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How Many People are in the World?

How Many People are in the World?

The ever expanding world population arises the greater question of how the planet’s limited resources will be used among so many people. We already know that resources are not distributed equally. The wealthy populations in the West use far more oil based resources than the combined people of developing nations, despite their greater numbers. Will...
Complementary Currency and Its Importance Within Communities

Complementary Currency and Its Importance Within Communities

Complementary currency is, simply put an agreement within a community to use currency that is non-national as a way in which to pay each other for services delivered for example. It is also sometimes referred to as Complementary Community Currency.   This kind of currency can be implemented in two different ways: Mutual Credit or...
Eco-Friendly Weddings: Green Ways You Can Have that Special Day

Eco-Friendly Weddings: Green Ways You Can Have that Special Day

For those of you that have the engagement ring on your finger, the next step is to plan your wedding and knowing where to start is hard enough.   Planning a wedding can be stressful, but there is no need to put extra stress on the environment. It is time to think green and save...
The Causes of Global Warming: Natural or Man Made?

The Causes of Global Warming: Natural or Man Made?

Global warming (also referred to as Climate Change) is a complex issue which is difficult to tease out the human and the non-human causes.  The precise causes of global warming are not crystal clear; whether humans are the cause, the Earth’s natural cycle or a combination of both is still being examined. Natural Causes of...
What Is the Built Environment?

What Is the Built Environment?

Chances are you are reading this article in the built environment.  Your house, an office, maybe at the mall (although doubtfully InnoD readers are mall rats!) So, what is the built environment? It refers to all the man-made places, built up around us by our own society- a term that broadly encompasses all the infrastructure...
Ecotourism in South Africa

Ecotourism in South Africa

The International Ecotourism Society, also known as TIES, defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”   South Africa is still a developing country and many still live under the internationally established line of poverty. It is a country that was struck hard by...
Hassan Fathy: An Early Visionary of Sustainable Architecture

Hassan Fathy: An Early Visionary of Sustainable Architecture

Born in Alexandra on the 23rd of March, 1900, Hassan Fathy passed away in 1989, but not before leaving his mark on the world.   Fathy was an architect and the very first Egyptian that did not incorporate western ideologies into his architectural techniques. Instead he dug into the past and brought back old techniques...
How To Stop Global Warming: Small, Significant Things You Can Do

How To Stop Global Warming: Small, Significant Things You Can Do

You might think that stopping climate change is not a one man job and you are right, it isn’t. But this does not mean that your efforts are utterly useless. How to stop global warming One of the first steps you can take is becoming a little more self sustainable. Start a vegetable garden in...
Sustainability Grants: An Introduction

Sustainability Grants: An Introduction

Caring for the environment is a good cause, especially considering its present state.  Anyone can start from simple things at home like; sorting rubbish for recycling, turning off electrical appliances, conserving water, and using chemical-free cleaning fluids.  However noble these simple practices are, there is still a need for actions greater in both size and...
Organic Food Preservation Methods: Beyond Canning

Organic Food Preservation Methods: Beyond Canning

  Food preservation has long been a necessary pursuit of humans through the ages. While short term food preservation methods are largely dominated by today’s refrigerators, and long term preservation is dominated by canning or freezing, our ancient cultures thrived without such technology by collecting, drying and storing grain in large ceramic pots.  Hunter-gatherers preserved...
Ithaca Hours and How They Work

Ithaca Hours and How They Work

The Ithaca HOUR is a local currency used in Ithaca, New York and is the oldest and largest local currency system in the United States that is still in operation.  The basic premise of the Ithaca HOURS is that one Ithaca HOUR is valued at $10 US dollars, which is the average wage of the...
The History of Bartering: Still Has A Place Today

The History of Bartering: Still Has A Place Today

Barter is a method of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money. Although many economists and anthropologists have spent their entire careers documenting and explaining the history and significance of the bartering system the fact of the matter is...