The PelicanWeb's Journal of Sustainable Development

Research Digest on Integral Human Development,
Solidarity, Sustainability, and Related Global Issues

Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2010
Luis T. Gutierrez, Editor

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Advances in Sustainable Development


The following are reminders that sustainable development has a human face:

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action
2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences
3. Advances in Sustainable Development
4. Advances in Integral Human Development
5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development
6. Climate Interactive Scoreboard (Courtesy of the Climate Institute)
7. Carbon Footprint Calculator (Courtesy of Carbonify and Michael Bloch)
8. WCC International Ecumenical Peace Convocation 2011
9. The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic & Other Translations

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action


A Time Long Awaited
A time to break free
From the traditions
That see an enemy
In a strange tribesman.

A time to break the cycle
Of despotic monarchs,
Who spill the blood
Of young generations.

A time for our elders
To melt diamond and gold.
No more paying a fortune
For the melted diamond and gold
Their blistered hands dug.

A time for a man
To be the shadow behind
A woman’s skilled hands,
The two eating from the same dish.
A time for big hearts to cure
The dying bags of bones.
No more exotic conferences
About the dying bags of bones.

A time for gentlemen and women
To curtail their insatiable passion
That uncovers toddlers’ privacy,
Soiling them with killer diseases.

A time for faceless faces
To wash their oily hands
That plunder nations’ wealth,
While empty bellies grumble.

A time long awaited
To conquer these turmoils
Is already present,
Not in floods of talks in hotels
But in our determined hearts.
African Poems, Boyd Kapyunga Nyirenda, S.J, Promotio Iustitiae 77, 2003


Explore the collection of videos gathered by the

Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)

This one is a short (and funny) animation about runaway economic growth:

The Impossible Hamster

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2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



MIDEAST: Raze Illegal Buildings - Unless They Are Jewish

MIDEAST: Corrupt Arab Regimes - Who is to Blame?

MIDEAST: Helpless in Gaza

MIDEAST: Clean Energy Faces Tough Financial Climate

Scientific Commission Decries Oil Industry Influence at University of Alaska

Has the Economy Helped or Hurt the Growth of Green Business?

Big companies push more suppliers to track emissions

Experts take the stage to wrestle with issue of lasting and useful design

IMF plans 100 billion fund to help poor mitigate climate impact

Race is on to develop green, clean technology

Chile: Water a Matter of National Security

Nearly 60 Companies Test New Product, Supply Chain Emissions Measuring Tools

UN Member States Discuss New Women's Super-Agency Details

Gender equality as an instrument of social progress

Jesuit scandal shakes German Church

Eco-tourism in Lake Victoria’s Yala wetlands: Training tomorrow’s environmental leaders from within.

Dunga Wetland Alternative Livelihoods Project: Addressing Human-hippopotamus conflict.

Will Japan Emerge from its Shell? – Part I

Will Japan Emerge from its Shell? – Part II

Solving Afghanistan: Elephant in the Room is Indo-Pakistan Rivalry

The Google episode highlights the growing adversarial relations between China and the West

A Modern Tale of Meatpacking and Immigrants

The West Owes Haiti a Bail-Out

RIGHTS: EU Faults U.N. for Slowdown in Gender Empowerment

Glass ceiling remains unbreakable by all but a few

The Lure of Radical Islam, or ‘Boys Will Be Boys’

National Green Business Certification Demonstrates Companies’ Commitment to the Environment

Latin American News Aggregator

How personal actions can kick-start a sustainability revolution

Costa Rica elects Chinchilla first woman president

Global Military Spending Surges to Record High

Megaslums Are a Symptom of a Hopelessly Sick Society

Financing the future

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Maintains Momentum On Climate Change in Run-Up to Mexico

US National Center for Sustainable Development and China CDM Fund to Promote Low Carbon Development

China-U.S. partnership for sustainable development financing launched

Chinese farms ’cause more pollution than factories’

Taking the Waves

No Time to Put Climate Science on Ice

How to Expose Corruption

Climate Change Hypocrisy

Lack of equitable burden-sharing could undermine free trade

Demonizing China: Pundits Get its Role in Africa Wrong

The French Burqa Ban: Culture Clash Unveiled

The sorry state of Greece’s public finances is a test not only for the country’s policymakers but also for Europe’s

Global Health Initiative

Obstacles to social mobility weaken equal opportunities and economic growth, says OECD study

NATO At War with Civilian Casualties as It Launches Offensive in Afghanistan

Oil exploration costs rocket as risks rise

FACTBOX-Oil exploration risks and costs escalate

Global Market for Industrial and Utility Solar-Thermal Technologies to Be Worth $12.8 Billion In 2014

The upturn—sooner rather than later?

The ignored gospel message

Gender equality still not present in politics

Our other addiction: the tricky geopolitics of nitrogen fertilizer

Global weirding, East Coast snow storms, and Vancouver’s snow shortage

Another Blizzard: What Happened to Global Warming?

Could transparency make up for a lack of a carbon cap?

Transparency and quality control are essential in the highly uncertain business of assessing the impact of climate change on a regional scale

It is time to abandon GDP as the overriding measure of social development and economic health.

'Climategate' scientist speaks out

Asian pollution delays inevitable warming

RIGHTS: Mideast and North Africa Cited for Press Abuses

MIDEAST: Scandals, Assassination Plan Rock Palestinian Authority

RELIGION-TURKEY: Alevi Future Bleak Despite Equality Moves

RELIGION: Young Western Muslims Fight Misperceptions

MIDEAST: Gaza's Female Scribes Face Worse Than Discrimination

YEMEN: Development Recognised as Crucial for Stability

Wind Energy Blows Through Economic Downturn | Worldwatch Institute

Overpopulation and Climate Change

Over 200 charities and schools launch Global Learning Charter

RIGHTS: U.N. to Focus on Global Epidemic of Gender Abuse


DEVELOPMENT-ASIA: ‘Poverty Still Has a Woman’s Face’

URUGUAY: Making the Secret Shame of Illiteracy a Thing of the Past

BIODIVERSITY: U.N. Treaty Key Tool in Conserving Ecosystems

CLIMATE CHANGE: 'Perhaps We Should Just Sign'

RIGHTS: U.N. Goals on Education Under Widespread Attack

ZIMBABWE: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Arrears?

DEVELOPMENT: Crisis Could Open Doors for Change

POLITICS: U.S. Ambassador Accuses Iran of Role in Iraq Election Ban

Orphaned, Raped and Ignored

Northeast India: Boiling Pot of International Rivalry – Part I

Northeast India: Boiling Pot of International Rivalry – Part II

Globalization in Trouble - Part II

Connecting Across Oceans: Business will tend towards regions witnessing a frantic growth in their information capabilities

Free Trade, Loss of Support Systems Crippling Food Production in Africa

RIGHTS: Women Still Battling Gender Bigotry Worldwide

EAST AFRICA: Improving Local Access to Family Planning

From genocide to political gender equality: Lasting change in Africa doesn't come from Western nations handing out money

Grand Challenges of the 21st Century | The White House

UN Gender Equality, Empowering Women Central to All Other Millennium Development Goals, Secretary-General Says in Message for International Day

To Deal With New Challenges, Should NATO Go Global?

New World Order Without a Hegemon: Compete and Cooperate

Google’s Lesson: Innovation Has to Be Accompanied by Reliability

The World Economy Has No Easy Way Out Of the Mire

Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi's appeal

International Women's Day coming March 8

Anglican women gather in New York for 54th annual UNCSW



Risk roundup 2010: Top risk forecasters highlight their picks for this year’s economic and political hot spots.

Environmental and Societal Challenges for our Unstable Earth (RESCUE)

Center for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change: Teacher's Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming

Environmental Impact Assessment - Open Educational Resource

Closer to a sustainable Scotland?

Good Fortune (Documentary) - Good Fortune is a feature length documentary that explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique perspective on the struggle to overcome world poverty.

Hatched: The capacity for sustainable development

Women's Worldwide Web - Microfinanca, Education, Mentoring, Networking

Action Learning for Gender Equality

Planning for your next CEO It’s high time for boards to get succession planning right.

Sustainable Energy - without the hot air (e-book)

Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, FREE Online Books

Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity (Overview)

Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity (e-book)

Data Highlights on the Global Food Supply

Megaslumming - A Journey Through sub-Saharan Africa's Largest Shantytown

Armaments, Disarmament and International Security

The Ecology of Finance

The first report of A Green New Deal Joined-up policies to solve the triple crunch of the credit crisis, climate change and high oil prices

Moral Bankruptcy

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)

New Earth System Governance Book Series

Groundbreaking 93-Page CSR Insight™ Report Just Published On Global Sustainability Regulation, Metrics, and Trends

Assessing Administrative Capacity and Costs of Cash Transfer Schemes in Zambia

Trends in South-South Cooperation

Sustainable Agriculture: Way out of Food Poverty

Green Jobs for the Poor: Why a Public Employment Approach is Needed Now

Low-Cost Technologies towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals - The Case of Rainwater Harvesting

Building Cultures of Peace

Time to Tax Financial Speculation

Socio-economic scenarios for climate change impact assessment: A guide to their use in the UK

The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)

Sustainability: A Personal Journey to a Built Sustainable Community...and an Amazing Picture of What Life Will Soon be Like

2010 Peak Oil Report

Emerging Green Intelligence: Business Analytics and Corporate Sustainability

What is Fair Pay for Executives? An Information Theoretic Analysis of Wage Distributions

A Democracy in Deep Disrepair

Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2010

The Climate Agenda: Tools on Policy, Science & the Search for Solutions

Gender Equity Index (GEI) 2009

'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

Conservation Without Borders: Building Communication and Action Across Disciplinary Boundaries for Effective Conservation

Seeing (and Doing) Conservation Through Cultural Lenses

Conservation Through Different Lenses: Reflection, Responsibility, and the Politics of Participation in Conservation Advocacy

Conservation Through the Economics Lens

Key Principles of Community-Based Natural Resource Management: A Synthesis and Interpretation of Identified Effective Approaches for Managing the Commons

Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers

Girls' Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, & Economic Growth

Human Development Report 2010: Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Human Development

Navigating uncharted waters: the gift of faith and growing up LGBT

The shape of daring imagination: coming out and coming home

Feast and Famine: The Global Food Crisis

Coal-Fired Power On the Way Out?

Estimating least-developed countries’ vulnerability to climate-related extreme events over the next 50 years

The Evolution of Revolution

The Future of Capitalism and the Dangers of Returning to Business as Usual

Confronting Culture in Congo

Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy

Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

Lousy-Faire Economics - On The Perversion of Economy, Democracy And Statehood

Analysis Says Copenhagen Commitments Fall Short

Copenhagen Accord and Discord: COP-15 and the Many Roads to Mexico

Study: Warming to bring stronger hurricanes

Global Biodiesel Market (2009 - 2014)

Pike Research Report Says Global Biodiesel Market to Reach $71 Billion By 2020

The Contours of World Development

Pax Christi International - March 2010 Newsletter



Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol - Tools for Calculation of Emissions

Survey on improving research methods and data for an integrated response to global change

Viviane Prototype: A learning tool that uses multi-media technologies to improve awareness of citizens of environmental management and risks.

Experience the New IEEE Xplore Digital Library

FISDev - Framework for Integrated Sustainable Development

LOGICITY - Climate Change Game

British Gas - Generation Green Games

Planet Green - Global Warming Game

Chevron Energyville - Power for 5.9M People City

EnerCities - Sustainable Urbanization Game

EnCon City - Energy Conservation Game

Third World Farmer - Sustainable Rural Development Game

ASU GameBot - Human & Robots Games

Minimonos - Sustainability & Generosity Virtual World

BBC Science & Nature - European Climate Change Game

ABC Australia - River Catchment Detox Game

Games for Change (G4C) - Social & Environmental Issues

Columbia Earth Institute - Millennium Village Simulation (MV Sim)



International Conference on Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Latin America

Sloan Consortium Conferences on Online and Blended Learning

THE HUMAN CONDITION SERIES: 3rd Biennial International, Multidisciplinary Conference: “EROS 2010” May 21-22, 2010, Nipissing University Muskoka Campus, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

The sixth annual Design Science/Global Solutions Lab is being held this summer, June 13-21, 2010, at the UN in New York and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES IN SUB-SAHARA AFRICA - Conference LMSSSA2010 Cape Town, South Africa, 22- 24 November 2010

Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment - Annual RGS-IBG Conference - 1-1 September 2010, London

Application and Selection Process of the IIASA-Funded Postdoctoral Program

Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals. State University of New York College at Cortland. October 22-24, 2010.

International Conference on Migration: Mobility Patterns of Cambodian and Other Nationals in the South-east Asia Region

Association for International Educators Regional Conferences 2010

Africa – Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit April 7-10, 2010 – Nairobi, Kenya

Climate Change, Energy, and Global Governance after the Financial Crisis (with live webcast)

4th International SDT Conference held at Ghent University in Belgium, May 13-16, 2010

6th Global International Internship Congress April 13-16, 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico

Pilot International Conference on Global Sustainable Development: Climate Change, A challenge to Businesses in the 21st Century - Kampala, Uganda, 19-21 November 2010

Transitions to Sustainability Conference - Auckland, New Zealand, 30 Nov - 3 Dec, 2010

European Conference on Complex Systems, Lisbon, Portugal, 13-17 September 2010

Cognitive Ecology: The Role of the Concept of Knowledge in our Social Cognitive Ecology, Episteme Conference, 2nd-4th June 2010, Edinburgh, UK

Conference on Fertility, Infertility and Gender will be held at Maynooth in Ireland from 16-18 June 2010

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians - 4-6 June 2010 at Mot.Holyoke College, South Sadley, Massachusetts

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, 11-14 November 2010, Denver, Colorado

5th World Conference on Women - Petition Site

North American IASC 2010 - International Association for the Study of the Commons - North American Regional Meeting, September 30 - October 2, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Integral Education & Integral Ecology, August 3-8, 2010, Mount Madonna, Watsonville, California, USA

Religion Communication Congress 2010, April 7-10, Chicago

2010 US Social Forum, June 22-26, Detroit, Michigan

PRIFOR 2010: Northern Primeval Forests

WCSS2010 - 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation – Scientific Advances in Understanding Societal Processes and Dynamics, Sept. 6-9, 2010. The conference will take place in Kassel, Germany, and will be hosted by the Center for Environmental System Research (CESR)

Green Economics Conference in Venice in the beautiful setting of Venice International University - San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy 23 – 25 April 2010

Climate and Water: Advancing adaptation science and strategies for water-resource vulnerability from climate variability and change, 13-15 June 2010, NCAR Center Green Campus, Boulder, CO

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences - 2010 Conference June 17–20 Portland, Oregon Theme: Many Shades of Green

4th International Conference on Knowledge Science, Engineering and Management (KSEM`2010) 1-3 September 2010, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Information Interaction in Context 2010, August 18-22, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Integrating Cultures: Models, Simulations and Applications from 6 Apr 2010 through 9 Apr 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands

Collaboration for the Greater Good: Social and Environmental Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain April 29, 2010 Stanford University - Stanford, CA

DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts Sunday 5th September - Wednesday 8th September 2010 Brunel University, West London

      3. Advances in Sustainable Development

A personal journey to a built sustainable community ... and an amazing picture of what life will soon be like

By Stuart W. Rose, BookSurge Publishing, 5 January 2010
From the book cover:

"Sustainability, by Stuart W. Rose, describes the massive changes happening in the world, an example of a sustainable housing project, and a vision of what sustainable living will be. An architect and developer of what many consider the most sustainable housing development in the U.S., Rose introduces the exciting, ever-changing world of sustainability, a way of life that includes creating homes and communities with materials that do no harm to, and take nothing away from, the earth's resources. He reveals how sustainable living goes beyond being ecologically and financially friendly, while saving on utility bills, and leads to a different, yet more joyful quality of life. Also fascinating is the author's recounting of architectural developments leading to his innovations, such as Garden Atriums evolving from a design created 2,500 years ago. Rose has created a book that is as much an adventure as it is encouragement for everyone desiring to live a sustainable and more fulfilling life. In this comprehensive book, readers will learn about:

  • A detailed picture of the global transformation that's happening;
  • Architectural designs from ancient China adapted for use today;
  • The role of currencies and governance in sustainable living;
  • Living sustainably in a way that's more satisfying that today's lifestyle;
  • Debunking the myths around alleged difficulties of sustainable living."
  • Hatched: The Capacity for Sustainable Development
    Edited by Bob Frame, Richard Gordon and Claire Mortimer
    Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd. Lincoln, NZ, January 2010

    From the book's introduction:

    "The aim of this book is to provide a representation of research findings in an accessible form for practitioners within the public, business and the wider community sectors. We hope readers will delve deeper into the academic papers listed at the end of each chapter. There is much more available on our website and we invite readers to contact our lead authors for our most recent work. General comments can be directed to buildingcapacity@landcareresearch.co.nz.

    "This book does not pretend to cover all aspects of sustainability. It leaves out many great ideas, experiments and successes. It does not address biophysical science, for example in climate change, biodiversity, soils, land and urban ecosystems; that is a feature of the work of New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes. Instead our research has focused on supporting New Zealand’s and international capacity for sustainable development. We believe that capacity has now, in C.S. Lewis’s words, begun to hatch. We hope the insights within this book will continue to help individuals, organisations and communities to transition from the potential of the egg to the flight of the bird."


    State of the World 2010:
    Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability

    By Erik Assadourian & Staff, Worldwatch Institute, 2010
    From the book cover:

    "Worldwatch's flagship publication, State of the World, has educated a broad audience of students, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens about trends in sustainable development for a quarter century. The book has been published in 36 languages, and over the years it has authoritatively assessed issues ranging from population, energy, and agriculture to materials use, health, and trade policy. Topics are covered from a global perspective, with an emphasis on innovation and problem-solving. State of the World is recognized as a classic of environmental literature, having attracted luminaries from Kofi Annan to Mikhail Gorbachev to write forewords for the book. News media, policymakers, and NGOs worldwide cite the book for its cutting-edge analysis, reliability, and careful documentation of its arguments, all marshaled to speed the global transition to a sustainable world."

    For the PelicanWeb's book review of State of the World 2010, click here.

    Visit the Open Source Framework for Sustainability

    What is open-sustainability? "Open-sustainability is an approach that applies information-centric techniques to solve challenges related to sustainable development. It leverages an integrated solution approach, combining the Framework for Integrated Sustainable Development (FISDev) tool with a five phase sustainability governance framework, both of which are open-source tools freely accessible and collaboratively developed. They work in concert to enable commercial business models for sustainability and Social media business models around online advertising and e-learning. A corporate organization for open-sustainability.com exists to provide these service, but works in coordination with other organizations providing the same services."

          4. Advances in Integral Human Development

    Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)
    The late Shirley Chisholm is a true role model for countless men and women. The first African-American woman elected to Congress (she represented New York's 12th district from 1969-1983), Chisholm entered the Democratic presidential primary race in 1972. Chisholm was the first African-American to seek a major party nomination, and the first woman to seek the US presidency.

    Chisholm championed the rights of women, minorities, and the poor, and inspired countless future leaders. Her historic campaign was chronicled in the excellent PBS documentary Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed. In 2002, she was included in scholar Molefi Kete Asante's list of the 100 Greatest African Americans.

    Quote: "I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself."

    Sources: Choices Campus Blog, Shirley Chisholm, Wikipedia, and the Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed web site.

    15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000)

    For the more information about Beijing+15 and CSW54, click here.

    Point of contact: UN Division for the Advancement of Women, daw@un.org.

    The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is the flagship publication of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. The theme for the World Survey in 2009 is "Women’s control over economic resources and access to financial resources, including microfinance."

    To download the final report, click here.

    Point of contact: UN Division for the Advancement of Women, daw@un.org.

    Millennial assessments of the environmental problems confronting people of all nations have shown that the problems are severe and, in large part, the product of human activities.

  • Climate change,
  • Decline of food security
  • Loss of biological diversity
  • Depletion of water and other vital resources with consequent conflict
  • Use of unsustainable and environmentally malign energy technologies
  • Deleterious changes in patterns of land use, and
  • Toxification of the planet with unregulated pollutants that may be dangerous even in traces

    All threaten the human future. Yet society stubbornly refuses to take comprehensive steps to deal with them and their drivers,

  • Population growth
  • Overconsumption by the rich, and
  • The deployment of environmentally malign technologies.

    For the complete mission statement, click here.

    Point of contact: Douglass Carmichael, doug@dougcarmichael.com.

  • Human Development Report 2010
    "Rethinking Human Development"

    From the UNDP HDR 2010 web page:

    "Human development is about putting people at the centre of development. It is about people realizing their potential, increasing their choices and enjoying the freedom to lead lives they value. Since 1990, annual Human Development Reports have explored challenges including poverty, gender, democracy, human rights, cultural liberty, globalization, water scarcity, climate change, and mobility.

    "The 2010 report will seek to articulate an agenda for change to underpin a New Human Development Deal that can significantly advance development thinking and policies. It will incorporate thinking from academia and the policy world as well as new research to be commissioned or undertaken by the Human Development Report Office. It will place significant emphasis on the knowledge that comes from developing countries and regions, in particular that garnered through the national and regional human development reports. This emphasis reflects the belief that placing people at the center of development also implies putting people at the center of the generation of knowledge about development, and that this is best achieved by understanding how communities and local actors understand the practice of development."
    1990 - 2010

    For more information
    on the HDR 2010,
    click here.

          5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

    It is time for the human propensity to avoid responsibility, and the common practice of finger pointing, to give way to collaborative efforts driven by human solidarity and a willingness to assume responsibility for individual and institutional actions. This is an area in which ICT can be helpful if properly used. Consider the following matrix of interdependencies between the MDGs, the ESD themes, and integral human development:


    This 17x17 matrix is a concise representation of all the interdependencies between the ESDs, between the MDGs, and between the ESDs and MDGs. The yellow block includes all the ESD themes, which should be integrated together such that every theme includes dependencies on all the other themes; otherwise, the order in which they are listed is not essential. The next block around the diagonal (red) includes MDGs 1, 8, 2, 7, and 3; and includes nested blocks for MDGs 1, 8, 2, and 7 (blue) and MDGs 1 and 8 (green). The lowest block down the diagonal (orange) includes MDGs 4, 5, and 6. The blocks around the diagonal identify the ESDs/MDGs that are tightly coupled and must be resolved together. This block-triangular matrix was derived (using Don Steward's PSM32 software tool) by setting up a 16x16 square matrix -- with the rows and columns being the eight ESDs and the eight MDGs -- and entering marks in those cells for which the column item provides input to the row item. Then the matrix is partitioned via row and column operations so as to identify the blocks of that should be worked out together. The arrows are added to show that there is a feedback loop between ESDs and MDGs as the sustainable development process unfolds.

    This is an illustration of the kind of integration needed in education and planning for sustainable development. Managing the sustainable development process requires interdisciplinary knowledge integration. It requires integration of projects at the local, national, and global levels. For instance, at the global level, issues of population growth, ecological economics, and climate change need to be integrated so as to avoid costly failures and delays. Computers, and software such as PSM32, make this kind of integration possible. There is much to be gained in terms of the common good of humanity and the conservation of the human habitat. Indeed, integration requires some collaborative effort, but it is much better than pointing fingers and looking for scapegoats to avoid responsibility as global citizens.

          6. Climate Interactive Scoreboard (Courtesy of the Climate Institute)

    This automatically updating widget reflects the current state of negotiations in Copenhagen, and the resulting temperature increase. Watch the video (top-right corner) to learn how this simulation calculates the long-term climate impacts of proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Courtesy of The Climate Institute

          7. Carbon Footprint Calculator (Courtesy of Carbonify and Michael Bloch)

    Calculate your carbon footprint. With a bit of research, you may be able to gather the data required to calculate the footprint of your place of work, your school, your church, your local government, and any other institution that might benefit from becoming aware of how much carbon they are using. Sometimes this information is enough to trigger a shift to consumption habits and work practices that would decrease the carbon footprint.


    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

          8. WCC International Ecumenical Peace Convocation 2011

    Visit the World Council of Churches

    Kingston, Jamaica, will be the host city for the World Council of Churches' International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011. The convocation will meet under the theme "Glory to God and peace on earth". It will be the culmination of the WCC's Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV), which has sought to network and bring attention to the peacemaking initiatives of its various member churches.

          9. The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic & Other Translations

    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.





    Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
    sanctificetur Nomen Tuum;
    adveniat Regnum Tuum;
    fiat voluntas Tua,
    sicut in caelo, et in terra.
    Panem nostrum cotidianum
    nobis hodie;
    et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
    Sicut et nos dimittimus
    debitoribus nostris;
    et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
    sed libera nos a Malo.


    Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thy will be done
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
    who trespass against us,
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

    Anglican Book of Common Prayer (1928)


    Our Mother who is within us
    we celebrate your many names.
    Your wisdom come.
    Your will be done,
    unfolding from the depths within us.
    Each day you give us all that we need.
    You remind us of our limits
    and we let go.
    You support us in our power
    and we act with courage.
    For you are the dwelling place within us
    the empowerment around us
    and the celebration among us
    now and for ever. Amen.

    Sister Miriam Therese Winter

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