MT Community Development Update
Conference materials including presentations, videos and photos will be posted from the recent National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and International Association for Community Development events that took place last month. The upcoming Community Development Society Conference will also be posting conference materials; all of these resources are an excellent collection of educational and research materials for the practitioner, academic or community activist to use in their own community so do take advantage. The 2020 NACDEP Conference dates and location has been announced; Save the Date for Portsmouth, NH May 31- June 3.
Reports & Resources
On average, older adults spend over half their waking hours alone
What happens to your plastic after you drop it in a recycling bin? According to promotional materials from America's plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new. This is not the experience of Nguyen Thi Hong Tham, a 60-year-old Vietnamese mother of seven, living amid piles of grimy American plastic on the outskirts of Hanoi.
A new UN report focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene has found that some 2.2 billion people across the globe lack safely managed drinking water. 4.2 billion go without safe sanitation services while three billion lack basic handwashing facilities. The report also shone a spotlight on the issue of open defecation and how the developing world has been tackling it. As recently as 2015, a chronic lack of toilets was driving nearly a billion people to defecate outdoors, resulting in widespread disease and millions of deaths. That year, the UN called for an end to the practice and some countries have had notable success in eradicating it.
The adoption of electric buses, mainly by municipal governments, has accelerated in recent years, increasing more than 80-fold between 2011 and 2017. But cities still have a long way to go. Investment in electric buses and other low-carbon technologies needs to double over the next two decades to keep global warming below safe thresholds, as identified by the IPCC. Reaching this goal will require overcoming specific barriers and encouraging key enabling factors, according to new research from WRI, which examined real-world experiences from 16 cities that have attempted to adopt electric buses to greater and lesser degrees of success.
What greenhouse gas emissions are you responsible for? That question is not as easy to answer as it might appear. Say you drive to the store, buy a soda, and drive home. Your car (unless you have an electric vehicle) spewed a certain amount of carbon dioxide. Those are the only greenhouse gases you produced. But consider: Manufacturing the bottle, making the soda, shipping the bottle to the store, and disposing of the bottle all produce greenhouse gases.
July 14-17, 2019
Sponsor: Community Development Society
July 20-24, 2019
August 3-6, 2019
San Diego, California
Sponsor: Toyota, Vayamos Juntos
August 26-27, 2019
Funder: Billings Community Foundation
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Funder: Cahrlotte Martin Foundation
Funder: Non-Profit Donations
July 12, 2019 USA News
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MSU Extension - Community Development