Archive | February, 2012

On compiling a sustainable ipsum in two languages

9 Feb
Carlowitz_ Sylvicultura

Treatise title page

Language is one of the nicest little women … one of the nicest little women … that’s ever breathed … ever breathed! It reflects the culture and belief system we have – about a concept such as sustainability too. Some things repeatedly come into the German discussion that you hardly ever find in an English one – such as the reference to Hannß Carl von Carlowitz who penned Sylvicultura oeconomica in 1713, a treatise about managing forest resources sustainably. You can read it in google books, if you like Sütterlin script that is. Then there’s also Solidarity which doesn’t seem to feature much in the Anglo-Saxon discussion of sustainable development. This might be construed as being suggestive? At any rate, it makes for an interesting thought impulse.  In contrast, the English discussion frequently refers to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and there are far more terms for practical solutions already being tried out, such as community supported agriculture, downshifting, collaborative consumption. Again, very interesting. Is there more doing happening there?  Of course, some of these terms enter the German discussion, but of you try to generate an ipsum using only German terms, its interesting what falls away.

It’s also possible to tweak the sustainable ipsum in a number of directions: for example to a more positive or more negative version. We tended to leave most negative stuff out, such as hunger, poverty, corruption and all that end-of-the-world stuff but really, you could write one optimistic, positive, freshgreen lorem and another negative, pessimistic darkgreen one entirely. Our field is the food system so our ipsums are naturally slanted towards agriculture and the food chain. There’s a wee bit of finances and reporting in there, but for your field a green ipsum might end up rather different. Our language also reflects our time: as new people, fresh ideas and seminal texts enter the discursive arena, our sustainable ipsum will change.

If you are into sustainable development and you enjoy language or culture, I recommend that you try to compile a green ipsum in your language or field or country and share it with us. It’s an interesting experience. You’ll definitely learn something.


Eco Ipsum

7 Feb

Hey, it’s another impious ipsum! Yup, our sustainable ipsum is the latest in a list of light-hearted lipsums. And, we haf even given you a German version! Generators will follow, when we figure that one out.

With the amount of insincere ipsums available online it’s getting easy to write a little story…

Lets say a Hipster goes out to dinner with a Gangsta from Australia. They have a bacon starter, followed by tuna mains with two scrumptious veggies. They wash it all down with some beer and have cupcakes for dessert. Together they talk about their start-up and how it’s going to go corporate (you all know not to talk about politics or religion or weather). There’s a nerdy young journalist from Yorkshire listening in. He’s pretending to read an author from the Classics. That makes the manly hairy hipster swear. He wishes zombies and a Vatican assassin upon the journo! The thought of which is so comic that they order some more liquor. They decide to go to the movies to watch Samuel L. Jackson, Arnie, The Big Lebowski or Scarface. But they opt for TV instead, preferring to watch old shows and sing theme songs. Finally, they choose from Daleks, Star wars and Matrix in the Outer Space channel.

So, did you notice? There’s no weather ipsum! Not even a climate change ipsum – any takers?

Sustainable Ipsum

6 Feb

hippie disclosure edible gardens PLCA rising sea levels Limits To Growth animals GHGE small island states World Summit on Sustainable Development aquaculture AccountAbility1000 ecosystem Johannesburg externality Gaia volunteering EMAS ecovillage women EFQM the animals save the planet GPP carsharing The Commons trust Rio codex GIY (grow it yourself) culture complexity WBCSD certificate organic Civil Society slow wine carbon trading worldchanging Bellagio Principles youth carrying capacity treehugger justice lifestyles closed loop locavore leadership coherence SRI conservation Natural Step precautionary principle The BioDaVersity Code opensource Green Belt Movement carpools agroforestry sustainable development fresh Caux Round Table Principles for Business foodsystem green angels thinktank integrity Ethical Trading Initiative interdependence Downshifters human rights The Amazon organism urban agriculture mindful people meaningful work SPP mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the greenest of them all?

biomimicry Al Gore rebound effect Our Common Future less aesthetics more ethics FSC anthropocene SIGMA Guidelines land-grabbing CSR activism LOVOS artisan WRAP biodiversity C2C bicycle LED biocapacity ILO-OSH-MS biocentric IPCC social change environmental CERES earth WCED equity Rio+20 minimum wage education4sustainability Terra Madre animal welfare e-car Small Is Beautiful coral reef slow baking zero waste freegan long-term fair solidarity re-examine Gross Domestic Happiness footprint taste-the-waste foodcoops transparency scenarios ecosystem services liftclub time

local hero The Keidanren Charter for Good Corporate Behaviour quality of life MDG anthropocentric EVOKE alternatives GRI adaptation NGO aid LCA access MSC accountability CSA heritage and heirloom foods No Impact Project ecoliteracy work-life-balance Silent Spring empower IUCN educate Equator Principles sustainable consumption & production slow city Grameen Bank tapwater upcycle urbanisation Factor 4 vegetarian Global Compact values Industrial Ecology traceability Ashoka systems thinking global Rachel Carson gleaning Social Accountability 8000 paradigm change CCS growth OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises one planet SRoI human Do Lectures hydroponic Smallscale Livestock Production health ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work habitat smart growth SRI holistic MGA fisheries collapse indeces food miles green building jungle global hectare guerrilla gardening hybrid car solar power innovation Global Marshall Plan intergovernmental remanufacture School-in-the-Wilds inclusivity issues implementation secondhand

greening Goliaths multiplying Davids clean technology deep ecology public transport system biofuels UN desertification C2G dialogue DJSI downcycle CSO development ISO desalination LOHAS triple bottom line drip-irrigation D4S diversity OHSAS18001 think global act local Vandana Shiva ecological CO2e economical COP16 stakeholder engagement slow food intergenerational solidarity eco-textiles Natural Chic windfarm no-till farming waterfootprint Brundtland change peak everything community water-saving measures capacity-building Factor 10 commitment 3P’s vermiculture Community Supported Agriculture repurpose facilitation hedonic treadmill The Global Sullivan Principles green governance The Story Of Stuff seasonal produce generations Club of Rome greenwashing transition town social entrepreneur harmony The 100-Thing Challenge homemade Grocery Store Wars handmade index

permaculture eco-packaging Corporate Citizen participatory rent-a-farmer planet Earth Summit plant enviro-friendly political rainforest Happiness RnD resilience FLA Code of Conduct responsibility regional renewables League for Pastoral Peoples reporting Hundertwasser Architecture resources Green Certificate rucksack Thinking Like A Mountain green supply chain reduce reuse recycle sustaining rather than draining repair recover rethink rebuy refuse Natural Capitalism reinvent Kyoto Protocol refill Hannover Principles retool Business Ethics reframing The Right Livelihood Awards sustainability Voluntary Principles on Human Rights and Security sustained Carrot Mob swopshop climate change Nudging society rent-a-chicken social Robin Hood Tax clothing-swops mitigation slow The GoodCorporation Standard soil Beyond Growth solutions stewardship train Benefit Sharing transformation ethical banking indigenous peoples social audit ethical pricing healthy communities food foraging integrated farming peak oil population growth round tables resource efficiency reliable prosperity food security sustainable design sustainable tourism clean energy windturbine essential needs farm-to-fork life mobility planet-profit-people The Meatrix carbon emissions New Realism migration collaborative consumption microcredit nature carbon credits negotiation local currency you

Blindtext nachhaltig

5 Feb

Unser Blog-Projekt beginnt und es gibt noch keinen Text? Doch! Alles was nachhaltig ist, kann schon mal den Platz halten. Und den ersten Eintrag mit Text füllen.

Der meist benutzte Lorem Text soll auf Passagen aus Ciceros „De Finibus Bonorum Et Malorum“ („Vom höchsten Gut und vom größten Übel“) zurück gehen. Das fünfbändige Werk diskutiert Ethiktheorien, demnach ist der Fülltext hervorragend für ein Blog über Nachhaltige Entwicklung und verwandte Themen geeignet. Nur – Latein ist nicht mehr so ganz alltagstauglich.

Obwohl es eine herrliche Auswahl an deutschen Blindtextgeneratoren gibt, z.B. bei Blindtextgenerator, ist die Anzahl eher klein. Kafka, Werther oder Trappatoni sind wahlweise literarisch oder lustig, aber ein nachhaltiger Blindtext ist bisher nicht zu finden. Grund genug für uns, einen zu entwickeln: Lorem ipsum sylvicultura oeconomica.

Im Gegensatz zu einem üblichen Platzhaltertext darf dieser Text ablenken, er soll einen sinn-vollen Inhalt darbieten.

Lorem ipsum sylvicultura oeconomica

3 Feb

Agenda 21 Gemeingüter ökonomisch Integrität partizipativ skaten und bladen Mehrwegflasche LOVOS Energiesparlampe Wirtschaft Nachhaltigkeits-Dreieck gerecht Ökologisierung Spülstopp Wende Konstanz haushalten Faktor 4 Meadows Rio Wohlstand nachwachsende Rohstoffe Wachstum Bedürfnisse Gebrauchtkaufen Leitplankenmodell Windpark Erdgipfel car-sharing leben Klimabündnis giftfrei ökologisch sozial nachhaltige Entwicklung fairreisen Permakultur Die Bahn Ressourcenverknappung Generationengerechtigkeit spenden Artenvielfalt Planet Sozialunternehmertum Fischführer bio Fahrrad Mobilität Indizes unsere gemeinsame Zukunft Wald Pflanze handeln Verantwortung Global Marshall Plan lokal flächengebundene Tierhaltung Ökobaustoffe Leitbild grün Zukunftsfähig ökologisch transformieren Naturspielräume Komplexität Kohlendioxidäquivalente Grenzen des Wachstums Technikfolgenabschätzung Brundtland Wiege-zur-Wiege öko Biodiversität politisch Nachhaltigkeitsrat Biokraftstoffe sozial-ökologisch Wuppertal Berichterstattung Regenwald Energiewende Bevölkerungsentwicklung Bürgerengagement Grenzen des Wachstums Milleniumsentwicklungsziele Bildung nachhaltige Verpflegungslösungen gut leben statt viel haben

Bruttosozialglück Resilienz stiften Weltverbesserer Baum bestandsschonend Zertifikat Natur Flächennutzung Boden konsumieren Global Compact Solidarität Umwelt regional Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie Passivhaus Perspektiven reinigen Transparenz Bewahrung Solarenergie FONA klimafreundlich Materialströme integrierende Gesundheit Balance Ökoprofit Wir haben die Erde nicht von unseren Eltern geerbt, sondern von unseren Kindern geliehen Verhaltensänderung Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement Utopia integrierte Produktion Blauer Engel Ökosteuer Biosphäre saisonal Persistenz Veredelungsverlust Wassersparen RegioGeld Lebensqualität Gemüse-Selbst-Ernte Kleidertausch lebenslanges Lernen starke oder schwache Nachhaltigkeit Resistenz Rote Liste grüner Konsum Mitfahrzentrale Entkopplungsstrategie Erde reparieren Subsistenz Fußabdruck Biomasse Wüstenbildung Verhaltenskodex konservierende Bodenbearbeitung Askese Wasserkraft Rucksack Food-Coops Entrümpelung Johannesburg Süßwassermangel Gleichstellung Homo oeconomicus genießen Nichtregierungsorganisation Slow nachhaltiger Warenkorb Postwachstumsökonomik

Charta nachhaltig Gesellschaft Dreieck Biokapazität Weizsäcker integratives Modell Generationen Stadtgarten Entschleunigung Club-of-Rome Chancen drei Säulen Kommunen Rohdung global denken lokal handeln Konsistenz Beifang ökologische Tragfähigkeit Stecker rausziehen Deklaration Nachhaltigkeit Dow Jones Sustainability Index Ökobilanz Dialogprozess Ressourceneffizienz UN vegetarisch Wasser alltagsadäquat Weltkommission Treibhauseffekt Öko-Audit Nachhaltigkeitspreis Regionalwert AG komplexe Demographie partnerschaftlich Verkehrsaufkommen Grenzen Vereinte Nationen Leitsätze ÖPNV Werte Fairer Handel Kühe mieten Wertstoffbörsen integrierendes Nachhaltigkeitsdreieck Luft Aquakultur Denken wie ein Berg Wiege-zur-Bahre fair Alternativen Paradigmenwechsel Sonnenenergie Suffizienz Menschenrechte Dekade work-life-balance Grundbedürfnisse artgerecht Zeitenwende LOHAS Dachbegrünung Wohlbefinden globaler Hektar systemisch Herausforderungen

Effizienz zu Fuß unterwegs Mensch Agrarwende Recycling Selbstverpflichtung Eisbär Glücksforschung Ethik globale EMAS Hybrid Emissionshandel genossenschaftliches Wohnen vollwert Kultur Feldwaldbau erneuerbare Energien Faktor 10 Weltgipfel Ernährung Energieverbrauch Containertauchen geothermische Energie Umweltschutz Ernährungswende GRI Einklang Lüneburg Elektromobil Stadtentwicklung von Hauff greenwashing Abfallvermeidung ethische Kapitalanlagen eco Strategie Lebensstile Menschenrechte Ein-Säulen-Konzept Innovationen umweltfreundlich Lebensräume Elastizität Rat Tier Erdgas Slow-Baking verwenden statt verschwenden Szenarios Mindestlohn ergonomisch Biosphärenreservat Naturtextilien Prinzipien natürlich Pyramiden-Modell Indikatoren Ökosystem Säulen Forstwirtschaft regenerativ Globalisierung produzieren Regionalisierung Windkraft Hans Carl von Carlowitz Umweltmedizin Öko-Tex-Standard Nachhaltigkeitskodex Klima nachhaltige Entwicklung ist eine Entwicklung die den Bedürfnissen der heutigen Generation entspricht ohne die Möglichkeiten künftiger Generationen zu gefährden ihre eigenen Bedürfnisse zu befriedigen Zeit