Could Mindfulness hold the key to unlock a sustainable future?

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Posted by sdreyerleon in Uncategorized July 6, 2011 Educating for Sustainability: A Mindfulness Practice! During the interview, Thich Nhat Hanh says something that cuts to the heart of what I see as the relationship between mindfulness and sustainability. It puts me in mind of the reasons why I believe so strongly in the development of the field of Educating for Sustainability. For more in the Sustainable Business Strategy series, click here.

Permaculture -- The Path to a Sustainable Future

The Green Changemakers

Scientists, biologists, economists and even a few politicians are becoming aware that it is simply not sustainable. We dimly perceive that we are dangerously close to exhausting the earthly resources that sustain life on this planet. We can't see any clear path to the future. These forces and processes have brought about t he crisis and cannot forestall it. Five billion people cannot live on this planet as hunter-gathers in a stable eco-system.


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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: Replacing Growth Imperative and Hierarchies with Sustainable Ways

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In May 2008 Coalition for Environment and Development launched a nine-month research project under the title CULTURES OF SUSTAINABILITY - SUSTAINABILITY OF CULTURES: Africa-Asia-Europe Dialogue on the Future of Low Ecological Footprint Communities. The aim of the project is to find ways of preserving the ways of sustainable societies and transforming unsustainable ones by engaging in dialogue with concerned people in Finland, India, Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania.

One Planet Mobility

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A journey towards a sustainable future. Link download: One Planet Mobility report One Planet Mobility report summary WWF's One Planet Mobility programme aims to identify and inspire the changes needed to transform personal mobility – a sector which focuses on transport used by people in their everyday life (e.g. It outlines some of the suggestions, solutions, plans and partnerships that have been developed so far through the One Planet Mobility programme.

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Building Cities that Think Like Planets

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From a planetary perspective, the emergence and rapid expansion of cities across the globe may represent another turning point in the life of our planet. Earth’s atmosphere, on which we all depend, emerged from the metabolic process of vast numbers of single-celled algae and bacteria living in the seas 2.3 Adam Frank , an Astrophysicist at the University of Rochesters, reminds us that the evolution of life has completely changed big important characteristics of the planet ( NPR 13.7:

One Planet Living

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[link] Guiding Principles - Take action Individuals Government Businesses Guiding Principles of One Planet Living ® To achieve a sustainable future, we need to design communities which enable people to live sustainably. BioRegional aim to promote the concepts of sustainable development and ecological footprinting, notably by establishing a set of sustainable communities in diverse contexts across the globe.

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How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?


Local hydrological cycles can be dramatically altered, since trees and other vegetation in forests help to retain atmospheric moisture through evaporation and evapotranspiration processes. Since forests contain the largest percentage of the terrestrial biodiversity, deforestation is considered the leading cause of biodiversity loss on the planet. Additionally, trade agreements push governments to use only sustainable products. Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land.

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Waste Incineration: Advantages and Disadvantages


To put that in perspective, if we took all the human beings on the planet and placed them on an impossibly gigantic scale, their combined weight would only be one-quarter of that amount [2]. Municipal solid waste incineration process. Large-scale modern solid waste incineration plants can process 250 tons or more of garbage per day, with emissions that are significantly less toxic than what incineration plants were producing a couple of decades ago.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Recycling


Waste simply sits there to rot, a process that takes decades if not longer. Processes such as mining and refining use up massive amounts of energy, so by finding alternative uses for things which have already had one life, we are helping to restrict the necessity for further invasive activities which negatively impact on the environment. Its true disadvantages are few, but it has one big one that must be acknowledged as we contemplate the pathway toward a more sustainable future ….

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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? Family farms, on the contrary, strive for long-term sustainability.

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Nuclear Energy Pros and Cons


Nuclear energy has a number of great pros and cons, from a seemingly infinite supply of sustained energy release and low emissions, to extremely toxic and disastrous human and environmental dangers when accidents occur. The energy released in this chain reaction sustains the reaction, thus creating a continually replenishing source of nuclear energy. In the process of producing nuclear energy there are no emissions of carbon dioxide or methane-the two most common greenhouse gases.

Tweets, Shares, And Dirty Searches That Destroy Earth

Green Prophet

Green Prophet depends on the internet to share important news that brings us and our readers closer to a more sustainable future. But it is also killing our planet. That means that every Google search and Facebook share, which is processed by these mega data centers (some times as big as 5 Walmart centers, according to the Sun ), is powered mostly by coal.

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Green (Living) Review

The report, entitled ‘Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill’ is the culmination of more than two years’ work and sets the framework to achieve a food waste-free future by 2020. The report has been authored by ReFood, the UK’s foremost food waste recycler, in collaboration with BioRegional, an entrepreneurial charity that promotes sustainable businesses through its One Planet Living philosophy.

To Preserve the Earth, Rethink Our Relationship with Nature

Conservancy Talk

This is a big year for the planet. ’s new and ambitious 15-year Sustainable Development Goals. ’s Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris with the hopes of coming to a worldwide agreement — after more than 20 years in the process — to reverse runaway carbon emissions and minimize climate change. By 2050, the planet faces the challenges of providing for more than 9 billion people, including: A food supply that will need to double.

‘Vampire Diaries’ Actor Ian Somerhalder Unveiled as Winner

Green (Living) Review

In his video acceptance speech, Ian thanked the public for their support and appealed to all businesses and individuals to act responsibly and proactively in protecting the planet and its biodiversity. According to Iain Patton Founder & CEO “The continuing success of the International Green Awards™, the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation underlines how important sustainability and responsible celebrities have become globally.

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Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons


Without knowing, they had been utilizing the immense reservoir of our planet’s internal heat. One part of this heat originates from the time of the formation of our planet 4.6 This internal heat drives powerful geological processes such as continental drifts and volcanic eruptions, but at the same time provides enormous amounts of renewable energy. Geothermal power is a clean source of energy that could become one of the pillars of our sustainable future.

Sustainable Agroforestry Systems and Practices in Agriculture


Resistance of farms to unpredictable weather extremes, resistance of farmers to harvest fluctuations and resistance to current and future environmental challenges. Quick Navigation for Agroforestry Practices and Systems in Sustainable Agriculture. The role of agroforestry in sustainable agricultural systems. But what exactly makes this farming practice so promising for the sustainable future? Different types of sustainable agroforestry systems and practices.

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Recycled Polyester: Textile Test Series Investigates An Imperfect Ecofashion Hero

Eco Chic

And its presence has added a sustainable edge to millions of garments. They continued to find ways to blend it into natural fabrics and refined the production process to give fashion lovers a softer and more wearable fabric. It hurts delicate oceanic ecosystems whose diversity is integral to life on the planet. Is Leather Sustainable? Is Bamboo a Sustainable Textile Fraud?

Cristina Eisenberg on Large Predators, Large Landscapes and Coexistence

Nature Conservancy - Science

As a scientist, in order to give our society tools to have a more sustainable future, I believe that there are three things that matter. What’s happening with climate change is so enormous, and it is going to affect every human being on this planet. These are systems where natural processes, such as predation, fire and flooding can still occur. Cristina Eisenberg. Photo: Trevor Angel. Conservation science has changed a lot in the past two decades.

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Systems Thinking through Art in Nature

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Art pieces by Jay Mead, Michaelyn Bachhuber, Nirmala Nair, and Dominic Stucker By Dominic Stucker , Program Manager at Sustainability Leaders Network. Systems thinking and creativity are essential for bringing about the transition to sustainability. Creativity and art help us gain clarity in vision and tap into the breakthrough thinking necessary for innovating a new reality, a new relationship between people and planet. Sustainability is an art.

Pink LEDs Grow Future Food with 90% Less Water

Green Prophet

Significantly, for a sustainable future anywhere on a planet with 7 billion already – and 9 billion by century’s end – this means we could grow crops with 90 percent less water. In order to keep a planet that’s worth living on, we have to change our methods,” says PlantLab’s Gertjan Meeuws in an interview with the Associated Press. 10,000 years after inventing agriculture, will we 7 billion take this strange next step?

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Connecting the Dots - Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability

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Which learning strategies best contribute to students becoming engaged and active citizens involved in achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability? 2011 Learning for a Sustainable Future Full version coming soon! Acting on learning: moves beyond investigation of an issue to identifying solutions and working towards a desired change—in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, and on the planet. Both process and products of learning are assessed.

Empowerment Works - Global collaboration to catalyze local solution

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While making an immediate impact to create thriving communities; in all it does, EW represents a global paradigm shift from "linear and top down" to "Whole-System Empowerment through Collaboration" -- embracing the full potential of our planet''s social, economic & ecological systems. The genius of nature is EW''s supreme guide and thus integrates its synergistic principals into ecologically-inspired program systems, processes and social technology for a thriving, empowered future.

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Sustainable Consumption and Production Publication

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UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development, Wuppertal Institute. Practical insights and illustrative examples on Sustainable Public Procurement Fisseha Tessema and Cecile Marsille (2009): Practical insights and illustrative examples on Sustainable Public Procurement, Case Studies from Europe, SuPP-Urb-China Paper No. MB) Exploring the business case of sustainable consumption in Asia.

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Dream of a Nation

The Green Changemakers

Activities include the following: Read-Process-Produce Jigsaw Group Activity Paideia Seminar The Socratic Classroom Student Inquiry Lesson Module II – Exploring Interconnectedness Download Entire Lesson (.pdf) Management Sustainable-development Ebook Economy Peace Economics Governance Community Education[link] [link] THE BOOK With over 400 pages of material that makes complex issues graspable, Dream of a Nation is a tool that will inform and engage.

Beyond Consumption: Enabling Participation for Livable Cities

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In Public Space We Trust Public Design Festival, 2009 I wrote The Enabling City , a toolkit on social innovation for urban sustainability and participatory governance, in the early days of green consumerism's ascendance to popularity. Nowhere in the mainstream did I see the principles of self-organization, mutual support, and interaction — the elements that kindled my commitment to sustainability — recognized as valid pathways to participation. [link].

YES! Earth Charter Curricular Module

The Green Changemakers

As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. Preamble to The Earth Charter Introduction The Earth Charter calls for shared responsibility for all humanity and all living things in a declaration of principles for a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. stories of people and communities that are thriving by choosing to live with compassion and respect for all people and the planet.

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2010 Sustainability Seminar Series

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To help foster dialogue between social and natural scientists on the challenges of sustainability in the 21st century, the Center for Unconventional Security will convene a seminar series to bring a select group of scholars, researchers, experts, and business leaders to UC, Irvine to present a variety of perspectives on choices and challenges related to sustainability. And yet sustainable development remains the only acceptable future for humankind.

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UNU-IAS Reports and Policy Briefs

The Green Changemakers

Some of the contours of these emergent education processes of collaborative learning-to-change as they relate to traditional knowledge (TK) and biodiversity are developing in many RCE contexts today. The Education for Sustainable Development Programme at UNU-IAS has worked with RCEs worldwide to create a new publication showcasing a series of case studies in this regard. They stem from the work of the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE).

Peace Education for Sustainable Development

The Green Changemakers

ABSTRACT ‘The world could be transformed and peace would reign if the basis of Education is knowledge wielded by love and value for sustainable development’. Education is the single most important means for empowerment and sustained improvement in all well being. Sustainable development is a basic Human Right and unless this target is reached with the potent tool of Education the purpose of Education would remain unfulfilled.

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Free documentary Films Archive

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Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series - 11 Documentary Films Online - With an unprecedented production budget of $25 million, and from the makers of Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2,000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet.

Earth Jurisprudence

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Wild Law is the practical application of Earth Jurisprudence principles in the human law-making process whether through customs, statutes, common law judgments or international instruments. We are raising the temperature of the planet to dangerous levels that threaten the wellbeing and survival of the Earth and its communities. The planet is crying out for a change of direction. How can we rebuild a healthy relationship with our planet and with each other?

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Training manuals and education resources on sustainability

The Green Changemakers

Sample Student Work When the Chips Are Down Posters Students in an AP Environmental Science class at Piedmont High School learned about the social implications of national Ecological Footprints in Facing the Future's activity, “When the Chips Are Down.” Footprint Education The Ecological Footprint is a powerful tool for introducing the concept of sustainability to students. Lesson Plans Five simple sustainability lesson plans can be easily integrated into K-12 classrooms.

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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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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.