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

Conservancy Talk

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. The “soft path” integrates smart use of technology to manage both water supply and demand, innovative economic strategies to help fund new investment and to encourage efficient use and new effective institutions that manage water for a sustainable future. Peter Gleick knows water.


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A framework for a sustainable economy

The Green Changemakers

[link] Sustainable Economy in 2040 - full report Sustainable Economy in 2040 - executive summary Sustainable Economy Framework cards Project Overview “Our food reserves are at a 50-year low, but by 2030 we need to be producing 50% more food. Yet we struggle to understand what is meant by sustainable economy. And how do you turn sustainability risks into opportunities? What is the ‘Sustainable Economy Framework’ (SEF)?

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.

Education for Sustainability

The Green Changemakers

Teacher-Developed Learning Units The DEP program had the privilege to work with a number of secondary school teachers from Ghana and Uganda who participated in our distance learning course entitled “Integrating Sustainable Development and Technology into the Curriculum.” During the course, the teachers learned about the concept of sustainable development and identified areas of their current curriculum where sustainable development could be integrated.

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Hidden Costs of Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture -- A New Vision

The Green Changemakers

Chemical fertilizers are running off the fields into water systems where they generate damaging blooms of oxygen-depleting microorganisms that disrupt ecosystems and kill fish. Agriculture at a Crossroads It is time to transform agriculture into a sustainable enterprise, one based on systems that can be employed for centuries -- not decades -- without undermining the resources on which agricultural productivity depends. Sustainable Agriculture FAQ What is sustainable agriculture?

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The 2011 Edition of the Journal of Sustainability Education

The Green Changemakers

Her impressive accomplishments and the examples she brings to the interview are a must-read of inspiration for anyone involved with sustainability education. He speaks of how we use stories to create our future as “ancestors in training” and this is the way that epiphanies which lead to real change will be incorporated into the community base. Show that your company or institution educates for sustainability. Sustainable-development Research Education

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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.

Earth Jurisprudence

The Green Changemakers

Where Natural Law taught us not to discriminate unfairly between human genders and races, Earth Jurisprudence requires that we respect the integrity and intrinsic value of the Earth and all its species, affording them rights and protections where human carelessness, rapaciousness or ignorance places them under threat. Such lore tends to be based on the recognition that the health of the ecosystem as a whole is integral to the maintenance of human health and wellbeing.

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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.