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Eco-villages worldwide

Local solutions for global problems Around 10,000 village and community projects worldwide have come together in the Global Ecovillage Network. They are village communities, urban areas or deliberately created living communities that jointly opt for a path of sustainability. They focus on five areas: ecology, the social aspect, culture, the economy and education. We present four projects in the second part. Findhorn \ Scotland The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland is one of the oldest existing eco-villages. On 17th November 1962, Eileen Caddy, Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean moved to a modest caravan park in Findhorn Bay with their caravan and …

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Greenpeace on the Digital Conference re:publica

Volker Gassner (l-r), spokesman Greenpeace Germany, Jürgen Knirsch, trade expert, and Stefan Krug, Director of the Political Representation Greenpeace Germany, speaking on 02.05.2016 on the re: publica in Berlin. The environmental organization announced at the press conference that makes it public secret TTIP papers. See the file here:

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Eco-villages worldwide

Local solutions for global problems By definition, an eco-village can be a traditional village community, part of a city, or a living community founded for this purpose. An eco-village in Europe or North America mostly comes into being because its inhabitants want to live healthier or more community-based lives. In the global south, in contrast, it is often a matter of survival: food autonomy, protection and survival in conflict regions, or about escaping poverty. In the process, worldwide cooperation through sustainability strategies has developed. We invite you on a journey to several different parts of the world. Auroville, India – …

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Travel worldwide by train

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Mr. Mark Smith has made an adventurous hobby into his profession. From Marylebone Station to Buckinghamshire to the north-west of London, where he lives with his wife Nicolette, their two children Nathaniel (8) and Katelijn (6), and their cat Phoenix, his Chiltern Railways train takes up to 90 minutes to cover 60 km. Mark himself once worked for British Rail, today he gives all travellers information about all railway routes worldwide. You want to travel by train from Portugal to England, or from Lisbon to Moscow, Vladivostok, Beijing or Calcutta? No problem. Mark Smith tells all adventurers via which routes …

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India every day

A escola na aldeia (Foto Jenner Zimmermann)

5th Instalment The Tale of Two Villages I’ve been living in India for over forty years, the last thirty of which have been in the small university town of Santiniketan, some 150 kilometres north of Calcutta. I studied there to start with, then I stayed, to translate the work of the major Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore from Bengali into German. I translated the conversations of the Hindu saint Sri Ramakrishna, as well as writing and publishing books about Hinduism and the dialogue of religions. Thirty years ago, in two tribal villages, I started setting up a different kind of development …

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India all day

4 th Instalment Madan tells about his grandfather When Madan visited me in Kalimpong he told me the stories of his childhood. I asked and asked, and he brought his mountain village Merangdi in Nepal to life through his simple stories, his gestures, the expressions on his face. The story about his grandfather fascinated me the most. It goes like that: Grandfather was the owner of the village house in which he lived with pride and contentment. He was 84 years. Well, he told Madan that he was 84, and since a good number of years he told the elderly …

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India every day

3rd Instalment Refugium Kalimpong*. – The town in the Himalayas clings tightly to the slopes like a survivor on a cliff. Kalimpong has grown, crawling and creeping across all the rocks and ravines into the far-off folds of the landscape. Nonetheless, it feels cheerful in a small-town sort of way, and charming. Kalimpong is my Indian refuge. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I move into my room, which Indira Bose, my landlady, built for me. To one side of her house with its numerous occupants, hidden away, protected from people’s gaze by an incline on one side …

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India every day

Bolpur,

2nd Instalment Buying shoes and team spirit. – Kamal (aged 48) and I went to the shoe shop in the early afternoon, choosing that time quite deliberately because many people are having their lunch and a rest, or at any rate they are not driving on the roads. The main street in the once small town of Bolpur has developed into a permanent state of traffic chaos. When I arrived in 1980, there were only bicycles and buses on the roads, and occasional cars, no motorbikes which were not yet being manufactured in India. I often pedalled to the station, …

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India all day

Die Tänze der Santals

1st Instalment Conversation with Boro –An important moment: for the first time, Boro admitted to me in a conversation that he feels fulfilled and content in his work. After twenty years of uncertainty and indecision. A few years ago, he was still talking about looking for employment with the state “for a few years”. The draw of cakri, a lifelong position as a civil servant, is so powerful that even a sensible, thoughtful person like Boro was unable to escape from it for twenty years. Finally, he has realised that he is in a better position as principal of the …

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Solar Impulse

To tell the story of SolarImpulse – the first solar aero plane project – we have to begin seven years ago in Switzerland. Here the idea was born. This summer the initiators and pilots André Borschberg and Bernard Piccard flew with it across the USA covering more than 5.600 km despite being confronted with heavy weather challenges. SolarImpulse, the first airplane ever to fly day and night on solar energy only, proved the reliability and efficiency of clean technologies and renewable energies. SolarImpulse took advantage of Switzerland’s long tradition of technological innovation, research and entrepreneurial excellence. Over the centuries this …

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