NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
EVERYTIME I see Macajalar Bay, I remember lines of a beautiful poem which begins with, “Rage, rage, rage, against the dying of the light . . .” Deep inside I feel the pain and the anger not because of the dying of the light but in the impending death of an ecosystem whose beauty is both awesome and humbling.
NO LESS than Paulo Pierre, a well-known author of the Book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and working then as an Educator of the United Nations in the 80’s coined the term, Conscientisacao (Conscientization), “the action or process of making others aware of political and social conditions, especially as a precursor to challenging inequalities of treatment or opportunity; the fact of being aware of these conditions.”
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) composed of 17 goals and 169 targets which the 193 member-countries of the United Nation and Civil Society Organizations are expected to pursue in a period ending 2030 in a non-binding agreement. The SDGs are also known as “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The SDGs are built on the principle “The Future We Want” agreed upon under UN Resolution #/RES/66/288.
SOCIAL injustice looms in so many ways in a highly skewed societal order. It is seen in the life of the peasantry tilling the land not their own, and if they own the land, they do not control the mode of production and marketing. This is the reason why everyone profits from farming except those who work under the excruciating heat of the sun – the farmers.