Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

International Literacy Day - September 8

Literacy is a cause for celebration since there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. However, literacy for all – children, youth and adults - is still an unaccomplished goal and an ever moving target. A combination of ambitious goals, insufficient and parallel efforts, inadequate resources and strategies, and continued underestimation of the magnitude and complexity of the task accounts for this unmet goal. Lessons learnt over recent decades show that meeting the goal of universal literacy calls not only for more effective efforts but also for renewed political will and for doing things differently at all levels - locally, nationally and internationally.
 Ending illiteracy could also mean ending poverty, hopelessness
An estimated 775 million adults and 122 million children are unable to read or write, missing out on the positives of globalization while disproportionately bearing its negatives, write Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, and Laura Bush, an honorary ambassador with the UN agency, in recognition of International Literacy Day last week. While most of the world's illiterate live in developing countries, many adults remain functionally illiterate in the developed world, too. Houston Chronicle (9/7) The Hill/Congress Blog (9/7)

UN Literacy Resouces:   UN Literacy Decade (2003-2012)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Is the "The Green Economy" just another "Green Revolution"? (Part 2)

Part of a series on
Carbon related[show]

The green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Green economy is an economy or economic development model based on sustainable development and a knowledge of ecological economics.[1]

This question does take some study that you might wish to pursue. The reality is that financial institutions and transactions are necessary in any development program. The column on the right introduce some of these issues.

Another consideration is: Why do indigenous people, given their life experiences, not believe that a 'Green E conomy' will benefit their lives?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Please consider: Is the "The Green Economy" just another "Green Revolution"? (Part 1)

 “Green Economy” has undergone extensive discussion in the preparation and aftermath of the Rio+20 Conference.  For developing countries and the indigenous peoples, the ‘green’ label has a very disagreeable connotation.  The “Green Revolution” of the 1970’s promised to end hunger; ultimately it resulted in land degradation due to dependency on fertilizer and single crop planting. Guess who ultimately profited?

The Rio+20 People's Summit developed their own definition of the “Green Economy”.

“The Green Economy
is a perverse attempt
by corporation, extractive industries, and governments
to cash in on Creation
by privatizing, commodifying and selling off
the Sacred and all forms of life and sky ,
including the air we breathe, the water we drink
and all the genes, plants, traditional seeds, trees, animals, fish,
biological and cultural diversity,
ecosystems and traditional knowledge
that make life on Earth possible and enjoyable.”
 (This statement was signed by 500 indigenous leaders in a ritual ceremony at the Peoples’ Summit in June.)

 Another definition from Tom Goldtooth, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network: “the difference between money-centered Western views and the life-centered indigenous worldview based on the sacred female creation principal of
 Mother Earth.”
 Jeff Conant, Yes Magazine, Fall, 2012, Issue 63