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  •  Just this morning I responded to listserv (7+ / 0-)

    regarding the huge new effort underway to bring education on adapting to climate change to rural communities in the developing world asking for advice on how we here in the US can educate our public about climate change because of the enormity of the disinformation campaign and the cognitive dissonance which exists in the US.

    Quite different problems in many respects yet at an international level the focus needs to be directed on how this country can adapt as well. Lack of knowledge here is ignorance born of brain washing and corruption. Lack of knowledge there is due to lack of access to information and tools, $ to address.  

    Many similarities.  

    And the amazing thing is the ingenuity exhibited routinely by the most vulnerable countries in their adaptation efforts. How they integrate gender and indigenous knowledge in planning.

    We cannot count on our media here, IMO. The damage I feel is just too great already.  

    We need to be the media.

    Thanks, MB.

    Oh, and one more thing. I believe that the system which seems to be following the old paradigm of finding a way to profit from climate change is at the core of why we cannot make headroads on this. Changing this mindset is our downfall.

    RIP Nelson Mandela

    by boatsie on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:16:45 PM PST

    •  I am pimping this video (4+ / 0-)

      as an example that, with conditions like these, there is no lack of knowledge due to lack of access to information and tools among "indigenous" people. It's so accessible to them it drips out of their ears.

      It's an example of how gender and traditional thinking of "indigenous" people adapt themselves to the fights ahead.

      There is a video in this article, which impressed me quite a bit and I want people to look at it. If you have time, watch it. May be a bit off-topic, but as you can see those "indiginous" people didn't need any "education" from the "developed" world of how to adapt to climate change.

      Sorry, I am a bit biased here.

      •  will watch but have to say (3+ / 0-)

        that some of the science which is being made available to developing countries as part of Clean Development Mechanism is beneficial. Remote imaging, satellite imaging for weather forecasting, sharing of knowledge between regions via technology.

        I did my masters on the role of Information and Communication Technologies in the Developing World and did it from a very anti-interventionist perspective, based upon models of development which basically prescribe to the leave no footprint behind perspective ...  and given the right people and the right motivation and engaging the right individuals in framing the solutions, there is a role for involvement and resource sharing.

        Just as we here in the US have much to learn from the ingenuity and resilience of communities in developing world in terms of their ancient farming techniques, connectivity to natural cycle, etc.

        Its Easterly v Sachs

        Thanks for the video ... look forward to

        RIP Nelson Mandela

        by boatsie on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:10:19 PM PST

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        •  Have you looked at the impact of One Laptop (4+ / 0-)

          Per Child, providing IT and communications to schoolchildren around the world, and largely leaving it up to the countries and the children what to make out of it?

          Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

          by Mokurai on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:35:57 PM PST

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          •  recall when this began but haven't followed (1+ / 0-)
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            one of the most interesting projects I came across was when they were using Mosques in India for internet cafes and putting women in charge of them.

            RIP Nelson Mandela

            by boatsie on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:59:18 PM PST

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        •  Oh, I am sure of that, I (0+ / 0-)

          basically just abused your comment to get my pimping going. It was not meant seriously. I have no academically based knowledge or facts. You are the expert, I am just a bundle of emotions wanting to be released sometimes.

          I am sorry. Sometimes I really regret to not have been able much to further my knowledge in anything.

    •  The Transition Town Movement (1+ / 0-)
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      Is moving forward with resiliency planning around the country. I'm hoping it will grow and spread to the point that it will be at the ready when the political tipping point hits. I'm also hoping the political tipping point hits before it's too late for mitigation to make any meaningful difference to current and future generations.

      I'm typing this in the midst of a two-day rain storm in northern Vermont in the middle of January. The first person who tries to claim this is the normal January thaw is going to get hit with an ice chunk, once I chip it out from the bottom of the gigantic puddle. It's also the day the news found its way to my facebook feed that shellfish in Maine are being wiped out by ocean acidification. The pH level is already skewed enough to significantly affect reproduction. All of which is to say that the window for fixing things is shrinking, rapidly.

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