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Resolutions for 2012

Ensure substantial decline in the use of carbon fuels. Rather than pondering on national and global targets, let us set personal (individual) targets!
More thrust is given to establish and manage efficient public transport systems to reduce the use of private vehicles.
No more deforestation.
Intelligent use of available land for agriculture and further popularisation of environment friendly agricultural practices as a dignified profession among the young generation.
No more destruction of water sources and resources.
Ensure substantial decline in the use of products that cause environment problems during production, storage, use or disposal – of course we have to keep away from consumerism.
More concerted efforts for effective implementation of scientific methods to reduce the rate of population explosion.
Concerted efforts for introducing healthy lifestyles among children.
Initiatives for ensuring environment friendly practices in healthcare (like Ayurveda) and to promote further researches…

How open was 2011?

How open was the world in information/knowledge sharing in 2011?Naturally this query takes us to review the advancements in OER domain. While thinking about OER, the first thing that comes to my mind is the statement “ 2011 would be a quantum shift year in the mainstream adoption of OER” that Dr. Wayne Mackintosh usually adds in his emails. Definitely, 2011 is a quantum shift year for OER. Following are some major developments in this respect that I noticed.

(Please be reminded that this is just one side of the coin. The other side - the domain of open technologies, chiefly, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), was perhaps more dynamic and eventful as usual. The advancements in FOSS dramatically enhanced the quantity, quality and reach of OER. Therefore we can't leave FOSS unmentioned here)
Evolving of OERu
Some important OER/ODL events in 2011
First strategic open international meeting to plan OERu, February 23 The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's 2011 Open Educationa…