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3.6.1    Evaluation of Social Indicators and Indices

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This section was originally part of a complete report on the measurement of world sustainable development.
1.     Introduction
2.     GCAC Objectives
3.     Theory, measurement, valuation and management of Sustainable Development and the Scale of Values and measurement of the Gross Environmental Sustainable Development Index (GESDI)
3.6     Evaluation
3.6.1 A)     Evaluation of Social Indicators and Indices
Section 3.6.1 A)     Assessment Scoring
3.6.1 B)     Evaluation of Social Issues and Concerns
Section 3.6.1 B)     Assessment Scoring

The hope that we can create an Earth Society, a sustainable society, composed of sustainable communities, is not new. What's new is that we are doing it. It is no longer a talk, a hope or a concept. It is a reality! Sustainability is no longer a concept it is us, all of us,  now, today.  Human beings have the capacity to continuously adapt to their nonhuman environments by means of social organization. This is why the People aspects have been included in the definition of sustainable development. This is why sustainable development is essentially not about just the environment and economic development, but it is also about people. We the Peoples of the Earth will find ways to protect and improve the delicate balance between human activity and our natural life support system. We are now working together, all of us, all Peoples on Earth, the Human Family, to keep our planet healthy, productive and hospitable for all human beings and living things.

We have created the Global Community with the mandate of establishing the foundation for a sound Earth management.






3.6.1 A)    Evaluation of Social Indicators and Indices
A.     Population growth indicators
B.     Social indicators
C.     Family indicators
D.     The home transportation system indicator
E.     Environmental behavior outdoors indicators
F.     Environmental behavior at work indicator
G.     Communicating comprehensive environmental information indicator
H.     Education and training indicator
I.     Environmental emergencies indicator
J.     Aboriginal and treaty concerns indicator
K.     Government interactions indicators:
           K.1   Responsibility for environmental control in Canada
           K.2   Government legislative measures to protect the environment, social aspects, economic ans socail well-being of Canadians, and resources.
           K.3   Environmental strategies and programs
           K.4   Policies for protection of the environment
           K.5   Need for improved policy instruments
           K.6   Economic instruments, market forces and partnerships
           K.7   An environmental tax
           K.8   Polluter-pays Principle
L.     Land use indicator
M.     Environmental planning and design indicator
N.     Transportation sector indicators and indices
           N.1   Transportation and the environment indicators and indices
           N.2   Urban transport management indicators
           N.3   Improving the environment by taking actions related to vehicle use
           N.4   Transportation impacts indicators
           N.5  Environmental and health impacts of private vehicle use
           N.6   Environmental and health impacts of diesel emissions compared with those from other engines
           N.7   Air pollution caused by the transportation sector
           N.8   Alternative fuels indicator
           N.9   Fuel consumption indicator
O.     Noise pollution indicators and indices
P.     Sustainable and community development indicators and indices
           P.1   Decent housing indicators
           P.2   An atmosphere of social justice indicator
           P.3   Proper land planning indicator
           P.4   Aesthetic satisfaction indicator
           P.5   Personal security from crimes indicator
           P.6   Suitable community services, infrastructures and facilities indicators and indices
           P.7   Health care system
           P.8   Educational system
           P.9    Seniors'care
           P.10    Food chain, nutrition
           P.11   Farming communities
           P.12   Parks
           P.13    Spiritual pathways
           P.14   Entertainment
           P.15    Pollution, waste
           P.16   Family stability
           P.17   Religion
           P.18   Juvenile crimes, gangs, drugs, illiteracy
           P.19  Socio-cultural and political influences, multi-culturalism
                      P.20    laws
           P.21  Responsive government subject to community participation in decision-making;
           P.22  Energy conservation and energy efficiency are part of the decision-making process and made part of the community design;
           P.23  The application of the 4 Rs is integrated in the community design;
           P.24  Community businesses, working areas, play areas, social and cultural areas, education areas, and training areas;
           P.25  The use of renewable energy sources, central heating where possible, and cogeneration of electricity are made part of the community design when possible;
           P.26  The form of community development integrates concepts such as cooperation, trust, interdependence, stewardship, and mutual responsibility;
           P.27  Promote self-sufficiency in all areas such as energy, garbage, food and sewage disposal;
           P.28  Rely on locally-produced goods.
Q.     Quality of life indicators and indices
R.     Employment indicator
S.     Social and economic well-being indicators
T.     Health sector indicators and indices:
           T.1 The health dimension indicator
           T.2 Health costs indicator
           T.3 Genetics
           T.4 The food chain indicators and indices
           T.5 Medical wastes indicator
           T.6 Nutrition indicator
           T.7 Biological indicator
           T.8 Psychological indicator
U.     Evolution indicator
V.     Cultural indicators and indices
W.     Information access indicator
X.     Education and communication indicators and indices


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Section 3.6.1 A)   Assessment Scoring

 


Section Assessment Scoring
Evaluation of Social Indicators and Indices

I(normalized) =  0.3500



In this assessment, the values used for I(normalized) are the same as those obtained and described in section 2.3 The Mathematical Model. The two tables in The Scale of Values obtained from the survey, guess-estimated and standard give all normalized values in their last columns. Although most values were not given here, they were obtained a few years ago by evaluating each impact as shown in section 2.3 under Impact equation example: Forestry. It is obvious now that one has to keep updating these impact equation calculations every year as the world is changing very fast. Their calculations are a very powerful educational tool and should be used in school to educate students in thinking globally and in terms of interactions and their multidimensional effects within themselves and on all four major interacting quality systems. To become responsible in sustaining Earth has to start at early stage in someone's life and calculating impact equations would be one of their first steps.
 
  Sub-section %    =    Total number of points for the subsection     x     100%
                              Total number of questions for the sub-section               5

Section Rating        =        Sub-section % total        x        0.3500
                                                            143

                                     =       GESDI     for this section

This value of GESDI is then added to the values in the other sections of this assessment report. The total value for GESDI is the GESDI for the home and the community it belongs to.
 

 


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3.6.1 B)  Evaluation of Social Issues and Concerns

1.     Employment by occupation and economic activity
2.     Traffic and Congestion
3.     Taxes
4.     Quality of Life
5.     Prevention and control of infectious diseases
6.     Social Services
7.     Food chain
8.     Seniorís care
9.     Farming communities
10.     Psychological
11.     Biological
12.     Parks
13.     Genetics
14.     Evolution
15.     Spiritual pathways
16.     Entertainment
17.     Customs and beliefs
18.     Communications
19.     Decent housing
20.     Suitable community services
21.     Aesthetics
22.     Juvenile crimes
23.     Gangs
24.     Family stability
25.     Religion
26.     Infrastructures and facilities
27.     Land planning
28.     Socio-cultural and political influences
29.     Multi-culturalism
30.     Aboriginals, Natives
31.     Illiteracy
32.     Healthy environment
33.     Health care
34.     Health sector reform
35.     Health is affected by chemical contamination of air, water , and food; exposure to hazardous wastes; social diseases of violence and crime; traffic; accidents
36.     Interactions between health, human development, and environment
37.     Wars
38.     Tolerance and peace between countries
39.     Conflicts
40.     Security
41.     Intellectual Property Rights
42.     Human Rights
43.     Social Justice
44.     Interaction between socioeconomic development and ecological change (and in terms of species destruction, settlement patterns, population size and distribution, resource depletion, waste generation, consumption practices, environmental degradation and social pathology)
45.     Rising rates of violence and delinquency
46.     Cross-border pollution agreements
47.     Government measures for the conservation and wise use of natural resources
48.     Disabled
49.     Aging
50.     Cultural Diversity
51.     Sharing of ecologically sound technologies between countries
52.     Joint actions between countries
53.     Relations among local communities and sustainable development
54.     Indigenous Peoples
55.     Minority Ethnic Groups
56.     Children
57.     Youth
58.     Distribution of Income
59.     Consumption
60.     Food Production
61.     Malnutrition
62.     Eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
63.     Trade Unions
64.     Public Hearings
65.     Referendums
66.     Citizen Advisory Boards
67.     Crime
68.     Drugs
69.     Sexual Diseases
70.     Public Administration
71.     Pollution Prevention
72.     Incorporation of environmental education along with multiethnic, pluricultural, and multilingual education in school
73.     Education: access, by gender, distance learning, school programs
74.     Quality of Education: public and private schools, college, university, institute of technology
75.     Promote education projects that are relevant to sustainable development
76.     Science and Technology
77.     Training
78.     Unemployment
79.     Health: services, cost
80.     Environmental effects on health
81.     Population
82.     Language
83.     Cultural Characteristics
84.     Demographics
85.     Human Settlements
86.     Life Expectancy
87.     Poverty
88.     First Nations
89.     Poverty Alleviation
90.     Community Empowerment
91.     Community Actions
92.     Promotion of Environmental Awareness
93.     Schools
94.     Wealth
95.     Government actions and instruments to prevent and control pollution and harmful impacts on natural resources and the environment
96.     Laws, Regulations, Guidelines: municipal, national and international
97.     Laws, Regulations, Guidelines and their effectiveness in specific regions
98.     National Environmental Institutions
99.     Mechanisms for citizen participation
100.     Declarations, action plans of worldwide scope
101.     Electronic consultation
102.     International Treaties and other binding and nonbinding instruments concerning the sustainable development
103.     Local Authorities
104.     Non-Government Organizations
105.     Government Commitment
106.     Global Agreements and Commitments
107.     Living Standards
108.     Land Use
109.     Surface Areas
110.     Urbanization
111.     Home and Community Development
112.     Measurement of Indicators
113.     Monitoring
114.     Making results of measurements available on the Internet
115.     Globalization
116.     Social well-being
117.     Opportunity for youth
118.     Improving quality of family life
119.     Developing healthy lifestyles
120.     Home and community development
121.     Serving as the Global Community Assessment Centre of indicators about global changes
122.     Dedicated to increasing public awareness about issues of global concern
123.     Working in cooperation with individuals, industry, and government to create a global value shift toward a sustainable future for Earth
124.     Disseminating information on sustainable development
125.     Promoting international cooperation and a Global Community Sustainable Development through seminars and conferences, and a World Congress
126.     Providing strategies for global communities to achieve environmental, health and safety excellence and economic success
127.     Providing a link between scientists, officials from all levels of government, economists, statisticians, environmentalists, ecologists, renewable and non-renewable resources specialists, business leaders, non-governmental organizations, educators, health and social experts, Aboriginals and Natives, home and community planners, and the public to explore local and global sustainable development issues under the theme

Global Community Action 1 :

.     Insuring a Sound Future for Earth
.     Measuring and Managing Sustainable Development

128.     Serving the scientific community as a forum for the presentation and discussion of important issues related to sustainable development
129.     Generating a Global Community dialogue about and for peace and sound solutions to that effect
130.     Providing a Global Online Community for the general public and the opportunity for involvement and feedback into projects and programs
131.     Providing the Global Community with sound solutions related to home and community sustainable development, environmental designs and sustainable buildings
132.     Committed to the sustainable end of world hunger by finding sound solutions to development
133.     Promoting the global adoption of energy-efficiency in order to enable a sustainable economic development and an ecological sustainable development
134.     Performing Global review of projects, examine alternatives, and formulates guidelines and criteria for future local and global development
135.     Establishing a permanent global dialogue on measuring and managing sustainable development
136.     Establishing a permanent global dialogue on finding sound solutions to sustainable development
137.     Establishing a permanent global dialogue to ensure a sound future for Earth
138.     Mechanisms for citizen participation to finding sound solutions
139.     Coordinating the assessment of local and global indicators along with other national and international organizations
140.     Establishing accounting and valuation on sustainable development; making results available to governments, research institutions, NGOs from all countries
141.     Establishing the Global Community network that will conduct annual assessments of sustainable development indicators and making results available on the Internet
142∑ Providing gross global indicators to the global community:

1.     Gross Environmental Sustainable Development Index (GESDI); and

2.     Gross Sustainable Development Product (GSDP).

142.     Developing projects and programs to promote the Global Community concept in school and for the general Public
143.     Establishing a warning system on environmental hazards and emergencies to prevent disasters from happening
144.     Helping countries to prevent and peacefully settle environmental disputes by initiating a process for dialogue and finding solutions
145.     Proposing a local and global Code of criminal law governing transnational offenses
146. Proposing minimum standards of punishment for transboundary criminal behavior
147.     Proposing joint legal instruments and policies to facilitate management of transboundary natural resources and border ecosystems, and to regulate the use of renewable natural resources
148.     Proposing integrated accounts systems, business and industry accounts, economic policies, policy instruments, and private actions
149.     Proposing policies and management practices to national and international organizations for the integration of environment and development at various stages of the decision-making process
150.     Proposing joint projects between countries for resource management and control
151.     Proposing to international institutions (World Bank, IMF, etc.) measurements of sustainable development be included in their statistics on socioeconomic, trade and financial performance
152.     Proposing regulatory instruments on sustainable development
153.     Lifestyles
154.     Habits
155.     Political influences


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Section 3.6.1 B)   Assessment Scoring

 


Section Assessment Scoring
Evaluation of Social Issues and Concerns

I(normalized) =  0.3500



In this assessment, the values used for I(normalized) are the same as those obtained and described in section 2.3 The Mathematical Model. The two tables in The Scale of Values obtained from the survey, guess-estimated and standard give all normalized values in their last columns. Although most values were not given here, they were obtained a few years ago by evaluating each impact as shown in section 2.3 under Impact equation example: Forestry. It is obvious now that one has to keep updating these impact equation calculations every year as the world is changing very fast. Their calculations are a very powerful educational tool and should be used in school to educate students in thinking globally and in terms of interactions and their multidimensional effects within themselves and on all four major interacting quality systems. To become responsible in sustaining Earth has to start at early stage in someone's life and calculating impact equations would be one of their first steps.
 
  Sub-section %    =    Total number of points for the subsection     x     100%
                              Total number of questions for the sub-section               5

Section Rating        =        Sub-section % total        x        0.3500
                                                            155

                                     =       GESDI     for this section

This value of GESDI is then added to the values in the other sections of this assessment report. The total value for GESDI is the GESDI for the home and the community it belongs to.
 


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