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The How to Save the World Reading List PDF Print Email this article
Written by Dave Pollard   
Thursday, Aug 28, 2008
An updated bibliography of the 50 most important books and articles on the causes and solutions to our environmental crisis (July 2004)
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Solving Population Growth the Easy Way PDF Print Email this article
Written by Randy Bisenz   
Friday, Jul 11, 2008

Problem:  As the total human population of the earth increases it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a sustainable society.

Solution:  As the average level of education increases birth rates decline.

There is a consistent relationship between the level of education attained by women in a society and their birth rates per capita.  Reviewing the statistics below suggests that increasing education programs in underdeveloped countries with high birth rates would have the effect of putting more women into the workforce and falling birth rates – changes that would not only reduce the strain on local resources, but also may help to build the local economy.

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Preserving the Internet As a Solution to Media Consolidation PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Tuesday, Jul 08, 2008

Problem:  Consolidation of media companies has degraded the usefulness of news services.  Much of that consolidation occurred after the passage of the Telecommunication Act of 1996.  By 2005 only 5 major media companies remained from the 80 companies that were in operation in 1986.  The Internet has offered a solution to this by creating an alternative outlet for news services.

However, in 2005 the FCC reclassified DSL services as Information Services instead of Telecommunications Services, and relaxed common carrier requirements.  This change allows telecommunications companies to potentially control and regulate traffic on the web which could reduce or eliminate access to these alternative news services.

Solution: Members of Congress have been drafting and debating legislation that would require telecommunications companies to maintain equal access to all content on the web.  Passage of appropriate legislation will ensure that the Internet remains a solution to the degraded quality of news reporting that is a byproduct of excessive media consolidation.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
Breaking Up Media Companies PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Monday, Jul 07, 2008

Problem:  Over the past 30 years Congress has been relaxing the laws that govern media companies that had been designed to ensure that they honored their responsibility to serve the public good.  One of these laws was the Fairness Doctrine which required media outlets that allowed political commentary to offer equal time to parties with opposing points of view.  This prevented access to the media being limited to those with large amounts of funding behind them.  These restrictions were enacted in recognition that media companies utilize public resources such as the public airwaves and therefore have a responsibility to serve the public fairly and equally.  The Fairness Doctrine has been eliminated and now the only parties that are able to afford media access are those backed by large amounts of money.  The average Congressperson has to raise about $2,000 a day the entire time they are in office to be able to purchase enough media time to have a chance of reelection.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
Live Birds of Prey Excite Student's Interest in Environment PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Sunday, Jun 01, 2008

Problem:  Teaching children about environmental issues in the classroom tends to be too abstract to provide the kind of deep understanding necessary for retention of key ideas.

Solution:  Bringing live animals to the classroom provides an experiential learning experience that is exciting to kids and stimulates their interest while increasing retention.  The Road Raptors program not only brings student in direct contact with wildlife, but also has a ‘walk our talk’ comprehensiveness that shows kids the people putting on the program truly live and believe in its’ principles.

The following was reprinted from the website maintained by Audubon New York


UNIONDALE, NEW YORK — Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and representatives from the KeySpan Foundation, Audubon New York and the Uniondale School District unveiled a new set of wheels and a new name for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center's popular and successful raptor education program. Newly dubbed Road Raptors, the program, a fixture in many Long Island schools, has delivered a bird's eye view of nature to students and families all across Long Island and the boroughs for over a decade. To help support expansion of the program, the KeySpan Foundation is providing Audubon with a specially customized, environmentally friendly dual fuel "Raptor Mobile", and $30,000 in funding. The van was rolled out at Walnut Street Elementary School, kicking off a year-long partnership with the Uniondale School District.

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Alternative TV Covers Anti-War Movements PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Friday, May 09, 2008

Problem:  Mainstream news organizations tend to avoid covering controversial stories; particularly those that might upset government officials and their supporters.

Solution: Grass roots television networks have emerged that use public access and alternative media distribution services to cover these kinds of controversial stories.

The following article describes how alternative news organizations have used technology, innovative networking techniques, and mandated public access requirements to offer coverage on subjects that do not receive much airtime on commercial television.   The article also explains how these networks evolved in response to the lack of coverage on US military action overseas since 9/11 and various peace movements that have opposed this action.
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