Posted on July 16, 2005 - 5:54pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature
Stephen Leahy
Jul 15, 2005 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: For years, many have sounded the alarm over continuing environmental deterioration. Many business models premised on achieving the lowest possible cost are used to externalizing or offloading environmental costs of doing business and accounting methods reinforce this unsustainable practice. But somebody has got to pay and in the end, everyone suffers, including businesses and communities. In the article below, a new report is hoping to educate business leaders on the strategic importance of ecosystem services not only for the health of the planet but also for the corporate bottom line.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 4:54pm :: ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Ira P. Pedrasa
July 15-16, 2005 | BusinessWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: Ecosystem-based conservation strategies seek to situate environmental management and biodiversity conservation within the context of nested ecological systems defined by the linkages, interconnections and interdependencies that characterize a given area. Conservation biology provides a scientific framework for a holistic approach that acknowledges the interaction of people and nature as part of the solution to sustainability. In the article below, an interesting partnership between business and civil society is working to protect part of the Philippine's unique heritage of biological diversity in a marine corridor.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 4:45pm :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Trina D. Dela Rama
July 2005 | Philippine Business Magazine Vol. 12 No. 4

TF! Editorial Comment: History, culture and art are windows into the soul and spirit of a nation. In the article below, the writer shares how Carlos Celdran is bringing Philippine art, culture and history to life in his walking tours of different areas of Manila.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 4:40pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Economics
By Susan S. Lang, Cornell University
13 July 2005 | News.Cornell.edu

TF! Editorial Comment: Proponents of chemical-based farming have often derisively dismissed organic farming as having lower yields, higher costs and smaller scale applicability. Around the world however, farmers are demonstrating that this is not the case and that sustainable agriculture can not only feed the world and enhance environmental quality, but also improve the lot of farmers. In the article below, a new report bolsters the case for wider adoption of sustainable agriculture showing that multiple environmental benefits, including energy savings, are possible without sacrificing yields.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 4:35pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Economics
July 12, 2005 | WorldChanging.com

TF! Editorial Comment: The spread of organic farming and sustainable agriculture is bringing with it greater benefits to human health, environmental quality and farmer's standard of living. Although well known in North America, Australia and Europe, acreage under organic management, while growing, still only accounts for 2-4% of total agricultural acreage in these countries. As discussed in the article below, China is poised to become the world's number one producer of organic foodstuffs with its rapid up-scaling of organic production in different parts of the country in what could help reshape supply and demand while reducing the petrochemical burden.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 4:07pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Economics
Ronnel W. Domingo
July 10, 2005 | Inquirer News Service

TF! Editorial Comment: The coconut palm is sometimes referred to as the tree of a thousand uses and the tree of life. From food products to building materials practically every part of the tree can be utilized and millions derive their livelihood from the coconut industry. Most recently, virgin coconut oil has been recognized for its health benefits and now, in the article below, this iconic tree adds to its already impressive list of useful attributes. A Filipino inventor has created geotextile nets from coco coir to be used in erosion control--a product that is gaining worldwide interest.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 4:03pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Danny Schechter
July 11, 2005 | MediaChannel.org

TF! Editorial Comment: The U.N. Millennium Development Goals to bring 1.2 billion people out of poverty within the next 20 years calls for $50 billion per year for Africa. The recently concluded G8 meeting, amidst much fanfare, came up with $10 billion. In contrast, $230 billion a year goes to U.S. military contractors. In the article below, a lone banner asking "what now?" captures the sentiments of many who were disappointed with the recent G8 Summit for Africa and who question not only the commitment to poverty eradication, but also the underlying economic policies that exacerbate poverty and inequality.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 3:56pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
July 12, 2005 | IndiaResource.org

TF! Editorial Comment: Culture jamming is a term that describes the use of traditional media forms as social commentary and includes the use of "subvertisements" or "detournement" where the manipulation of images creates new meanings that question the status quo. In the article below, an Indian artist, raises the ire of global corporate giant, Coca-Cola with his piece of culture jamming that questions Coca-Cola's appropriation of water resources.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 3:53pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Haider Rizvi
Jul 12, 2005 | Inter Press Service

TF! Editorial Comment: Over half a million deaths each year are attributed to small arms, the ready availability of which, many link to increasing violence and loss of human security. The EU and the USA are the leading exporters of small arms and a diverse assemblage of organizations is working to limit proliferation of these weapons. In the article below, governments are being criticized for failing to implement the U.N. Programme of Action which is an attempt to address the illegal trade in small arms that is exacerbating so many local conflict situations around the world.
Posted on July 16, 2005 - 3:50pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Miranda Leitsinger
July 10, 2005 | Associated Press

TF! Editorial Comment: Activism--the intentional effort to bring about social change--can take many forms. Within this diversity of forms, from boycotts to civil disobedience to advocacy etc, activists are united in their non-acceptance of the status quo and their willingness to take action. For many, small deeds count for much in the global struggle for liberté, fraternité and egalité, human rights and environmental justice among others. In the following story, two young American men set out by bicycle to educate themselves and others about the plight of women in Southeast Asia.