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SCN 494- Sustainability Science for Teachers

This "sustainability for teachers" guide provides over 50 short videos and resources covering the main issues related to sustainability. These issues are: population, human needs, natural resources, water,recycling, equity, and much more. Enjoy it!

Readings

Concepts from the Readings

  • What is equity?
  • What is poverty?
  • Causes of poverty
  • How do we measure poverty?
  • Poverty at global and country level
  • Effects of poverty
  • NGOs, what do they do? and how?
  • Inequality indexes (Gini, HDI)
  • UN Millenium goals
  • How to alleviate poverty?
  • How do we know if the aid is helping? 

Main Readings

- “It’s all connected” Book: Unit 5,  pages 72 – 73; Unit 6, pages 93-105

Unit 5 and 6 talk about how to improve quality of life and the role of government.

List of NGOs

- One
ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.
http://one.org/us/

-Innovation Poverty Action (IPA)
Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world's poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale.
http://www.poverty-action.org

- HEIFER International
Heifer International is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.
http://www.heifer.org 

- OneWorld

OneWorld pioneer internet and mobile phone applications that the world's poorest people can use to improve their life chances, and that help people everywhere understand global problems - and do something about them.
http://us.oneworld.net/

- Habitat for Humanity
Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI), generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simplyHabitat, is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing, a self-described "Christian housing ministry." The international operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia with the administrative headquarters located in Atlanta. There are five area offices located around the world: United States and Canada; Africa and the Middle East (located in Pretoria, South Africa); Asia-Pacific (Bangkok, Thailand); Europe and Central Asia (Bratislava, Slovakia); and Latin America and the Caribbean (San Jose, Costa Rica).
http://www.habitat.org

- Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, is a secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. The organization is known in most of the world by its French name or simply as MSF, but in Canada and the United States the name Doctors Without Borders is also used. In 2007 over 26,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 60 countries. Private donors provide about 80% of the organization's funding, while governmental and corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$400 million.
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

- Kiva
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works.
http://www.kiva.org/

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