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World Water Day 2014 on Instagram

For more photos and videos from World Water Day around the world, browse the #waterday and #worldwaterday hashtags.

Around the world, 1.2 billion people—nearly a fifth of the planet—lack access to clean water. To call attention to the plight, the United Nations designated March 22 as World Water Day. Here are just a few of the many people and organizations on Instagram working to raise awareness about water issues around the globe:

  • water.org (@water) - Working with hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America to provide access to safe water and sanitation. Collaborating with Benjamin Heath (@benjaminheath), Steph Goralnick (@sgoralnick) and Simone Bramante (@brahmino) to share scenes from Kenya on Instagram.
  • Balazs Gardi (@balazsgardi) - Photojournalist who has spent the past decade documenting the effects of the unfolding global water crisis.
  • charity: water (@charitywater) - A non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet. Currently working with Vik Muniz (@vikmuniz) and Students Rebuild (@studentsrebuild) to bring clean water to over 16,000 people in Tanzania.
  • Corey Arnold (@arni_coraldo) - Photographer and fisherman documenting glaciers for Project Pressure (@projectpressure) to create the world’s first interactive glacier archive in order to better understand climate change.
  • Hurley H2O (@hurley_h2o) - Hurley’s water initiative striving alongside Waves for Water (@wavesforwater) to provide clean water for everyone.
  • WaterAid (@wateraid) - Bringing water, sanitation and hygiene education to where it is needed most for over 30 years.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) - California aquarium with a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Data-Porn, äh - ich meine natürlich gelungene Animation von Daten rund um das Thema Ernährung und Landwirtschaft. Mit dabei: Wie viel Lebensmittel landen eigentlich in der Mülltonne - und verschwenden grundlos Ressourcen, während auf der anderen Seite des Erdballs Mangelernährung ein großes Problem darstellt.


On the subject of food waste, there’s this to chew on:

A new film, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, may be worth adding to your to-watch list. (See recently released trailer above.)

The film’s Web site says:

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer Tristram Stewart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Just Eat It will premiere in Toronto in April 2014.

(trailer by Grant Baldwin Videography)

Hier ist ein Vorschlag: Jeder sollte dort ein guter Mensch sein, wo er es sein kann. Die einen essen weniger Fleisch, die anderen haben aber immer ein offenes Ohr für ihre Freunde. Die einen essen nur bio, die anderen erziehen ihre Kinder zu angenehmen Menschen. Es muss gar nicht jeder alles richtig machen!
Elisabeth Reather (via haenki)

hätte auch von mir sein können!

(via reappraisalgirl)


Pay phone booth repurposed as a tiny library — a “take a book, leave a book” little free library. 

I LOVE THIS — a creative reuse and community win!

This micro-library sits in Houston, Texas, outside local coffee house Black Hole — with a laundromat next door — near the University of St. Thomas and Houston’s Museum District.

(photo by me, Houston-based Unconsumptioneer, mollyblock

Earlier Unconsumption posts on creative new uses for pay phones and phone booths can be found here, and library-related items here


Urban farming and permaculture merge with the popular hiphop culture in Brussels! this is a great turn, I totally love it! the contemporary ghettos are the urban farms. Do not miss the compost toilet part on 1.33. 

Ein kleines soziales Experiment macht die Runde im großen World Wide Web:

Dieser Junge saß allein und ohne Jacke frierend an einer Bushaltestelle in Oslo. Fast (!) alle Passanten boten ihm die eigene Jacke, Schal oder Handschuhe an. Alle Mamis, mit denen ich auf Facebook befreundet bin, teilten dieses Video ganz gerührt.

Später kam raus: Dahinter steckt die norwegische Abteilung von SOS Kinderdörfer. Deswegen auch der Slogan am Schluss: “Würdest du helfen?  - Die Kinder in Syrien frieren!”. Der Wink mit dem Zaunpfahl, dass wir gerne mal eine Krise vergessen, solange sie nicht direkt vor unserer Nase passiert.