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Global Healing

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Art Forms

Utah Population And Environment Programme

Southern Sudan Education Project - Project completed and school donated to new Southern Sudan government.

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Villages Nature: Reinventing Sustainable Tourism Last Updated on 2018-03-29 08:35:18   Last October I was privileged along with my colleague Ms. Silvia Barbone, Founder of PM4SD (Project Management For Sustainable Development), and FEST Executive Director (Foundation European Sustainable Tourism) to attend the inauguration of Villages Nature. Silvia and I had visited the site while under construction last May and experiencing the opening of the resort was a unique and unforgettable experience. Following my first visit I wrote an article titled, ‘Villages Nature: A Potential Game Changer for Sustainable Tourism’ where I began to examine how Villages Nature was meeting the challenges defined in the science of the 9 Planetary Boundaries. I was very excited to attend the inauguration. The resort had already received recognition by UNEP as one of the most sustainable tourism resorts in the world so I was curious to learn more.  ... More »
The Tourism Crisis: Impacts and Solutions Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:23:32 When most people think of tourism they rarely think of tourism as a crisis. Yet, last year according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization, tourists crossing international boarders reached over 1 billion a year for the first time. Projections are for international tourism visits to almost double to 1.8 billion by 2030. The tourism crisis is the impacts that adding 800 million additional international visitors per year to the tourism industry, not to mention the increase of tourism visits that may take place within national borders. Adding 800 million visitors a year is the equivalent of adding 8 or 9 Walt Disney Worlds to the tourism industry. The challenges of how to construct facilities, provide energy, water and waste management, develop new food supplies, and protect cultural heritages of local communities, is a huge crisis, indeed. The word crisis in Chinese characters has two... More »
Dr. David Randle interviews Dr. Reese Halter Last Updated on 2012-08-22 15:02:23 Dr. David W. Randle interviews Dr. Reese Halter where they discuss topics such as what science has to say about issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, new renewable technologies, their observations re: recent Walt Disney World, lessons from nature, sustainable fisheries, whales, impact of fertilizers on the oceans, and sustainable tourism. More »
Wanted: Avengers for the Modern World Last Updated on 2012-05-14 00:00:00 My son, Matt. recently posted on his FB page that he has seen the Avengers three times, including at least one showing in 3D. I decided if he thought it was good enough to see three times, that it set new box off records, and was already a billion dollar success, that I would check it out.  So we went to the movies this weekend and saw the 3D version with the D-Box seats.  D-Box seats move with the action of the movie.  They also have the added advantage to help keep you awake during boring films. :) Avengers was a fun action movie and we enjoyed it very much. Though I didn’t go to the film seeking any particular message, as I thought comic book characters were more of an escape venue, I did nonetheless, come away with some possible lessons for humankind to consider. For those unfamiliar with the plot of the Avengers, Loki, the Norse God who... More »
Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship Last Updated on 2011-05-09 00:00:00 Superman, who has long stood for “truth, justice, and the American way” has decided that in order to be better able to respond to global issues, that he needed to renounce his U.S. citizenship. After participating in a peaceful non-violent demonstration in Tehran, Iran, one of the President’s national security advisors was angered at the diplomatic problems that Superman had caused.  From the Iranian perspective Superman was viewed as an agent of the U.S. government and thus his appearance in Iran was viewed as an act of war. Superman acknowledges that it was foolish on his part to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government. He decided to respond to this problem by renouncing his U.S. citizenship at the United Nations for all the world to know. Superman commented that “Truth, Justice, and the American Way, is not... More »