Sustainable Initiatives Across Communities

An indirect route to build more sustainable communities through schools, is the thesis or question. Two of our partner schools in Guadalajara, Mexico are working to address this issue and ...

SuBire and CUM practicing sustainable gardening.

Work Is Underway On The Ripley Community Garden

Located one hour east of Cincinnati is the Historic Village of Ripley, Ohio.  This village of 1,800 people was a major player in the Underground Railroad.  The homes of abolitionists ...

The rough and tumble bunch of gardeners!

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On October - 31 - 2014 0 Comment

POVERTY, CORRUPTION AND SUSTAINABILITY: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

By Stan Ingman, PhD.

Introduction

When we review the challenges we all face around the globe, we can identify at least three major issues to be addressed in the 21st Century: Poverty, Corruption and Sustainability. Some call for retreat into “gated” neighborhoods or national borders. With our dependence on energy and consumption of products to live from around the world, total isolation or independence is not likely to be a functional strategy for survival. It seems clear that few borders function very well. Witness how porous the USA/ Mexico, or the Africa/ Europe borders are to prevent immigration. Gated communities in Mexico and USA may reduce kidnapping and violent attacks of the elites, but elites do not like to avoid contact with the rest of the world and it is not a possible solution for 90% of the population.

As we see locally some upper class families from Mexico, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Russia, China, Central America and South America are moving to USA or Europe to protect their families and themselves. To avoid China, Mexico or other nations, you can buy your way into USA for some $50,000. Cities like Dallas send officials to various cities of Mexico attempting to attract Mexican citizens to come north as an economic development strategy for Dallas. Attracting foreigners to St Louis is a strategy to build up their economy. Chinese nationals have used 85% of the 10,667 visas under the US program. (Shyong, 2014 )

This essay attempts to argue that there are few short term solutions to reducing this poverty and corruption, which in turn, would reduce terrorism, violence and difficult migration across national borders. Most indexes seem to indicate an increase in the side effects of poverty and corruption around the world. The World Fact Book published by the Central Intelligence Agency reports that terrorism has been increasing every year since 2001. (www.indexmundi.com) Huffington Post reports terrorism attacks have more than quadrupled since 2001.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 14 - 2015 0 Comment

Our friends at the University of North Texas, via Prof. Dr. Stan Ingman, have allowed us to post their forum schedule happening January 14 – 16, 2015 at the University of North Texas. Email us at fwop@fwop.org if you have any questions about the program and write “UNT International forum 2015″ in the subject line.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 11 - 2015 0 Comment

Recently a team, Kathy Langley, Nichola Driver, Iftekhar Amin and Stan Ingman traveled to Guadalajara Mexico. With partners in Mexico, some significant poverty reduction programs were visited. In additions, we visited educational efforts that show students how sustainability planning can promote poverty reduction and some future plans emerged on the trip for future partnerships.

Our team visited CUM ( www.colegiounionmexico.com ) a K to 12 school in northwest Guadalajara. Families who send their children have incomes that range from $1000 to 2000 per month and pay under $180 per month for their children to attend CUM. We conducted a focus group with the parents to explore how they could develop their neighborhoods to support more sustainable living (socially, economically and environmentally). We made plans for a second community survey on needs and planning; the new survey will be sent out in 2015. Below was performance on October 31, 2014 for Day of the Dead on November 1st. All memorials for the Day of the Dead were done with recycled materials.

performance at campus!

performance at campus!

 

First, a high school group demonstrated their research into composting using a hydro gel they produced to mix into the compost to retain water in the soil. Second, three middle school students presented on their Sustainable Community Model to our team as well as “COECOSUS- Comunidad, Ecologia Y Sustentable”, and “Las Matematicas y El Medio Ambiente”. This last group won an award for their project in Guadalajara.

Photo of CUM Hyro Gel composting demonstration

Below we had a very well trained chorus group performing for our team. The chorus singing repertoire was in Spanish and English.

Above we had a very well trained chorus group performing for our team.   The chorus singing repertoire was in Spanish and English.

Above we had a very well trained chorus group performing for our team. The chorus singing repertoire was in Spanish and English.

Second, we also visited SuBire , K – 12 , a similar school for higher income families . ( www.Subire.mx) . This school also is business, bilingual , and sustainability oriented school like CUM . A third school opened in Leon, Mexico. SuBire recently installing 200 solar panels to power 25% of its energy needs.

Below is a photo of high schools students at Subire. A fashion show was organized for the Day of Dead celebration on October 31st.

Fashion Show

 

Below is of the parking lot at SuBire with 100 panels that power one half of the solar power system. Solar Panels

Part 2 will showcase more of the visit to the campus, garden, and students in broader detail, so stay tuned for the next article!

 

 

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On August - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
SuBire and CUM practicing sustainable gardening.

An indirect route to build more sustainable communities through schools, is the thesis or question. Two of our partner schools in Guadalajara, Mexico are working to address this issue and build better communities. (www.SuBire.mx and www.colegiounionmexico.com ) One of those schools is SuBire, who in the last few years has demonstrated to parents and students how to create an “energy efficient” school–or by implication– energy efficient homes and businesses.

Solar panels atop subire

In 2013, they installed one hundred 250 watt solar panels, furthermore they installed another 100 panels in 2014 over the school’s parking lot. They estimate that 25% of the $5,000 monthly bill will be covered by solar power and that the system should be paid off in five years.

Solar panels atop school

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On June - 10 - 2014 0 Comment
The rough and tumble bunch of gardeners!

Located one hour east of Cincinnati is the Historic Village of Ripley, Ohio.  This village of 1,800 people was a major player in the Underground Railroad.  The homes of abolitionists Rev. John Rankin and John P. Parker are located close to the Ohio River which was the dividing line between freedom and slavery.  Eliza of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” fame crossed the Ohio River in Ripley on her way to freedom.

The  majestic view from atop one of the village landmarks.

The majestic view from atop the John Rankin House

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On February - 22 - 2012 0 Comment
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Posted by Future Without Poverty On November - 9 - 2011 0 Comment
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Kendall Brune , PhD Director of Economic Development for FWOP has been involved in developing an exciting effort in St Louis.

Hundreds of volunteers (424 Volunteers) worked with Rebuild Together-St. Louis to transform a north St. Louis building into a training center for military veterans.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On October - 15 - 2011 1 Comment

San Martin and Mazamitla, Mexico : Self Management and New Low Income Eco-Housing

For some 8 years FWOP have worked with San Martin to make this small settlement more livable. Initially, a gasoline generator from Texas was installed to supply two light bulbs per 10 houses. Later three solar panels were installed to substitute for the generator. Now they use them both. A TV antenna show that someone now watches TV.

Villagers had to walk mile or two to locate a bucket of water. So , our team located a spring some 2 miles away from San Martin. GPS help us determine it higher than San Martin. A gravity system of pipes pushed the water tank to San Martin, and finally lines to each house per water access.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On September - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

While it may be unfair to put the world’s troubles on the backs of women of the world, it is instructive to review the roles of women with respect to national and community building across our planet. Stereotypes are not always helpful.

National leadership in the hands of women does seem to be on the rise, e.g., Germany , Brazil, Argentina, Thailand and Australia. Their impact is as yet unclear. More impressive is the role of Aung San Suu Kyi , leader of the opposition in Burma.

Perhaps more concrete social change is the work of Dr. Yunus and the creation of the Grameen Bank, which focuses upon micro loans to mostly women in Bangladesh and around the world. In Mexico FWOP has tried to support En Via Foundation in Oaxaca that provides microloans to women in two villages. (www.envia.org ) .

The Green Belt Movement that was organized by Professor Wangari Masthai , Nobel Prize for Peace in 2004 has been empowering women for thirty years across Kenya and Africa. Their goals is now one billion tree campaign . Turk Pipkin is recent film Nobeity focuses in part on her outstanding work. ( www.greenbeltmovement.org )

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On September - 23 - 2011 0 Comment
Destination Mexico Powerpoint

Destination Mexico: Aging and Emerging Societies,
Spring Break 2009

Mexico Powerpoint Presentaion

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