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We all hear discouraging news about threats and damage to the environment, human rights, etc., and we only rarely hear about people and organizations worldwide who are responding and often finding solutions to these issues. Many of these stories can be found in this databse. The issues that this database seeks to address include peace, social justice, environmental concerns, ethnic conflict, corporate abuse, preservation of biological and cultural heritage, among others.

This collection of over 1,000 instances is intended to provide:

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Included with the successes are also partial or temporary successes, promising but incomplete efforts, and failed efforts that are worth a second look. 


Actions can often be applied to different situations. For instance, a strategy for protecting the environment might also be useful for protecting human rights. So, try browsing to find more valuable strategies and tactics.  Just randomly browse through the database, or look at the "Editor's Choice" cases.

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  595: Russian tourist club promotes environmental awareness

"The Davan Tourist Club works to promote environmental awareness and conservation in Russia by promoting enjoyment of outdoor activities and competitions. Activities include theatrical performances to make children and adults aware of the problem of garbage disposal, the organization of ecological and environmental expeditions, the publication of an informational bulletin with information about even... 

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  476: The beginnings of Gandhi's "Passive Resistance" Tactics

"Nonviolent resistance in Russia, Ireland and Natal taught Gandhi the effectiveness of seeking political change through non-cooperation with unjust laws. In the Transvaal in 1906 Gandhi organized the Indian community to break unjust laws and go to prison in order to force the South African Government to withdraw offensive discriminatory laws.... 

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  518: Resources for Environmental Sustainability and Community Design

"Full Text contains various resources addressing environmental sustainability and community design in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Please refer to these resources.... 

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  1099: The Sekem Initiative

"The article details the work of Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish. He founded the Sekem initiative on a 70-hectare patch of scrub and desert near Belbeis, 60 km north-east of Cairo, on the eastern edge of the southern Nile Delta. With a group of Europeans and local Egyptian farmers, planted many trees, bringing life to an untouched part of the desert with the aid of natural biodynamic organic fertilizers. As t... 

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  1097: Disaster Planning in Norway

"Norway is building a "doomsday vault" hewn out of an Arctic mountain to store two million crop seeds in the event of a global disaster.

The store is designed to hold all the seeds representing the world's crops and is being built to safeguard future food supplies in the event of widespread environmental collapse.

Permafrost will keep the vault below freezing point and the ... 

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