Urban community gardens offer the potential to positively transform our urban landscapes. They provide us with space for recreation, community development, and help to mitigate the urban heat island.
I think that the word “transition” means a lot of different things to different people. The word has certainly been around for a while – there is the demographic transition and transition economies, there is also transitioning from one field of work to the next.
When I started this blog I had grand plans (you can check out all of my great plans here). Naturally, however, if you check you will see that thus far I have barely written anything – Oops. I blame writing exhaustion from finishing up my PhD thesis (that is a thing, right?).
If you have been around transition research for a while, you know that it is full of jargon and other nonsense that makes it difficult to understand. The concept of a “community-based initiative”, sometimes called a grassroots initiative or simply a “CBI”, is one of those things with a complicated name, but in reality is quite simple.
I must admit that I am a little nervous about finally starting a blog. It’s something that I have been thinking about for most of my PhD and kept putting off. There is nothing like the self-doubt of “I don’t know enough yet” or “who cares what I have to say?” that helps me put off even the easiest of tasks. Okay, so why blog now?
I have long wanted to start my own blog. I have started, stopped, deleted, started again. I blame my PhD - after all who wants write MORE after writing all day? Not me. I admire all those academics who write lovely academic blogs in their free time. They are all so insightful and beautifully written. How do they do it and still find time to sleep?
Today’s podcast is with Mr. Alexander Breit, a member of Transition Town Frankfurt. Transition Town Frankfurt is a community-based initiative in Frankfurt focused on tackling issues such as climate change and peak oil.
Today’s podcast is a little bit different. Instead of me interviewing a guest, I discuss my own research on the topic of disasters and transitions. I talk about how I got into the topic of disasters and transitions.
Today’s podcast is with Dr. Prajal Pradhan, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. I talk to Prajal about his motivation to study food systems and climate change. He explains the relationship between agriculture and the environment.
Today’s podcast is with Wei Weng, a PhD student at the Humboldt University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. I talk to Wei about how she first got interested in studying aerial rivers.
Today’s podcast is with Dr. Mady Olonscheck, one of the founders of GreenAdapt. I talk to Mady about the how GreenAdapt was started, including her inspiration from both talks to school children and her PhD.
Okay, so I am back after far too long of break!
Today’s podcast continues my discussion with Dr. Ramana Gudipudi and Dr. Luis Costa who both do work on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Today’s podcast is with Dr. Ramana Gudipudi and Dr. Luis Carvalho Costa who both do work on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ramana’s work focuses on reducing emissions in cities whereas Luis’ work focuses on which lifestyle and technology changes reduce emissions.
Today’s podcast is with Dr. Bin Zhou who conducts research on the urban heat island effect.
In the inaugural podcast episode I talk to Gregor von der Wall about urban community gardening in the German capital of Berlin. Gregor is a founding member of the Max Pflanzen garden and his master’ thesis explored the problems faced by urban community gardens.
THIS WEEK IN TRANSITIONS
As you may have noticed, I have really gotten behind on my weekly TWIST posts. It’s not that I haven’t tried, but every time I have been uninspired. However, this week something has changed. This week a large hurricane, Hurricane Florence, is hitting the east coast of the United States.
I think sometimes we can become a bit zealous in our advocacy for the environment. Not that climate change and clean air aren’t worthy of zealousness- but we have to realize that when we push for climate change policies, those policies create both winners and losers.
It’s been one of those whirlwind weeks.
Early in the week President Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. While many articles focused on Kavanaugh’s view of presidential deference or tried to analyze his past rulings on Roe v. Wade, environmentalist were screaming at his threat to the environment.
Thursday there was sudden breaking news all over social media. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt handed President Trump his resignation letter (and boy what a “Dear Leader” letter it was).
A lot of news this week focused on how what we eat can mitigate climate change. In particular, we saw the argument that we should eliminate or greatly reduce dairy or meat products. In the news, China’s increasing consumption of milk could greatly increase our global livestock emissions. We also saw the argument that “natural” ranching practices are also just a bad.