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We are all blessed to live in the wonderful city of Vancouver.
More and more of us are driving less, biking more visiting community gardens and connecting with our local communities. Cities don't grow just by themselves they happen by design, community development and planning.
The Vancouver Greenest City 2020 is a bold initiative that will address Vancouver's environmental challenges, making Vancouver one of the greenest cities in the world by 2020. Around the world we see a growth in models of
Eco Cities and Sustainable Cities growing everywhere as more and more of us are living in cities world wide. Vancouver Green City Action Plan. (http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/greenest-city-2020-action-plan.aspx)
~ Vancouver's Green Identity Crisis Is the World's
Let get together and have a look at how cities around the world are working on sustainability and the growth in Eco cities. Bring your research and ideas and lets have a collective discussion.
Review the Vancouver progress report in the link below.
City of Vancouver Greenest City Action Plan Review
Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University.
The World's Greenest City
Mr. Sadhu A. Johnston, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver
SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development
5 Eco Cities stories
BIOCHAR a Global Green Renaissance for Carbon Capture and Soil Regeneration, presentation and discussion by Paradigm Futurist and mathematics expert Arclein (http://globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.ca) , Biochar as chicken feed (http://globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.ca/2011/09/biochar-as-chicken-feed-supplement.html)
Biochar s produced by thermal decomposition of organic material (biomass such as wood, manure or leaves) under limited supply of oxygen.
Biochar can be distinguished from charcoal—used mainly as a fuel—in that a primary application is use as a soil amendment with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases. Biochar is a name for charcoal when it is used for particular purposes, especially as a soil amendment. Like most charcoal, Biochar is created by enclosed burning of biomass. Biochar is under review as an approach to global carbon capture sequestration.
TED Talk on Biochar
What happens when a nation decides that Happiness, the Quality of Life, Love and Community should be the foundation of societies development.
Well that nation is on its way to becoming a member in the Gross National Happiness Nations index that is now evolving around the world.
This summer we will meet and watch a presentation and videos on the development of the growing trend in certain nations to develop standards in Gross Domestic Happiness and a Genuine Progress index as a measurement of the societies development. This may lead to a one day event we can all be part of. Gross National Happiness is a term coined by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1970s. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of well being."Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product" suggested by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan. Slogan on a wall in Thimphu's School of Traditional Arts. Bhutan Legal code of 1629 “if the government cannot create happiness for its people, then there is no purpose for government to exist.” Constitution of Bhutan 2008 Article 9: “The State shall strive to promote those conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness.”
Gross National Happiness (http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com/articles) (GNH) measures the quality of a country in more holistic way and believes that the beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occurs side by side to complement and reinforce each other.
• Living Standard, Health, Education, Time Use, Good Governance, Ecological Diversity & Resilience, Psychological Well-being, Community Vitality Culture Diversity & Resilience.
Genuine Progress Index (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuine_progress_indicator) is emerging to provide a new model for western societies. What's wrong with the tools we're using now?
Today, the most commonly-used measure of economic progress is still the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is simply the total value of all the goods and services that are exchanged for money. The GDP literally does not count some of our greatest sources of wealth - unpaid household labor, volunteerism, and a clean environment, for example. The GDP measurement doesn't distinguish between good things and bad ones - and it counts the depletion of our natural wealth as economic gain. Other countries embracing a Happiness index will be reviewed like Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Nova Scotia Canada. Redesigning the economic systems to serve the whole of life and for the well being and happiness of people and the environment maybe
one of the most important projects of our time.
What is "Gross National Happiness" ? Explained
Bhutan, Gross National Happiness and Sustainable Development
National Happiness Research and Reports:
Canada New Atlantic index
HAPPY OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO (https://youtu.be/y6Sxv-sUYtM)