biodiversityFrom Joondalup, Australia, to Zagreb, Croatia, to Curitiba, Brazil, to Edmonton, Canada, local governments have banded together to keep their cities ecologically sound as part of Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB), a project sponsored by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

The Ecologist (article not available online) reports that 21 cities from around the world have signed on to promote biodiversity in their respective regions. Each city was tasked with assessing its needs and mapping out five long-term initiatives to work toward, whether it be protecting birds, putting a stop to invasive plants, constructing green transportation, or providing educational programming.

LAB aims to establish an international collective committed to promoting sustainable, urban environments. Starting in March of 2009 the program will be open for all cities to join, with the hope that its pioneer cities can offer up support and guidance to newcomers.

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Monica Bhasin
2/16/2009 11:23:48 AM

Hello, I am a Delhi, India based curator and was looking for digital based art work around the subject of sustainability - cities, environment, architecture, technologies, culture, life! - videos, photo-based work, animations, games etc. - from across the world. This for an exhibition that is to be part of a larger forum - 'In a Planet of Our Own - A vision of sustainability from across six continents'. More information can be found below. I would really appreciate it if you could forward my mail to artists, filmmakers who may have some work that they could share with us. Thank you, regards, Monica Bhasin **************** In a Planet of Our Own A vision of sustainability from across six continents 15-22 March 2009 AEC World Expo 2009, Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Mumbai, India IIT, Mumbai, India and other venues. This international event is aimed at creating awareness on sustainability and simultaneously offers a platform for interaction for professionals and activists from various fields and the general public. The events are centered around the interests of students, educationists and practicing professional designers, engaged in any manner with a broad vision of sustainability and aims to address the need to reach a wider audience and create greater awareness. The event has been designed to be lively, interactive and thought provoking and will provide great opportunity to interact with stalwarts in the field of sustainable development and related practices, connect with thought leaders and listen to visions by outstanding speakers. The event comprises many exhibition opportunities and provides a wide platform for sustainability-related work done by individuals and institutions over the years. We are organizing public installations along with film/video screenings for the same. The films will be used for screenings within the exhibition and as part of a larger compilation to be exhibited in public spaces across Mumbai. W
1/5/2009 2:29:02 PM

If you're interested in these sustainable city projects, you may be interested in the green city guide project at Our travel guides highlight green attractions, hostels, organic markets, thrift stores, and bicycle rentals amongst other areas, - basically everything that other travel guides rarely mention - for cities such as New York, London and Singapore. The motivation behind these guides was to demonstrate that eco-tourism isn't just about yurts and expensive eco-lodges, as cities can make great green destinations too; and if travelers did try to think greener on city breaks, it would definately help cities reach their sustainability targets.

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