Changing the Way We Think About Water: Q&A with Peter Gleick

Conservancy Talk

Peter Gleick: It is time to stop thinking about water as a resource simply to be consumed and to think about how critical it really is for human and ecological survival, growing the food needed by over 7 billion people, countless social and cultural customs, and the production of all the goods and services we consume. We need to move toward a sustainable water future, where our water needs can be met while protecting and satisfying the needs of the environment and future generations.

Why Is Family Farming Better for the Environment?


While family farming differs greatly across regions – for instance in Europe 60 percent of the largest family farms span over 100 plus hectares compared to very modest land holdings of less than one hectare in developing regions – they play important part in the transition towards sustainable development [2]. Why are small family farms important for the environment and sustainable future? This inheritance represents decades of successful work of previous generations.

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Professor Wangari Maathai honoured with the 2nd International Green Awards™ Lifetime Achievement Award

Green (Living) Review

The Nobel Peace Laureate; environmentalist; scientist; parliamentarian; founder of the Green Belt Movement; advocate for social justice, human rights, and democracy; elder; and peacemaker; was honoured for her vast contribution to sustainability at the annual gala dinner, which took place on 24th of November 2011 at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. It is now an established event on the global sustainable business-calendar.

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Smart By Nature™

The Green Changemakers

[link] The Center for Ecoliteracy’s initiative, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability, provides information, inspiration, and support to the vital movement of K-12 educators, parents, and others who are helping young people gain the knowledge, skills, and values essential to sustainable living. Designing communities that are compatible with nature's processes requires basic ecological knowledge, one of the key components of ecological literacy.

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The Sustainable Kingston Plan

The Green Changemakers

[link] The Community Plan Sustainable Kingston Plan - PDF format Kingston has a vision: Kingston – Canada’s Most Sustainable City. A sustainable community is a place where people want to live and work; it meets the needs of its citizens, now and in the future. Sustainable Kingston was developed by the FOCUS Kingston Steering Committee based on extensive input from individuals, municipal government, Kingston institutions, businesses and community organizations.

INEX: bringing necessary change and preparing leaders for the world’s major challenges

The Green Changemakers

2014 being the official ending of the United Nations Decade for Education on Sustainable Development Core Values and Beliefs 1. We value Sustainability as a personal path of development and see people with love. Your personal path towards a more sustainable lifestyle for yourself and your surroundings will take you out of your comfort zone. Letting Sustainability into your life will develop your personality, skills and social capital, broaden your horizons.

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Sustaining the web of life

The Green Changemakers

Sustaining the Web of Life Biomimicry Biomimicry is the process of using natural biosystems as mentors, models and measures for human inventions. See the Natural Capitalism web site Sustainable Designs The Hannover Principles • Insist on rights of humanity and nature to co-exist • Recognize interdependence. 2) Ecological accounting informs design- Trace the environmental impacts of existing or proposed designs.

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Earth Jurisprudence

The Green Changemakers

At the level of states, nations and governments, Earth Jurisprudence translates into what Cormack Cullinan has called Wild Law and which also appears as Community Ecological Governance. Community Ecological Governance is the customary regulation of life that people find who listen to the voice of Nature. In many parts of the world, biological diversity and the basic ecological resources communities need to survive are becoming more acute.

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Alternatives For Simple Living

The Green Changemakers

When we are looking for economic solutions from within a model that is fatally flawed, we will not find lasting, sustainable solutions. A change I find very hopeful is that Mr. Obama is aware of environmental concerns, such as human-generated global climate change, and he actively supports the development of alternative energy production. Whatever we call this shift in our manner of living, it has dramatic implications for the future of our world.

Creating the future we want

The Green Changemakers

Numerous government policies are now promoting sustainable management practices, while many people in the business and financial communities view sustainability as a means to reduce long-term risk, enhance competitiveness, and promote social well-being. Advances in science and technology are creating new economic opportunities and producing sustainable solutions, while expanded public access to global data and information is helping to shape business and government policies.