I haven’t been updating my blog because I was away for the last month! I attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 10th Conference of Youth (COY10) and 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) held in Lima, Peru. The conferences lasted two weeks and I went on to travel around Latin America for another two weeks.
It’s the holiday season but work is still trickling in at the moment, so I will try my best to write about what has been going on the last four weeks when I have some time to spare. In the mean time, I will be reblogging some articles I wrote about climate change and COY10/COP20. I also have an article that will be published on Farming First soon. Will put up a link when it’s live. 😀
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This cheat sheet by the Climate Desk will help you win every climate change argument:
“Just weeks before COP20 in Lima, the US and China reach climate deal to curb carbon emissions. Mr. Obama announced that the US would emit 26-28% less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005, and Mr. Xi pledged that clean energy sources, like solar power and windmills, would account for 20% of China’s total energy production by 2030.” via UNEP
Read the full article here.
“We have ended up with a litany of programmes about travel, the countryside and cookery that whitewash out all the nasty, threatening stuff. It’s apparently more important to show celebrities in jungles than the diminishing rainforests.”
Jane Dalton, Climate change, overpopulation, animal extinction — it’s all happening and TV is ignoring it
Yesterday I read an interesting article by the Open Permaculture School on how the principles of permaculture can be applied to other areas of our lives, such as in human communities and social groups. The basis of permaculture design is that action within or upon a system should benefit the system as a whole. If we look at social communities as a system, it’s easy to see how the same principles applied to permaculture can be applied to different areas of our society as well. Wouldn’t it be good if we shape our communities, economics and political systems such that everyone is part of the system and every action upon said system should benefit everyone?
The article (link at the bottom of this post) listed seven principles that we can learn from:
A diversity of crops, microclimates, animals, etc. is encouraged on any permaculture plot. This is because they all bring different things to the table, or soil so to speak. This reminds me of the following image:
Respond creatively to change
Do not resist change. Instead, see it as a possibility for improvement.
Create a self-managed system by getting every member involved and fostering a sense of belonging with the power to influence.
With diversity in a system, it is only natural that different members have different skills and strengths. The idea is to harness these different strengths to benefit the community as a whole. It’s like the Three Sisters concept of planting three crops together (e.g. beans, corn and pumpkin). Corn provides a structure for the beans to climb, the beans fix nitrogen into the soil and the pumpkin is a cover crop that protects the soil from the sun, retains moisture in the soil and prevents weeds from growing.
Take it slow
Baby steps. Don’t expect drastic changes instantly.
Uses edges (?)
Stop compartmentalising! Encourage interaction so that ideas can flow and blend.
Constant observation is important, because there are many external factors that may affect the system. Keep our eyes and ears open to feedback and be ready to act upon them.
You can read the full article here.
Tagged along for a workshop on food growing and organic farming this morning, and I learned so much. It’s amazing how much knowledge one can gain from a short chat with The Boss. I tasted stevia today and was surprised by the sweetness of its leaves. Nature is beautiful.
I have been volunteering with a local urban farming group and I’ve worked on two rooftop gardens so far. It’s a steep learning curve, but I’m having a fantastic time. It’s great to be working with people who also dream of having their own farms and don’t need any explanations when it comes to words like WWOOFing, permaculture, compost and mulch. They’re a lovely bunch of people to work with and it’s so fulfilling to see our final products. I’ve gained a new tan (again) and hopefully a bit more muscles.