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People’s Wisdom
World’s Citizens Want Renewable Energy
From Buenos Aires to Nairobi and
Beijing, 77 percent of the popula-
tion in 21 nations polled by the
University of Maryland said their
governments should put more
emphasis on solar and wind energy
systems. Sixty-nine percent said util-
ity companies should be obliged to
use more renewable energy sources,
“even if this increases the cost of
energy in the short run.” Yet, the poll
also suggests that an increasing num-
ber of people believe that a shift away from fossil fuel toward renewable energy
sources offers practical and immediate economic benefi ts.
“I was struck by the consistency and strength of support,” says Steven Kull,
Women’s
head of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.
“People think of this as an investment and a transition.” SustainableBusiness.com
reports that total new investment in clean energy worldwide rose 4.4 percent dur-
HEALTH
ing 2008, exceeding the $150 billion mark for the fi rst time.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Today’s women
are fi nding new
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ways to care for Celebrating Libraries’ Contributions to Community
ourselves and our
A year past the half-century mark, this year’s
theme for National Library Week, April 12-
families. 18, “Worlds Connect @ Your Library,” aptly
characterizes the essential role that public,
academic and special libraries play in our
Join us in exploring
communities. As Project for Public Spaces re-
a healthier view
ports, “If the old model of the library was the
inward-focused reading room, the new one is
of life in this
more like a community front porch.”
special edition of
These welcoming institutions not only foster the habit of reading in both
adults and children, they teach us how to become savvy in accessing, evaluat-
Natural Awakenings.
ing and using information. With almost all U.S. public libraries now online, these
continuing bastions of democracy provide access to onsite and global resources to
all people, regardless of their ability to pay. Onsite English as a Second Language
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classes support immigrants in becoming productive citizens. Libraries also increas-
ingly serve as the social gathering places that early public library advocate and
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builder Andrew Carnegie envisioned. They can even be a fulcrum for renewal in
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