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Horyou is in Davos and has a lot to say about sustainable development

Sustainability has gained momentum on the WEF

It’s the 21st century and, more than ever before, economic development can’t dispense with sustainability. And the World Economic Forum in Davos is the right place to foster the UN Sustainable Development Goals as key to economic prosperity.

Horyou is there to talk about a most disruptive if innovative technology, namely the HoryouToken*, a cryptocurrency for Inclusion and Sustainability built on the concept of Blockchain with a Purpose. Horyou was invited at the Blockchain Economic Forum, taking place in Davos from 24-26 January to demonstrate in which ways HoryouToken can support and foster the SDGs. With a significant high profile audience, the event gathers heads of States, alongside government officials, investors, entrepreneurs and leaders of the new economy to review cutting edge topics in panels and roundtables, or during evening receptions and speed networking breaks.

Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, is a speaker at the Blockchain Economic Forum in Davos

Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, underscored the potentially strong impact of Blockchain technology on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to democratize the otherwise hectic funder/funded process. “It is not about speculation but about Blockchain applications with real value to society via providing support to constructive initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and inclusion. Everyone can be a force for good, everyone can share inspiration and be a change agent”, he asserted.

A Spotlight on Climate Change and Environment

Prince William interviews Sir David Attenborough

This year, the World Economic Forum has provided a larger space to sustainability, proving that the global leaders are showing more concern to the future of our planet. Thus the presence of 92-year-old naturalist Sir David Attenborough, hardly a self-serving political star, who evoked the future of our planet in an interview with Prince William. “We have to recognize that every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food we take, comes from the natural world. And if we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves. We are one coherent ecosystem. It’s not just a question of beauty, or interest, or wonder – the essential ingredient of human life is a healthy planet”, he uttered.

Davos and the 2021 Sustainability Strategy

Davos, Switzerland

Since 2015, the WEF has developed a Strategy for 2021 that aims to ensure a highest level of sustainability for its offices and events, as well as to strengthen the integration of sustainability practices into its business processes and global operations. The strategy covers six priority areas comprising air travel emissions, sustainable design and branding, low impact ingredient catering, supply chain, natural energy resources and work-safety practices. Last year, the ISO 20121 meeting became independently certified “sustainable event management”. The Forum has since followed a strict methodology to set sustainability into its internal policies and processes, covering a range of event and activities, ranging from the materials used for temporary structures and decoration, to energy use, food and beverages, waste management, and transportation. In addition, the Forum has sought to ensure equitable procurement policies, fair employment practices, health and safety of its staff and participants, and meaningful engagement with local communities. The Annual Meeting’s carbon footprint is also measured and compensated for in an internationally recognized manner: having calculated the event’s footprint, the Forum then compensates it by buying the corresponding amount of carbon credits from South Pole, which supports emissions reduction projects.

* HoryouToken is listed on LAToken and CoinTiger

It’s not just about cryptocurrencies and tokens: It’s about Blockchain causing a social revolution

We’re in 2019 and if you’ve still not heard of Blockchain I would assume you’ve been out of this planet for a while. The disruptive, innovative technology that is essentially known for revolutionizing the financial world through cryptocurrencies has been a hot topic since 2017 when Bitcoin value reached a peak and all investors wanted to set foot in this promising market.

Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, presents HoryouToken

Since then, a lot has happened: While pioneer cryptocurrency Bitcoin was jumping up and down, new cryptocurrencies were created whose outlook and fate look promising though not totally clear, let alone assured, subjects as they are to the vagaries of the volatility of speculative markets. It is in that context albeit with the aim of staying above the turmoil, that HoryouToken was launched last December to support and promote social and economic inclusion, as well as propose a fresh approach to the cryptocurrency industry which posits that Blockchain can and should come with a Purpose. Thanks to a traceable and intelligent philanthropic feature called Proof of Impact that enables each Blockchain transaction to support social good causes, it allocates resources to social entrepreneurship projects, non-profits and social good doers, and members of the social network for social good, Horyou.com.

The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

The idea behind the creation of HoryouToken is that Blockchain can advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, via social impact and economic redistribution. More specifically, it can impact SDG1 (No Poverty), SDG2 (Zero Hunger), SDG8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and SDG10 (Reduced Inequalities).


Yet, there are many other uses for Blockchain that are not solely connected to cryptocurrencies. Social entrepreneurs may find a world of possibilities within the technology, ranging from supply chain solutions, to management of unnecessary waste and pollution (SDG12), strengthening democracy, reinforcing government institutions and fostering transparency (SDG16).

 

Contracts, data sharing and copyright issues would be safer and broker-free, which would reduce costs and increase access to services. E-government is a fine example. Having long invested in technology and adopted Blockchain since 2012, Estonia is now considered as one of the most unbureaucratic, smart states in the world. It is attracting new tech businesses and investors, developing workforce and turning into a more sustainable community (SDG11).

Healthcare has also made interesting use of Blockchain, with digital records starting to be adopted all over the world and hospitals, cities and countries using them as a safe if smart way to handle health data.

So, what does the future hold for Blockchain technology? Experts point to a clear social impact, with improved security, as well as compliance and traceability of goods and people. This would translate into healthier food through Blockchain in the supply chain and transportation, fair wages and the end of forced labor through smart contracts. And, of course, more functionalities for social-oriented cryptocurrencies and tokens to promote a fairer and more inclusive world. All reasons why for us HoryouToken, which by nature is the embodiment of Blockchain and cryptocurrency for social good, is a subject of pride.

HoryouToken is listed at at LAToken and CoinTiger.


Migration, poverty and food chain were hot topics of the UN Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Poland.

The COP24 is taking place in Poland

Despite the “Act Now” motto of COP24, this year’s Conference of the Parties looked like a redacted version of the former editions, probably due to the obvious effects of global warming on our daily lives. And they indeed are being felt everywhere – from water scarcity in South Africa to floodings in the US, and from storms in South America to rising sea levels in the Atlantic. Nature is also transforming the way we live; everyone’s safety is being threatened and climate migration is becoming a serious issue.

“Changing weather, floods and droughts in many places increasingly threaten people’s livelihoods. That is leading a lot of families to have to consider whether they can stay where they are, or try to live somewhere else,” said Koko Warner in a statement during the COP24. The UN estimates that over 258 million people live outside their country of origin, and global warming is expected to increase this number as it makes some areas of the planet uninhabitable. Currently, four times more people in the world are displaced by extreme weather events than they are by conflict.

Climate change also affects food production. All over the world, farmers have seen their crops affected by heavy rains, droughts and extreme weather conditions for several years in a row, leaving most of them without predictable income and, ironically, with restrained access to food. As a result, they are bound to change their status from suppliers to requesters, and thus aggravate poverty and hunger.

A set of recommendations was presented to help define the 197 countries’ commitment to climate action. Cooperation among parties is key, as well as using technology and data analysis to tackle information and planning challenges. “The goal is really to help countries understand the scale of what is coming and really prepare for it”, said Ms. Warner. “It’s really about finding ways to reduce the suffering and ensure the safety, dignity of the people at risk of displacement in the face of climate change.”

Some of the recommendations included financial planning support for communities who are facing natural disasters, as well as the increase of investments in mapping and understanding human mobility due to climate change. “The real impact,” noted Ms. Warner, “will only be measured through the steps countries take to avoid and minimize unnecessary suffering, and address the risks involved in climate-related displacement.”

Let’s go beyond the discussion man vs. machine for a while and admit that AI really makes for a better society

It may look like a scenario of another scifi movie or book, but the fact is that AI can help us lead longer and better lives.

As I’m writing, artificial intelligence is tracing behaviors on social media everywhere. But there’s more to the matter than meets the eye. Rather than use the collected data for marketing and sales purposes, AI may indeed be detecting and acting on suicidal signs or attempted suicides, nowadays a most serious cause of death globally. Social entrepreneurs and academics have adopted AI to tackle the issue focusing on children and the youth. Platforms like AI Buddy and Bark monitor text messages, as well as e-mails or Youtube videos to detect any sign of potentially self-destructive behavior to warn families, friends and authorities about the likelihood of something going wrong. Some other platforms are concerned with preventing school shootings.

Meddling” is a word that otherwise may carry a bad connotation, but in this instance, AI is saving lives. It also may look like a scenario of another sci-fi movie or book, but the fact is that AI can help us lead longer and better lives.

Regarding the relationship between man and machine, many scientists and authors have been talking of cooperation more than substitution. In such areas as food chain in a challenging world of seven and a half billion people to feed, Sentient, a startup that has developed an AI which studies the effect of light (UV), salinity and water on crops, is seeking ways of perfecting conditions for a more sustainable agriculture. AI is also being used to prevent diseases, and helping farmers to produce more and better as ultimately, more efficiency can prevent hunger and save lives.

For one thing, ‘AI for good’ will provide better access to healthcare for all, one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While helping doctors to detect diseases and discover new drugs, AI can indeed change completely the way we take care of our health.

To know more about artificial intelligence, social entrepreneurship, technology and the UN SDGs, join Horyou and follow our posts on Horyou blog. Be the change, be Horyou.

A holistic nutritionist and plant-based chef, Sarah Britton is the creative force behind the award-winning food blog My New Roots. Featuring original recipes that taste great, look beautiful and boast incredible health benefits, she has become an influencer to reckon with and gathered more than 370k followers on Instagram. Horyou blog is happy to interview Sarah and share her inspiration with its community!

Sarah Britton

How did My New Roots begin?

My New Roots began as a way for me to share what I had learned about wellness and healing through my Holistic Nutrition education, as I discovered so many things that I believed needed to be public information, not just for those who can go to school to study in this field. I wanted to set up a non-biased space for people to come and learn about how to take better care of themselves through diet and lifestyle, as I have seen immense changes in myself since making little, positive changes every day. Over the years my vegetarian, whole food recipes have inadvertently created a community of readers who are passionate about cooking. There are so many people out there who are hungering for direction and guidance in preparing nutritious food, and it is gratifying to know that I can play a small role in that. As emails from readers flow in every day praising the results of the raw cocoa brownies or sweet potato hummus they made at home, I am called to the cutting board to create yet another dish to satisfy those who want to take charge of their health and reclaim their kitchens. Their inspiration becomes mine, and the cycle continues.

What was the catalyst that turned you into a healthy foodie?

I lived in an experimental city in the high desert of Arizona for a year. There I worked on the organic farm, growing food for the community. That was the first time I experienced living in tune with the earth to such a degree and it was like I woke up for the first time. I ate what we grew, and gave up processed foods, which changed everything. I finally understood what it meant to feel healthy, alive, and vibrant.

Sarah cooks plant-based recipes

What is your food philosophy?
With every bite of food we take, we vote for the kind of body and the kind of world we want to inhabit. There is no doubt in my mind that eating a whole food, plant-based diet benefits both ourselves and the planet, more than any other way of eating.

Why are you so passionate about vegetarian plant-based food?
Eating a plant-based diet has changed the way I feel so dramatically for the better – I have more energy, clarity of mind, and most importantly, connection to the earth. There is also a noticeable peace and calm that comes with eating this way. The body is strong and mind is at ease.

What is the link between healthy and sustainably produced food?

Sustainable food production practices are in line with the earth’s best interests. And what’s good for the planet is also good for us. Chemicals pesticides, herbicides, fungicides harm the delicate balance of life, and are inevitably passed to us through what we eat, and everyone loses. I almost always check where food comes from, not necessarily how or who grew it, but I choose organic, biodynamic whenever possible, and will often pass on things that have traveled a long way to get me. Of course growing your own, or getting your food from someone local is the best, but we don’t all have that luxury!

Changemakers is an Horyou initiative which aims to highlight remarkable people & projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals. In this article, we shed a light over #SDG2 – Zero Hunger.

 

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are much more than a vision for the years to come. They’re part of a concerted strategy to improve our society and to build a better future.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals

I’m sure you’ve heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If not, let me introduce you to one of the boldest set of objectives that are meant to be applied worldwide. The SDGs are a collection of 17 targets set by the United Nations in 2017. They are meant to guarantee equality, economic and social development, peace and wealth for all by 2030, and ensure that no one is left behind.

One of the most important aspects of the SDGs is, however, their complementarity. This implies that, without Gender Equality (Goal 5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8) cannot be reached. Or, for instance, without Quality Education (Goal 4), Good Health and Well-Being (Goal 3) and Clean Water and Sanitation (Goal 6), it would be hard to envisage Reducing Inequalities (Goal 10). In short, there is no such thing as a goal more important than another, and no ranking that places most urgent and less critical ones. SDGs are like our world – interconnected and complex.

It also means that the SDGs are an intricate part of our daily lives. It might not be obvious to you, but the ordinary choices that you make can help to strengthen the SDGs and make our world a better place. Here are a few ideas about how you could introduce some of the SDGs into your routine:

– If you care about ending poverty and hunger, try to engage with bank foods or make donations to charity institutions. It’s important to avoid wasting food, as it’s one of the causes of hunger worldwide. And, when choosing your supermarket or a grocery store, make sure they have a good waste management.

– It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman or a man. Sexism is everywhere. Try to raise the subject with your friends and family and support the gender equality cause. The results will be beneficial to all.

– If you know of a brand using slave or irregular labor, don’t buy it. Tell your friends about it. The same applies to companies that pollute, engage in corruption and don’t provide decent conditions to their workers.

– How big is your carbon footprint? If we aim to have clean water, protect animal life and avoid climate change, we should opt for cleaner, more sustainable means of transportation, energy sources and habits. There’s a range of products and services available that are environmentally friendly and affordable.

A critical challenge, however, remains that of bringing up the topic at home, or the office, or again school and, why not, pubs and parks? You don’t need to mention the SDG acronym, but you could start asking people about their habits, and share your good ideas? The clock is ticking, we have little time left to change things… But one thing’s for sure: You can help build the kind of future you want!

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