|A glimpse of heaven|
This is a core belief of my life. It guides my life and actions. My dream and goal here in Nicaragua is to help build a community that reflects this. A world of beauty and joy; a better world where I work and play toward creating a better world. This involves helping build a progressive, socially just community. Nicaragua is a magical place, so full of beauty and splendor. Yet, it is a desperately poor place too. It is the second poorest country in all of the Americas after Haiti. There is a complex history for this situation, from centuries of rapacious colonialism and exploitation, to decades of dictatorship, and years of civil war. Thankfully it has emerged from these travails. It is ranked 9th in the world on the World Happiness Index, and has made tremendous strides in the last few years reducing poverty and embracing a sustainable, social just future. They have made tremendous strides in reducing poverty; extreme poverty has been reduced by 50% in five years!The Nicaraguan Constitution enshrines environmental protection. Article 750 of the new constitution reads: ""Any act or action that severely impacts the environment of the country will be a considered a threat to national security." They are on track to have 94% of all electricity derived from renewable resources by 2017, according to the Inter-American Development Bank’s first-annual “Climatescope” report Nicaragua ranked second in Latin America for investment in renewable energies (Brazil was first). Impresive from the second poorest country in the Americas!
Nicaragua has made incredible progress in creating a better world for its citizens while enshrining environmental sustainability as a national goal. Work continues on these fronts making Nicaragua an exciting and wonderful place to live and work.