Discover the Desert Lily that bloomed in Namibe Desert after years

In March of this year there was a flowering surprise in the Namibe Desert, when after 3 years, in a huge arid area, the typical lilies of this region flourished!

This phenomenon was due the rains that brought this blessing to this desert area in Africa, making all the beauty of this vegetation reappear, which in recent times has been lost due to the dry climate.

Rebirth of the Desert Lily

Literally, green and flowery life was reborn in the desert!

The desert lily is also known as the Sandhof lily, due to the fact that the high incidence of this plant is located on a farm with that name.

This plant is native to the African continent, mainly in the areas of Botswana and Namibia and is exuberant for its showy and fragrant flowers, white with pink nuances.

Delicacy and beauty in bloom

With the end of the rains and the return of the arid climate, the lilies stop blooming and all this flowery magic disappears. However, when the rains fall it is a gift to appreciate and contemplate so much life and beauty!

This blessing from Mother Nature provided unforgettable moments for those who can see, live and in colour, hundreds of hectares flowered by the desert lilies!

Designer created furniture with abundant raw material, adding some more resources and the result is spectacular.

Do you know that story that less is more? Designer Stefan Diez, who lives in Germany, gave an example of how this is true at a Japanese event. He created furniture with an abundant raw material, adding some more resources and the result is spectacular.

Stefan Diez’s work was accomplished when he was asked to work with bamboo master Yoshihiro Yamagishi in his workshop on the island of Kochi in southern Japan.

Its main focus was to reinterpret the traditional bamboo bench, a type of seat that is still used in many places in Japan. The idea was to modernize to value ancestral work.

The furniture was designed to be easily assembled. And strings (which give more resistance) and glass were added, giving a simple and contemporary finish.

Bamboo furniture was developed by the “Japanese Creative” initiative, founded by the designer and art director Tokaki Hiromura, whose aim was to promote the memory and heritage of Japanese handicrafts. For that, international designers were invited to collaborate with great Japanese masters in contemporary design projects.

How will the planet be in 2030?

Climate change can pose a threat to the future of the planet, but with some correct measures, the reality can be quite different. See what is being done and what can help to stem the advance of global warming.

Global temperature records show that the planet is getting hotter over the years – and faster than we imagined.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the period from 2015 to 2019 is about to become the hottest of all time. Scientists say that this type of phenomenon is becoming more likely and more persistent, and this is partly due to climate change.

Until recently, the international community had focused on trying to limit CO2 emissions to contain warming. However, based on more recent data, other policies are being implemented, with the aim of minimizing the effects of this phenomenon, the consequences of which are already being seen worldwide. It is known that this is not an easy battle to be won, but there are already many initiatives in progress.

If mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change are successful, in the next decade it will be possible to achieve new everyday scenarios, in various aspects, according to the World Economic Forum.

Mobility

Most trips will be made by train or shared electric car, equipped with algorithms that select the best route to reduce consumption and maximize the number of passengers. In cities, we will choose to walk, cycle or use public transport in order to save time and improve our quality of life by reducing noise and traffic jams.

Architecture and urbanism

The houses will be increasingly powered by renewable energy and almost no concrete buildings will be built. There will be fewer areas dedicated to cars (such as parking lots) and more spaces built for pedestrians, such as parks and gardens.

Foods

Food based on fruits and vegetables will be more available to the population, while meats and dairy products will no longer be essential items in our diet. As a result, the tendency is for a reduction in livestock activity, with a positive effect on reforestation and, consequently, an increase in the land available for the cultivation of food for human consumption.

These are some examples of what the planet might look like in the next decade. But for this to be a reality, it will only depend on our personal and collective attitudes.

City distributes 75,000 seedlings to the population to grow their own food

City of Victoria, Canada, wants to ensure food security through urban agriculture

Victoria is a Canadian city famous for its flower gardens. The climate favours the cultivation of different types of flowers and the city is known as Canada’s flower capital, or the “garden city”. But the pandemic changed this scenario a little.

With the pandemic, the city gardening team prioritised the planting of vegetable seedlings that are being distributed free to the population, since people’s interest in growing their own food has grown considerably at this time.

This is the first time since World War II that the city has focused on helping citizens to produce their own food. The goal is to ensure food security in the city at a time when many people are experiencing economic problems, food prices are rising in the markets and some food stocks are low.

Priorities

Families that have been hardest hit by the pandemic and affected by social isolation measures have priority in the distribution of seedlings. According to the city hall website, priority will be given to those who have recently lost their jobs, indigenous people, people with low immunity or risk groups, families in situations of social vulnerability and special cases that will be evaluated by the municipal administration.

Families that have children enrolled in the public education system will also be able to receive the seedlings, as well as all didactic material needed for classes at home.

75 thousand seedlings

So far, the municipal gardening team has made 75,000 seedlings available for donation, in a total of 17 species of vegetables: broccoli, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, zucchini, young pumpkin, cabbage, mustard leaves, chard, cabbage, basil and parsley.

One of the criteria for choosing the vegetables was the ease of cultivation, even by less experienced gardeners, in addition to the possibility of planting the seedlings in backyards or smaller areas, in pots indoors and on balconies for example. The seeds were donated by local producers.

Distribution

The delivery of the seedlings began on May 25 and runs through June 11 and is being carried out by different NGOs in the city. To access the seedlings, before they are delivered to the general public, it is necessary to register according to the priority criteria presented by the city.

Support for urban agriculture

During the action, students working with volunteers are taking courses in agriculture and learning about the country’s agrarian credit policies. Urban and family agriculture is highly valued and a series of measures and protocols from the city government encourages the population to produce their own food.

The city allows, for example, the creation of chickens and bees in backyards, encourages the creation of community gardens, orchards, gardens on green roofs and has a special program that sponsors the planting of fruit trees and chestnuts in public spaces. The sale of products grown at home is also permitted and encouraged as a tool to improve the domestic economy.

Teach your child to recognise and value nature

Is your child never in contact with nature? It’s time to change that now!

In the past, every neighbourhood had a square, park or field, where children played with friends. This freedom provided to the boys and girls of that time, favoured them to have a greater contact with nature. Today, with the advance of urban centres – and the consequent increase in violence – children no longer play on the street.

This changed so much that in 2005 the writer Richard Louv coined the term “Nature’s Deficit Disorder (TDN)”, quoted in his book “The last child in nature”, calling attention to the negative impact that the lack of contact with the natural environment can cause in children’s lives.

The solution, of course, would be to try to increase their contact with nature, which can be a little difficult for those who live in large cities.

Even so, it is always possible to start. And the first step is to do programs in parks, gardens, butterfly gardens, in short, anywhere that transports your little one to a greater contact with nature. And this benefit extends to everyone, after all, some studies show that contact with green reduces stress, improves concentration and increases the feeling of well-being.

Have you ever wondered how important recycling is for the environment?

Recycling is one of the best solutions for preserving the environment and for the growing problem of waste generation.

Recycling is one of the most explored subjects today. Despite this, many people still do not know exactly what it is and how it works and how important it is to the environment. If this is your case, it will no longer be: check out everything you need to know about it below:

What is recycling?

Recycling is a process that consists of transforming discarded materials into new items and products, which can be reinserted in the consumption chain. As a consequence, new products are made available to the consumer, without the need to extract more natural resources.

The recyclable wastes are separated according to their composition, being generally classified into paper, plastic, glass and metal. The separation of these materials and forwarding for selective collection facilitates the recycling process, which will be different for each raw material.

Glass, for example, is melted for smelting, as is metal. The paper is crushed and
mixed with water, so that it becomes a cellulose paste. Plastic is already ground until it becomes the grain it was at the beginning of its manufacture. All of this is done in large industrial equipment, which always works with tons of materials so that the process compensates for expenses.

How important is recycling for the environment?

The cycle created by recycling is important for several reasons. Between them:

  • Less garbage accumulated in dumps and sanitary landfills that, consequently, will have a longer useful life;
  • Less water and / or soil contamination, which would occur with the incorrect disposal of recyclable materials;
  • Aid in the scarcity of new raw materials for industrial production;
  • Help in general cleaning of the city;
  • Reduces electricity costs;
  • It provides a great offer of jobs.

There are other useful and valid measures for reducing human-generated waste, as well as other forms of reuse and energy generation, but recycling is the main one. Still, it has its limitations.

If recycling is not done correctly and by responsible agencies, it can generate other hazardous waste for the environment, which can contaminate the soil or air. On the other hand, even if the process is completely effective and safe, it is difficult for recycling to cope with the amount of waste in certain places, such as large cities.

Anyway, this is an essential measure for the planet to remain habitable for longer. Recycling is one of the best solutions to the growing problem of waste generation, and contributing to this process is the responsibility of every citizen. Do your part with the selective collection and favour the environment and your own community!