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Ayako Ezaki
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I think that the glass is half full, and that the other half is for those who need it most.
I think that the glass is half full, and that the other half is for those who need it most.

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A dramatic mode shift towards walking, biking, and transit “does not depend on injunctions from authorities. It increases when transport policies are logical and holistic, combining traffic calming techniques with the implementation of credible alternatives."

Cities can achieve major shifts, but it takes time - and "years of thoughtful, comprehensive planning".
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Using modeling and mainstreaming, Fort Collins established its strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, showing you don’t need to be a big city to achieve big climate results. (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
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"People with the genetic condition cystic fibrosis (CF) are all told by their doctors not to meet each other. Any physical contact poses a serious cross infection risk." But this group of musicians managed to form a choir without meeting each other in person.
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

In Swedish, the word is "dostadning" and it refers to the act of slowly and steadily decluttering as the years go by, ideally beginning in your fifties (or at any point in life) and going until the day you kick the bucket. The ultimate purpose of death cleaning is to minimize the amount of stuff, especially meaningless clutter, that you leave behind for others to deal with.
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Children Join the Fight Against Food Waste with Ugly Fruit and Veg

"About 20-40% of produce is wasted worldwide before it even reaches the store!" (Ugly Fruit & Veg)
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Host a bee-friendly BBQ or picnic & and other ideas for supporting bee-awareness efforts
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"Increased contact with nature is proven to have positive physical and mental effects, through mitigation of air pollution, increased physical activity and social interaction, and reduction in stress."

Greening our cities by introducing nature-based solutions to reduce environmental footprint and to improve quality of life
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EcoCities of the future will "require a different breed of urban planner, planners who are determined to care about the environment, to learn from and design with nature so that urban development will evolve as part of the natural order rather than worsen pressing challenges such as climate change, serious flooding, global warming, and the heat island effect."
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"If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think"
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"These were people writing, and you’re a person reading, and the president is a person."

A fascinating behind-the-scene peek into President Obama's "10 Letters a Day" routine to hear people's stories.
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