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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





July 2016




News Reports and Resources


The State Of Global Peace In 2016

According to the 2016 Global Peace Index, the world has become increasingly dangerous with only 10 countries considered completely free of conflict. The refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and military conflict have all combined to make the world less peaceful this year than it was last year.



One-third of the World Cannot See the Milky Way

Scientists believe one-third of humanity cannot view the Milky Way - this includes 80% of Americans and 60% of Europeans because city lights are creating fogs of light pollution, according to a new study published in the journal of Science Advances. Moreover, light pollution causes global ecological consequences, poses public health issues, and wastes energy and money.

Hundreds of Cancer-Causing Chemicals Pollute Americans' Bodies
Common Dreams | READ STORY

Hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals are building up in the bodies of Americans, according to the first comprehensive inventory of the carcinogens that have been measured in people.



More Young Adults Now Live With Parents Than Their Partners
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents' home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.

Mass incarceration in America, explained in 22 maps and charts

America is number one - in incarceration. Over the past several decades, the country has built the largest prison population in the entire world, with the second-highest prison population per capita behind the tiny African country of Seychelles.


Rural Areas Show Net Gains in Jobs Over Last Year
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Though rural areas and small cities have more jobs than they did at this time last year, the rate of growth remains slower than in urban areas. From April 2015 to April 2016, a third of rural counties saw a net decline in the number of jobs.

US Solar Power Market Hits All-Time High
Guardian | READ STORY

The US solar industry expects to install 14.5 gigawatts of solar power in 2016, a 94% increase over the record 7.5 gigawatts last year, according to a new market report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.





President's Corner


MACDEP members Katie Weaver and Pat McGlynn and I gave a presentation at the recent 2016 ANREP-NACDEP Conference in Burlington, VT on our upcoming 2017 CDS-NACDEP conference; Our 2017 Conference theme is "Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together." More info about the 2017 Community Development Conference at www.2017CDS-NACDEP.org.

The Montana State University Community Development Program social media platforms are undergoing a facelift; please follow our work via our Facebook and Twitter.

The International Association for Community Development is recruiting individuals to serve on our Board of Directors; please for more information. Also, please consider joining the IACD as a full member; contact for more information. Among the many benefits, you'll receive a copy of our publication Practice Insights; the latest issue covers articles on community development practice in Europe, China, India, Nepal, Oceania and North America. Keep up to date with the lessons from practitioners around the world.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Joint IACD/CDS International Conference

July 24-27, 2016

Bloomington, MN

Sponsor: IACD / CDS

IARSLCE 16th Annual Research Conference

September 26-28, 2016

New Orleans, LA

Sponsor: IARSLCE

2017 CDS - NACDEP Conference

June 11-14, 2017

Big Sky, MT

Sponsor: CDS / NACDEP

Grants and Awards

Rural Community Investment

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: CHS, Inc.

Community Building Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Singing for Change

Sports and Community Development

Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group

Developing Healthy Places

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

Community Development Specialist

Department of Human Ecology
University of California Davis

National/International News

EU-British Residents Worry Following Brexit

CNN, July 5th

Austrian Presidential Vote Overturned

BBC, July 1st

Juno Probe Reaches Jupiter

CNN, July 5th

Turkey to Offer Citizenship to Syrians

Telegraph, July 3rd

Mexico Airlifts Food Due to Teachers' Blockade

Telegraph, July 2nd

Montana News

500 Now Battling Observation Fire

KTVQ, July 4th

MT To Receive $8 Million for Disaster Preparedness

KTVQ, June 30th

Four MT Counties Placed Under Drought Alert

Billings Gazette, July 3rd

Study Ranks Montana as 7th Most Patriotic State

ABC Fox Montana, July 5th







MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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