点废成绿 GREENING THE BEIGE

点废成绿 Greening the Beige (GtB) is an eco-minded arts collective and not-for-profit community network dedicated to nurturing awareness of environmental issues. 点废成绿 GtB promotes and celebrates earth friendly artists and organizations in Beijing.

GREEN QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Why are we being forced to choose between the economy and the environment? We tend to forget that without an environment we would not have an economy, as everything we consume and I mean everything comes from our environment."

~ Franke James (contemporary artist, photographer, writer)

The EcoChic Design Award

2014-04-15 00:00
EcoChic Design Award 2013 Semi-Finalist, An Yu

Cutting waste out of fashion:

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Each competition cycle takes designers on an education and design journey lasting several theory and design-packed months.

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"The Road to Heaven"

Tibetan-Plateau-Pollution

To commemorate World Water Day, we continue our weekly focus on water management issues (click here to read previous posts).

Today, we take you on a journey to the Tibetan Plateau, also known as the "Third Pole" due to its headwaters of the drainage basins of most of the streams in surrounding regions. Its tens of thousands of glaciers and other geographical and ecological features serve as a "water tower" storing water and maintaining flow. The impact of climate change on the Tibetan Plateau is of intense scientific interest.[Wikipedia]

Beijing Organic Farmers' Market!

2014-04-19 11:00
Beijing Organic Farmers Market

Welcome to the Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market!

WHO WE ARE:
We are a “floating” market of venders selling organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, poultry, honey, cheese, jams, baked and dried goods.
We sell items at a different venue in Beijing each week.

SATURDAY MARKET
DATE: Saturday, April 19, 2014
PLACE: Indigo Shopping Center, 1st Floor
AREA: Chaoyang District, Jiuxianqiao
TIME: 11:00-15:00
ADDRESS: No. 18, Jiuxianqiao Road, just south of Jiangtai Road
TELEPHONE: 010-84260680/64381888
MAP/DIRECTIONS: http://www.mobilenative.com/record.php?poi_id=8GQoa4Sr6w4%3D

MyH2O

MyH2O

MyH2O is one of the first online crowd-sourcing mapping platforms on water quality in China, designed to prompt water risk awareness, citizen activism and governmental response through independent reports of water quality.

China has long been troubled by water contamination. Continuous emissions from industry as well as heavy application of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides are the major contributors to the deteriorating water quality [1].

Volunteer Report: Environmental Interaction ( 环境世界的互动交流)

Matt Hope: The People's Power Light

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环境世界的互动交流

这已经是公益环保组织点废成绿与今日美术馆合作的第四期环保艺术家沙龙活动了。即使是与美术馆的三个开幕式的时间冲突,上座率不及预期,但是嘉宾麦特霍普的精心准备和展示仍给在场观众带去无限启发和感动。他利用自己的“工业”气质与自然环境对话,努力在北京日益严重的生活环境下打造一片净土。

核心展示内容是一份由45张图片组成的电子集,里面除了几张麦特在来北京之前所作的创作外,还包括山地车爱好者麦特在其工作室及北京郊区附近骑行时的所见以及由这些所见应运而生的艺术作品的手稿和实物图。

对环境问题异常敏感的他在北京郊区甚至北京城中的偏僻街区发现了很多烧煤场和露天焚烧区,这些区域的上空通常会架着无数条带着2万伏的高压电线。当人们肆意猖獗地将各色垃圾付之一炬时,燃烧排放的黑烟不仅对人类的感官造成了极大的刺激,同时其中的有害微粒在经过高压电线时会吸附在上面,造成严重的空气污染。或许这才是北京PM2.5疯狂爆表的症结所在。麦特对微尘研究的兴趣使他意识到问题的严重性便开始将自己的想象力付诸于行动。他从沃尔玛买来廉价自行车,将工作室中的废旧宜家穿孔垃圾桶安在车座后作为空气过滤器。当人力蹬车时,安装在自行车中部的发电机会产生电流并让空气中的微粒带上正电荷,带有正电荷的微粒在遇到带有负电荷的金属板时就会被吸住,由此得到清洁的空气并运输到战斗机飞行员的面罩中。当在座听众对于这个“会呼吸的自行车“赋予极大希望时,麦特却说这个作品要投入生产是可能性极低的。”带有5000V的发电机是十分危险的,“麦特解释道,”这个作品在我看来其实是很可笑的,只是一个我对于北京雾霾天气做出的一个回应。是一种概念,一种态度,仅此而已。“

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Beijing River Watch

Cuihu National Urban Wetland Park

As part of our World Water Day report series (click here to read previous posts), this week we'd like to call everyone's attention to Green Earth Volunteers' Beijing River Watch:

China’s water crisis - exemplified by scarcity and pollution - has been the subject of national and international concern for years, and Beijing can be seen as a microcosm of the larger national problem. As Zhang Junfeng stated in a recent interview, “Beijing’s story is the story of China. Beijing’s ecology can only support several million people, but the city is almost 20 million. China has the same problem.”

The 760-Billion-Yuan Plan: Can Money Buy Clean Air for Beijing? ( 北京治霾,可否又快又省? )

2014-04-16 19:30
Beijing Energy Network - official logo 2012

Dear BEN Friends,

Next Wednesday, we'll be having a Chinese-language lecture by Mr. Tao Guangyuan, Executive Director of the Sino-German Renewable Energy Cooperation Center who will discuss the question: Can Money Buy Clean Air? Join us at Abella for this interesting, challenging question and discussion in Chinese!

北京能源网络 北耳陶光远中德可再生能源合作中心, 执行主任
Beijing Energy Network presents Beijing Energy & Environment Roundtable (BEER)

featuring Mr. Tao Guangyuan, Executive Director of Sino-German Renewable Energy Cooperation Center Deutsche Energie-Agentur

EcoAction in Sichuan

2014-05-01 00:00
EcoAction - Giant Panda Tour

Can Giant Pandas really return to the wild? What can we do to help them toughen up, completely shake off dependence on humans and integrate into a wild population? These are still questions for scientists to examine, as well as every single human being.

As travelers, can we really participate in those important amazing work? What has been done? And how we can spread positive impact?

To learn more, EcoAction invites you on an expedition this May that will raise questions about the limitations of breeding pandas in captivity. Get the chance to explore how human development needs and creating spaces for these animals to live freely according to their natural instincts coalesce.

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The Living Water Garden

The Living Water Garden (Chengdu, Sichuan)

To commemorate World Water Day, GtB is sharing good green news about water issues over the next 6 weeks (click here to read previous posts). Today we invite you to visit Betsy Damon's Living Water Garden, a 5.9 acre (2.4 ha) urban ecological park, free and open to the public, located in the middle of Sichuan province's capital city, Chengdu.

"In traditional Chinese culture, water quality is inextricably linked to health, and the idea of living water was unquestioned... Each day, 200 cubic meters of polluted river water move through a seven stage natural treatment system of various wetlands and emerge clean enough to drink. Though this amount of water is not enough to affect the river water quality as a whole, it serves as an effective demonstration project that would have lasting influence. The park also includes an environmental education center, several water features (including flow forms), and a refuge for wildlife. The entire park itself is designed to be in the shape of a fish, a symbol of regeneration in Chinese culture." [Betsy Damon, 25 Years On Water]

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GtB 2014 OPEN VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Green-hearted Volunteers

Greening the Beige, an eco-minded arts collective, formed in Beijing, is on the lookout for new volunteers and VIP green players!

2014 - Team Positions

Management Team

GtB Charity Fund
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