Earthships are taking off
Houses like this one (above) are made from recycled material: outer walls are made of tyres rammed with earth and inner walls built using cans, bottles and cement. They are called 'earthships'. According to the Low Carbon Network, Britain generates 40 million used tyres each year. This growing tyre mountain could build 20,000 new earthships each year. Developed in the US, they are now found in Chile, Bolivia, Belgium, Scotland, Mexico, Honduras, South Africa and Japan.
More information: www.earthships.org and photos: http://www.earthship.org/ edu/international.htm
Solar bridge for peace-building
Peace is being forged through joint environmental activism by bringing solar energy to four villages in Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Arab-Ka'abneh (West Bank, Palestine) is the first of these villages: in March 1999 it received electricity for the first time. To achieve this, researchers from the four partner countries, who had never previously met because of regional politics, worked co-operatively and will continue to do so for other sites.
More information: http://www.greenstar.org
Gender awareness boards Montreal's buses
The city's 'Between two stops' service reduces women's fear of violence by allowing women to get off the bus at night between two stops at a place closer to their destination.
More information: http://www.bestpractices.org (see page 28 for access details).