Empirical in character, this book analyses the society-nature interaction of the Tsimane', a rural indigenous community in the Bolivian Amazon. Following a common methodological framework, the material and energy flow (MEFA) approach, it gives a detailed account of the biophysical exchange relations the community entertains with its natural environment: the socio-economic use of energy, materials, land and time. Equally so, the book provides a deeper insight into the local base of sociometabolic transition processes and their inherent dynamics of change. The local community described in this publication stands for the many thousands of rural systems in developing countries that, in light of an ever more globalising world, are currently steering a similar - but maybe differently-paced - development course. This book presents insightful methodological and conceptual advances in the field of sustainability science and provides a vital reader for students and researchers of human ecology, ecological anthropology, and environmental sociology. It equally contributes to improving professional development work methods.
These are blog selections written to Christians who struggle in their Christian journey and to those who would like to be a Christian but are afraid of failing. Many people hide failure. They are too embarrassed to admit to anyone that they just can't get it right. It can be a heavy load to carry by yourself. God can take the most messed up and dysfunctional life and make something brand new by His life growing in a person. It is not about us becoming better human beings. Rather it is about His life birthed and growing in us. It is His life and power brings change. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says that we are a new creature. Old things have passed away. All things have become new. God does this. He is powerful and loving enough to do this all by Himself. We just need to let Him in.
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