Konohana Family: Sustainable community on the foot of Mt. Fuji living a natural existence

Konohana Family is a sustainable community – based at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan – is home to more than 60 people who cultivate over 250 rice and vegetable crops across 16 hectares. The sustainable community practices organic agriculture, and does not use any chemical fertilisers, agricultural chemicals, or genetically modified technology. Konohana Family, who say they have “borrowed the land for free … Continue reading Konohana Family: Sustainable community on the foot of Mt. Fuji living a natural existence

Native Land interactive map encouraging settlers to engage with Indigenous history

Every stretch of land on this planet belongs to Mother Nature which is home to her children, Indigenous peoples, and now an interactive map, Native Land, aims to chart Indigenous territories of North America and Canada for “the sake of helping people get interested and engaged”. Native-Land.ca is a resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history. It’s designed to help people see … Continue reading Native Land interactive map encouraging settlers to engage with Indigenous history

The solar grandmas of Madagascar

A group of grandmas are leading the renewable energy revolution in rural Africa, having successfully brought solar panels to more than 200 families in their village in Madagascar. Not having access to electricity, life in Ambakivao, Madagascar was dark, and so the resourceful group of grannies decided to change that by becoming the village’s first solar engineers. By swapping petroleum lamps for solar panels, the … Continue reading The solar grandmas of Madagascar

The Camden Highline aiming to create “a new green artery for London”

The High Line – New York City’s elevated public park – has inspired many and sparked several projects worldwide to recreate its charm and reuse of former railway lines as vital and thriving green spaces in cities. London has its own plans too. The Camden Highline proposes to convert a stretch of disused railway line between Camden Town and King’s Cross into an elevated park. Running for … Continue reading The Camden Highline aiming to create “a new green artery for London”

Plastic Free Communities uniting against throwaway culture and single-use plastics

Plastic Free Communities is a movement calling on people to unite against the growing impact that throwaway culture is having on the planet. An initiative by Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Communities uses people power and community action to tackle the problem of avoidable single-use plastics head-on through a two-step process. Firstly, by asking thousands of people to sign up and download Individual Action Plans for … Continue reading Plastic Free Communities uniting against throwaway culture and single-use plastics

Youth led cooperative, Mighty Greens, improving access to healthy food and food education

Mighty Greens, a youth led cooperative, is aiming to improve Washington DC’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as food education. In many urban areas across the US, the lack of access to basic foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables is a common problem. The video below, from PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs, Kevin Broome shows how this cooperative of high school students in … Continue reading Youth led cooperative, Mighty Greens, improving access to healthy food and food education

Brixton Windmill: Inner London’s only surviving windmill and Brixton’s flour heritage treasure

To be able to see a traditional windmill in the heart of a city is a rarity. Fortunately in London, one still stands – that being Brixton Windmill. Over 200 years old, the Grade II* listed building is the only surviving windmill in inner London. Lovingly restored in 2011 due to campaigning by local residents, Brixton Windmill is once again being used, although now being driven by … Continue reading Brixton Windmill: Inner London’s only surviving windmill and Brixton’s flour heritage treasure

Brockwell Park Community Gardens: The heart of Herne Hill’s Brockwell Park

With its location in the centre of Herne Hill’s Brockwell Park, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses (BPCG) could well be the heart of this south London park with an active and thriving community. Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses site comprises a series of beautiful gardens for the public to stroll through, an orchard, a series of demonstration gardens, and a walled herb garden, as well as two greenhouses … Continue reading Brockwell Park Community Gardens: The heart of Herne Hill’s Brockwell Park

Gilles Peterson launches pop-up record and book shop, Look Up

Legendary DJ Gilles Peterson is launching a pop-up record and book shop in London’s Stoke Newington. The pop-up store, Look Up, will sell a selection of books, artwork and records curated by the Brownswood label owner. With all proceeds going to local mental health charity, Safaplace, Look Up aims to explore the positive connection between mental health and the arts. Housed at Stoke Newington’s Edwards Lane Gallery, Look … Continue reading Gilles Peterson launches pop-up record and book shop, Look Up

Welsh village rally round to create their own community-run shop

What happens when the only shop in a small village closes down? The community rally round and start up their own community-run shop. Well, that is the case with the village of Cilcain in North East Wales. Residents of Cilcain had no time to mourn the commercially-run village shop closed earlier this year. Instead a group of resourceful locals got together and created a steering group, … Continue reading Welsh village rally round to create their own community-run shop