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Switzerland's ecosystems can be particularly fragile, because of the many delicate valleys separated by high mountains, often forming unique ecologies. The mountainous regions themselves are also vulnerable, with a rich range of plants not found at other altitudes, and experience some pressure from visitors and grazing. The climatic, geological and topographical conditions of the alpine region make for a very fragile ecosystem that is particularly sensitive to climate change. Nevertheless, according to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index, Switzerland is the first among 132 nations in safeguarding the environment, due to its high scores on environmental public health, its heavy reliance on renewable sources of energy (hydropower and geothermal energy), and its control of greenhouse gas emissions.[1]

Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Climate action[edit]

Wikipedia: 2000-watt society

Community energy[edit]

Wikipedia: Renewable energy in Switzerland, Switzerland, Carbon dioxide emissions

Community currencies activism[edit]

Le Léman, une monnaie locale complémentaire émanant de la société civile

Cycling activism[edit]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in Switzerland - SwitzerlandMobility, Cycling in Switzerland, with interactive maps for bikers and other information about the national biking network

Food activism[edit]

Bio Suisse, federation of Swiss organic farmers (private-sector organization) - Incroyables Comestibles Meyrin on facebook -Solar cooking resources in Switzerland

Open spaces[edit]

wikipedia:Swiss National Park

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

ricardo.ch Schweizerisch Version von Ebay - www.swissrecycling.ch - Entsorgung von elektrischen und elektronischen Geräten - Brockenhäusern im Kanton Zürich

Sharing[edit]

Pumpipumpe, a sharing community

Urban sustainability[edit]

Happy City Lab, designs and markets participatory and interactive installations that transform daily events

News and comment[edit]

2017

Compost, community and cash: tasting the new economy in Geneva, Mar 27 [2]

2016

A plan to save Swiss ski resorts from sprawl, Dec 14 [3]

Swiss Grannies launch legal challenge to demand stronger climate action, Oct 25 [4]

ABB Flash-Charging Electric Bus Route To Open In Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 26 [5]

The Results of the Basic Income Referendum in Switzerland, Jun 5 [6]

2014

Switzerland's Pumpipumpe Helps Neighbors Share Stuff Using Stickers, May 19 [7]

2013

Switzerland May Give Every Citizen $2,600 a Month, November 13 (includes update) [8]

2007

WWF Switzerland announce plans to create eco-communities in Geneva, [9] August 27

Resources[edit]

Switzerland and the Environment, information from swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

Maps[edit]

Map of Switzerland with route planner, search.ch

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Switzerland, Switzerland, Environment

External links[edit]


References

This page includes Creative Commons Licensed content from the Sustainable community action wiki on Wikia.
The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.

  1. wikipedia:Switzerland#Environment
  2. transitionnetwork.org
  3. swissinfo.ch
  4. greenpeace.org
  5. @CleanTechnica
  6. Medium
  7. @Shareable
  8. motherboard.vice.com
  9. swissinfo


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