Critical Mass Bike Ride April 20, 2014-“Ride for clean air to Eco Design Fair”

Posted on | April 15, 2014 | No Comments

Raise awareness of "eco fun transport" and raise money for “Farm in a Box” a nutritious sustainable food source for orphans in residence. 提高使用“生态快乐交通方式”的意识,为“Farm in a box”(一个为孤儿提供持续营养供应的项目)集资。

Raise awareness of “eco fun transport” and raise money for “Farm in a Box” a nutritious sustainable food source for orphans in residence.
提高使用“生态快乐交通方式”的意识,为“Farm in a box”(一个为孤儿提供持续营养供应的项目)集资。

Who: Anyone and everyone who likes to bike and wants to be ‘good to China’
When: 3 rides
We meet at 10.30 am, 11.30 and 12.30, April 20 2014. Please be on time.
Where: The ride starts at Eco Village: 
485 Fenglin Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031,
ends at Eco Design Fair:Shanghai Gongyi Xintiandi, No.105 West Puyu Rd., 2F Building 10, Huangpu Dist., Shanghai, 200011
Why: Raise awareness of “eco fun transport” and raise money for “Farm in a Box” a nutritious sustainable food source for orphans in residence.

Organizers: Good to China, Eco Design Fair
Media partners: Lohas and Economy
Cost: Free
Give: We will support the “Farm in a Box” project to provide orphans with a sustainable and nutritious food source. We ask that you give what you can to help these great kids and project.

Competition
a)best eco message on a bike
b) best bike

c) most fun dressed individual
d) most creative group
e) most creative family

Prizes include:
A Specialized ladies bike: Myka Elite for the best eco message on a bike
One year Lohas subscription for most fun dressed and best bike
Enzyme Drinks for most creative group
Urban farming starter kit for most creative family

Mika Elite

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Urban transport pollution is an increasing health issue and contributes significantly to global climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of the 21st century. Major cities in China are challenged to manage the escalating numbers of new cars on the road each month. Urban environments require sustainable transport solutions that both reduce pollution (air & noise), support livable environments and promote healthy activities.

Biking is a healthy, non-polluting, trendy and practical option of urban transport that contributes to sustainable, healthy urban environments. Therefore we need local governments and businesses to support the move towards biking centric cities.

Be the change and join this year’s critical mass bike ride on April 20, 2014 .
Get your family, friends and colleagues involved as well to have fun, cycle across the city and raise awareness about pollution and healthy living.

Raising funds for “Farm in a Box” to grow healthy and nutritious food for orphans in residence.
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If you would like to contribute then there are different ways to do this:
1.If you have something that is new that you have not used or opened and that you would like to donate, for re-sale, all sales profit will be donated to our Farm in the Box initiative: please bring all donations to the Collection point at Square Grocery, Eco Village at 485 Fenglin RD any time between : 10:00 – 18:00 from now until 20th April. All times will be for sale on the 20th April please come and see what small gift you might like to buy
2.We will have free water bottles at Eco Village donated by Eco and More: these water bottles are free for you to take and we welcome you to do this in addition we encourage you to donate to our charity. We suggest 50 RMB per bottle.
3.There will be food available and a BBQ all profit will be donated to our Farm in a Box Initiative

Critical Mass Bike Ride Team

EDF talks series: Create Clean Air Day

Posted on | April 4, 2014 | No Comments

Join us with experts on pollution issues and solutions on April 12 9:30-16:45@1035 Changle Road, 3F, Shanghai上海市长乐路1035号3层

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With Pollution levels hitting record levels and urban environments reaching non – sustainable levels. China’s Air is the key, quality of life factor to determine choice of city for work and life. This is causing crisis management in many global and national companies in China. Retaining and supporting the well-being of employees at work and students at schools has become a key challenge.

Top employees are refusing to move to cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, due to the poor air quality and unsustainable pollution levels, (China Daily Saturday (010314: top exec study MrCI) good quality interior air is now a must have. To attract the best players then businesses and schools need to offer a comprehensive “well-being” program that starts with the air we breath.

We live it, we breath it, without healthy air our lives grind to a halt, our health is eroded, our energy depleted, our activities marginalized, economies suffer and our environments die. The EDF “create good air’ day is planned s part of our knowledge sharing series prior to the Eco Design Fair on 19th April. Lets find out what the experts say about polluted air and all the essential things we can do to improve our personal air.

Join us on the 12th April to find out what you can do to improve the safety and quality of your interior environments and how to better plan to attract top talent and provide healthy spaces for kids school and at home.

Three areas of discussion:

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To sign up and for more info go to : goodtochina.com or ecodesignfair.cn

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Grow Your Own Clean Air

Posted on | March 31, 2014 | No Comments

With Pollution levels hitting record levels and urban environments reaching non – sustainable levels. China’s Air is a key challenge for life in China.
In fast developing Asian countries, rates of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease are soaring.
Around the world one in eight deaths are attributed to dirty air, this has doubled in recent years. Those that are most vulnerable include those living in China: where significantly poor air quality in Northern China has been attributed to lower life spans of 5 yrs. This is leading to many economic challenges including those witnessed by global companies who face talent recruitment issues as executives refuse to relocate to these business hubs.

Both Indoor pollutants and outdoor toxic air create problems.

Given that the air we breath is a shared commodity and we share each other’s exhaust, its time to consider how to clean our own air and act in ways to reduce the negative impact on our own health.

How to do this?
As individuals, parents or employers we can start by making healthy choices every day, with the tools we already have. Take public transport, walk and ride when possible.
For inside living and working spaces apply informed decision making to choose materials and furniture to significantly reduce toxic pollutants frequently found in, construction & renovation materials, and furniture; such as formaldehyde, benzene, VOC’s etc.

For daily maintenance of air pollutant reduction there are both mechanical and natural solutions. The former requires frequent filter changes in high pollution zones.
We strongly advise natural plant solutions, that work 24/7 and are proven to clean the air of toxic air pollutants and replenish oxygen to retain alertness.

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In addition to their cleaning qualities green plants have positive psychological effects.
So, for interior and exterior spaces explore high-density plant solutions.
Using plants is not only an immediate improvement on local air quality it is also contributes to the air we all share.
Find out more and make a healthy investment to grow your own clean air.
Be a healthy change maker

Perceptions on Behaviors of Sustainability in Shanghai

Posted on | March 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hello,
We from GoodtoChina would really like your help in filling out this questionnaire! The purpose of this study is to get an insight on the perception and behavior of Shanghai residents toward sustainability. This can really help us, the Chinese and local governments and other companies to become more sustainable and create a better and healthier Shanghai for everyone! The questionnaire will take approximately 5 minutes of your time. Many thanks in advance for filling out the questionnaire!
The G2C Team

Go to this link:
http://www.sojump.com/jq/3112971.aspx

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Farmer Interview Series #2 Daofa Ziran: Leaving the city for the countryside

Posted on | March 5, 2014 | No Comments

Interview with Daofa Ziran’s Hou Xueying, who quit her job and started a farm in Chongming. Interview by Sun Jingyi. Jingyi is currently a student at NYU Shanghai. Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 7.27.57 PM

Sun: What pushed you to start a farm like yours?

Hou: I was working at a company, and so was my husband. The work was stressful and since my husband grew up on Chongming Island, we would often go back there to buy healthy produce and breathe fresh air. One time, we saw someone selling chicken and since my son likes chicken, we thought it would be a good idea to check the place out. Once we got there, however, we saw that the chicken’s beaks were short and flat, like it had been cut off. Afterwards I found that farms did that in order to prevent their chickens from fighting. But the thing is, if these farms were treating their chickens like this, then it made me question what’s really safe out there. My son was overweight at the time and he had a endocrine disorder. I thought that if we couldn’t find safe and healthy food in the market, instead of waiting for someone to change, why not do it ourselves? My husband and I both love the countryside, so we found 20mu (13,333 m2) and initially we thought that would be enough to satisfy our own needs. We would go back every week to tend the farm and come Monday, I just didn’t want to go. I feel like this is how I fell in love with farming. 屏幕快照 2014-04-15 下午9.18.46

Sun: So right now, you grow rice and also have ducks on the farm?

Hou: Mainly rice. The ducks are mostly there to help with weeding and insects.

Sun: Was it easy finding the land for your farm?

Hou: We drove around and visited many farms. The previous farmer of my farm is from Jiangsu. He did traditional farming however, and thought farming seemed like a really beautiful career, so he dove in. But its hard, and he didn’t anticipate that. He used chemical pesticide and he obviously couldn’t compete with larger farms. So by this chance, I acquired the land. The first two years we didn’t grow anything at all, waiting for the soil to recover. We officially started running in 2011.

Sun: So you were working in the city, living the 9-5 life and now you’re on Chongming Island. How did this change affect your life?

Hou: I go home twice a week now, and live on Chongming Island. The biggest change would be my living habits. I use to not sleep until eleven or twelve o’clock at night, and now I sleep when the clock hits nine. But I wake up at five in the morning and as soon as I get up, I want to go out and start the day. My husband still lives in the city because we wanted our son to receive his education there. We thought about bringing him out here, but the fact is that he’ll receive better education in the city. I feel like there is still a huge gap between the city and the rural areas. Before when I was still working and coming to the farm on weekends, I had my doubts. I wasn’t that informed on farming and I didn’t know if I could do this. In the end, safe food is a big issue here, and out of the responsibility I felt for my child, I decided to stick with this.

Sun: Is the farm organic right now?

Hou: We’re not certified, but I hold my farm to a higher standard. I don’t use biopesticide or organic compost, which certified organic farms are allowed to do. We make compost ourselves, and if the ingredients come from unreliable sources, then we don’t use compost at all. As for bugs, we use repellent effect plants have on some, or we deal with it by hand. If the situation gets out of control, then we give up on the crops. Sometimes I leave certain weeds for the bugs, so that they won’t bother the crops.

Sun: What are the challenges you’ve encountered working with other people?

Hou: The land belongs to the ayis that help out on my farm, and they rented it out to me. In the beginning, they saw that we weren’t producing that much crops and weeds were growing all over the place; they felt like I was ruining their soil. But all it takes is communication. After I told them about health related issues and food safety, they realized that what I was doing was good for the soil and good for us too. The government officials on Chongming have been helping me as well. When I was growing my first batch of crops, they didn’t really think it was going to be a good turn out. But my crops did well that year and that immediately changed their perspectives. The people who work with me don’t even use compost on their own land now. The farmers near me sees people liking organic produce and they know that this is good for sustainability, and their perspectives have been changing as well. Sun: What about natural challenges? Hou: Especially during typhoon season, the wind on Chongming Island can be very powerful. Our ducks live on the field and whenever they are tired they go to coops we built to rest. During typhoon season, wind will crush the coops and even the ducks. The crops will flood and lodge.

Sun: So how you deal with the repercussions?

Hou: I mainly try to handle it on my own. I can make the coops stronger and such. But I feel like with nature, the only thing you can do is accepting it. I can’t change the way of nature nor do I want to. Sun: What element is indispensable to running the farm? Hou: My customer base is growing day by day. Sometimes they’ll organize volunteers and come out to the farm to help when they’re not busy. Our relationship is not simply customer-seller anymore, but friends and family who help each other. This makes me very happy and is what supports me to keep on doing this. duck-jaroslav-novak.jpt_ Sun: Looking back, have you accomplished what you set out to do? What’s next? Hou: The initial goal was to satisfy my own needs. Not only do I get to enjoy safe food, but also my friends. Now I can even supply to strangers who trust me. So I’d say that I have accomplished the smaller goals. After I’ve been on Chongming Island for a while, I started noticing a phenomenon. There aren’t many young people here. And whenever younger people come to visit, the villagers here would be very welcoming and warm. When the young leave for the city, they leave behind older people and children. So I want to make my farm better and attract more young people to come back to the rural areas. A lot of people have this idea, but their parents and friends talk them out of it. I also want to join farms and young people to create a sustainable community. Sun: Any last things you like to mentions? Hou: I hope that people can support organic farming. The smog is getting worse and worse, but if everyone changed their habits a tiny bit, together we can make a big difference.

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