Community DevelopmentEvery person complains but most of them do nothing to achieve change. One of the best ways to achieve a developed community and to see real change is when people do their part as citizens. The hardest step in achieving individual personal involvement is generating interest. People are interested in talking about issues and discussing solutions but only a few are interested enough to do actual actions.

The best solution to gain interest from people is informing them of the level of severity of a certain issue. For an example, people are all aware of poverty but are not well-aware enough to see the impact of poverty in people. It is one thing to say an issue but seeing how it impacts and destroys the lives of several hard-working residents can generate personal interest from a lot of people to help resolve this issue.

If one person can at least get a handful of people to see the problems, we can assure ourselves that these people will generate enough driving power to get themselves involved in resolving problems in the society. Though we are faced with a conflict which is to get them to at least involve themselves in seeing the issues. There are a lot of community activities that can be used to help achieve wide participation from the society.

  • Wildlife protection and reforestation – everybody is informed of the decreasing wildlife habitat and rapid consumption of forests though nobody seems to see how this has impacted both wildlife and people. A simple walk in forested areas and getting a feel of how great the depths of the forests are enough to involve a lot of people in the drive in protecting, preserving or at least decreasing the collateral damage. Rifle scopes are not only used in hunting but can be also used as an efficient observation tool. Certain rifle scopes have their features but finding the best rifle scope will involve proper research, you can read several reviews at http://riflescopecenter.net/ before buying a rifle scope.
  • Criminal rehabilitation and community security – if you are in a city who experiences a high level of crime rate then a small act of criminal rehabilitation will play a big role in improving your community. Certain jails are responsible for detaining criminals of lower intensity of crimes like drug pushing, a simple group talk could actually mean turning the lives of these people around for the better. Also, if you have a lot of time in your hands, you can volunteer as night watchers in streets to decrease the chances of night time crimes. Read more…

Do you want to breathe foul, polluted air? Drink smelly, unsafe water?

Do you want to stand by and watch the forests and wetlands turned into concrete jungles?

Most people would say “no.” But what can you do?

Here are some students who have made a difference. Maybe you will get some ideas on how you can become involved.

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There are so many ways and strategies which you can do in your locality or even in your own small community. If you are aiming for a rapid growth and development in your community, then this article would help you a lot. You can take and keep in touch with the succeeding discussions and be able to explore the different techniques that you can do for the sake of the society.

Community developmentSociety or community development is very essential because it is one of the determinant factors of success and progress in a particular nation. Without growth and development in a certain place, there would be no peace and contentment on that locality. So, in order to have peace, contentment and progress within the family members and among individuals, community development should always be promoted.  A lot of community enhancement workers do some social and economic actions so as to have a social change in their community. They are extending their hands to help the people in preserving and even uplifting their lives. If you are one of them who are after for the sake of the majority and the community as a whole, then you can think for more strategies and ways on how you can help your community to enhance its socio-economic status.

For your reference, the following are the lists of some of the ways that you can do towards community development:

  • Create a group that has a development purpose for the community. When you have started creating your group, make sure that you have already documented and listed all your plans, missions and visions. Always be guided with your group’s goals so as you can achieve what you want to attain for your community.
  • Community developmentDo some project proposals and do some actions about your proposals. You can do some proposals that can enrich the lives of the people in your community. You can even request the head of your community to approve your proposals since these are also for the sake and benefits of the common good.
  • Separate the bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste materials. In some simple ways, you can do this thing so that you can even recycle the things which can be used for the future. This is with regards to the simple management of natural environment. Of course, when the surroundings are totally given the priority, you can always be comfortable in doing some activities within the society.
  • Start doing the simple ways and techniques at your home. In general sense, all the development or growths for the community will always start at your home. If you are well-disciplined at home, then you can even do something better for your community. As much as possible, start improving yourself by just doing some simple grooming procedures. You can even use some tools in grooming like the best electric shaver, foams, soaps and some others. (You may also refer to this link: http://bestelectricrazorhq.com/buy-best-electric-razor-men/ and be able to know the different types of electric shavers for the grooming styles). Just always remember that a thorough and great development always starts with yourself and even at your home.
  • Invite more people to support your advocacies for your community development. As much as possible, encourage them to join with your group so that there would be many community development workers who will initiate the actions for good. When there are lots of workers who will initiate the actions for good, then there would be the opportunity to succeed on your mission and in your plan. Read more…

One way to put Earth Day 1995 on the map: Follow in the footsteps of New York City designer Wendy Brawer. With a little investigating, she mapped out the Big Apple’s “green” spots–places that are naturally beautiful or that have a good environmental track record. She also plotted the not-so-green spots, like oil-spill sites and hazardous-waste dumps, which can harm the environment.green communities

Result: “The Green Apple Map,” an environmental guide to the city that encourages people to help make it even greener. To design a “green” map of your area, just walk through these simple steps: Read more…

Have you ever wanted to save wild animals? Solve a pollution problem? Help people in need? Then this info is for you!

by Roseanne Allexenberg

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Kids across the country are busy! For example:

Kids in Rhode Island do a bunch of neat projects in a zoo. Sometimes they help take zoo animals to city parks, where neighborhood kids can learn about the animals.

A group in Wisconsin leads safaris through a “rainforest” in a botanical garden.

Some kids in New York have been cleaning up beaches and starting recycling programs in their school lunchrooms.

A group in California visited a home for orphaned children and helped plant a garden. The kids also helped make 2000 meals for homeless people.

And some Michigan kids have canned-food drives, poster-poetry contests, and “volunteer Saturdays,”all to help needy people get food.

All these kids are working as volunteers, giving their time in different ways. Maybe you would like to volunteer too–and help animals, people, or your whole environment. Read more…

What would you say if you found out you didn’t have to go to school this week? Everyone enjoys a little vacation. But what if you never had to go to school again? Imagine, too, if you didn’t have to go to the doctor for checkups or to the dentist for that awful-tasting fluoride treatment that makes your mouth water. But, wait … what would you do all day … what if you didn’t even know how to read the directions on your video games? And what about measles and mumps?

Madagascar Community

Up until two years ago, the children living in a northwest region of Madagascar had never seen the inside of a school, never seen a doctor, never seen a dentist. That began to change the day Dr. David Krause and the other scientists of his research team decided to give something back to the people of the village of Berivotra who had become their friends.

The scientists had wondered why the children sat quietly watching them work when they should have been in school. One day they asked the children, through an interpreter, and found there was no school. The government couldn’t afford to build one in such a rural area, so the children couldn’t read or write. Read more…

The NRMP has been designed to tackle several of Botswana’s pressing problems. Although it seeks to provide employment and income in rural areas, the programme is also important from a conservation perspective.

Despite the fact that National Parks/Game Reserves cover 17% of Botswana, populations of all major species of wildlife, apart from elephant, are in steep decline. The NRMP is seen as part of the answer to this problem. From a government perspective, the project also begins to answer criticisms that it has neglected conservation and has failed to recognise the potential of renewable resources for the economic development of rural areas. The project will give some credibility to the government’s claim to have placed sustainable development at the heart of its development planning.

There are two main types of scheme. The first involves communities managing wildlife in areas adjacent to National Parks. Projects such as those in Chobe and Sanguyo are particularly well placed to take advantage of the abundant wildlife in the north of the country (see Figure 1). The second group of projects is those based on the harvesting, processing and selling of veld products — natural products of the savanna vegetation.

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Examples of these include:

  • the nuts and fruit of the morula tree used to make beer and jam in Gweta and Tswapong;
  • mopane worms, the caterpillars of the emperor moth, which are dried for food also in Tswapong;
  • cochineal beetles grown on cacti in the Ghanzi area to produce a natural red food and fibre dye. Read more…

Operation Wallacea

Geography fieldwork gives us the chance to see how the theory learned in classrooms works in practice. This might involve donning wellies and heading down to the local river, or standing in the high street with a clipboard, but there are also more far-flung opportunities for the keen geographer. A number of organisations run conservation and development expeditions. Volunteers help scientists to collect data and contribute to local community development. In return they benefit from working alongside local populations and gaining an understanding of a new place.

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Operation Wallacea

I spent 6 weeks in Indonesia with Operation Wallacea. Southeast Sulawesi is in the Wallacea region (Figure 1), an area of particularly high biodiversity which has a number of species found nowhere else on Earth. As the continents moved apart millions of years ago this area was isolated from the neighbouring Asian and Australian plates by deep ocean trenches. Therefore species could not migrate and evolution has given rise to a mix of Asian species, Australian species and species unique to the area.

Operation Wallacea aims to promote conservation and sustainable development in the area, protecting its rainforests and coral reefs. Depending on their interests volunteers can design their expedition to contribute to one or more projects.

Biodiversity and development

After nearly 72 hours of travelling by plane, ferry, minibus and rickshaw, we arrived on Buton Island, site of the main rainforest research station. My first stop was the village of Konde to join in an intensive language course. We were billeted with families and had plenty of chance to practise our new-found conversation skills. At the end of the week we were even confident enough to try teaching English in the local school!

I travelled on to the island of Hoga to be trained in diving and species identification skills before joining the marine survey. Operation Wallacea has carried out biodiversity surveys here since 1995, and the results have already had an effect on conservation. In recognition of the biological uniqueness of the area, the Indonesian government has designated a Marine National Park, Wakatobi. Monitoring of biodiversity is continuing, but another important aim is to develop sustainable livelihoods for the local populations within the protected area.

As well as the farming Butonese people, Wakatobi is home to the Bajau who live by fishing. These people used to be nomadic, living on their boats and travelling between fishing grounds. Economic and political pressures have prompted them to settle, but they retain their sea-faring way of life and live in bamboo huts on stilts over the water* During my stay, I helped seaweed fishermen harvest their crop, painted the local school, and collected bamboo to construct offshore rompongs (bamboo devices that are anchored in deep water and attract fish).

Katharine Vincent is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia. Katharine travelled to Indonesia with Operation Wallacea (http://www.opwoll.com) when she was a geography undergraduate at Oxford University Most volunteers are university students of geography and biology, or people on gap years. However, Operation Wallacea is now running schools expeditions to both Indonesia and Honduras–see ‘Schools expeditions’ on the website.

Bring hope in action to your community

“How come we are not learning more about these things in our schools?”–an elementary student.

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” Alexander Pope wrote in his most famous poem, giving voice to the conviction that no matter how adverse things become, people tend to hope for the best. Recent scientific research now suggests that the human brain naturally generates optimism for the future in order to motivate people to take risks and act for survival. Whether it originates in the human heart, or brain, or both-hope can be a powerful tool for change.

Hope In ActionThe Hope In Action Conference (HIA) is a wonderful opportunity to bring teachers, students and community educators together to inspire and educate youth in the many facets of sustainability. It is a powerful forum to bring together area nonprofits and students of various ages to explore and share the challenges and the opportunities that we all face in our world today.

Partners for Sustainable Schools (PSS) is a nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Oregon, with a focus on sustainability education in grades K-12. PSS organized its first HIA in fall of 2008. Having just finished our third successful conference in Nov. 2009, we are excited to share this concept and framework with other communities worldwide. We realize that each community will have to coordinate its own unique format to organize a similar kind of conference. Each of our conferences have had between 240-340 students, ranging from grades 3-12, representing 10 to 15 different local schools. The conferences were held at various local churches.

The conferences begin with local artists performing spoken word or music that engages and inspires the energy and focus for the day. This is followed by a keynote speech by a local politician, environmentalist or teacher, to raise motivation to the next level. Then we proceed to our morning sessions, with age appropriate topics. The sessions are hands on, engaging and pertinent. They have ranged from building worm bins for composting food-scraps, making art with previously used objects, and learning bicycle safety for the younger students, to leadership training, protecting the environment, mediation training and stream mediation for the older students. This is followed by everybody’s favorite–a locally grown, organic meal. A simple and tasty lunch is erved fast and efficiently.

After lunch, we continue with workshops similar to the morning session. The day ends with an “Open Mic,” during which students have an opportunity to come forward to share their fears, hopes and inspirations they are taking home. This is the most powerful, emotionally moving part of the day. Hearing the clarity, strength and conviction of our youth leaves conference attendees with a sense of hope and promise for the next generation. A strong take-away message is that we are not alone in finding viable solutions. It truly takes a whole and active community working together to address the issues and find creative solutions to the challenges we face.

  • HIA Conference supports the global effort to make the world a bit more sustainable for future generations. We look forward to our fourth one in May 2010.
  • Partners for Sustainable Schools works to integrate sustainability in all aspects of K-12 education in Lane County, providing young people with opportunities to develop life skills that build wonder, hope and vision.