Festival Categories 2022: Green Cities
Whether you are a citizen just getting started on your green journey, an entrepreneur with a sustainable project in mind or a professional working close to any of our categories with a sustainable mindset, we offer a space in which you can get informed, learn and be part of a growing community of eco-changemakers!
With their dense population and limited space, cities present big challenges for all types of infrastructure—from production and delivery of goods and services, to waste disposal, air pollution, and energy use. How can new technologies help solve these problems and transform cities into models for a sustainable future?
Sustainable Food Systems
In cities the supermarket shelves are filled with every imaginable food item, often mass-produced, shipped across the world and stripped of its nutrients. The current system is sensitive to supply chain disruptions, it is resource intensive, and creates large amounts of food waste. How might we create an urban food system that meets a growing population’s need for nutritious food in a sustainable way?
Sustainable fashion goes beyond re-thinking the materials we use and the fast fashion model of production and consumption. Do you know who made your clothes and under what conditions? And what happens to your clothes when you’re no longer wearing them, where do they go? Sustainability in fashion means looking at the whole value chain and re-thinking it to move away from resource depletion, toxic substances, pollution, exploitation of labour, and mountains of waste. What role might cites play in this transformation?
Living sustainably in cities is a lot easier than you might think! City-dwellers rarely need to use cars to get around, and due to the amount of people, the options for everything from food to household items are abundant. If you want to live more sustainably, consider the consumption choices you make every day—from takeaway coffee to transportation—and see if you can find a sustainable option!
When talking about mobility in cities, and how to make it green, one needs to consider how multi-layered the topic is. The mobility system is made up of a multitude of actors—public, private, and individuals—and city planning and development present ever-evolving needs for getting around. How might we plan cities to ensure accessible and safe mobility for everyone—those who live in cities as well as people commuting from outside?
Climate activism is interdisciplinary advocacy for climate action to be recognized and addressed by policymakers. Citizens have a voice and it becomes stronger when banding together with other people. Companies can use their influence to advocate for climate action, too. Discover grassroots and brand campaigns that are trying to create a better future for everyone—opportunities for local, collective action are everywhere! What do you want your city of the future to look like?
The climate crisis and ecological breakdown can feel overwhelming. The best way to avoid getting paralyzed by it is to do something and to do it together. This crisis stems from a deep disconnection between humans and nature. By reconnecting with one another, we can start to heal these wounds and build resilience by creating strong communities. Communities can drive positive change and become a source of support in difficult times.