I started this column with the aim to explore sustainability initiatives in different countries around the world. As the environmental crisis is a global one, I hope that this look into other cultures’ attitudes and solutions to current environmental problems can spark dialogue and inspire change among the wider American community. I therefore encourage all my readers to leave comments or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with thoughts, opinions and questions!
We’re only one week away from Arbor Day, a once-in-a-year opportunity to plant trees and celebrate the arrival of Spring for many of us. However, for many Pakistanis, tree planting is carried out year-round as part of an ambitious national campaign to plant 1 billion trees in 5 years and reduce the nation’s high vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Learn more in Ginny Ip’s article.
What do Beethoven and recycling have in common? Taiwan’s unique solution to rising populations and the resulting trash production involves both! Find out more in Ginny Ip’s latest Grass Routes article.
Denmark is famously known for the cycle capital of the world, Copenhagen. As of 2016, there has been more bikes than cars on the streets. What makes cycling so popular among the Danes and can other countries follow this example? Read more here.
India turned to 100% organic in 2003 as the harmful effects of chemical pesticides and fertilizers on the land and its people became intolerable. What were the results of this radical experiment, and can other states follow? Ginny Ip has the answers.
How does one of the largest and most sustainable Asian cities, Hong Kong, deal with its recycling? Find out what these “cardboard grannies” do in this ECOpinon piece. By Ginny Ip.
Japan is serious about recycling, like a separating recyclables into more than 10 categories kind of serious. Ginny Ip learned this and more on her trip to Hokkaido, Japan.