Imagine a community with an alternative kind of currency, what would it look like? Last weekend Next Nature Network teamed up with DGTL Music Festival in Amsterdam to launch the ECO coin, a digital currency to reward people who actively contribute to a more sustainable world. Over 40.000 visitors attended the festival, turning our first grand experiment into a success.
Trees play an essential role for the planet, they purify the air we breathe. Needless to say that trees don’t have lungs like humans, they “breathe” through a process known as photosynthesis. Now what if we tell you that a new
tree species series of billboards appeared in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco that does exactly that?
New Zealand is famous for its old nature: mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes and a lot of national parks to be protected. Newzealanders also do love beer, but obviously not the trash that is left behind after evening drinks at the beach. For that reason the New Zealand brewery DB Breweries designed a device that immediately turn empty glass bottles into sand!
With temperatures warmer then ever, an artificial sun doesn’t seem like the first thing we need. German scientists on the other hand hope to develop a sun simulation that will not give us only daylight, but also carbon neutral fuel to power our needs.
Finally a fake flower with a purpose! POP the Smartflower is an all-in-one solar energy system that harvests sunlight but also stores it. It looks like a giant sunflower with solar panels petals, it interestingly behaves like one as well. Not that it turns yellow once in bloom, but it follows the sun around all day long.
The ECO coin is a digital currency rewarding people who are actively contributing to a more sustainable world. We believe that if you do something good for our shared ecology, then you should be rewarded for your actions. This year we are very fortunate to find a fantastic community at DGTL Music Festival who will help us to deliver our first grand experiment in Amsterdam.
On March 31 (from 10:00 to 13:00), two weeks after the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, the Dutch city of Amersfoort will host the annual edition of Springforum. Organizer Natuurmonumenten will seize this moment to present a manifesto containing proposals from various speakers, who will introduce their vision on how to establish a sustainable, yet green coalition for the future. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort is among the speakers and will guide the audience forward to nature.
In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.