Communication & People Power Social Media • Communicating with friends, whanau and the world is now instant!! • What will be the next HOT communicating and networking idea?????
Dubai Moscow Towers A new type of swirling skyscraper is set to change city skylines forever, each floor fully rotates up to once an hour. “Buildings will follow the rhythms of nature. They will change direction and shape from spring to summer, from sunrise to sunset, and adjust themselves to the weather. Buildings will be alive.” The rotating floors will be made up from prefabricated apartments that spin around a concrete core. The towers are expected to generate enough electricity for themselves and other nearby buildings from solar panels and up to 79 wind turbines fitted horizontally between each floor. ‘The Dynamic Tower is environmentally friendly and the first building designed to be self-powered, with the ability to generate its own electricity,’ Mr Fisher said. Along with swimming pools and gardens, the buildings will also be fitted with car elevators so that residents can park right outside their homes. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4muhc_QUGcI
Transport - Electric CarMy prediction for how the electric car will break through goes as follows:• Increasing scarcity and rising oil prices will make it financially impossible to own a combustion car• The electric car will swoop in with fuel prices at a bare fraction of petrol costs• People will clamour for them as more than badges of honour in the environmentally friendly competition• The volume of sales will make electric cars more profitable than petrol cars for the corporations• Who wouldn’t want to be seen driving around in something this stylish?• The cost of electricity is so low compared to oil because it is proportionately less scarce. It has many sources. Whereas the internal combustion engine is limited to a handful of dwindling fossilised resources.
Beauty – Environment As cities grow the public areas people use in their own time need to be appealing. This is a walkway along the South Bank River in Brisbane.
• SuStainable ideaS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4muhc_QUGcISustainability is the ability to maintain a certain status or process in existing systems. The most frequent use of the term “sustainability” is connected to biological or human systems in the context of ecology. The ability of an ecosystem to function and maintain productivity for a prolonged period is also sustainability.Living a sustainable lifestyle is one way to help. In this series pages we will go into what sustainability has to with ecology, recycling, water, and more. Sustainability Ideas / Sustainability Tips for the HomeApart from lowering greenhouse gas emissions from cars, there’s a lot you can do to live sustainably both at home and in the workplace. Listed below are some simple things you can do that can benefit both you and the Earth greatly.1) Use Water Wisely2) Manage Your Waste3) Use Energy Intelligently eg: Energy lightbulbs, solar panelsSustainability Ideas / Sustainability Tips for the Workplace1) Reduce Energy Consumption - Turn off all electrical equipment that are not in use and set your air-conditioning to run only during office hours. Also, take advantage of natural light. Dont keep window blinds closed so that fewer bulbs will be switched on.2) Reduce Water Consumption - Use energy/water conserving plumbing devices that use up only about 4 liters of water per minute, dual-flush toilets that consume only 4.5 liters per full flush, and urinals that don’t flush continuously. Also, have leaks fixed as soon as they are discovered.3) Manage Your Waste - Manage waste at the workplace just as you would at home. Send only what is necessary to landfills and recycle everything that you can. Also, reduce the amount of resources that you use.4) Manage Your Paper Use - Use printers with double-sided printing capabilities and make sure you use duplex as the default setting. Whenever possible, print two pages on each side of the paper. You can also use scrap paper when printing drafts.Following the tips above will be beneficial to all that practice them. Observing sustainability practices at home can reduce electricity and water bills greatly. The same goes at the workplace where operational costs can lower dramatically. More importantly, these practices will help save the Earth.