On 11 July 1987, the Earth’s population exceeded 5 million for the first time, according to the United Nations. Two years later, in 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) decided to declare the international World Population Day on that date in order to raise awareness of the challenges of a […]
In Finland nine municipalities are about to activate their citizens to try out sustainable lifestyles during the autumn 2019. To get it all started, D-mat and representatives from the municipalities met in June in Porvoo, where eight families participated in the project last year with great results. The sunny (but windy) day consisted of sharing […]
7 pilot families of Sant Cugat del Vallès achieve reducing their lifestyle carbon footprint in 13% average through the international Sustainable Lifestyle Accelerator Project! Between 6 and 18% of carbon emissions could be avoided by families through behavioural changes in their daily life in the areas of housing, nutrition, mobility, purchases and leisure activities. Within […]
Finishing the first round of the project in Germany, our participant Renate Dobratz described her experiences in an exciting radio feature on SWR2 entitled “Precious resources – how we consume less”. Further details and the link to listen to the entire feature can be found here (only available in German).
On 3 May 2019 the time had come – but no reason to celebrate! On this day the world population had consumed all regenerative resources for the entire calendar year 2019. At least if the entire world population had the same per capita resource consumption as Germany. To cap consumption, it would need 3 earths. […]
Gustavo and his family (The Rojas) have been the most participative, experimental and involved people in the SLA Mexican team. Throughout a month they changed some habits or implemented new ones to their daily lives; from using fabric towels, to reducing their plastic bag usage when buying groceries. The Rojas went all in. But there […]
In addition to the Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator, last year the inhabitants of the Finnish city of Porvoo also had the opportunity to participate in the European project ENERGISE. This projet focused on new practices in room heating and laundry. On 7th March, a common public seminar has been evaluated the participants’ experiences. There was also […]
The controversial textile discounter Primark opens a new branch in Wuppertal, no more than two hundred metres from the Wuppertal Institute. A good opportunity to rethink one’s own clothing consumption and the way one deals with the wardrobe’s interior. Our pioneer households did this in the experimental phase of the SLA project and thus reduced […]
For the second time the young students of Fridays for Future Wuppertal* as well as other interested people, visited the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. This time, Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke and Jens Teubler gave a lecture on “Good and sustainable Living”. The reason for this was the big Friday demo, which took […]
In December, households started to implement actions designed to reduce their footprint. A family sold their car right at the beginning and has definitely switched to public transport. Another household has dealt intensively with its electricity consumption.