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Communication for Sustainable Social Change
We study communication, society and culture to effectively enhance knowledge transfer and bring about sustainable social change.
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Pun Pun - sustainable living and learning center : Organic Farm, Seed Saving, Natural Building, Earthen Building, Organic Restaurant, appropriate technologies, permaculture, etc

Pun Pun - sustainable living and learning center : Organic Farm, Seed Saving, Natural Building, Earthen Building, Organic Restaurant, appropriate technologies, permaculture, etc | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Pun Pun is an organic farm, seed-saving operation, and sustainable living and learning center. We feel that only by living in a sustainable way ourselves, is it
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In almost perfect harmony

In almost perfect harmony | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
WHEN Pope Francis issued his 192-page encyclical on climate change and pollution, this was rightly hailed as a landmark in the history of the papacy, and of...
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So what does Islam have to say about the environment? Like the sacred scriptures of other creation-based, monotheistic religions, the Koran presents the whole material world, and the animal kingdom in particular, as a divine miracle to which man must respond with awe and self-restraint.

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U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda Adopted Amidst Closed-Door Deals | Inter Press Service

U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda Adopted Amidst Closed-Door Deals | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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The problem is that backroom dealings and pressure campaigns have ominous implications for the legitimacy and fairness of international negotiations, not to mention the political will of governments to take the sustainable development goals seriously.

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U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda | Inter Press Service

U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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“Women and girls everywhere have much to gain from the SDGs. But to make this a reality, we have to keep pressure on governments to follow through on their commitments." 

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Faith Leaders Issue Global “Call to Conscience” on Climate | Inter Press Service

Faith Leaders Issue Global “Call to Conscience” on Climate | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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The ecology of planetary woes

The ecology of planetary woes | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
IN ANY list of the woes afflicting humanity, you'd expect to find both climate change and also forced migration, including its most extreme form, which is...
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Property Rights, Inequality and Commons - Commons Transition

Property Rights, Inequality and Commons - Commons Transition | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
David Bollier describes how the Commons (and Commons-based law) might be a force for reducing inequality
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Water Crisis Brings Out Puerto Rico’s Creative Side

Water Crisis Brings Out Puerto Rico’s Creative Side | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The strictest water rationing measures ever on the east side of Puerto Rico have led many there to adopt increasingly creative, although desperate, systems for collecting every drop.
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Climate Commission Issues Blueprint for Low-Carbon Economy | Inter Press Service

Climate Commission Issues Blueprint for Low-Carbon Economy | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world's poorest children

How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world's poorest children | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A UNICEF report says global progress on child survival and reducing poverty has left behind some of the world's poorest children.
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What is Commons Transition? - Commons Transition

What is Commons Transition? - Commons Transition | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
When the administration of Rafael Correa was swept into power in 2006, it appeared as though a new political page had been turned in Ecuador. A Citizen’s Revolution that had mobilized broad swathes of the Ecuadorian public, in particular the country’s indigenous peoples, had galvanized the country around a radical set of political, social, economic, …
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Asylum, migration, and the crisis in Europe

Asylum, migration, and the crisis in Europe | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The grave situation facing refugees and economic migrants in Europe can only be resolved through the concerted actions of the very countries – and others – that precipitated the crisis.
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The current crisis in Europe is of our own making, not of those who seek asylum or economic stability. It is not someone else’s “problem” and it can only be resolved in ways that recognize equality, dignity, and genuine need.

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Les finances de la COP21 dans le rouge à 3 mois de la conférence de Paris

Les finances de la COP21 dans le rouge à 3 mois de la conférence de Paris | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A quelques mois de la COP21 à Paris, Christiana Figueres, secrétaire exécutive de la convention cadre de l'ONU sur le climat a lancé un cri d'alarme. Il n'y a pas assez d'argent pour financer cette grande conférence de l'ONU. 
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No money for COP21!!!

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What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

What are the Sustainable Development Goals? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A look at how the United Nations reached the 17 SDGs and what they look like.
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Partnerships Critical to the SDGs, Reducing Inequality | Inter Press Service

Partnerships Critical to the SDGs, Reducing Inequality | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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“We have to teach young students about global citizenship. Critical thinking is very important when it comes to handling issues of violent extremism, to teach the youth that violent extremism is not workable with a peaceful and inclusive society.”

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Opinion: No Aid, No Tax, No Development | Inter Press Service

Opinion: No Aid, No Tax, No Development | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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Revenue losses due to globalisation need to be addressed. There are three main reasons for revenue losses: first, capital movements increase opportunities for tax evasion because of the limited capacity that any tax authority has to check the overseas incomes of its residents; evasion is easier as some governments and financial institutions systematically conceal relevant information.

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Opinion: Uneven MDG Progress Must Inspire Resolve to Do Much Better | Inter Press Service

Opinion: Uneven MDG Progress Must Inspire Resolve to Do Much Better | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached

China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world.
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“The problem is we are trying to replace American imperialism with Chinese imperialism” 

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Amartya Sen: The economic consequences of austerity

Amartya Sen: The economic consequences of austerity | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The judgements of our financial and political leaders are breathtakingly narrow. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen considers the alternatives.
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Celebrity efforts to 'save Africa' ha​​ve often only reinforced stereotypes

Celebrity efforts to 'save Africa' ha​​ve often only reinforced stereotypes | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Bob Geldof’s Live Aid pioneered a new wave of stars’ involvement in the developing world that has produced mixed results
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Theory of change: from targets to meaningful effects

Theory of change: from targets to meaningful effects | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
How to base policies on dynamic context analysis.
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Singing for Solidarity and Social Change | BillMoyers.com

Singing for Solidarity and Social Change | BillMoyers.com | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Watch Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Tom Morello talk with Bill about the unifying power of music.
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Sobriety, not austerity - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

Sobriety, not austerity - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The UN's Paris climate change conference in November doesn't hold out much promise. Since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, fossil fuel consumption has gone on growing. The Green Climate Fund launched by the UN in 2011 has attracted only €10bn to date. In 2013 subsidies for fuels responsible for greenhouse gases totalled €400bn worldwide — four times the amount allocated to renewable energy sources. Any international agreement will fail to keep global warming within 2ºC if governments insist on (...)
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