All posts by Gary Gardner

What’s in a Name? “Superblocks” in Barcelona and China

The other day, I came across an announcement about the recent commitment in Barcelona, Spain, to “superblocks”—cohesive, people-friendly neighborhoods created from existing residential areas of the city. The expectation is that changes to a few city rules, along with modest financial investments, will be powerful enough to elevate the livability and appeal of these … Continue Reading ››

Faith Communities as Sowers of Sustainability? 

The seeds of sustainable economies may be sown in surprising places, I thought as I toured a church-run project in East Palo Alto, California that is designed to promote home gardens. That project, and other religious activism on sustainability issues, made me wonder: Could religious congregations be important catalysts of sustainability practices? Maybe. But let’s start … Continue Reading ››

This Earth Day, Humans Hog the Spotlight

Have we, as a species, shifted Earth’s systems so much that we can now name an entire geological epoch after ourselves? This Earth Day, Worldwatch’s Gary Gardner reflects on what it means to be Homo sapiens on a changing planet. If you are middle-aged, as I am, your birth may be laden with deep new meaning … Continue Reading ››

Fixing Water Infrastructure, Creating Jobs: A Win-Win for the Planet

If you had scanned the news on water issues over the past year, the following stories might have jumped out at you:
  • Children in Flint, Michigan, are likely suffering permanent brain damage caused by lead in the city’s water system.
  • Residents of São Paulo in Brazil—the most water-rich country on the planet—have turned on their … Continue Reading ››