Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:20pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Movements
By Angela T. Lopez
January 18, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: The Karangalan Conference will have been held by the time this comes out but the work will have just begun towards undertaking the concrete actions out of which optimism grow for the Filipinos. History, it has been said, is written by the victors but who articulates our present? This power, and the responsibility, while frequently co-opted by the moneyed and influential, must go to those who seek hope, especially for the poor and marginalized. This is not the case in current day Philippines, the so-called "sick man of Asia." The article however shows that hope is everywhere in evidence for those who wish to build a positive future for all; and not just for a few.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 11:01pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human
January 18, 2005 | Sunstar

TF! Editorial Comment: The youth are a natural constituency for promoting a sustainable future. In the article below, a group of young people in Panay island, concerned about the dangers of coal-fired power plants, are capitalizing on the their love for the environment to educate themselves and raise awareness in their communities.
Posted on January 22, 2005 - 10:55pm :: ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Benny G. Enriquez
January 17, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: Biodiversity conservation efforts most often fail due to lack of support from local communities. Top-down approaches which see locals as part of the problem rather than the key to success are being discarded in favor of effective participatory efforts. The article underscores this approach and offers hope that some, if not many of the Philippine's diversity hot spots can be properly managed and protected.
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:01pm :: ISD-Societal Change
By Jay Walljasper
January 2005 | Ode Magazine, Issue 20

TF! Editorial Comment: In becoming more conscious of how our buying decisions affect people and nature, we are, in a way, awakening to community. This consciousness also informs efforts to build local economies and enhance sustainability. In the article below, the writer surveys a number of efforts to celebrate diversity, culture, community and the importance of what is local in a globalized world.
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 10:54pm :: ISD-Philippines | Economics
January 11, 2005 | The Philippine STAR

TF! Editorial Comment: Recent tragedies have again highlighted the loss of Philippine forest cover, and with it, the sustainable supply of forest products, including lumber. In the article below, an engineer has developed a renewable source of "wood" made from coconut fronds that has the potential to not only save trees, but can also provide additional income to marginal coconut farmers.