Fascinating, climate change-resistant designs

By US Desk
Fri, 10, 20

This structure - built in Brooklyn, New York in 2016, by architect Mitchell Joachim - is actually a farm! And it’s meant to produce food for people!


This structure - built in Brooklyn, New York in 2016, by architect Mitchell Joachim - is actually a farm! And it’s meant to produce food for people!

Conventional livestock like cows, pigs and chickens require huge amounts of water, land, fertilizers and hormones, and they produce a lot of greenhouse gas. Insects like crickets, on the other hand, are a much more sustainable solution - and they can satisfy our protein needs. “We’ll be able to grow protein with less than 2% of the land we’d need for the same amount of protein from cows,” says Joachim. Some of his other designs are houses made of living tree branches, floating buses that pick up passengers with tentacles and more.

Future megacities

What will the world’s megacities look like in the future? Here’s a vibrant vision of a 22nd-century Lagos, from Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous. With 21 million residents, Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, is one of the planet’s fastest growing megacities. Jeyifous created his sci-fi-infused renderings by layering detailed drawings on photos of contemporary life in Lagos. His aim is to spark conversations about urban planning and inequality, raising questions like: Who currently decides how our cities are developed? And what would happen if the residents of low-income communities could weigh in? The result might look like his imaginative images. The artist hopes it gets people thinking about these communities less as this poor slum and more about the individuals who live there

Dealing with climate change

Three tips for helping people care about climate change

1- Appeal to their basic values, not yours.

Focus on what they care about - the economy, their health, the outdoors - and how climate change harms those things.

2- Encourage behaviours that will benefit them whether it is saving money with energy-efficient bulbs or improving their health by eating less meat, going green is a smart decision for them to make.

3- Celebrate any small steps they take even if their changes are small, they could be the first steps they take in transforming their lives - and the planet.

Earthshot prize: a £50m drive to repair planet

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have joined forces to launch what they hope will become the “Nobel Prize for environmentalism”.

They say the search is on for 50 solutions to the world’s gravest environmental problems by 2030.

With £50m to be awarded over a decade, the “Earthshot Prize” is the biggest environmental prize ever.

The Prince said “positivity” had been missing from the climate debate - something the award could supply.

The Earthshot Prize will make five awards of £1m each year for 10 years. The money must be spent on developing the idea and trying to get it taken up around the world.

These “Earthshots” are intended as “universal goals to repair the planet by 2030” and will go to the best and most innovative ideas to help:

  • Protect and restore nature
  • Clean our air
  • Revive our oceans
  • Build a waste-free world
  • Fix our climate

Individuals, community groups, scientists, activists, economists, leaders, government, banks, businesses, cities and even countries are welcome to submit their ideas to a nominating organization.

Nominations will open on 1 November 2020 with an annual awards ceremony to be held in a different city each year, starting with London in autumn 2021.