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The Self-Employed Women’s Association: Shining a light on India’s poor A Great Green Wall Across the African Continent
"the grassroots trade union SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) has been working since 2009 to promote its “Green Livelihoods Campaign” – known as “Hariyali” in the local language – to provide cheap access to sustainable energy across India." "the great breadth of this enterprise illustrates the motivation of the populations concerned: to regain the right to live in dignity through solidarity "
Move the Money! The Global Campaign on Military Spending The Nobel Peace Prize to Mohamed Yunus and the people of Bangladesh
"In December 2014, the International Peace Bureau (IPB) announced the launch of a permanent, global, year- round campaign to tackle the worldwide issue of excessive military spending." "In his Nobel Prize speech, Yunus offered a new dream for today's youth, inviting them to become a new kind of entrepreneur that 'can change the character of capitalism radically.'"
U.N. Climate Talks Advance Link Between Gender and Climate Change Occupy Wall Street: A "Work of Art"
"the task is not only to recognise that women are more affected by climate change, but to ensure they are a large part of the solution " "what moved me even more was the respect, the way people listened to each other and honored and appreciated each other. "
India: New Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Reflection on the Life of Wangari Maathai
"For us tourism used to mean just seeing new places, but now we realize that it can be a chance to know new people and to promote peace." "Her Nobel prize speech conveys her pride in African women’s resilience; her emphasis on justice, integrity and trust; the contribution of tree-planting to promoting a culture of peace; the need to preserve both local biodiversity and cultural diversity."
Peace through Tourism by David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC A Call from Africa for Sustainable Tourism: the Lusaka Declaration
"People instinctively share travel with their friends; it broadens the mind, mends fences and breaks down negative perception. We have a really powerful message, and peace security and understanding can be fostered through tourism" "The Lusaka Declaration on Sustainable Tourism Development, Climate Change and Peace was unanimously adopted by the fifth African Conference of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism"
Peace Through Tourism by Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO Fourth African Conference of International Institute of Peace through Tourism
"we all wish to deliver a better world to our children than the one we started with. Tourism can help foster this" "More than 400 delegates from 33 countries participated in the conference sharing their experiences, ideas, wisdom and commitments."
The Contribution of Transfrontier Peace Parks to Peace in Southern Africa Book Review of The Real Wealth of Nations
"to restore the ancient patterns of diverse ecological communities, and . . . to reconnect the shared cultures of tribal peoples, dislocated when colonial rulers arbitrarily imposed Africa’s borders." "Eisler contributes by promoting a "new economics" and by recognizing the recent efforts by a number of economists to include measures of household work as an important part of a nation's economic output."
Community-based tours and stories in South Africa: Alexandra, Soweto and more Eco-Citizen Programme : Urban Agriculture for Vulnerable Youth
"Each community has a unique story to tell. We enable the visitor to experience this uniqueness. This gets people to understand other cultures by immersing them in the community." "planting of vegetable gardens and medicinal herbs ... awakens new interests and perspectives for the youth"
First UN conference on tourism and culture opens in Cambodia, seeks to build partnerships The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill
"how to harness the power of tourism and culture to alleviate poverty, create jobs, protect natural and cultural heritage and promote international understanding." "Mother Earth is a living dynamic system made up of the undivided community of all living beings, who are all interconnected, interdependent and complementary, sharing a common destiny"
U.S.: There are now twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs Worldwide Video Gaming for Clean Water
"even though solar is still a tiny slice of the American energy pie, it has by far the fastest growth of any energy source, and it’s adding jobs apace" "it engages you in critical environmental problems now faced by hundreds of millions worldwide."
‘The World Is Watching and Expectations Are High’, Secretary-General Says at Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda The World Social Forum prepares for Rio + 20
"Member States have the extraordinary opportunity — and the responsibility — to agree a far-reaching vision to 2030; to adopt an inspiring set of sustainable development goals; to make sure that they are adequately financed; to address human-induced climate change; and to rigorously monitor and review progress, so that the transformation we seek becomes a reality." "social movements should organise a strong presence at the 2012 conference, to forge an alliance with the Brazilian government with a view to changing the way the environment and development are thought about"
Mining interests in Guatemala challenged by indigenous direct democracy Brazil's first indigenous woman lawyer beats prejudice to battle for land rights
"Communities have increasingly returned to the consulta to express their disapproval of mining and extractive projects in their territories. The consultation held in Santa Maria Chiquimula is the 73rd consultation held since 2005 within the Mayan communities of Guatemala. In each case, the communities have voted overwhelming against the mega-projects in their territories." "I know lots of strong women with strong voices. You just need to push them to be part of the process"
Brazilian Indians secure nationwide land victory Environmental Sustainability as a Tool for Peace Building
"We indigenous peoples have shown that we will never allow our lands to be recolonized, invaded or destroyed, even if that means sacrificing our own lives" "A pollution prevention initiative called "Operation Clean the Nation" in The Gambia has brought together people from communities of various ethnic groups for the joint cause of ensuring a clean environment. "
Los indígenas de Brasil consiguen una victoria territorial a escala nacional Indigenous women from Canada and the Global South unite at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights
"Los pueblos indígenas demostramos que, incluso sacrificando la propia vida, jamás admitiremos (…) la recolonización, usurpación y expoliación de territorios." "the right of Indigenous peoples to participate, and ultimately decide upon the development models that will impact their communities "
Canada: Kinder Morgan leaves Burnaby Mountain in win for pipeline protesters Program of Socio-economic Training and Job Placement for Young Ex-Soldiers in North Kivu
"Thursday’s ruling represents a turning point for anti-extraction fights across North America. Combined with recent victories against the Keystone XL and Energy East pipelines, fossil fuel companies can expect more “challenging times” in the months and years to come." "Barzas have been created by PEREXC for youth in the city of Butembo since January 2008. A barza is a village-based, inter-communal forum for conflict resolution, based on African traditional rituals of reconciliation and non-violent settlement of local conflicts."