It started, like so many good ideas do, with a couple of folks chatting over a beer. Twenty years later, the Green Drinks concept has spread to more than 488 cities in 49 countries -- finally making it to Istanbul this month.
It's always amusing to see young Turkish guys, too young even to remember the 1980s, strutting down Istanbul's streets in their acid-wash jeans and elaborately spiked or feathered hairdos. But retro behavior is nothing to laugh at when it comes to energy.
Istanbul's Boğaziçi University will be abuzz next week with food workshops, film screenings, musicians playing instruments made out of recycled material, people mixing up their own eco-friendly cleaning
On a damp, dreary afternoon, about 15 people stand in a tiny patch of green, intently examining a muddy mound of dirt, covered with cardboard and weeds -- the inauspicious-looking start to what participants hope will be a gardening revolution in Turkey.
Delegates from more than 100 countries agreed today to non-binding measures to address pollution, floods, and disputes over water, but disputed over whether access to safe drinking water should be defined as a basic human 'right' 'need.'
There weren't any naked protesters rushing the stage or mass marches in the streets this time around but activists haven't wavered in their conviction that the World Water Forum is a deeply problematic venue for addressing the planet's urgent water woes.
The concepts of a carbon or a water footprint are meant to evoke the mark we leave on the earth with the products and services we create and consume. But when done in detail, a water footprint also serves to map our virtual path around the planet.