Archive for March 2015

How to Communicate Peacefully on Tough Issues

Mar 24th, 2015 | By
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By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, You can have no influence over those for whom you have underlying contempt. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us involved in efforts for a more just and sustainable world generally have strong opinions on issues that get people excited, such as climate change and reproductive rights. If
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Can the World Move Beyond “Infinite-Planet Thinking?”

Mar 17th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York. “Can the world get richer forever?” asks a recent article in the BBC News. If you ask a politician, mainstream economist or the 1%, the answer is likely to be “yes.”    As noted in the BBC piece, growth “is almost universally seen as a Good Thing.”  If you ask most environmentalists, scientists
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Sound the Alarm: Youth Sexual Health Crisis in America

Mar 11th, 2015 | By
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By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, After looking at sexual education challenges in South Africa and in the U.K., it seems appropriate to examine our sexual education picture in the United States. Currently there are no national standards for sexual education. Instead, the width and breadth of what students learn is determined on a state
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U.S. Support for Women’s Empowerment: The Work of USAID

Mar 8th, 2015 | By

By Suzanne York, If you’re an American, you might be pleased to hear how your taxpayer dollars are being used at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), especially in support of women.  On this International Women’s Day, here is a brief look at what our international aid agency is doing. Gender and Empowerment
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When the Water Tap Runs Dry: Coping with Global Droughts

Mar 5th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York, In the U.S., almost all the weather news seems to be fixated on the snow storms back East.  Yet despite the cold and snow, more records for heat have been broken than for cold.  The winter of 2014-15 has been so warm across much of the West that more than 20
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Sex Education in the 21st Century: Moving from Individual to Global

Mar 2nd, 2015 | By
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By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, My last post discussed sexual education in South Africa, and this week I am in the United Kingdom, where sexual education is a hot topic. I recently spoke with Simon Ross, Chief Executive of Population Matters, an organization promoting small family size and mindful consumption. They are part of
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