Newsletter Edition | October 2013
Dear Members of the Global Network on Sustainable Lifestyles,

It is time for another update full of exciting news: the match-making feature is up and running!

The GNSL team would like to thank Olof Soebech for her great contributions to the network. They are always interesting to read and are a good example of how the network can become a hub for exchanging ideas, sharing information, experiences and tools that prove living more sustainably today is possible.

We encourage all our members to get engaged in all the discussions of their interest, to share their experiences, ideas, doubts, and to get active!


...that the Global Network on Sustainable Lifestyles can easily help you to get your projects and your interests forward

Are you looking for someone who has expertise in the area of sustainable mobility; or someone who can help to endorse your local initiative; or someone who can work for you and your organization or project; or maybe someone who can help you getting your ideas funded...?

Or perhaps you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in more activities enabling a more sustainable way of living; maybe you can offer some space on your homepage to endorse an initiative; share your knowledge and perhaps even invest in a promising venture...?

If you answered yes... then YOU are in the right place! Just visit the GNSL match-making section. Here you can post your needs and offers to find your match among other members. It is very simple, you can add your own requests and offers as well as reply to others.

...that more than 100 Big Ideas of the BIG2050 project are online?

Keeping true to its objective of raising awareness about how living sustainably today is possible, the Promising Practices of the project “Budding Ideas Glocally for 2050” can already be found online.


... to decrease (and eventually eradicate) food waste!
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Every one of us purchases and consumes food every day but how often do you think about its entire consumption chain? The EU commission’s public consultation on food is an example of how to value food differently. As we can see in our network, members are very much engaged on this issue as well. Erik Gerritsen shared the results of a study that examines the environmental and health aspects of food and in her introduction, Emma Marsh presented UK’s WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste initiative.

What do you think we can do to address the impacts of food management and consumption? Share your thoughts at the discussion board!

READ MORE ABOUT FOOD WASTE make the world a cleaner place! Starting by your city

One of our members, Lucas Ivorra Peñaforte, promoted and supported the 7000xBogotá initiative, a program inspired by the global movement "Let's Do It World”. In a relatively short period of time they managed to inspire more than 1500 people to join and clean the city in one day. Their slogan "when we act together, great things happen" became true.

Date: November 4 - 5th, 2013
Location: Berlin - Germany

The last of the workstudio series for BIG2050 projects will take place in Berlin on November 4 and 5. Invitations are being sent out to participants across Europe. If you are a member of the GNSL based in Europe please make sure you received your “Save the Date” with all the relevant information.

The outcomes of this workstudio will be available in the Knowledge Center and taken forward through the match-making and discussion boards. ...and stay tuned, the Ghana Workstudio Report will be available soon!

Dates: October 3 - 5, 2013
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Organized By: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Website and more information

The conference will take place from October the 3rd to the 5th in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The focal theme of is “Climate Change, Aquatic Ecosystems and Food Security”. The conference offers a space for people who work in the critical areas of sustainable development and ecosystem management. During the seminar important topics, for example assessing the current status of the impact of climate change in various sectors such as environment, economy and the society, will be addressed.

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