The Sustainable Slow Down: Energy

This year, majority of us have been forced to slow down. Our lifestyles are changing and we are all spending way more time at home. This has also created important space for the Black Lives Matter movement to highlight the systemic racism that exists today. With so much change and yet more down time than…

How Innovative Partnerships Can Transform Cities

I had heard about Finland’s progressive culture and positive action on climate change. However, it wasn’t until I was on the ground and hearing from locals about clean tech, partnerships and new business models that I got a true sense of it. When I met with Tiina Kähö, Executive Director of Helsinki Metropolitan Smart and…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Helsinki

After docking the trusty old 'Viking' ferry, it was time for me to explore my next stop, Helsinki. I battled like nothing else trying to navigate my big blue bag through the cobblestone streets and found myself repeatedly cursing my decision to switch from backpack to wheely suitcase. It was all worth it in the…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Stockholm

'Sometimes we joke that our children are owned by the state and we just borrow them.' A local shared this anecdote with me after telling how his children have to do an annual survey that asks about their food habits at home. If the school deems that they are not eating healthy enough then a…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Tokyo

Debating which ramen I should buy in a Tokyo supermarket, an older Japanese lady decided it was the perfect time to start a conversation. She spoke in very fast Japanese about how the Fukushima disaster has changed agriculture in Japan and means that a lot of food is now imported from overseas. She looked at…

Using Human Centred Design in Indian slums

Originally posted in September 2017 by founder, Laura Baker prior to Planet B. A hot, sweaty ball of mess, I am definitely not looking my finest. We arrive at our first community visit and I spot an elderly Indian man. He struggles to walk and is hunched as he staggers down the mud steps from his house. He walks out because he hears…

Understanding how the Indian Government enables sustainability

Originally posted in September 2017 by founder, Laura Baker prior to Planet B. As I reached Delhi Airport I was bombarded with messages about clean energy and sustainability. Everything from Total Energy’s commitment to solar energy and ‘clean’ gas to the Government enforcing plastic bag charges in the airport shops. Here I was, coming to India to work with a social enterprise, Pollinate…