He sends cyclists out to collect apple peelings and the leftovers of lettuce in the hilly neighbourhoods of Austin, Texas… and it works. Compost Pedallers offers a 100% eco-compost service. This slightly mad concept was invented by Dustin Fedako, a young, hip man with a long, red beard and (...)
Bangladesh has developed the largest individual solar panel programme in the world. 3.7 million solar cells have already been installed since 2003 on the roofs of houses in rural areas. By 2018, there should be 6 million. NGOs use this development of rural areas to push for women to work in a country (...)
Wedged in an escarpment of the volcano that hangs over them, the fishermen of Monte Trigo, a small village in Cape Verde, only have the sea as their horizon. There is no road, no other resource either between these steep and arid ridges.
This village, Africa’s most westerly, (...)
Faces of a pioneering valley. In the Drôme valley, in the Vercors foothills, another world is taking shape. A world where mankind is a stakeholder in nature, where agriculture respects both the land and the farmers, where the economy is at mankind’s service, and not the other way around. (...)
For the past 15 years, Eva-Lanxmeer has been a model of a city in full transition. This eco-district was built from the end of the 1990s on in the town of Culembourg in the Netherlands and houses 1000 inhabitants in a quiet and green setting. Eco-houses with solar panels, shared gardens, an urban (...)
The kingdom of Bhutan announced in 2012 its desire to live 100% from eco-agriculture. Having been through dark times of fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides from the petrochemical industry, the farmers have once again found under their hoes, a soil that is soft to till. Hemmed in between two (...)
On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the cultivation of sugar palm trees allows both the forest to be protected from deforestation, and the changing climate to be restored and the encouragement of wealth sharing at a local level. And it works! The farmers, who have organised themselves into a cooperative, (...)
In 2008, a groundbreaking city with a low carbon footprint emerged from the deserts of the United Arab Emirates. This urban laboratory, 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi, houses a university that is specialised in the research and development of the clean technologies of the future. .
In Africa, where the semi-arid land of the Sahel is threatened with desertification, more and more farmers are applying agroecology techniques to maintain and even develop their cereal and vegetable crops. This form of natural agriculture reconciles tradition and modernity by empowering local knowledge (...)