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Eco-geeks hold open source alternative to UN climate talks

Designer Daniel Connell is creating a prototype wind turbine that can be built for £20. Photograph: Tristan Copley Smith

Designer Daniel Connell is creating a prototype wind turbine that can be built for £20. Photograph: Tristan Copley Smith

In reaction to the failure of COP21, POC21 has brought together a network of 100 plus designers, makers and eco-geeks to innovate a new breed of sustainable lifestyle products. In the unusual setting of an ancient French castle, 12 selected projects have spent the last five weeks developing portable solar power systems, low-waste self-filtering showers, upcycled wind turbines, urban food production systems, affordable electric bicycles and human-powered agricultural machines.

“We need the tools to create different buying and consumption patterns,” Wind continues. “Tools that are less destructive and more sustainable. Then we [will] form global communities around these tools, bringing people together to amplify their impact, exchange what works best and speed up the process of adoption.”

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