Tirana’s Comprehensive Plan For a Sustainable Future

Tirana is a beautiful city in Albania with layers of history still painted on the buildings through architecture and design. I spent a whole day walking through the streets of Tirana searching for some of 750 000 bunkers scattered across the country from a previous leader who was paranoid of an enemy that didn’t exist.…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating place. The war from the 1990s has left challenges for the economy and society. Tourism has become a strong part of their economic recovery and bullet holes still riddle many of the prominent buildings in Sarajevo and other major cities. Although a small population of about 3.5 million people,…

The Global Pact Saving Our Urban Food System

Today, just over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. According to the United Nations, by 2050 this is expected to grow to almost 70 percent with an additional 2.4 billion urban dwellers worldwide. Currently, global cities account for 3 percent of land mass but are responsible for the majority of resource consumption…

The Innovative Global Network Tackling Climate Change

Summer in Spain is in full swing and the days seem to keep getting hotter and hotter, with extreme weather events like heat waves becoming the norm. On a hot Spanish day in Valencia, I was fortunate enough to meet with Jose-Luis Muñoz, the Director of EIT Climate KIC in Spain. Instead of being in a…

Paris Perspectives: Moving Towards a Sustainable Society

We are excited to announce we have an amazing Sustainability Reporter, Nicky Andrews joining the Planet B Insights team! Nicky lives in France and will be sharing her perspectives and experiences of living an environmentally conscious lifestyle in one of the world's most popular cities, Paris.Here is her first post! Do you care greatly about…

Australian National Outlook 2019: A Drifting or Dynamic Future For Australia?

“The only way to change the future is to disrupt the present.”- Basically every visionary person at some point in history The Australian National Outlook 2019 was released earlier this week by the CSIRO along with 20 partner organisations. It is a report that models Australia's future to 2060 focusing on social, environmental and economic…

SynchroniCity: The EU’s Plan to Build the Ultimate Smart City Network

Data today can be used to improve as well as hinder society. With large companies dominating data from our devices, it is important we create new networks that add value to society and help to generate more equitable options for people, place and the planet. There are some exciting emerging models of using data to…

How Innovative Partnerships Can Transform Cities

I had heard about Finland’s progressive culture and Government but it wasn’t until I was on the ground and hearing from locals that I got a true sense of it. When I met with Tiina Kähö, Executive Director of Helsinki Metropolitan Smart and Clean Foundation, one of her first questions was ‘Who have you met…