Amager Fælled bør være et fælles grønt åndehul

Boligprojekt vil frarøve københavnerne den mest bevaringsværdige del af Københavns svar på Central Park i New York, Amager Fælled. Flere partier vil have projektet flyttet, fordi naturen både skal være til for alle, og kunne hvile i sig selv.

For over 20 år siden, besluttede et stort flertal i Københavns Kommunes borgerrepræsentation, udenom Enhedslisten, at der skulle bygges boliger på en del af Amager Fælled. Boligerne vil ødelægge et unikt og uberørt naturområde med et rigt planteliv, der ligger tæt ved byen. Read more of this post

Vi tager skraldet

Affaldsbeholdere (2)Sidste år sorterede Gladsaxe-borgerne over 4000 tons organisk affald, der blev lavet om til titusindvis af nye cykler, aviser og vin- og plastikflasker. Det er en stigning på over 500 kg, siden vi for alvor begyndte at sortere vores affald i 2013.

Affald og genanvendelse et fælles projekt og et fælles ansvar. Det er kommunens ansvar at gøre det så let som muligt for borgere og virksomheder at sortere deres affald, og samtidigt sikre, at genanvendelsen af affald foregår så effektivt som muligt. Og det er borgernes og virksomhedernes ansvar at sortere og aflevere så meget affald til genbrug som muligt. Read more of this post

Blå-grøn samskabelse skaber klimavenlig velfærd

Regnvandsløsninger - Gladsaxe idrætsanlægI Høje Gladsaxe-kvarteret har en række regnvandsprojekter kombineret klimatilpasning med leg, sport og naturoplevelser. Idéen til projekterne er i tråd med kommunestrategiens fokus på klimabevidste valg, og blev udtænkt på tværs af de kommunale afdelinger sammen med et lokalt boligselskab og forsyningsselskabet Nordvand.

Når det regner voldsomt i Gladsaxe, bliver regnvandet ikke længere konsekvent ledt ud i de overfyldte kloakker. Noget af vandet bliver, via et sindrigt system, ledt hen til vandbassiner på eksempelvis Idrætsanlæggene i Gladsaxe, hvor der til dagligt løbes på rulleskøjter, spilles tennis, eller leges med og uden vand. Read more of this post

COP15 and the utopianism of growth-based economics

Six months have passed since COP15 – yet another summit that proved that the conventional wisdom of the present political and economical system is incapable of responding to the environmental and climate-related crises that this system has itself created. COP15 ended with the so-called Copenhagen Accord, a non-binding and unclear document with no real targets.

What COP15 also proved was that the climate justice movement is gaining strength, although not at a rate befitting the urgency and importance of its message. Millions should have demonstrated in Copenhagen and elsewhere for the message to be heard loud and clear by the politicians inside the Bella Center on the 12th of December, and although 100.000 marched in Copenhagen many stayed at home elsewhere. Read more of this post

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

Until recently, many saw Denmark as a progressive and outward-looking country – at least that is the picture the more progressive Danes like to cling to today. Given the present political climate of hostility towards immigrants, one might wonder whether this alleged progressiveness was ever sincere, or whether the some of the more narrow-minded, nationalistic tendencies in contemporary Danish society are due to Denmark not being as homogenous and monocultural as it once was. Perhaps these more unappealing qualities had been there all along. Read more of this post

Consumerism – enough is enough

There are true needs and false needs – but only false needs need to be manufactured and nurtured. Indeed, today’s consumerist society has more or less turned Maslow’s hierarchy on its head. According to Maslow, people should be satisfied when they reach the top of his pyramid-shaped hierarchy of needs, but in modern consumerist culture and society there can be no satisfaction of needs. Consumerist society never satisfies, indeed it is meant not to do so, as any form of satisfaction is an enemy of the consumerist, capitalist society – a society that requires the persistent buying of things we don’t need for its continued existence – what is usually referred to as “growth”.

Our entire way of life seems to be built on the manufacturing of self-doubt and dissatisfaction, our economy built on exploiting such human weakness.  Needless desires drive our economy, and our economy drives our needless desires, and consumerism thereby becomes a tool for control.  Read more of this post