Feb 18, 2020

February

February 2020

"It was so long ago that my mind softens even the sharpest features, melting memories into liquid pain. (...) It's odd how faces, solid and visible as they are, evaporate, while words, made of breath, stay." Elif Shafak, 2014. The Architect's Apprentice.

Feb 14, 2020

February

February 2020

"no one told us that love was the hardest craft to master" by Elif Shafak (2014). The Architect's Apprentice.

Feb 6, 2020

February

February 

"Living wood, left long enough, behaves as a slow-moving fluid." Robert MacFarlane, 2019. Underland: a deep time journey.

Feb 1, 2020

February

February 2020

Which life is this?
Some say it’s hell
some say it’s bliss
Some neither know
 nor care to glimpse
 What is temporal
and what is permanent?
... 
She blinks
and in that instant
she lives half a thousand lives

“Thee Others” / Thatmanmonkz feat. Malik Ameer & Leron Thomas

Jan 6, 2020

Homo sapiens

January 2020

"We are not bacteria in a petri-dish earth." Are we? Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin (2018). The Human planet: how we created the Anthropocene. A Pelican book.

Dec 25, 2019

December


"Applying ourselves to minimize human suffering and the loss of species by making every efford to limit the coming chaos under rapid climate change is critical now and over the coming decades. The task is to first acknowledge the destructive power that human actions can have and then move rapidly to transform our energy and economic systems to limit the damage." Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin (2018). The Human planet: how we created the Anthropocene. A Pelican book.

Dec 24, 2019

December


"Rewilding is about an act of unbounded restoration, and an act of mitigating against the negative impacts of rapid environmental change in the Anthropocene." Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin (2018). The Human planet: how we created the Anthropocene. A Pelican book.

December


"This guide will help you to decipher the vast quantities of information you can glean from your local environment and especially your garden. (...) It will address many everyday questions that in the future you'll be able to answer for yourself; and many phenomena will suddenly be easier to understand when you know the background." Peter Wohlleben (2019). The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs. Penguin.

Dec 22, 2019

December

December 2019
"We create space - our holistic ’view of the world’ - to manage awareness, relate and contrast our embodied information. Perceived space and the space of cognition differ as to whether the space is built from our senses or our memory. The same portion of the brain processes both imagined spaces and those taken in through our eyes.’ Both spaces are the product of mental and bodily interaction. Their construction is conditioned by our age, our culture, and the social world we live in. It is astonishing that we can find consistency in such a relativistic understanding of space. Yet these consistencies ground our selves, our social conventions and the structures and cities that house them." Anders, Peter (2001). Domains of Body and MindConvergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 7(2), pp. 90-101.

Dec 12, 2019

December

December 2019

"We hope that The Limits to Growth will command critical attention and spark debate in all societies. We hope that it will encourage each reader to think through the consequences of continuing to equate growth with progress. And we hope that it will lead thoughtful men and women in all fields of endeavor to consider the need for concerted action now if we are to preserve the habitability of this planet for ourselves and our children." Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers & William W. Behrens III (1972). The Limits to Growth.

Nov 6, 2019

November

November 2019

“A garden of 1,000 square meters (a quarter of an acre) can pack away up to one ton of CO2 per year.” Peter Wohlleben (2019). The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs. Penguin.

Oct 19, 2019

October

October 2019

"In narrative terms, the Anthropocene began with widespread colonialism and slavery: it is a story of how people treat the environment and how people treat each other." Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin (2018). The Human planet: how we created the Anthropocene. A Pelican book.

Sep 29, 2019

September

September 2019
"One critical aspect of our environmental impact results from what we do with our time." (Lewis and Mark, 2018). Where do you choose to spend your time / resources / carbon dioxide / greenhouse gases / health / liberty / ...life?

Reference: Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin (2018). The Human planet: how we created the Anthropocene. A Pelican book.

Sep 23, 2019

September

September 2019

"If restoration is not possible for a disturbed ecosystem in an irreversibly changed environment, then rewilding is the adaptive tactic for regaining and maintaining functionality, perhaps with introduced components. (...) the rise of the rewilding concept is a sign that new approaches are urgently needed to conserve biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services under increasingly unpredictable global conditions, as traditional approaches on their own are demonstrably unfit for the challenges ahead." in Rewilding needs a conceptual framework. Is the adaptive cycle the answer?

Sep 12, 2019

Territory of Life

September 2019

"No matter how small, if you attend to the space you control with love you become part of the solution, not the problem! What can you plant? How can you tend it to encourage greater diversity of animal life? Who else can you invite to contribute? Can you grow a local network of flourishers? Vision the world you wish to create for yourself and the generations to come. Reinforce that vision every day and let it lead you! Make it a heart project – something that you do to enjoy the flourishing for its own sake. Invite others to join you. Enjoy the companionship of the other species and people that you share your space with, watch them grow and get to know them. Attend to the small details, enjoy the tiny as well as the large and flamboyant. Maybe your network can become a ‘Territory of Life’?" Flourishing Diversity: Learning from Indigenous Wisdom Traditions.

Sep 10, 2019

September

September 2019

"(...) selective tree breeding to enhance genetic diversity in forests and protect endangered genetic resources increases disease resistance, drought tolerance, and the ability to cope with more frequent and more destructive storms and fires; management practices that focus on mixtures instead of monocultures make forests more resilient, enhance energy and resource efficiency, protect forestry related jobs, increase competitiveness and expand business opportunities within the bio-based industries;" in European Union LIFE Programm Publications (2019). Ready, steady, green! LIFE helps farming and forestry adapt to climate change.

Aug 26, 2019

Agosto

August 2019

"[M]elhorar o efeito estético da vegetação natural (...) na base das paredes, juntas e áreas" que favoreçam "espécies com características desejáveis" quer por serem rasteiras, resilientes ou "pela beleza das suas cores, as quais por sua vez também abafarão as espécies de características indesejadas." Quercus - Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza: Autarquias sem Glifosato/Herbicidas.

Aug 19, 2019

Improve

August 2019 

 "(...) any knowledge we have is dependent on the technology, circumstances, situations, and actions from which it was constructed. (...) knowing, doing, feeling, and making sense are inseparable. Pragmatism is a practical, consequential philosophy, a practice that is concerned with imagining and enriching as much as understanding. The test it sets itself is to improve things."John McCarthy & Peter Wright, 2004. Technology as experience. London, MIT Press.

Aug 3, 2019

Painting with Nature

August 2019

"(...) it was nature herself who created the shapes and patterns (...) without the need for pruning shears; branches feathered down or twisted towards the sun; some trees grew so bushy that they were green barriers, while others were as delicate as ornamental lattice-work against the sky. (...) It was like painting with trees. The different hues of leaves, Miller said, should be like 'Lights and Shades in Pictures', while Collison described the way in which Petre used a tree's foliage, its texture, bark, height and shape, as his 'living pencils'." Andrea Wulf, 2009. The Brother Gardeners.

Jul 18, 2019

July

July 2019

"Infrastructure is both relational and ecological—it means different things to different groups and it is part of the balance of action, tools, and the built environment, inseparable from them. (...) to understand the interplay of online and offline behavior (...) include studying the design of infrastructure, understanding the paradoxes of infrastructure as both transparent and opaque, including invisible work in the ecological analysis, and pinpointing the epistemological status of indicators." Susan Leigh Star, 1999. The Ethnography of Infrastructure. American Behavioral Scientists, 43(3), pp 377-391.

Jul 13, 2019

July

July 2019

There is a small forest in the city "(...) that has a shade of green for every possible felicitation of light;" Zadie Smith, 2006. On Beauty. Penguin Books.

Jun 29, 2019

June

June 2019

“An organism tends to act upon the world in a mediated way. It actively converts (sensory) data into information and then constructively processes this information to manage its interactions with the world. (…) In humans, it evolves the unique capacity to gather, store, and retrieve, exchange, integrate, and update, use and indeed misuse semantic information acquired by other people, including past generations.” Luciano Floridi, 2010. Information: a very short introduction. Oxford University Press.

Jun 26, 2019

June


This plant (agapanthus) is producing flowers with more than the habitual 6 petals. In the photo you can see a flower with 10 petals. Other flowers with 8 and the usual 6.

Jun 19, 2019

June


"Without me having to lift a finger, or calling for help, I know that the images belong to me, the owner of the body within which that mind is being fabricated, as I write, the owner of the living organism that I inhabit." Antonio Damasio, 2019. The strange order of things. Vintage Books Edition.

Jun 13, 2019

Lightning speed


"(...) when workers in dirty sectors are offered good jobs in clean sectors (...), and are enlisted as active participants in a green transition, then progress can happen at lightning speed." Naomi Klein, 2015. This Changes Everything. Penguin books.

May 26, 2019

Behaviours

May 2019

"To the extent people prioritize values and goals such as achievement, money, power, status and image, they tend to hold more negative attitudes towards the environment, are less likely to engage in positive environmental behaviours, and are more likely to use natural resources unsustainably." Tim Cromptron & Tim Kasser, 2009. Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity.  

May 15, 2019

Flourishing

May 2019

«Homeostasis refers to the fundamental set of operations at the core of life, (...) is the powerful, unthought, unspoken imperative, whose discharge implies, for every living organism, small or large, nothing less than enduring and prevailing. (...) The part (...) that concerns "enduring" (...) produces survival and is taken for granted without any specific reference or reverence whenever the evolution of any organism or species is considered. The part of homeostasis that concerns "prevailing" (...) ensures that life is regulated within a range that is not just compatible with survival but also conductive to flourishing, to a projection of life into the future of an organism or a species.» Antonio Damasio, 2019. The Strange Order of Things. Vintage Books. 

May 10, 2019

May

May 2019

"Even at the outer limits of absurdity and contradiction people will make up anything. Then they will believe and build on this anything." in Anna Burns, 2018, Milkman

May 6, 2019

May

May 2019

"Focus on enjoying your dayly rituals, using them as tools to enter a state of flow. Don't worry about the outcome - it will come naturally. Happiness is in the doing, not in the result." Héctor Garcia and Francesc Miralles, 2017. Ikigai. Penguin.

Apr 12, 2019

Apr 11, 2019

April

April 2019

Mon'Ami. (Bosques na cidade / Small forests in the city) 

Mar 31, 2019

March

March 2019

"When one becomes a child of nature, one is encompassed by a natural beauty that only nature can give. The more one returns to the bosom of nature, the more intense that beauty becomes." (Soetso Yanagi, 2018. The Beauty of Everyday Things. Penguin Classics)

March

March 2019 

"There is no linear increase in fluidity without extensive systems of immobility." (Elliott & Urry, 2010. Mobile Lives)

Mar 20, 2019

March


"This is the third in a series of reports on the circular economy in support of the framing, implementation and evaluation of European circular economy policy from an environmental perspective. The two previous reports applied a systemic approach to framing a circular economy and to the products within it. This report on the bioeconomy addresses circularity aspects of bio-based products and the sustainable use of renewable natural resources." The circular economy and the bioeconomy — Partners in sustainability

Jan 2, 2019

January

January

"I planted seeds in a beautiful garden that I will never see and they will become tall  trees. I left some love and fantasies. This is my legacy. Dream it all for me." Rise up, wise up, eyes up. Ibeyi, 2018.

Dec 25, 2018

Biodiversity-rich areas

December

"Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) refers to the strategically managed network of urban green spaces and natural and semi-natural ecosystems situated within the boundary of an urban ecosystem. These high-quality, biodiversity-rich areas can help make cities more sustainable and contribute to solve many challenges, such as air pollution, noise, climate change impacts, heat waves, floods and public health concerns. As cities grow and develop, it is vital to improve the availability, quality and accessibility of UGI." MAES Joachim, ZULIAN Grazia, GUENTHER Susann,THIJSSEN Martijn, RAYNAL Julie, 2019. Enhancing Resilience Of Urban Ecosystems through Green Infrastructure (EnRoute).