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The Pillars of Poverty
The pillars of poverty are five human resource areas. A lack in any of these areas makes it likely that a person will be impoverished. They are called pillars because they are essential elements to human sustainability. If a person possesses these five resources, they have the tools to acquire any additional resources they need to improve their life. Without these resources a person has no chance of sustaining life.

Everyone, at some point in their life knows someone or finds themselves in a state of poverty. You may be a student, between jobs, recovering from an injury, have a chronic disease, just experienced a disastrous flood or other calamity. Your access to affordable health care, education, a non-hostile unpolluted environment, freedom from tyranny, the ability to petition your government, and access to transportation will determine how long and to what extent a person remains impoverished.

Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder

The Natural Hazards Center, located at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA, is a national and international clearinghouse for information on natural hazards and human adjustments to hazards and disasters. The Natural Hazards Center carries out its mission in four principal areas: information dissemination, an annual workshop, research, and library services. The centers prime goal is to increase communication among hazard/disaster researchers and those individuals, agencies, and organizations that are actively working to reduce disaster damage and suffering.

Two documents about US Federal Government Poverty Levels.
Poverty Thresholds 1990 to 1996 issued by US Census Bureau.
HHS Poverty Guidelines, Issued February 27, 1996.

Fifty Facts About Poverty
illustrates the human toll of poverty in the US.

The One World News Service Covers Human Sustainability on a global scale. Their World Locator Page enables you to track news by country.

Children's Defense Fund MN
works to help communities to measurably improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work.

Rural Sustainable Development in North America
This is a Book Review Web Site with lots of Sustainable Links. Rural Sustainable Development in North America is about ecological thought and action at different levels of development planning. It presents a diverse and multidisciplinary account of academic and professional experience in sustaining rural communities. As a contributed volume it emphasizes not only the diversity of the rural landscape, but also the diversity of approaches to sustainability proposed and applied in different regions of the US and Canada. Its contributors include: small town and rural and regional planners, public administrators, environmental planners, landscape architects, rural sociologists, agricultural economists and rural and community development practitioners.

Sustainable Minnesota
The site features timely information to promote sustainable energy policies. Sustainable Minnesota is a project of Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3) and Institute For Local Self Reliance (ILSR).

Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3) is a coalition working to improve the quality of life, the environment and the economy of Minnesota by promoting energy efficiency and the sound use of renewable energy. Through a program of research, public education, and intervention in the decision-making process, ME3 seeks to develop and build consensus for an energy vision that will ensure the well-being of future generations.

Institute For Local Self Reliance (ILSR). is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Since 1974, ILSR has worked with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Center For Alternative Technology
Europe's foremost eco-center! The Centre for Alternative Technology is a visionary environmental project founded by Gerard Morgan-Grenville in 1975. By a positive living example CAT has set out to develop and prove practical solutions to the problems that are now worrying the world's ecologists. Its mission has always been to focus on the solutions rather than the problems. CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.