottles

Currently, Finland generates the lowest packaged waste of all European countries. This could in part be due to the nation’s bottle law, which requires the use and return of refillable bottles. Beginning implementation in the mid 1970s, the law requires that all take-out drink and alcoholic beverages produced in Finland be packaged in returnable bottles. Consumers of these beverages pay a small deposit fee upon purchase, which is refunded once the bottles are returned. The packaging ordinance has resulted in Finland’s soft drink and beer manufacturers conforming to design parameters to ensure all bottles can be reused, and refillable plastic… read more

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Advertising is all around us. Unless you are in a remote area and completely unplugged, then advertising is a daily sightseeing event. One artist spinning around the web, Etienne Lavie, is bringing some real attention to just how prevalent it is. Cleverly replacing what normally appears on the signs and billboards throughout the cityscape of Paris streets with renowned paintings brings a dramatized view of how signage can invade our lives, without us even noticing. The project is called “OMG, who stole my ads?” and it literally transforms the barrage of signs that people who are out and about see… read more

Town Planning and Transport Efficiency

Public Transport benefits

In many developed countries public transport is so efficient that many people use it to get to and from work. Besides the economic benefits of using public transport, this choice of daily travel could potentially reduce carbon emissions. In Swaziland the use of public transport to travel to work has not taken root due to the inefficiency of our public transport system. Town planning and transport efficiency in our cities is increasingly becoming important. The way in which our towns are developed will now have to take into account the environmental implications of travel within the city, and also to… read more