Thousands of communities across the world are fighting climate change.
Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED): United Kingdom
BedZED is the United Kingdom’s first large-scale sustainable community, with 100 homes, office space for around 100 workers and community facilities. Residents at BedZED can reduce the carbon emissions of their whole lifestyle by nearly 50 per cent, including energy use in the home, transport and embodied carbon in food and consumer goods. BedZED demonstrates that the 80-90 per cent carbon reductions needed in Europe can be achieved cost effectively. Total energy use in the homes is 60 per cent less than for average homes in the local area, and a planned new biomass energy plant and off-site renewable energy will mean zero carbon emissions from energy use in the future. Watch videos about their sustainable lifestyle.
Fridge Without Using Electricity: Nigeria
In response to scarcity of electricity, Mohammed Bah Abba, a teacher in Northern Nigeria invented the Pot-in-Pot refrigerator, a fridge that doesn’t require electricity. It is a refrigeration device which keeps food cool without electricity by using evaporative cooling by filling the space between two pots with wet sand, and cover the top with a wet cloth. As the water evaporates from the sand, it pulls the heat out with it, cooling the inner pot. The invention is environment-friendly and has provided opportunities for rural women to sell food from home.
Lighting Up the World with LED Lamps: Australia, China, India and other countries
Lighting accounts for nearly 6 per cent of global CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, or 1,900 million tons of CO2 per year—which is the equivalent of CO2 emissions from 70 per cent of the world’s passenger vehicles. Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps can cut CO2 emissions 50 – 70 per cent. LED outdoor lighting also reduces costs, enhances public safety, minimizes light pollution and makes public spaces friendlier at night. The Climate Group’s LED programme supports a number of municipal governments are adopting LED lamps for streets and highways.
Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods: Fiji and other Pacific Island countries
Pacific Island Countries has been recognized to be the most vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. The International Union for Conservation of Nature aims to help Pacific Islanders effectively manage their mangrove and associated coastal ecosystems to build resilience to the potential consequences of climate change and support livelihoods, across five Pacific Island Countries — Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. Conservation of mangroves and coastal ecosystems has been identified as a key natural adaptation strategy and mitigation measure to the effects of climate change.