Cities discover nature again for their sustainability challenges

With gratitud to all those videomakers that show us cities around the world and the way they deal with their sustainability priorities, explaining also their motives and progress. Sharing these stories and innovations may inspire other cities to do the same.

We will recognize some of the essential core values of Sustainocracy however still explained from a sustainable (re)positioning of the city in question. It is only a matter of time for the human and city sustainability issues to get interwoven at level 4 to cover the entire spectrum of the shared responsibilities.

Tucson / Arizona – North America

Observe how a citizen took “illegal steps” to break the side walks of the roads for water management and restoring green oasis in his neighborhood. Now it is not illegal anymore. We can even see the innovation back in the greening plans of New York in the next video. The core value here is of course water. It shows the responsibility of the population and their usage of water for their lawns, pools, etc. It is also interesting to see how young families choose to move to urban spaces that are closer to their own family values of health and safety at affordable prices. If cities want to remain attractive for residents then these are points of attention.

New York

Inspiration from nature and working together with nature is saving New York gradually from severe problems caused by heavy rain fall and storms. This huge city of nearly 9 million people and 66 million yearly visitors needs to invest heavily on its sustainability issues.


This video produced by Singapore itself is showing the sustainability challenges a city has when it wants to attend its many functions, which are not all seen from a sustainable human perspective. The limited space of the Singapore island stimulates creativity. Good to see the self sustaining steps in local food too. Remarkable is the passion of the people leading these transformations. It shows guts, great teamwork and clear understanding of their mission.

Mexico city

One of the most inspiring and disturbing images in this video is the one about the ancient Tenochtitlan, as the city was called upon it foundation in 1325 by the Aztecs. Inspiring, because it shows its fully regenerative, sustainocratic functioning back then. Disturbing, because with all our “modernization” since the Spanish occupation, all this disappeared and needs to be reinvented.

Food forests, a solution for exterme drought

It is disturbing to see that we need severe global climate crises to bring common sense to our food system. Today a Dutch paper headed: Food forest is the solution for the extreme drought. Amazing that for decades we have cut half the world´s tree population for single crop food, biofuel, animal food production. All for the sake of a political financial dominance, creating world dependence or deadly poverty where there was regional food resilience before. It is causing massive climate disturbance, water shortages alternating with servere and devastating floods, hunger in the world, destruction of natural habitats and food supplies for local people. And now suddenly “food forests are THE solution“! Shame on global greed.

One of the most active countries in restoring their tree population is China. Their approach has been as industrial as their economy. On the other hand it shows commitment and a huge amount of lessons to learn.

In our online OSFD discussion this month, about re-storing our food resilience, we dealt with our natural right to be self sufficient as communities. This is only possible if our habitats are not destroyed by the industrial capitalist monsters of single crop productivity. It will not be long before such practices will be fought in court and it is only a matter of time until they are criminalized. Again, it is absurde that we need to go to court to defend our right to live in harmony with our planet.

Our FRE2SH cooperative approach is to bring all stakeholders (citizens, farmers, government, science) to the table together. The mission is to restore our regional resilience by working together with the laws of nature for our food, water, health and safety. We leverage food to the level of shared responsibility instead of a commercial and speculative commodity.

Online debate: Our natural right to be (regionally) self sufficient?

Join our zoom Safari of July 28th at 16.00 CET about food resilience. “Poverty is not about money, it is about the lack of possibilities to be self sufficient” (Nashif Ahmed, Uganda).

Our FRE2SH interactive learning program consists of 10 modules. They discuss regional self sufficiency for food resilience world wide. The online Safari is an open dialogue about one of themes. In this case the right to be self sufficient. We use inspiration from Uganda with Nashif Ahmed who runs a small farm to provide a group of orphans with food and education.

We also invite three other speakers: Dr. Anna Berti Suman (Italy). She is a lawyer defending the right for self determination. Fabrizio Biganzoli (Italy), an environmental scientist and risk analyst.

And Danielle Carneiro (Brasil), a mother who transformed her life from lawyer in the financial markets into fighting food waste and developing food awareness.

Please register here for the free zoom encounter