Palau is the first nation on earth to “change immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection.” From now on, visitors of the country must sign a passport pledge promising to act in an ecologically responsible way. To quote the official website, “A pledge of, for, and by Palau’s children.” The pledge is not only a monumental step forward in the battle to conserve our climate, but Palau delivers its message with elegance and sincerity.
Within the last 10 years, there have been multiple LGBTQ+ athletes from the U.S., such as Jillion Potter, Kelly Griffin, Elena Delle Donne and Seimone Augustus at the Rio 2016 Olympics; Lisa Raymond and Megan Rapinoe at the London 2012 Olympics; Lauren Lappin, Vicky Galindo and Natasha Kai at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. However, Adam Rippon will be the first LGBTQ+ male athlete to represent the US, and one of few openly gay athletes to participate
In June 2016, Obama allowed transgender people already in the military to serve openly, and openly transgender people to apply. A one-year deadline was set for the military to begin accepting trans troops; this was then extended to begin on Jan. 1, 2018. On July 26th, 2017, Trump tweeted in two parts, “….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot
Trump and his supporters have been adamant about their support of Confederate monuments and statues in the past. That’s why it was such a surprise when Trump decided to massively downsize the Bears Ears National Monument. Where is Bears Ears National Monument? Bears Ears National Monument is in Utah, and until recently, it was about 1.3 million acres. Why is it important? Bears Ears National Monument is laden with important Native American cultural sites and artefacts;
TIME Magazine chose ‘the silence breakers’ as their person of the year. The silence breakers are the women and men who have spoken out against rape; the cover includes Ashely Judd, one of the many women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape; Susan Fowler, who spoke out against sexual harassment at Uber, Adama Iwu, who is an activist against rape; Isabel Pascual, a strawberry-picker from Mexico who experiences sexual harassment; and Taylor Swift.
Recently, my mother created a list of five things I need do daily to manage my mental health. They are medicine, sleep, food, exercise and relaxation. I, and those whom I have shared this system with, have found it to be enormously helpful and I hope that you, too, are able to gain something from it. 1. Medicine Obviously, if you do not take medication, this does not apply to you. However, to the people
Brazilian authorities are investigating an alleged massacre of indigenous residents of the Javari Valley. Very little has been confirmed at this point. It appears that several members of the tribe were collecting food when they encountered a group of miners. These prospectors had been hired to illegally dredge the valley’s rivers for gold. It is thought that ten or more people (some estimates go up to twenty) were killed. If this is confirmed, then a
The Rohingya are an ethnoreligious minority of about 1.1 million living in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (also known as Burma). Although Myanmar recognizes over 130 official ethnic groups, the Rohingya are not one of them. This has rendered them stateless for decades. Statelessness has been a huge problem in recent years; most people have undoubtedly heard the term in reference to the Syrian refugee crisis. Stateless peoples are not considered citizens by any
I have generalized anxiety disorder. I am a minimalist. These two statements may seem unconnected at first glance, but trust me, they are intimately entangled. When I was a little over 12 years old, I started getting rid of some of my things. A couple pairs of unworn trousers, a few old t-shirts, and so on and so forth. No one thought much of it. I had always been a bit of a ‘neat-freak’: when
Model United Nations (MUN) or as I prefer to call it, “role-playing for nerds”, is a surprisingly good way to improve your ability to engage in social issues. Before we jump into the reasons, allow me to explain what MUN is. MUN is an extracurricular activity where students simulate United Nations meeting and attempt to write resolutions on their assigned issue. Resolutions are papers which suggest solutions and are voted on by committees; I find