Social Change

The Importance of Cultural Diversity for Sustainable Development

Cultural diversity is an integral part of sustainable development. In fact it has been called the fourth pillar of sustainability. The UN General Assembly has declared that May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day is an opportunity to deepen our understanding and appreciation of each others cultures. This helps us to build a more inclusive society based on common civic values. Although it may seem paradoxical, encouraging cultural diversity can help us to find the common ground for living together. When people are secure in their right to live their lives according...

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Introduction to Sustainable Development by Columbia University (Coursera – Columbia University)

Coursera is offering a free online Columbia University course titled, "Introduction to Sustainable Development." This course will address the following: 1. What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is a central concept for our age. It is both a way of understanding the world and a method for solving global problems Introduction & Economic Growth and Progress Intro to Sustainable Development Economic Growth and Progress Continuing Poverty and Environmental Threats 2. A Short History of Economic Development The world we’ve seen is divided – startlingly so – with 55 high-income economies (1.3 billion people), 103 middle-income countries (4.9 billion people), and...

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The 21 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability (gb&d magazine)

Here are the recipients of the inaugural Women in Sustainability Leadership Award, presented by gb&d which describes itself as "the magazine for today’s leading green professional." It is the only magazine covering green building and design across industries. The list starts off with the top ten most powerful women in sustainability followed by eleven additional women who warrant honorable mentions. Hilary Clinton USGBC’s Rachel Gutter on the Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton recently told me that she is a fan of my work at the Center for Green Schools. It was just before we got our...

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Event – It’s Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women’s Leadership

The inaugural It's Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women's Leadership, will take place the inaugural summit will take place May 1-3, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s Time 2015 will feature Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. This cross-sector initiative brings women and men together to achieve gender equity and empower women and girls at all levels to be leaders. It is expected to draw up to 2,500 attendees representing a full spectrum of social and economic diversity, while satellite events occur simultaneously in partner cities across the U.S. It’s Time Network is a diverse...

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Video – Women Environment Leaders from the Himalayas

The video is based on interviews with women environmental leaders from the Hindu Kush Himalayas including Arzu Rana Deuba and Meena Khanal from Nepal, Shandana Khan from Pakistan, H.E Dr. Hussun Banu Ghazan, Minister of Women’s Affairs from Afghanistan, Chime Wangdi from Bhutan, and Govind Kelkar and Devaki Jain from India. The film highlights how mountain women, in their role as managers of their local environment, hold valuable lessons for dealing with environmental changes, but they often have less access and control over the natural resources. Women leaders have come a long way in promoting this knowledge and in empowering...

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Video – Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy Forum (WISER) Keynote Speech

Here is the Keynote speech from the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy Forum (WISER). Related The 21 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability (gb&d magazine) Female Climate Justice Leaders and Environmental Champions (350.org) Female CSR and Sustainability Leaders (Triple Pundit) Female Faith Leaders Say Climate Change is a Priority Issue Infographic - Enviromental Benefits of Empowering Women and Providing Access to Sustainable Energy Video - Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) Video - Women’s Claims on Environmental Sustainability Video - Women Environment Leaders from the Himalayas Video - Women on the Margins: The Shriver Report and Implications for Sustainability Impediments to...

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Video – Women’s Claims on Environmental Sustainability

Moderator: Bridget Burns, Advocacy and Communications Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) Noelene Nabulivou, activist from Fiji, affiliated with DAWN, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, and the Women’s Major Group Wanjira Mathai, Project Director, wPOWER Hub, Wangari Mathai Institute, Kenya and Board Chair, Green Belt Movement Yong Jung Cho, 350.org, coordinator of efforts directed towards youth engagement in New York in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit For more more videos of the conference click here. Related The 21 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability (gb&d magazine) Female Climate Justice Leaders and Environmental Champions (350.org) Female CSR...

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Video – Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA)

Women's Earth Alliance's foresees a world in which women powerfully participate in the development of global sustainability—thereby reducing poverty, encouraging democracy, promoting peace, and enhancing the social and environmental health of the planet. WEA invests in grassroots women's leadership to drive solutions to our most pressing ecological concerns – water, food, land, and climate. We link women community leaders with the resources, trainings, funding, and partnerships they need to build self-reliant, environmentally sustainable, and healthy communities. Check out this short video depicting the profound potential within women's leadership for social and environmental transformation, and WEA’s work to support that shift....

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Infographic – Enviromental Benefits of Empowering Women and Providing Access to Sustainable Energy

Relate The 21 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability (gb&d magazine) Female Climate Justice Leaders and Environmental Champions (350.org) Female CSR and Sustainability Leaders (Triple Pundit) Female Faith Leaders Say Climate Change is a Priority Issue Video - Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) Video - Women’s Claims on Environmental Sustainability Video - Women Environment Leaders from the Himalayas Video - Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy Forum (WISER) Keynote Speech Video - Women on the Margins: The Shriver Report and Implications for Sustainability Impediments to Women in the Workforce Inhibit Environmental Action Celebrating Female Environmentalists on Women's Day Visionary Women: The...

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GMO’s Top Green School Stories of 2014

This year represents the fifth annual installment of the Green Market Oracle's (GMO) annual sustainable school series. Each year GMO puts together a summary of some of the latest information and resources on environmentally oriented academics and activities as well as green infrastructure in pedagogical settings. Here are the Green Market Oracle's top posts in green education, activities and infrastructure for 2014: General A Comprehensive Environmental Education Environmental Education in Islam (Nura A. Abboud) Learning in Nature Benefits Children and Teachers The Greening of the US Public Schools The Value of an Education in Sustainability Innovation in Sustainability Education Sustainability...

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