The PelicanWeb's Journal of Sustainable Development

Research Digest on Integral Human Development,
Education for Sustainable Development,
and Related Global Issues

Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2010
Luis T. Gutierrez, Editor

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1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action
2. Recent News, Publications, and Tools
3. Climate Interactive Scoreboard (Courtesy of the Climate Institute)
4. Carbon Dioxide Calculator (Courtesy of Carbonify and Michael Bloch)
5. Education for Sustainable Development 2009 Surveys
6. Catherine of Siena Virtual College (Winter Courses)
7. Open Source Framework for Sustainability
8. International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (WCC 2011)
9. The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic (Courtesy of Spirit Quest)

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action


Let us pray in communion with our brothers and sisters worldwide:

Christian Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born
to eternal life. Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi - 13th Century CE
Muslim Prayer for Peace

In the name of Allah,
the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the
Universe who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations
That we may know each other, not that
we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do
thou also incline towards peace, and
trust God, for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility, and when we
address them, we say "PEACE."

Source: Muslim Prayers
Hindu Prayer for Peace

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God almighty,
may there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace on Earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome,
and may trees, plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May thy Vedic Law
propagate peace all through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all
and may that peace come to me also.

Source: Prayers for Peace
Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere
plagued with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness .... the children,
the aged, the unprotected
be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

Source: Prayers for Peace
Jewish Prayer for Peace

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
that we may walk the paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into plough shares,
and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation -
neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.

Source: Prayers for Peace
Baha'i Prayer for Peace

Be generous in prosperity,
and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in judgment,
and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness,
and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind,
and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind,
a dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Source: Prayers for Peace


Listen to the following interviews with a wise scholar:

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 1 of 5
René Girard describes the triangular structure of desire — object, model, and subject.

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 2 of 5
René Girard describes how conflicts are resolved, and why human society is not marked by total conflict all the time.

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 3 of 5
What is the connection between myth and Christianity?

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 4 of 5
"History . . . is a test of mankind,” says René Girard, and "mankind is failing that test."

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 5 of 5
René Girard explains how he makes sense of, "On Earth peace, good will toward men."

About René Girard: Born in Avignon, France, on 25 December 1923, Rene Girard is the author of works that have been published in more than two-dozen languages, including The Scapegoat and Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. His latest book, Achever Clausewitz, will be published in the U.S. in 2010 as Battling to the End: Politics, War, and Apocalypse. In 2005, Girard was inducted into the Academie Francaise.

Source: Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, National Review Online, December 7-11, 2009.


The suggestion for "action" is to play the EnerCities game and provide some feedback to the developers at Paladin Studios, The Netherlands.

Introduction: "Are you ready to take on the challenge of running your own virtual city? Do you have the skills to create a solid, sustainable energy strategy? Will you build a nuclear plant or go solar? Whether you are an industrial tycoon or treehugging hippie, join the exclusive EnerCities beta program now. Your citizens need you!"

Source: Paladin Studios, The Netherlands.

This is a "serious game." You must register (the teacher code is optional), then you can play the game free of charge. It is a good experience in sustainable urbanization. Just click on the logo to find the EnerCities web site:

Source: Paladin Studios, The Netherlands.

Please take notes as you play the game, and give the developers the benefit of your experience via email to the development team leader, Derk de Geus. The development of this game has been sponsored by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy. The game will be installed in 50 European universities during the year 2010. Play, have fun, and provide input for further development of this tool!

2. Recent News, Publications, and Tools



Analysis: a majority of Swiss voters decide to ban the building of new minarets

Islam: mapping the global Muslim population

Climate change data dumped

Climategate: University of East Anglia U-turn in climate change row

International Banks Join to Support Strong Climate Deal

Church officials across Europe express alarm at Swiss minaret ban

World Leaders Asked to Consider Effects of Climate Change on Poor

RIGHTS: Women's Treaty a Powerful Force for Equality

Progress on the march to gender equality

Vietnam targets becoming regional leader in gender equality

As emissions increase, carbon 'sinks' get clogged World's oceans, forests becoming less able to absorb CO2

Wind Energy - Clean and Abundant Power For America

Will Big Business Save the Earth?

Copenhagen Should Target the Developed World

CHINA/INDIA: ‘Business as Usual’ for Carbon Emission Targets

Economic Growth Is Making us Poorer

CLIMATE CHANGE: Carbon Projects Waiting to Exhale

CHINA: One Green Leap Forward, Two Steps Backward

CLIMATE CHANGE: Hunger Strikers in "Moral Call to Action"

Gender Missing in Climate Agreements

U.S.: Climate Policy Derailed by Corporate Interests

Amazon Native Leaders Assert Forest Stewardship for Climate Rescue

World's Largest Climate Conference Opens With Hope

EPA: Greenhouse Gases Endanger Americans' Health, Welfare

Climate Activists Demonstrate in London, Organize Worldwide

The Case of the Stolen Climate Emails

India Pledges to Reduce Carbon Intensity

Time for a Green New Deal, say British economists

Geoengineering: Plan B for when Copenhagen fails?

MIDEAST: Europe Steps In to Pressure Israel

ECONOMY-LEBANON: Skewed Policies Widen Urban-Rural Divide

AFGHANISTAN: Gov’t and Donors Fail to Protect Women’s Rights

RIGHTS-TURKEY: Jailing Kurdish Children to Undermine Dissent

MIDEAST: Palestinians Say No to Crumbs

MIDEAST: Settlements "Moratorium" Still Short of Freeze

Iran's institutions must investigate allegations of scientific plagiarism as a matter of urgency.

Can We Reconcile Patriotism with Global Ethics?

Too Big to Exist

COP-15: Climate Justice for the Poor, or Backroom Deals by the Rich?

A storm in Copenhagen

China Challenging the United States for World Wind Leadership

Latest ISO survey reveals sharp rise in use of standards for food safety and information security

The Moment Is Now

'Copenhagen Is About Doing As Little As Possible'

Europe Raises Stakes with €7.2bn in Climate Change Aid

Youth Actions Command Attention at Climate Summit

Obama Nobel Peace Prize Lecture: Climate Security Essential

News of Globalization's Death Vastly Exaggerated

The Forecast is Gloomy -- Countries would have to come up with concrete targets to make the Copenhagen summit a success

Six Things We Know For Sure in the Wake of ‘Climate Gate’

How the Church is investing in climate change

Secure climate finance makes the difference between life and death

Decade of 2000s was warmest ever, scientists say

Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after 'Danish text' leak

Copenhagen climate change talks must fail, says top scientist: World's leading climate change expert says summit talks so flawed that deal would be a disaster

2009 Global Temperatures Well Above Average; Slightly Above-Average for U.S.

No Slowdown of Global Warming

Copenhagen: Emissions, Treaties and Impacts (Interactive Graphic)

Making the most of corporate social responsibility

Dynamic management: Better decisions in uncertain times

Behind the veil: Why Islam's most visible symbol is spreading

Civil Society Delegates Excluded from Climate Summit, Gassed, Beaten

Copenhagen Climate Talks Approach 'Defining Moment in History'

Copenhagen 'E-Race' Erases CO2 and Other Civil Society Adventures

Climate Summit Founders on Rich-Poor Split, Developing Countries Walk Out

Millions Drink Tap Water That Is Legal, but Maybe Not Healthy

A dose of religious reality on climate change

Global Economic Apartheid Is Obstacle to Fair Deal

Present Deal Condemns Millions to Misery

Everything Left to Accomplish

Lawmakers Push for an Agreement

Food Security in Bangladesh in Great Peril from Climate Change

Glacial Data Crucial to Combating Climate Change

Water, Oil Key Climate Issues in Arab World

Surviving the Third Wave

Climate Policy in Hard Times

A Changing Climate for Development

The Arctic: The Next "Hot Spot" of International Relations or a Region of Cooperation?

Cold Peace: International Cooperation Takes Hold in the Arctic

.Gender equality is part of the solution to exit the crisis – new report

A Copenhagen Climate Accord, Not Nothing, But Not Enough

Time Runs Out But Climate Talks Continue, Draft Deal Tabled

World Leaders Close to Clinching Climate Deal at Copenhagen

U.S. Supports $100 Billion Climate Fund for Poor Nations

Leaked UN Report: Climate Pledges Too Weak to Stop Catastrophic Warming

Climate deal falls short of key goals

Bickering by Champions of Globalization in Asia Worries the Region

Laos Steps into the Globalized World

US Opinion Turns Against the Globalism of its President

World's Top Polluter Emerges as Green-Technology Leader

Greece's debt: The Hypocrisy of Neoliberalism

Solar industry groups release report in Copenhagen

Wind energy can meet 65% of tabled 2020 emissions reductions by industrialised countries

Bioenergy could meet global energy demand

Climate deal falls short

Obama departs fractious Copenhagen talks with limited pact

History Was Not Made in Copenhagen

Climate Change: Scientific Fact, Not Political Issue

INDIA: Despite Failed Climate Talks, More Green Awareness

Obama Disappoints

NGOs Getting Ready for Mexico

No Real Deal, and No Exit

Obama, Aspiring Climate Crusader

Parliament of the World’s Religions Celebrated in Melbourne

The Minimal compromise in Copenhagen: A target – but still no plan of action

The EU agency, European Institute for Gender Equality is opened in Vilnius

People and climate change

30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (December 18, 2009)

Speech by Jimmy Carter to the Parliament of the World's Religions

Copenhagen: a look back at the most striking narratives

IMF Examining Financial Sector Tax Options

Climate Change—Some Simple (and Quite Convenient) Truths

Suicide Bombing; OEN Exclusive On-Site Witness Report of Attack on Peshawar Press

The Financial Crisis, and People with No Finances

After Copenhagen

Earth Day Network Calls on U.S. Congress to Pass Climate Legislation by Earth Day 2010

Copenhagen is over. What's Next? Earth Day 2010

The moral equivalent of slavery

Swedish EU Presidency - Gender equality important for growth and employment

Economy at heart of Spain's "modest" EU presidency

Understanding Iran's Protest Movement

Earth-Friendly Elements Are Mined Destructively

Move Your Money: A New Year's Resolution

Think Out Loud The "P" Word and Climate Change

Spain takes over EU presidency

2nd Decade of the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Food Security & Counter-extremism

Clericalism’s malign influence

Copenhagen blame game is obstacle to 2010 climate deal

Smart grid the key to achieving US low carbon economy

EGYPT: Rooftops Empower the Poor

Wellesley's Albright Institute Aims To Create Global Leaders

A preliminary assessment of the Copenhagen Accord

The Politics of Global Warming

Copenhagen pantomime

What if they’re right?

Study shows CFCs, cosmic rays major culprits for global warming « Watts Up With That?

How Socially Responsible Investors View Companies in 2010

Indian Government Issues Voluntary Guidelines for Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Glimpse Into Children's Poverty in India

When Consumerism Meets Chaos: Re-Evaluating Everything That We Really DO Have

Looking Ahead At 2010 With Green Colored Glasses

Five Reasons the Copenhagen Climate Conference Failed

Copenhagen Accord Establishes Global Government Framework



Human Well-Being and Economic Decision-Making - STWR - Share The World's Resources

It Is Time for the Churches to Declare Jubilee

Killing Fields: the battle to feed factory farms (Video)

The Climate Agenda

The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change

The Carbon Bathtub

The future of capitalism: Building a sustainable energy future

What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change

Challenges and Opportunities in Theological Education in the 21st Century

The Energy Learning Curve™

Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System (Video)

Climate Action Booklet

Software Best Practices to measure, manage, reduce and report on GHG emissions

Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice

Insights with René Girard (Video)

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 1 of 5 (Video)

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 2 of 5 (video)

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 3 of 5 (Video)

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 4 of 5 (Video)

Insights with René Girard: Chapter 5 of 5 (Video)

Brochure of the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT)

Religion and Gender

The Sustainability Champion's Guidebook

Collaborative Sustainability Framework

Sustainability Governance Framework

Policing the Oceans

From Social Safety Net to Social Policy? The Role of Conditional Cash Transfers in Welfare State Development in Latin America

The Implications of Water and Electricity Supply for the Time Allocation of Women in Rural Ghana

Poverty and Social Gaps in Israel

Planting the knowledge seed: Adapting to climate change using ICTs

New Online World Map Shows How Climate Change and Population will Change the World

Modern Macroeconomics Is on the Wrong Track

Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress

Global TeachNet News

Over Two-Hundred Annotated References on Systems Thinking

Copenhagen Climate Circus

S E I Z I N G T H E S O L A R S O L U T I O N : Combating Climate Change through Accelerated Deployment

Renewable Revolution: Low-Carbon Energy by 2030

Study: Next Decade One of Progress for Global Offshore Wind Industry

Stabilizing Climate: Beyond International Agreements

Worldconnectors statement Gender and Diversity Part 1 - Justice and Solutions for All: through Gender and Diversity

Worldconnectors statement Gender and Diversity Part 2 - Justice and Solutions for All: through Gender and Diversity

Lubbers and Boff Recent Articles on Climate Change

Green Footstep - Online assessment tool for reducing carbon emissions from building construction projects

The Future of the Future

Enduring ideas: The three horizons of growth

Rural Decentralization and Local Governance

Politics and Religion Journal

The Science of 350, the Most Important Number on the Planet

A safe operating space for humanity

Documentary examines geoengineering and the checkered history of weather modification

Pax Christi International - Newsletter January 2010

World Population Data Sheet 2009

Rapid Recovery of Damaged Ecosystems

Map of Future Forces Affecting Sustainability



Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator

Carbon Planning Tool

Power storage stocks led clean energy rise in 2009

GEMI Interactive Tools

MIT Integrated Global System Model - IGSM

Integrated Biosphere Simulator Model (IBIS)

Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (SEIB-DGVM)

Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC)

Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT)

Limits to Growth - CD by Dennis Meadows, Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers

North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Database

IMF World Economic Outlook Database

Convention on Biological Diversity (Information/Thematic Databases), CBD, UNEP

List of biodiversity databases - Wikipedia

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)

Earth Reference Data and Models (EarthRef)

AirData : Access to Air Pollution Data (EPA)

European Environmental Monitoring Databases (UNECE)

Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)

Harmonized World Soil Database (IIASA)

European Soil Database (ESDB)

Rural Poverty Knowledgebase (IFAD)

Food and Agriculture Statistical Database (FAO)

Gender Information Database (GenderInfo, UN)

DevInfo Human Development Database & Software

United Nations Databases

IMF Economic & Financial Statistics Database

World Bank Development Sata & Statistics Databases

WTO Internation Trade Statistics Database

WHO Global Health Databases

PSM32 Matrix Modeling Tool (Problematics)

Demographic and Economic Databases and Interactive Charts (US BEA)

World Data Center for Biodiversity and Ecology

      3. Climate Interactive Scoreboard

Courtesy of The Climate Institute

      4. Carbon Dioxide Calculator


Need to convert from metric?

kilometers = miles
cubic meters = cubic feet
liters = gallons

Enter your data in imperial units:


Total Tons of
CO2 annually
Small car
(40 mpg fuel economy)

miles per month

car (21 mpg fuel

miles per month

SUV/4 wheel drive
(15 mpg fuel economy)

miles per month

Electricity usage 


Natural/propane gas 

cubic feet/month

Fuel oil heating 

gallons per month
Air Travel 

miles per month
Train Travel 

miles per month
General waste - how many people in your household?

no. of people


How many people in your household have meat in their diet?

no. of people

Total annual emissions

Total monthly emissions tons
No. of trees to offset per year


No. of trees to offset per month


Carbon Dioxide Calculator v1.2 
Copyright (c) Carbonify.com and Michael Bloch

      5. Education for Sustainable Development 2009 Surveys

The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) research project is moving forward as a series of surveys to identify the critical issues that sustainable developers must be ready to face. During the year 2009, survey test versions V0 to V1.7 have been posted. The survey is structured around the "key action themes" proposed by UNESCO for the "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014):
The survey's design is based on:
  • Paulo Freire's educational model of recursive questions and answers
  • Ken Wilber's integral model of experience, behavior, systems, and cultures
  • René Girard's mimetic theory of scapegoating behavior
  • Note: For a complete description of the design evolution, click here

The survey of the design is stable. However, the questions still need more work pursuant to an optimal combination of brevity (maximum of 16 questions), neutrality (unbiased questions), and questionnaire coverage of the most critical issues in sustainable development. Thus far the responses have been as follows:

  • As of 24 April 2009, 61 persons had taken the V0 test survey.
  • As of 27 May 2009, 129 persons had taken the V1 test survey.
  • As of 27 June 2009, 263 persons had taken the V1.5 test survey.
  • As of 31 July 2009, 513 persons had taken the V1.6 test survey.
  • As of 29 August 2009, 36 persons had taken the V1.7 test survey.

Links to the forms, data, and analyses for the initial series of surveys are listed below:








  • ESD 2.0 Consultation Form (TBD 2010)
  • ESD 2.0 Consultation Spreadsheet (TBD 2010)
  • ESD 2.0 Consultation Summary Report (TBD 2010)
  • Analysis of ESD 2.0 Survey Test Data (TBD 2010)


  • ESD Brief Consultation Forms (TBD as required)

Posting of the ESD 2.0 comprehensive survey is still under consideration, but there is much information yet to be analyzed in the 1004 responses received during the 2009 series. Rather than posting comprehensive surveys, the plan going forward is to post short surveys as required to support further analysis of the transition from consumerism to sustainability.

      6. Catherine of Siena Virtual College

Visit the Catherine of Siena Virtual College

      7. Open Source Framework for Sustainability

Visit the Open Source Framework for Sustainability

      8. International Ecumenical Peace Convocation

Visit the World Council of Churches

      9. The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

Abwoon D’Bashmaya – The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic
Courtesy of Spirit Quest

Translation by Spirit Quest:

O, Birther of the Cosmos, focus your light within us — make it useful Create your reign of unity now
Your one desire then acts with ours,
As in all light,
So in all forms,
Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight:
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
As we release the strands we hold of other’s guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
The power and the life to do,
The song that beautifies all,
From age to age it renews.
I affirm this with my whole being.

For other translations, visit The Lord's Prayer web site.

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