Hortas e Jardins na Calçada

Los Angeles/ Hollywood

Los Angeles/ Hollywood

Já pensou em poder fazer uma horta em espaços públicos? Em Los Angeles isso é possível.  A cidade liberou suas calçadas para que os moradores da cidade possam plantar pequenas Hortas e Jardins.

Em vigor desde o começo de 2016, a nova medida exige autorização apenas para o plantio de árvores frutíferas, uma vez que seu crescimento pode comprometer as calçadas e a visibilidade de placas e faróis. No mais, vale tudo: exceto vender as plantas e alimentos cultivados no espaço público.

A medida foi comemorada pelos defensores do movimento de agricultura urbana, encabeçado na cidade por Ron Finley. Morador da periferia de Los Angeles, ele foi o primeiro a levantar a bandeira da causa: a fim de se alimentar melhor, plantou uma horta no gramado perto de casa e, em seguida, indignou-se com a multa cobrada pela prefeitura por usar o espaço público sem permissão. Desde então, nunca mais sossegou. Fundou o The Ron Finley Project e já angariou milhares de adeptos da causa pelo mundo afora.

Além de garantir alimentos mais frescos e saudáveis à população, a medida deve esverdear a cidade, deixar o ar mais puro, contribuir para que animais, como pássaros, retornem ao local e ainda aproximar as pessoas da comunidade.

Será que no Brasil um dia poderemos fazer o mesmo? Vamos aguardar para saber se isso será possível um dia.


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  2. “A History of Future News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2110” with Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation This was probably the most intriguing Must See Monday I’ve been to by far: it was very unique, and the theories speculated in this presentation are quite frightening to think about. In this presentation, Mr. Newton had talked about the exponential growth of technology, and how that will affect the way we pursue information and the way we work as Journalists. He talked about how much Journalism has changed in the last ten years alone, and how interconnected the world is, especially with the use of cell phones. He also mentioned how technology would take off from here: soon, technology will not just be a companion of ours, but it will develop to be a part of us. He compared this and other development to the things seen in SciFi movies, and how we already see technology from those movies used in our lives today (like Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Wireless World”, whose work included a space shuttle in it before even Sputnik was launched). Mr. Newton said to keep an eye on Science Fiction, as it may hold many ideas we will see in the future, like cyborgs and such. Personally, I believe not that SciFi predicts what our future has in store for us technology wise, but gives a challenge for inventors, to strive and make fiction into reality. If they continue to do this and continue to push the world forward in technology, I wonder what that means for the future of Journalists. Would our occupation be needed? Will the average person with these new technologies ( in the future) take on the position of Journalist, thus no longer making it an occupation? I suppose that we can only wait and find out.

  3. Eric Newton’s Must See Monday presentation on the future of journalism was very interesting and very important. Newton took us through the history of journalism from 1767 through 2110. He discussed the field from its pamphlet beginnings all the way through its present state of mobile and social media. He then went on to discuss future ideas of intelligent, hybrid, hyper, and omni media. He related all the different types of technology and world events that shape each media generation, pointing out that about every eighty years there is a crisis and awakening that generates a new generation of media. Newton emphasized how journalists must engage in technology and also understand that today’s technology is only the very surface of the digital age as a whole. And with new technology comes new ways to do things and new rules, therefore, Newton encourages that we rewrite the codes of ethics. Newton’s other main point was that the future is the product of crazy thinking. He gave many examples of how current technologies are the product of science fiction writers from years ago. We cannot think based on what we currently know, for this is assuming time is linear when it is in fact multi-dimensional. So in closing, Eric Newton asks us to “think crazy, off-the-planet crazy” and embrace the ever-changing world of journalism for the better.

  4. I work in the solar industry and have, on occasion, worked wineries up and down the state. I was surprised to learn from one winery owner that the bulk of his outside labor force was paid very, very well. Apparently, the need for skilled, reliable workers far outweighed the increased cost to retain good help. Of course, these wines are not commodities and command premium prices.

  5. Tonight’s Must See Monday may have been one of my favorite lectures this year! Tonight, journalism students had the honor of welcoming to the First Amendment Forum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Eric Newton. Mr. Newton senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. According to the Knight Foundation’s website, “The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.” Tonight, Eric discussed the future of news. Maybe the most intriguing quote, Newton stated, “The future of journalism is unknown.” Whether it is mass media, books, or newspapers, in today’s society, Newton mentioned how the news is always changing and evolving. As for the future of journalism, Newton continuously described the different possibilities of journalism, including the idea of Nano technology. Newton caught the attention of many, if not all of the students in attendance tonight and really gave the cliffhanger of the current would in saying that we are only scratching the surface of the digital age.

  6. Eric Newton, Senior Advisor to the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave Cronkite students a glimpse into the future tonight. The future, as Newton described it, is one in which journalism and mass communication is constantly changing, just as it has for centuries. Newton’s future involves everything from “news bots” to “cranial implants.” Technology that currently feels at home in a science fiction movie but according to Newton the future he described “is definitely crazy so it might just happen.” In fact science fiction is exactly what Newton points to if we want a peek of what the future may have in store for us. Shows like Star Trek and The Jetsons have already demonstrated this by predicting current technology like cell phones and Skype. As members of the beginning of the digital age Newton believes we are simply “scratching the surface” of what this era has in store for us. As technology progresses so will the future of journalism. “The technology has driven the future of news,” said Newton.

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