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Posted By Social Edge
On 13 April 2015 - 12:11pm

More than four billion people in the developing world lack access to adequate sanitation. The public health risk is profound: 760,000 children die each year from diseases related to poor sanitation. Globally, $260 billion is lost in diminished productivity and healthcare costs.

Millennium Development Goal 7(c), which aims to halve the number of people without sustainable access to sanitation by the end of 2015, will not be reached. It represents one of the greatest failures of the MDGs.

A lack of basic infrastructure makes the crisis particularly acute in urban slums, where populations will double to two billion in the next 15 years. In Kenya, where Sanergy has worked since 2011, eight million slum residents still have to resort to unhygienic and undignified sanitation solutions, such as “flying toilets” (defecating into ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 13 April 2015 - 11:35am

Improving water and sanitation, in particular the latter, can have one of the most significant positive impacts on public health and can make a huge contribution to the economic growth of nations.

But sustainable and large-scale improvements in sanitation are hard to achieve. For the last 15 years our sector has been struggling to achieve the MDG target for sanitation. Relatively little progress has been made in urban contexts, where you might think that larger resources and better economies of scale might enable faster and citywide improvements.

So why haven’t we made more progress in urban areas?

Over the last decade our sector has increasingly realized that the problem does not require ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 13 April 2015 - 9:00am

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On 10 April 2015 - 5:05pm


Marine corps officer Robert J. Wicks shares with us some important lessons on life and nature.

Rather than read, he encourages us to reflect.  If we face a challenge, we can act not from anger but from joy and grounded peace.

From his book, Streams of Contentment, here are three tips on living a natural, and successful life.

* Be clear about what is truly essential.

* Appreciate everything and everyone in your life right now.

* Recognize that a little silence and solitude is no small thing.

– Robert J. Wicks

When we appreciate what is important, right now, we honor life and everyone around ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 9:04pm

Global food supply needs to increase 70 percent by 2050 to keep up with population growth and diet changes.

How do we generate enough food without cutting down every last tree, and using every last drop of water? And how can we do it while preserving farmer livelihoods and keeping food affordable?

The intersection of big and small — international retailers and smallholders — provides compelling insight and hope for sustainable agriculture intensification.

As the world’s largest grocer, Walmart sources from farms of all sizes, and smallholders play a particularly important role in providing fruits and vegetables (among other commodities) for our hundreds of millions of customers in 27 countries.  We estimate that Walmart sources US $4 billion in goods from up to 1.4 million small and medium- ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 8:32pm

How can we feed the world’s growing population? It’s an age-old question that has resurfaced following the economic shocks and environmental stresses of the past decade.

According to the latest data, the global population is expected to surpass nine billion by 2050, and much of this growth will take place in developing countries. For instance, in sub-Saharan Africa – where cereal crop yields are only one-tenth of those in the United States – the population is projected to quadruple by the end of the century.

This population growth, combined with rising incomes and changing diets, will require us to produce around 60 percent more food by 2050 – a perplexing task given looming resource constraints as well as increasing frequency and intensity of droughts and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 8:12pm

In this disturbing new era of terrorism, inequality, tribalism, climate change and injustice, national and international institutions have become woefully dysfunctional. Yet on this ever more interdependent planet where independent states are ever less responsive, cities around the world are demonstrating a remarkable capacity to govern themselves by confronting issues that nations no longer address.

It is perhaps not surprising that mayors agree that their pragmatism and the high levels of trust they enjoy from citizens cynical about big government bureaucracies allow them to solve local problems effectively.

But what is surprising is that in the face of how hard it is to govern at all, mayors are also showing an appetite to govern globally, to govern together. Not out of ambition or pride, but because they recognize ...more

On 9 April 2015 - 5:05pm

meadow-680607_640Do Good, Feel Good. What Kind of Ethics is That?

It’s straight from our esteemed President Lincoln, who is referring to that still small voice that tells us right and wrong. Everyone has it within…and we hear that gentle voice urging us one way or not.  So President Lincoln is not calling for a marvelous free for all where anyone follows their whim.  He’s calling us to listen to an internal guide of Truth.

It’s about truly doing good, authentic, down home, core, natural goodness.   This is something which is in all of us.  And it’s available to us all.   Do Good, feel that confirmation in your heart that it is the right thing. Then you feel good, and you know it is right. And then I’d add, keep on doing ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 April 2015 - 9:00am

Addiction is an incurable but manageable disease ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 2:56am

The city of Cali, located in southwest Colombia near the Pacific Ocean, has grown from 145,000 to 2.5 million inhabitants in less than 70 years

Cities afford a unique opportunity to carry out cost-effective interventions to improve the quality of life of underprivileged urban dwellers

As Edward Glaeser affirms, “cities do not make the poor, they attract them.”

People coming from isolated coastal regions or violence-ridden areas around Cali find surprising benefits in the city – in health, education and employment, among others. Their quality of life and opportunities for improvement are better in the slums of Cali than in their original settings.

The fact that poor people tend to cluster in specific areas ...more