Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Promote sustainable development.

I've written about sustainable development before, mostly in the context of Heifer International and microcredit. But there's are many more ways you can support and promote sustainable development. Here are just a few:

* Learn more about sustainable development at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a research organization, and at the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development.

* Visit The Sustainable Village and get involved in their work on microenterprise, renewable energy, product development and more.

* Support organizations that provide microcredit, sustainable food and other resources and opportunities.

* Wage peace.

Sustainable development goes beyond the popular metaphor: "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever." Sustainable development makes sure the river is unpolluted and can support a long-standing population of fish. It ensures that all people in the community have access to the fish and have the skills and equipment necessary to do the fishing. It may even develop strategies that allow folks to sell fish to people who don't live by the river thereby improving the lives of the seller and buyer. That's why I support sustainable development.

"If we did a better job of managing our resources sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. So, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace." - Prof. Wangari Maathai, Winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize

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