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18 JUNE 2015

Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment: a global call to action

"The pope's 180-page encyclical on the environment, released on Thursday, is at its core a moral call for action on phasing out the use of fossil fuels. But it is also a document infused with an activist anger and concern for the poor, casting blame on the indifference of the powerful in the face of certain evidence that humanity is at risk following 200 years of misuse of resources. Up to now, he says, the world has accepted a 'cheerful recklessness' in its approach to the issue, lacking the will to change habits for the good of the Earth. 'Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods,' the papal statement says. 'It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.'"

(Stephanie Kirchgaessner, 18 June 2015, The Guardian)

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2015 • basic and universal human right • biosphere • blame • call to actionclimate change • debt to the poor • destructive practicesdeveloping countriesEarthecological crisis • economic implications • encyclical • environmental consequencesexploitation of natural resourcesfossil fuelglobal challenge • green manifesto • humanityindifference • papal statement • planet Earth • political implications • Pontiff • poorer countries • Pope Francis • practical guidance • recklessness • selfishness • social debt to the poor • social implications • social justice and reform • speaking out • sustainable development • taking concrete steps • The Guardian • undeniable risk

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Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2012

Cultivating Communities: shifting from a material to a people-focused society

"The context of Cultivating Communities is the transition towards a sustainable society. Because of several environmental issues this is one of the biggest challenges that our and future generations are facing. I am convinced that this implies a shift from a material–focused society to a people–focused society. During my PhD research I will explore how design can enable people to become part of this transition. Experimenting with designing scenarios executed as creative contexts, engaging toolkits and community platforms will be a central part of the research. I believe that scenarios can be powerful instruments in enabling people to contribute to sustainable development. The potential of these enabling scenarios will be tested during the cultivating communities project. The goal of this project is to develop an education toolkit and platform focused on sustainable development for elementary schools. Together with some local schools in Limburg (Belgium), I will develop a sustainable scenario around several vegetable–like characters."

(Ben Hagenaars)

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agricultural produceBelgiumchallengescivic engagement • community platforms • creative contexts • Cultivating Communities • cultivating communities project • design scenarios • education toolkit • elementary schools • enabling scenarios • engaging toolkits • environmental issuesfuture generations • Genk • Limburg • material-focused society • people-focused society • PhD researchresearchscenariosshared interestssocial spacessustainabilitysustainable designsustainable development • sustainable scenario • sustainable societytransition • vegetable-like characters • vegetables

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Simon Perkins
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