Compromised, partial archive of Imagining Geographies & Civic Soul regional engagement initiatives (2012-2016) undertaken by dedicated students and residents.
Community Forum on the Challenges of Poverty, Carbondale Public Library, April 20, 2016
Sparrow Coalition, Carbondale Public Library, & Imagining Geographies: Imagining Community Project
Robin Kimmerer: The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life.
OnBeing interview with Robin Kimmerer. “Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She says that as our knowledge about plant life unfolds, human vocabulary and imaginations must adapt.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge brings American Indian mindset into scientific conversation. On new SUNY center created by Robin Kimmerer. http://diverseeducation.com/article/7029/
“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
Bill Mollison (1991). Introduction to permaculture. Tasmania, Australia: Tagari.
Essence of Permaculture* http://holmgren.com.au/downloads/Essence_of_Pc_EN.pdf
12 Permaculture Design Principles [see text below]
See Resource Collection of Wayne Weiseman http://www.permacultureproject.com/resources
“Why Women Will Rule The World” by Buckminster Fuller. McCall’s. March 1968
“Goddesses of the Twenty-First Century” by Buckminster Fuller. Saturday Review. March 2, 1968
Link to a variety of Fuller books (full digital copies) and rare articles and manuscripts:
Sustainable development: “present necessities are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
The concept of sustainable development is based on a political and ethical principle. This principle implies that the social and economical dynamics of modern economies are compatible both with the improvement of life conditions and the ability of natural resources to reproduce (regenerate) in an indefinite manner.
It seems therefore essential to guarantee an economical development truly compatible with social equity and ecosystems, capable to act in environmental equilibrium and to respect the so called “Three E’s balance rule”: Environment, Equity, Economy.
World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland.
See – SIU Sustainability Website for additional resources http://sustainability.siu.edu/resources/instructor-resources.html
Eight Principles of Deep Ecology [see text below] http://www.permacultureproject.com/resources/eight-principles-of-deep-ecology
Geographical Perspective on Poverty-Environment Interaction. L. Gray & W. Moseley (2005). Juxtaposed to dominant narrative that blames the poor for environmental degradation, this approach to political ecology examines how definitions of poverty, institutional arrangements, conventional economic models and presumed feedback loops influence understandings of poverty-environmental interaction.
Environmental Sustainability and Poverty Eradication in Developing Countries E. Barbier (2012). Article discusses three key features of present-day development efforts to meet challenges in over-coming widespread poverty in low and middle income economies without jeopardizing the environment:
(1) natural resource management should be focus of sustainable development policies. For example, targeting the main primary production activities of an economy to improve their competitiveness, attain their export potential, limit resource overexploitation and waste, and generate increase returns and revenues is necessary but not sufficient.
(2) Financial returns and funds generated from primary production activities must be reinvested in the industrial activities, infrastructure, health services, education and skills necessary for long-term economic development.
(3) Specific policies need to be targeted at the poor where they live, especially the rural poor clustered in fragile environments and remote areas. This will require involving the poor in these areas in payment for ecosystem services, targeting investments directly to the rural poor, reducing their dependence on exploiting environmental resources, and tackling their lack of access to affordable credit, insurance, land, and transport.
(4) new financial mechanisms for channeling assistance must be developed, such as financial transactions taxes and other innovative instruments.
Institutional Arrangements for Rural Poverty Reduction and Resource Conservation B. BARRETT, D. LEE World Development Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 193–197, 2005. Four core points in managing institutional arrangements for reconciling rural poverty reduction with renewable natural resources conservation […] First, synergies do not naturally emerge just because rural poverty reduction and renewable natural resources conservation are each appealing goals with common drivers and some intrinsic interlinkage. Second, it matters less which rules a community or country adopts than how well they monitor and enforce the rules they set. Third, flexibility and adaptability in design are critical to establishing cooperative partnerships that can advance both conservation and development goals. Fourth, multiscalar approaches are commonly desirable.
Twelve PERMACULTURE Design Principles
David Holmgren in Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:
Eight Principles of Deep Ecology Arne Naess and George Sessions
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