Projects to get inspired by – the Humanitarian Water and Food Award
By Ben Brangwyn 27th November 2010
Big thanks to Steve Hinton, one of the core team of Transition Sweden, for his email below:
Peak Oil, Climate Change, Permaculture all get a big awareness boost in Denmark
"On another note, I would like to announce that Denmark has seen a major development; the Humanitarian Water and Food Award has been awarded to Permaculturist Geoff Lawton and all PRI for their Jordan Initiative, Greening the Desert. (Editor note: See the astonishing youtube videos).
Also nominated, and present in Copenhagen was David Kuruia, who is currently turning 1000 liters of urine into fertilizer, sold in small packets, in Nairobi, (a project envisioned in the Transition Handbook).
This award is very significant, as it represents one more step to mainstreaming the basis of Transition. The Award gathered prominent chefs, CEOs, voluntary organisations and academics. The award itself was presented by the Indian amabassador to Denmark, and the VIP reception afterwards attended by the Australian ambassador and the former Italian minister for the environment.
All heard the importance of peak oil and, ghost acres and climate change, and at the same time experienced there was a message of hope as each nominee came up and presented their achievements.
Check out the Humanitarian Water and Food Award website for video, audio and blogs from the event.
Steve’s right, and so is Geoff Lawton – permaculture can have huge significance in solving many of the problems we’re facing.
Kudos to all you permies out there!