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Beatrice Traub
May 29, 1998 - 10:00   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Institute for Global Environmental Issues

INSTITUTE for GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES



INTRODUCTION

The Institute for Global Environmental Issues (IGEI) is a
non-profit international educational organization whose mission
is to provide a broad program of education and practical training
in environmental issues to decisionmakers and managers in
government, industry, and civil society throughout the world.
IGEI is unique in its combination of

- broad international scope
- multi-disciplinary approach
- emphasis on open and independent scientific exchange.

IGEI's Unique Approach

Global Perspective

Many environmental issues -- e.g., acid deposition, river and
aquifer pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change --
are inherently of global scope. Other environmental problems
-- waste disposal, urban air quality, preservation of
biodiversity -- are local or regional in scope, but must be faced
by planners and managers throughout the world. IGEI thus seeks
to transfer environmental knowledge and skills from a global
perspective, building an understanding of inherently global
issues together with practical capabilities to deal with local
and regional problems.

To foster this global perspective, IGEI's program will be
a "university without walls". IGEI's programs will be conducted
in different institutions in different parts of the world every
year. Locations will be selected to focus most effectively on
critical and timely environmental issues.

Intensive and Innovative Academic and Practical Instructional
Methods IGEI's program is centered on annual multi-week
intensive summer programs with a student body of about 100,
carefully selected to provide a diverse and balanced range
of expertise, experiences, responsibilities, and interests.
Through innovative teaching methods, rigorous academic
instruction will be combined with practical application.
IGEI's unique curriculum will provide a hands-on approach in
a compressed time frame to enable participants to acquire
both knowledge and analytical tools and practical problem
solving experience on real world problems.

High-Quality Faculty

Each IGEI summer session will be coordinated and led by a
Scientific Director recognized as a world leader in the central
theme area. The Scientific Director will be backed up by
a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified resident faculty
members who will guide the program during its entire duration.
In addition, distinguished guest speakers and resource experts
will contribute to the program on a rotating basis. Care will
be taken to ensure that there is ample time and opportunity for
close interaction between students and these experts.



Case Study Curriculum

Each IGEI summer session will be organized to provide
intensive learning in a highly effective structured framework.
Each year's summer session will be focused on a central theme.
The instructional program will then be structured in terms of a
small number of thought-provoking case studies in which the
students will conduct searching interdisciplinary explorations
of specific problems relating to the central theme. Instruction
on fundamental science and technology essential for addressing
these problems will be provided in a tailored fashion to meet
student needs.

The theme for IGEI '99 will be "Kyoto and Beyond" -- the
challenges of implementing the agreements on greenhouse gas
emission reductions made at the recent Kyoto conference, and
of adapting to the climatic changes that are predicted to lie
ahead. Case studies may deal with local and regional
energy, industrial development, and transportation issues;
adaptation of agricultural systems to changing energy
and transportation costs in the context of rapid climate change;
and similar challenges.

Possible themes for future sessions include: Management of
Coastal Zones, Restoration Ecology, Potentials and Pitfalls
of Eco-Tourism, etc.


Elements of the Curriculum

In parallel with the case-study approach, the curriculum will
be designed to provide the students with a comprehensive and
balanced knowledge base to enhance their ability to deal
with environmental issues. The curriculum will cover
three inter-related elements: The Basic Topics, Specialized
Topics and Group Project Curriculum.

Basic Topics

The Basic Topics Curriculum teaches students about environmental
issues outside their original field of experience. Participants
broaden their outlook on environmental issues by reviewing case
studies in depth, exploring the problem in context, and
evaluating attempted solutions, and drawing conclusions from
successes and failures. Lectures, readings, and seminars are
keyed to the case studies that form the backbone of the program

Core topics include Earth Systems; Data Collection, Analysis
and Distribution; Life Science/Human Body;
Economics/Law/Policy; Ethics/Culture/Religion; and Human
Activities.


Specialized Topics

The Specialized Topics Curriculum will permit students to deepen
their knowledge in certain fields. Each case study will allow
the students to gain knowledge in their field of interest
or expertise. Students will be given the opportunity to interact
with world renown Faculty and Visiting Lecturers to analyze
very specific aspects of a problem and its solutions.


Planned topics include: Biodiversity; Consumption Patterns
and Environment; Resource Management; Technology Issues; Poverty
and Environment; Urban Environment and Indoor Environmental
Issues.



Group Project

The Group Project curriculum relates each case study to the
Group Project. This portion of the curriculum, combined as much
as possible with the case studies, gives the students the basic
tools needed by the Group Project.

The Group Project involves students in developing a project
report equivalent to a Collective Thesis. During this phase,
students study an actual problem affecting the local or
regional environment. Students are now developing their own
case study! Solutions are proposed by the students and evaluated
by the students. This joint project gives students the
opportunity to work with people on all aspects of the problem:
local interest groups, industry, government, grass-roots
organizations, and academics in an international and
multidisciplinary environment. Apart from helping to produce a
report with considerable practical value, the group learning
process will allow students to depend on their own understanding
of the pervasive environmental issues of our time: including
pollution, energy, waste management, and global warming. IGEI
prepares students to take on leading roles in local, regional,
and international environmental management. This phase of
the curriculum plays a major role in facilitating and
encouraging the exchange of information and promotion of
collaborative activities among the members of its community
through the IGEINET beyond the time frame of the summer session.


Promoting Information Exchange and Continuing Collaboration

IGEI's goal is to educate tomorrow's leaders and equip them to
meet the complex environmental challenges of the 21st century.
To this end, IGEI seeks to build a continuing and
ever-growing worldwide network of researchers, policymakers,
managers, and concerned citizens. IGEI's intensive summer
sessions will promote exchange and interaction among
faculty, researchers, students, and alumni of IGEI, as well
as collaboration with industry, government, and
environmental organizations that participate in the programs.
IGEI expects that these linkages will continue and expand as
alumni begin to apply the skills and knowledge acquired to their
own practical problems.

A Demonstrated Commitment to Excellence

IGEI's program and curriculum have been developed by its Board
of Directors and Advisors. The exceptionally distinguished and
expert members of these planning groups have been attracted by
the ever-increasing needs of policymakers and managers
for comprehensive and balanced environmental education, and the
unique potential of IGEI for meeting these needs. The
still-growing roster of IGEI's planners includes prominent
scientists, scholars, and political leaders from North and
South America, Europe, and Asia, from both developed and
developing nations, currently representing eight countries.

********

IGEI offers an exciting opportunity for environmental education
with a hands-on approach. Join the 100 student participants
from the worlds of academia, business, research, and government
for a "once in lifetime" intensive learning experience.



PRO-IGEI PROGRAMS

IGEI also conducts professional courses and seminars throughout
the year to interested groups and individuals. In this capacity,
we will facilitate contact between top experts in environmental
fields and the organizations that require their services.
The uniqueness of the services provided by IGEI resides in
its exceptional pool of international specialists recruited from
a wide range of fields. IGEI's unique Academic College offers
programs on demand to corporations, organizations, and other
groups and individuals. Using its exceptional network
and organization, IGEINET also provides professional
consulting services to industries and groups.

Companies or organizations interested in IGEI professional
courses, seminars and services should contact IGEI directly.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Institute for Global Environmental Issues
P.O. Box 770339
Naples, FL. 34107-0339
USA

Phone +1-941-596-1200 E-mail: btraub@igei.org
Fax +1-941-594-8222 Web: www.igei.org
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Link: Institute for Global Environmental Issues

GRID-Arendal Database Administrator
Jun 13, 1998 - 10:00   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
New environmental maps and graphics from UNEP/GRID-Arendal

UNEP/GRID-Arendal, Norway, are proud to launch a major upgrade of the maps and graphics section of our database on the Internet! The interface has been improved, and have now over 110 maps and graphics. New maps and graphics will be added every month!

The database covers environment related topics including Agriculture and Fisheries, Atmosphere and Climate Change, Biodiversity, Demography, Economy, Energy, Freshwater, Hot spots/Trends, Human Health, Land Degradation, Pollution, Protected areas/Forests, Socio-economic and Topographic maps.

The new maps and graphics section of the database will be launched on

www.grida.no/db/maps/prod/level0
at Friday, 12. June, 1pm (local Norwegian time)

This database is a product of comprehensive development during the last year. Web pages are periodically generated to easily give the public access to maps, graphics and GIS datasets. Visit www.grida.no/db

Please visit our new database, update your bookmarks and tell this news to all your friends!

Background information about GRID-Arendal
www.grida.no/inf/about

UNEP/GRID-Arendal (United Nations Environment Programme / Global Resource Information Database) is one of 13 GRID centres. GRID is a global network of environmental data centres facilitating the generation and dissemination of key environmental geo-referenced and statistical data-sets and information products, focusing on environmental issues and natural resources. GRID centres typically have the ability, expertise and specialized information technology (environmental data management, remote sensing/Geographic Information Systems) to prepare, analyze and present environmental data and information, which are the basis for reliable environmental assessments.

GRID-Arendal's mission statement:
"GRID-Arendal aims to be an internationally recognised information centre providing decision-makers and the public with improved access to high quality environmental information and supporting the United Nations Environment Programme in expanding the use of such information for awareness-raising, policy-making and action."

The Role of GRID within UNEP:
The Global system of GRID centres is administered by UNEP under its programme for environmental information and assessment. This programme addresses the need to keep under review the state of the world's environment, to provide early warning of environmental threats, to improve access to multi-disciplinary information, and to enhance capabilities to use this information for decisionmaking, action planning and setting policy.

GRID-Arendal Database Administrator
E-mail: dbadmin@grida.no
www.grida.no/db/maps/prod/level0


Dr, Nichols
Jun 26, 1998 - 10:00   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Need stories, photos, complaints (ecological damage)

I am operating a site and mailing list that records ecological damage arund the world. Please send me reports, articles and photoes. You are welcome to subscribe to the mailing list to receive our newsletter. Please go to www.parapona.com to register.

Thank you.

Link: PARAPONA ECOLOGICA

peter jones
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Registered: Oct 2004
Post Number: 1
Oct 09, 2004 - 15:32   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Hello,

I wondered if the site below may prove a unique ecological place?

'h2cm' publicises a health and social care model -

** with much wider and universal applications **

- originally created in the UK by Brian E Hodges:

Hodges' Health Career - Care Domains - Model [h2cm]

http://www.p-jones.demon.co.uk/

h2cm can help map health, social care and other issues, problems AND solutions, taking a situated
and multi-contextual view across four knowledge domains:

* Interpersonal;
* Sociological;
* Empirical;
* Political (Autonomy).

Our links pages cover each care domain with content of interest to all 'greens'.

For example - Interpersonal domain links:

http://www.p-jones.demon.co.uk/links.htm

Political:

http://www.p-jones.demon.co.uk/linksIV.htm

I hope this is relevant to you.

Regards,

Peter
Lancashire
UK

Peter Jones
http://www.p-jones.demon.co.uk/
Hodges' Health Career - Care Domains - Model
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uppaluri ravikumar
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Registered: Dec 2004
Post Number: 1
Dec 31, 2004 - 09:52   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
A garden a serves a man's every day need for s refreshing and pleasent experience.We have to appreciate that the garden serves as a home not only to the trees and plants that appear, but is a home to lots of small and big creatures of animal kingdom.Thus a garden is a conservatotory in these modern times of fast industrialization and increasing threat to ecological balance.
Thus a gardener has to keep in mind the need for aiding ecological balance or nature conservation when designing or planning or restructuring a garden.
In India,garderners (government and private) show a strong tendency for planting exotic species (totally foreign species or exotic to that particular microclimate, as seemingly they beleive that exotic species are attractive.Yes every thing new is attractive and indigenous species look ugly as our eyes got used to them.This tendency for exotic plants and trees either in gardening or largescale social forestry is atrocious and gives no regard for the essence of nature conservation and ecological balance that these gardens can serve for!
A indigenous plant or tree supports numerous other soil flora and fauna, birds and other animals through various ecological relations.An exotic plant or tree on the other hand, while not supporting the flora and fauna of that particular area, may actually have a deteriorating effect!
An example in India is the blunder of planting eucalyptus species for social forestry purposes.Eucalyptus has been given a great promotion by late Mr.Sanjay gandhi decades back as it seemingly required less water and grows fast, evenwhile giving some economic output in the form of timber and pulp.
Eucalyptus could have been selected for the afforestation in the areas where it is a naturally occuring species and will have some ecological relations establishes in the microclimate of that area.But planting this in areas where is is completely new.
Another grave blunder which is being practiced till day is, plantation with eucalyptus after clearing indigenous forest areas for the purpose of quarrying or mining purposes.In thiis case, the animals and other flora and fauna will be severely affected as indigenous species of that particular forest are replaced by eucalyptus and the area supporting their food and shelter requirements gets compressed and increases interspecific and intraspecific competetion.In these cases of reforesting the cleared forests, a mix of the existing species can be used for plantation.These species may not be economically rewarding like eucalyptus or grow fast as eucalyptus or any other exotic species.But they have lot of ecological significance and cannot be valued monetarily.More ideally the cleared area has to be filled in with mud from the existing forest so that the microclimate of the forest is replicated and helps the cleared area to gel uniformly in course of time.
Moreover the indigenous plants or trees survive in the natural rainfall and hence need no additional inputs.
I just gave an example of Eucalyptus, as it is widely planted in India, the similar is the case with unjudicious use of many other exotic plants.
I am not against exotic plants in general, but it has to be avoided when going for large scale plantations.In gardens they can be monitored well and can be accomodated 10 percent.Let the remaining 90% beauty be attined from indiginous species.
I request the readers not to get confused with what i mean indigenous or exotic.By indiginous i mean that belongign to a particular microclimate or small area with in a district or state or a country.By exotic we mean a plant not naturally occuring in that particular area or micro climate.
I hope that enthusiastic readers, gardeners, forestry people will further this discussion.

for info on kolleru bird sanctuary which is under threat of extinction please visit www.geocities.com/uravikumar
contact ravikumar uppaluri

uppaluri ravikumar
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Registered: Dec 2004
Post Number: 2
Jan 01, 2005 - 10:41   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Traditionally Hindu tepmples were located either on hills or forests or river banks.In ancient times, the temples were constructed in such locations faraway from human habitations for providing a calm, peaceful and pleasant environment and also for ensuring a close bond between man and nature.Hindu temples are generally associated with trees such as Ficus benghalensis, Ficus Religiosa, Aegle marmelos,Azardirachta indica, Temple tree, Bauhinia spp, etc, Herbs such as Vinca rosea, Nerium spp etc.The gigantic trees like ficus spp and some other trees are closely associated with temples since time immemorial.The mixed fragrance, the flowers and the leaf litter on the ground gives a pleasent experience to a pilgrim or tourist.

But contemperoray gardeners and landscapists fail to appreciate this aspect while attempting gardening at these places, which have become tourist and mass pilgrimage centers in modern times.Most contemporary gardeners design symmetric gardening with huge lawns and tiled floor sorrounding the tree bases.The representation of trees is very poor in comparision to the lawns and plants.

Assymmetry should be the rule while designing landscaping near these temples.The asymmetric garden should have abundant representation of Tree species such as Ficus, Neem, Wood apple,Alexandrian laurel, Jack Fruit, Mango atc spread in a random manner.

The most depressing aspect of modern temples - they do not have space for gardening at all, leaving such, whereever there is enough space for gardening, care should be taken not to tile or concrete the entire floor touching the tree bases! scientifically too the tree base should have enough soil sorrounding it either to water or manure and for aeration.Apart from these the soil sorrounding or that beneath a tree has its own microclimate that supports particular flora and fauna.Let only the footpath be tiled while keeping the floor untiled to the maximum extent possible.

Small patches of herbs like Ocimum, Vinca, Jasmine can be grown for the daily usage of pilgrims needs for praying to the god.Another beautiful attraction to the temple garden can be artificially created pool for growing nelumbium spp which is considered the flower associated with gods.

Lawn grass be selected such that the grass species be tolerant to tree shade,and avoid designing open lawns with few plants..try to intersperse the lawn with trees randomly planted in between.

The asymmetric style and a large representation of trees is ecologically significant as these support and house numerous birds and other organisms.Birds like parrots, cuckoos, woodpecker and occassional monkeys, squirrels all add to a natural feeling and oneness with nature.

Visit http://www.geocities.com/uravikumar for knowing about kolleru lake ..

Contact me uravikumar@yahoo.com



uppaluri ravikumar
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Registered: Dec 2004
Post Number: 3
Jan 06, 2005 - 06:49   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
In India and expectedly in many developing nations, the politicians, policy makers, implementing agencies and people alike are utterly in disregard to turning of life sustaining rivers, canals and lakes into sewage drains. While the policy makers sit at the top and executing everything on paper, the ever short sighted politicians and powerless and corrupt officials are the true menace in preventing waterbodies turning into sewage points.
Consider a typical example that occurs every where in India: All along the banks of rivers, canals and other such huge water bodies, encroachments in the form of hutments are a common sight. Being public land, and knowing well that politicians and local strong men are solidly behind them, few people initiate the encroachment process.
This is the stage when the local officials turn a blind eye to such encroachments and let the process go on till the encroachments gain critical or enormous mass. Then the officials enact the drama of issuing notices to the hutdwellers to vacate immediately or face consequences!the hutdwellers by now a big enough group and too costly to be ignored by the politicians! So the local saviour of encroachments, the politicians swing into action and assure the encroachers that the dwellers have all the rights on the encroached land and blast the officials for harassing poor people! The local MLA and the concerned minister assure that the encroachments will be awarded legally for the benefit of the dwelling poor!
And now the canal and river banks which earlier had huts, slowly get converted to concrete buildings and the sewage and wastes from innumerable dwellings along the banks are let into the easily accessible water body. The legalised encroachers who earlier used to depend on the same water body for their daily water usage, now after destroying the water body and turning it into a drain now cry and make agitations for lack of availability of pure water! And they get tapped water for drinking as well as for all other uses!
Now that all the dwellings receive tapped water, who has the use of water in the river or canal? So the river or canal gets officially declared as a drain!
For thousands of years man has respected the water bodies and used to dwell considerably away from these bodies, even while carrying water for his daily usage. This has changed in the last 100 years with the menace of encroachments resulted by lack of conciousness, corrupt nexus, toothless law and aimless policies!
In India no water body is being spared from such encroachment and pollution and yet every one wants pure water!
Then what is the solution?
The solution lies in converting the banks of already laid canals and existing unencroached water bodies into green belts of specified width say 5 meters. Plan the road towards the outer side of this green belt and beyond the road, let the houseless people be given legal tenure along with piped water supply.
Ravikumar Uppaluri hails from Kaikalur, Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh State in India.The famous Kolleru bird sancturay, a fresh water lake that attracts birds from as far as Siberia, is located near Kaikalur. Kolleru lake once vast , beautiful and sheltering scores of birds and other animals is on the verge of extinction.
The author Holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Sciences and is cofounder of an organization involved in Nature conservation and sustainable development.The author can be reached at uravikumar@yahoo.com
Visit http://www.geocities.com/uravikumar for more information on Kolleru lake

uppaluri ravikumar
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Registered: Dec 2004
Post Number: 5
Jan 21, 2005 - 05:18   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
A Wake up call to the Scientific Community

Nature has millions of intervowen interrelationships among the numerous flora and fauna.Such relationships are the basis for the food webs and food pyramids.These food webs and pyramids can give us a broad idea that organisms interact with each other for their food, shelter and mating.Each specific interrelationship if studied in depth can be very interesting and brings to light significant facts of our sorroundings and the importance of each and every living being on this earth and its function in sustaining the ecological processes.In fact if the entire nature is considered one machine, each and every living being has its own role in smooth running of this machine.But knowingly and unknowingly, we have not taken care or forced to destroy such interrelationships in the path of ‘development’.

While we talk of big things like “Global warming”, “Green House Gases” and such other impending disasters, we are doing little precious either in understanding these interrelationships or our scientific community has not been able to keep pace with the enormity and complexity of ecological relationships.

Even if the world is protected from global warming, can the man and his domesticated crops and animals survive with out the aid of other living beings on this earth? Can the nature survive such loss of vast number of living beings and even then sustain human living on this earth? Of course not! This is known to every one…everyone in the sense the ecologists and environmentalists on board of scientific institutions and administration and the thinktank behind governments.We cannot expect the politicians to understand such complex science, and neither do they have time to spare an ear. There fore it is the responsibility of the scientific community to take up such issues and suggest possible remedial actions and incessantly pursue for implementation.They are also duty bound to prevent vested interests who try to hijack the issue for their own selfish ends or satisfy their proffessional egos.

Just as politicians, a lay man (representing the vast majority of the general public) is not expected to know, appreciate or support such causes.Hence once again its is the duty of scientific community, to mobilise public opinion and break all the barriers in implementing conservation measures in every part of the world both in micro and macro scales.Conservation has to be localised instead of conserving things of one continent in the other continent or one country’s in the other.

The awareness levels about ecology or nature conservation are at a such a dangerous low, that many people term even zoological parks as as conservation centers! And we know how these parks are maintained in many developing and poor countries!

Lastly conservation programmes should not be seen as programs of wasteful expenditure, but should be seen as a life insurance premium for our own survival!


Ravikumar Uppaluri hails from Kaikalur, Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh State in India.The famous Kolleru bird sancturay, a fresh water lake that attracts birds from as far as Siberia, is located near Kaikalur. Kolleru lake once vast, beautiful and sheltering scores of birds and other animals is on the verge of extinction.
The author Holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Sciences and is cofounder of an organization involved in Nature conservation and sustainable development.The author can be reached at uravikumar@yahoo.com
Visit http://www.geocities.com/uravikumar for more information on Kolleru lake

Shivani
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Please add your name to the petition to save the forests at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/forests/
Your signature will make a difference in preserving the natural environment, which is under increasing threat of disappearing forever. Thank you.

M.Saeed Khan Abbasi
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Jan 22, 2008 - 07:44   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
I am taking your precious time regarding above-mentioned subject matter.

This correspondent is a television journalist engaged with a local private satellite television channel at “News & Current Affairs Desk”. Since the United Nations is a symbol of hope, trust and sense of safety for global community around the world. Being part of this civilized and literate global community circle of journalists I would extend my appreciation to all mover endeavors by the UNO for the prosperity, peace, development and security of world.

Keeping this important role of the UNO in the world community particularly in the information arena, I am willing to present a unique and positive television broadcast on the daily UNO affairs. The said kind of program will be made on air in English and our local national language Urdu. The said broadcast will comprise of news, stories, statements and events of the UNO.

As this proposed program will enable a wide viewer ship for the UNO particularly foreign diplomatic and business circles, local business, political, governmental and public circles will have an in-depth insight of the UNO activities, which in a normal course of broadcast is not much possible.

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I would be waiting to have your positive and immediate response in this connection at your earliest possible.

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Lillian Springs
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Feb 25, 2008 - 04:22   Edit Post Delete Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
A slowly awakening planet is all too swiftly catapulting towards a terrifying image of a world where global climate change, energy crisis, and various other factors will estrange us from the resources and the natural life source systems on which we thrive. We are faced with a dilemma. Although our modern lifestyle, based on mass resource consumption, is endangering our very existence, we cannot simply regress to the lifestyles we led before modern technology and globalization changed the face of civilization. The holigent model offers a solution that will both enable people to hold on to what they love about modern society while living truly more sustainable lives. It proposes a revolution in the way large cities run by creating a system of cellular urban villages where residents can live, work, shop, and enjoy recreational facilities all within walking distance. These transitional urban villages will provide many community services, have a strong community association group and be run by a nonprofit organization. A high-speed mass transportation system will interconnect all villages with each other. Thus residents will be able to transition into lives fully independent of cars, reducing the amount of resources they use and damage to the environment they create. This plan is no whimsical fantasy, but a highly-structured, systemic plan that promises to put the planet on the right track towards sustainability and a brighter future. Find out exactly what this plan entails and what you can do to be a part of it at www.holigent.org

AlBet
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With the abundant information available to the mass public today, everyone knows about global warming and climate change. But as it turns out, knowing and caring do not always go hand in hand. Read the Full Article >>>
http://www.kabtoday.com/epaper_eng/content/view/epopup/7786

The more we know about global warming and the threats it poses—the less we seem to care! A recent survey of 1100 Americans, conducted by scientists from the Texas A&M University, showed that “The more informed one is about global warming, the less one feels personally responsible for this problem and the less one is concerned for global warming” (Risk Analysis, Vol.28, Issue 1, Feb 08). In total contradiction to what we would expect, research shows that the more actively the media publicizes the problem, and the more informed we are, the less concerned about it we become!
http://www.kabbalahblog.info/2008/07/global-warming%e2%80%94so-what/

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"Only a life lived for others is worth living" ~ Einstein http://www.kabbalah.info

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luca setti
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Libera Università di Alcatraz" is giving birth to a new Solar Eco-Village
Perugia Italy a new ecovillage.
The idea of creating places where people can live in harmony
with nature and between themselves within a peaceful and
joyful environment.
The Solar Eco-Village – Ecovillaggio Solare
It is located within a vast territory of 400.000 SQMTs in a
wonderful valley; only woods and a stream, century old olive
trees and hills as far as you can see. This is what borders
the Alcatraz park; 4 million SQMTs of green. The European
Community has registered this place as a Site of Community
Importance “SIC”.
more information at http://www.jacopofo.com/taxonomy/term/39


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WWF
WWF International - World Wide Fund for Nature
One of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation global networks, with about thirty national organizations and almost five million supporters distributed throughout five continents.
English - Nature Conservation - At panda.org

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