Archive for the ‘social justice’ Category

If you need a little inspiration as end of the semester work intensifies, head on over to the Goldman Environmental Prize website, where today the 2010 winners were announced:

Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland
Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia
Małgorzata Górska, Poland
Humberto Ríos Labrada, Cuba
Lynn Henning, United States
Randall Arauz, Costa Rica

“Grassroots environmental heroes too often go unrecognized. Yet their efforts to protect the world’s natural resources are increasingly critical to the well-being of the planet we all share. Thus, in 1990 San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman (1924-1996) created the Goldman Environmental Prize. The Goldman Prize continues today with its original mission to annually honor grassroots environmental heroes from the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. . . . The Goldman Prize views “grassroots” leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.” —Goldman Environmental Prize

Every year the winners remind us just how much can be accomplished by individuals committed to protecting the environment and their communities. They also remind me of folks in our own community doing great work providing psychological services to communities in disaster areas, establishing environmental studies education in Rwanda, helping small businesses develop sustainable practices, among so many others.

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SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has produced a great animated video, Open Access 101 (~3 minutes), explaining the scholarly information landscape and why we need open access:

And be sure to check out A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access (PDF), which explains two ways the research community provides open access, through OA journals (more on those tomorrow) and OA archives or repositories.

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Celebrating its 20th year, the Goldman Environmental Prize has announced the 2009 winners, selected for their grassroots activism in “protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects, promoting sustainability, influencing environmental policies and striving for environmental justice. Prize winners are often women and men from isolated villages or inner cities who chose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment.”

This year’s winners are:

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The Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes and honors grassroots environmental activists:

The 2008 Goldman Prize recipients tackled some of the most pressing environmental issues of the day through grassroots efforts, helping to educate and motivate local communities to get involved in the effort to protect the natural environment around them and to stand up for their rights.

The 2008 recipients were announced on April 13:

Their stories are inspiring and uplifting.

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David Cooper’s “Mountaintop Removal Road Show” is coming to Keene this
Wednesday Night, April 16th, 7pm
At Antioch University New England’s Community Room

The Road Show is a 70-minute presentation by David Cooper, which includes a stunning 25-minute slide show about the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on residents, communities, and the environment in the southern Appalachians. It also features traditional Appalachian mountain music, a focus on alternative forms of energy and economic development, and storytelling about the grassroots citizen movements working hard to save the Appalachian mountains from corporate pillage driven by short-term profits.

After 20 years working as a mechanical engineer, most recently at the 3M plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky that makes Post-it notes, Cooper decided to devote his full attention to environmental activism. What changed his life was seeing a mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia. He is now a member of the Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and has worked as a coalfield organizer for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

The program, sponsored by Antioch New England’s Department of Environmental Studies, is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Steve Chase at 603-283-2336.

And here are a few resources available in the library:

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The most recent issue (April 2008) of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice includes several articles on working with clients from myriad cultures. If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member at ANE, use our standard log in to access the articles below.

Helping Chinese Parents Understand and Support Children With Learning Disabilities, by Tews, Lisa; Merali, Noorfarah

Engaging Latinos Through the Integration of Cultural Values and Motivational Interviewing Principles, by Añez, Luis M.; Silva, Michelle A.; Paris, Manuel; Bedregal, Luis E.

Effectiveness of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy With Adult Ethnic Minority Clients: A Review, by Voss Horrell, Sarah C.

Continuing Education in Cultural Competence for Community Mental Health Practitioners, by Delphin, Miriam E.; Rowe, Michael

Working With Multiracial Clients in Therapy: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice, by Pedrotti, Jennifer Teramoto; Edwards, Lisa M.; Lopez, Shane J.

Professional Psychology is one of thousands of journals for which we have full-text access through online subscription databases. Articles from this journal and others can be delivered to your email each month with Table of Contents alerts. If you’re interested in keeping up with the research in your field without having to leave your desk, contact Cary Jardine (Research Librarian for AP, ED, and O&M) or Jean Amaral (Research Librarian for ES and CP). We’ll help you set up alerts for any journals or subjects you’re interested in.

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Buying a bottle of water seems so simple, so uncomplicated. Charles Fishman’s recent article, “Message in a Bottle,” on the Fast Company website quickly puts an end to that illusion:

. . . Bottled water is often simply an indulgence, and despite the stories we tell ourselves, it is not a benign indulgence. We’re moving 1 billion bottles of water around a week in ships, trains, and trucks in the United States alone. That’s a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering water. (Water weighs 81/3 pounds a gallon. It’s so heavy you can’t fill an 18-wheeler with bottled water–you have to leave empty space.)

The environmental impact is only one part of the story, though, which also has to do with social justice:

And in Fiji, a state-of-the-art factory spins out more than a million bottles a day of the hippest bottled water on the U.S. market today, while more than half the people in Fiji do not have safe, reliable drinking water. Which means it is easier for the typical American in Beverly Hills or Baltimore to get a drink of safe, pure, refreshing Fiji water than it is for most people in Fiji.

Do you buy bottled water?

Will you buy bottled water?

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According to Garrison Keillor in a recent column, not only is the library a “temple of freedom,” but “when politics gets mean and dumb, you can cheer yourself up by walking into a public library, one of the nobler expressions of democracy.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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James Lang, in a Chronicle of Higher Education column, “A Brain and a Book,” takes up Marc Prenksy’s “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.”

Lang presents the premise on which Prensky’s conclusions are based:

The title pretty much says it all: Our students are digital natives who have grown up in the land of technology and know no other way of operating in the world. Those of us who are a generation or two ahead of them are digital immigrants, who grew up in a different kind of world and now have to bumble our way around with our guidebooks. However comfortable we may eventually become with technology, we will remain immigrants, never as connected to the land as the natives.

And having been challenged by Prensky, thoughtfully progresses to his own conclusion:

Let’s welcome the pedagogical innovations of Prensky and his collaborators, but let’s give equal respect to George Justice and his class of students holding books and pens. Our students can learn equally well from both kinds of classrooms, and which one is used should depend upon the subject, the teacher, and the students. . . .

So let’s make use of the technologies that seem appropriate and effective, but let’s not neglect to remind students that, for their own good and that of the planet, sometimes they need to find a pocket of nature or an unplugged classroom somewhere, and sit there with nothing but a brain and a book.

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Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.

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