Five ways to survive your daily commute | Cities Commuting sucks. It costs up to 14% of your annual salary, increases stress levels and generally saps all energy and goodwill towards humanity. It forces you to witness your fellow wage slaves day in, day out; listen to their music, read their text messages, smell their armpits. Now, according to a recent study, it has been calculated that the daily commute uses up more than 18 months of your life, with an average of 13,870 hours spent getting to and from work – to the place that pays you the money you need in order to get there. On the other hand, the daily commute is time off from life. 1. In 13,780 hours you can read every single book on your literary bucket list. 2. It didn’t just happen in Brief Encounter. 3. So you’ve been commuting for 20 years and never looked a soul in the eye, let alone seen someone you would snog in the toilet. 4. 5. Many forget that “looking out of the window” is the mindful meditation of commuting.
A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development Photo The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260. Then there is the fridge in your kitchen. American diplomats are upset that dozens of countries — including Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh — have flocked to join China’s new infrastructure investment bank, a potential rival to the World Bank and other financial institutions backed by the United States. The reason for the defiance is not hard to find: The West’s environmental priorities are blocking their access to energy. A typical American consumes, on average, about 13,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Continue reading the main story Average electricity consumption Kilowatt-hours per capita per year, 2011 Too often, the United States and its allies have said no. If billions of impoverished humans are not offered a shot at genuine development, the environment will not be saved. As Mr.
Effetto Risorse: Il problema del debito man mano che raggiungiamo i limiti del petrolio (Questa è la terza parte della mia serie – Una nuova teoria di energia ed economia. Questi sono i link alla prima e alla seconda parte). Molti lettori mi hanno chiesto di spiegare il debito. Essi si chiedono anche “Perché non possiamo semplicemente cancellare il debito e ricominciare da capo?” L'esistenza del debito ci permette di avere molte forme di pagamento convenienti, come le banconote, le carte di credito e gli assegni. Ogni debito, e di fatto ogni promessa di qualsiasi tipo, comporta due parti. Non ci si può sbarazzare del debito senza sbarazzarsi dei benefici che il debito fornisce – il che è un enorme problema. Figura 2. Infatti, in un'economia in contrazione, le promesse che non sono debito, come le promesse di pagare le pensioni e le spese mediche per gli anziani come parte delle tasse, diventano a loro volta più difficili da pagare. La natura del debito In senso allargato, il debito è una promessa di qualcosa di valore in futuro. Promesse future anche prima del debito
What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images Last week, Pope Francis and church officials encouraged everyone to consume less and think more about our impact on the environment. It's a timely warning because the next six months will be critical to our future. Ahead of a series of major events later this year, The Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Population Media Center released a collection that illustrates the devastating effects of out-of-control growth and waste, and it's breathtaking. "This is an issue that people care about, and oftentimes it's just not discussed by mainstream media," Missie Thurston, director of marketing and communications at the Population Media Center, told Mic. It's difficult to always know the impacts of our daily choices, like the real effect of buying a bottled water or an extra TV or laptop. Electronic waste, from around the world, is shipped to Accra, Ghana, where locals break apart the electronics for minerals or burn them. New Delhi, India, where many landfills are reaching a breaking point.
titled ● The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets are broader in scope and go further than the MDGs by addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. ● Building on the success and momentum of the MDGs, the new global goals cover more ground, with ambitions to address inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, cities and human settlements, industrialization, oceans, ecosystems, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice. ● The new Goals are universal and apply to all countries, whereas the MDGs were intended for action in developing countries only. ● A core feature of the SDGs is their strong focus on means of implementation—the mobilization of financial resources—capacity-building and technology, as well as data and institutions.
Fully automated luxury communism | Guardian Sustainable Business At a time when robots crowd factory lines, algorithms steer cars and smart screens litter the checkout aisles, automation is the new spectre. The robots, they say, are coming for our jobs. Let them, reply the luxury communists. Cybernetic meadows and machines of loving grace Located on the futurist left end of the political spectrum, fully automated luxury communism (FALC) aims to embrace automation to its fullest extent. “There is a tendency in capitalism to automate labor, to turn things previously done by humans into automated functions,” says Aaron Bastani, co-founder of Novara Media. Bastani and fellow luxury communists believe that this era of rapid change is an opportunity to realise a post-work society, where machines do the heavy lifting not for profit but for the people. “The demand would be a 10- or 12-hour working week, a guaranteed social wage, universally guaranteed housing, education, healthcare and so on,” he says. “Take Uber. This is just the beginning
People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers If you thought accents were sexy, imagine how absolutely mind-blowing it would be to have the person of your dreams tell you those three magic words in more than one tongue. There’s just something about people expressing their thoughts in multiple languages that is so appealing. It might be that they’re more in tune with their own thoughts and emotions. Or, perhaps they’re just better communicators in general. A growing body of research indicates that people who learn to speak more than one language throughout their lives have essentially trained their brains to be stronger muscles, making them smarter, more creative and more responsive to their own feelings and emotions. But, after studying both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for a few years each, I think there is something deeper to speaking more than one language than meets the eye or brain. When we can more easily connect with others in their native language, we are able to experience this world using so many different perspectives. Dr.
Transformation at the UN Sustainable Development Summit Report by Katsuhiko Mori. Katsuhiko Mori is professor of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the International Christian University, Tokyo. He previously studied and worked at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, Japan International Cooperation Agency, International University of Japan, and Yokohama City University. Mori received his Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University, Canada, where he was a visiting associate professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to transform our world. Due to high demand from the NGO community for limited passes to the summit, logistical information provided by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-GNLS) was delayed and somewhat confused. I have asked the following question to many people: “What do you think would be the fourth pillar of sustainable development?”
Getting over my Fear of Collapse | Shift Magazine Toward the beginning of March I read an article on well-respected finance website The Automatic Earth that referenced another article bearing a frightening prediction: that the US bond market would begin crashing in 6 days’ time. As is now obvious, that didn’t happen. But here’s why it threw me into a short-lived panic… I would’ve ignored the prediction had I seen it in isolation, but The Automatic Earth is the website of Nicole Foss and Raul Meijer, two people whose work I’ve been following for five years or so. So when I saw this article, and when I recalled that Nicole had told me that the banking system would collapse when the bond market goes, since it would mean that governments would no longer be able to prop up the banks, I quite understandably had a bit of a freak out. I was in Tasmania for the Australian Permaculture Convergence which had just finished. Meanwhile I was about to go camping in the Tarkine rainforest early the next morning for the next three days. 1. 2. 3. 4.
20 Teen and Tween Conversation Starters | Radical Parenting How was your day? Fine. How was school? Good. How was your test? Anything you want to tell me? Nope. Now that its summer, a lot of parents and the families I work with are focusing on communication skills because we are finally done with school for a bit. I find that some of the best ways to do this is to play games like Scrabble, Clue or Sorry that you can all engage over the common game. -Ask over dinner -Ask over dessert -Leave a few cards with questions in the car for long drives -host a sleepover for your son/daughter and their friends and encourage them to play. -Play at a family reunion -Ask your adult friends (I do this with mine all the time–in between Wii games of course) I came up with some and borrowed some from the cards–a few are a little mature, but I find those table topics get the best conversation going! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. I really love to engage youth in intelligent conversations about values, ideals and goals.
UN Sustainable Development Summit Report Report by Nicole Fassina. Nicole Fassina holds a Masters in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a graduate Disaster Management degree from Fanshawe College. She was a CIGI graduate fellow working on food security in East Africa. This past weekend I attended the UN Sustainable Development Summit as a representative for the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). The Summit was a culminating event from over two years of global consultations, which I had previously been involved with as project manager of an international team lobbying for disaster risk reduction policy within the new international goals. It was a highly informative and revealing event on sustainable development policy, particularly on areas where the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will need higher attention, but equally, on highlighting advancements in policy made by decision-makers to date.  United Nations (2015).  Ibid.