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Top 10 Environmental Celebrity Activists

1. Leonardo DiCaprio Photo Credit: Flickr The Oscar-winning actor and one of the most notorious  environmental activists , created the Leonard DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 “to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet”  ( WWF , W/D) . Ever since, DiCaprio has been engaged with pressing ...
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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals: Global Actions, Better Future

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The UN Sustainable Development Summit, held from September 25 to September 27 in New York, marked the official launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This Agenda —agreed upon by the 193 Member States of the United Nations after two years of negotiations— seeks to irreversibly and globally end poverty by 2030. In addition to th...
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What Is An Environmental Activist?

Based on the definition of “environmental activism” that appears on TheFreeDictionary.com, one can define an environmental activist as a person who advocates for, or works towards, protecting the natural environment from destruction or pollution. But really, an environmental activist is not more than a responsible person with a conscience. Photo Cr...
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Guilt Is Not Effective For Getting People Involved with Climate Change

A new study by Nick Obradovich and Scott M. Guenther has found that guilt-tripping people into thinking of climate change is not a very effective way to get them to care about it. The study, posted on the scientific journal Climatic Change, is based on two experiments conducted on members of the Audubon Society and of Mechanical Turk. In the experi...
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Global Goal 1: End Poverty

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To end poverty, everyone should have basic healthcare, security and education. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes ending poverty as “the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development” ( UN , 2015). The validity of this statement is clear if one takes into account the 836 million people li...
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World Heritage Sites At Risk From Climate Change

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report on the impact climate change has had on World Heritage sites. The report, aptly titled "World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate", was mentioned in yesterday's NEWS post, after Australia censored it citing potential harm for tourism. Car...
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Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Globally, one in nine people are undernourished. This goal aims to end hunger. Undernutrition accounts for 45% of global deaths in children under five years old. In the future, climate change and unsustainable agricultural practices will increase this amount if mankind does not do something now. - Photo Credit: Pixabay Today, 795 million people are...
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Report on Great Barrier Reef Disaster Censored by Australian Government

It was mentioned in this article from last week that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is experiencing its worst episode of bleaching. Ever . The combined action of climate change and weather phenomena have caused warm waters to severely damage 93% of the corals in the area. Moreover, half of the corals in the northerm part of the Reef have ...
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Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being

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Ensuring people live healthy lives can cut child mortality an raise life expectancy. Remarkable progress has been made in the field of health since the 1990s. According to the UN , “maternal mortality has fallen by almost 50% since 1990”, similarly, 83% of mothers in developing regions were receiving antenatal care in 2012 in comparison to 65% in 1...
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Global Goal 4: Quality Education

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The UN wants everyone to have access to inclusive, equitable quality education. It is safe to say that universal access to quality education is a key factor in achieving a sustainable mid and long-term future. Several studies conducted over the years have linked lack of access to education with poverty and poverty traps. This is hardly a surprise —...
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Global Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Gender equality is a human right, and is vital for a peaceful, prosperous world. Progress has been made in the fight for gender equality —namely on the education front, as girls and boys now have equal access to primary education ( UN , 2015). However, discrimination and violence against women and girls still exist both in the developing and develo...
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Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

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Clean water protects people from disease, yet three in 10 people lack access to it. Widespread pollution of rivers and oceans is killing us all. Albeit violent, this affirmation holds an unquestionable truth. As many as 1,000 children die daily from preventable water sanitation-related diarrheal diseases and the global death toll for the same cause...
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How Carbon Farming Can Reverse Climate Change

Carbon farming encompasses a series of practices that allow to reduce carbon emissions by sequestering said carbon underground. These practices, such as crop rotations and agroforestry can be implemented strategically to maintain or increase yields while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of plantations. This is especially important given that t...
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Global Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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Targets for 2020 include using more renewable, affordable energy. There are several clean energy options available for implementation on small and large scales. There are countries now that give incentives –in the shape of loans and discounts—to citizens who decide to go solar. Recent biomimicry research on humpback whales has allowed to increase e...
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Global Goal 8: Decent work and Economic Growth

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The aim is for sustainable economic growth and decent employment for all. Global Goal 1 seeks to end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030. This is a multifaceted and very ambitious task that will demand a joint effort from the global community. A determining factor in the success of this quest is setting the conditions for sustainable econom...
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China's CTG Plants Pose a Threat to The Planet

CTG —which stands for coal-to-gas— technology encompasses expossing coal to controlled amounts of heat and limiting the oxygen so it breaks apart chemically rather than burning. The outcome of this process is syngas —short for synthetic natural gas—, which would reduce the air pollution generated by power plants accross the country. However, t...
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Global Warming Record Streak Hits Seven Months

April is the seventh month in a streak of record breaking temperatures, reports Market Watch. The article, which uses data from the NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States, says that last month was the hottest April on record, with an average global temperature increase of 1.11 °C over the 1951-1980 a...
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The Situation of Children in Ecuador

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Under the law System of Protection and Equity (art. 46), the Government of Ecuador guarantees special attention and protection to girls, boys and teens in situations of abuse, violence, sexual exploitation, drug, and alcoholism —as well as priority attention in cases of disaster and war. There is also a clear prohibition on labour exploit...
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Life at RVA - Breaking Cultural Paradigms

life-at-rva Here at RVA you will often meet people from different continents, so you can see how different just the way you clean something is
At RVA we are part of something bigger than just one traditional school, we also have we join different programs as well, the two larger programs we have are “Fighting Poverty” and “Climate Compliance”, we have classes and presentations, the life in the school it's based on the community, that means we share in the same way different classes, where...
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Akwa Ibom State Will Host Climate Change Mega Summit in July

Akwa Ibom, a Nigerian State, will be the first sub-national government to sponsor and host a Post-COP21 National Dialogue. The event, with theme "Charting A Road Map For Sustainable Environment And Creation Of Green Jobs In Akwa Ibom State", wil be held between July 26th and July 28th, 2016 and will end with a golf tournament for climate change on ...
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