Our World Inequality Cup puts a different perspective on the beautiful game.
Forget FIFA rankings, over the coming weeks we’re all about presenting the 32 footballing nations’ performance in tackling poverty.
At the end of the day, we hope that football is the winner. We just want to highlight the rising gap between rich and poor around the world and help to level the playing field.
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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here: Connecting the Climate Change Dots with Warning Labels on Gas Pumps (Video)
Here’s an idea whose time has come.
A proposal to bring climate change home through cigarette style warning labels on gas pumps. Presented by an impressive and well informed 16-year-old in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The non-profit organization promoting the labels explains:
We’re running out of time with climate change. We need something to shake us out of our sense of complacency. This is it. The labels create feedback by taking faraway consequences – like famine, the extinction of species and extreme weather – and bringing them into the here and now. Their placement on a gas nozzle reminds us that we each contribute to the problem by locating responsibility right in the palm of your hand. Finally, the idea captures the hidden costs of fossil fuel use in a qualitative way; the labels provide information to the marketplace to engage our sense of humanity in a way that a price increase of a few pennies at the pump never will.
If you think this is a good idea: reblog it and share it with your friends and family. Even better share it with them and your city or town’s elected officials too.
Ruth Buendía Mestoquiari has built her career, and staked the fate of her people, on the law.
But she doesn’t have a law degree. In fact, she didn’t even start elementary school until she was a teenager and didn’t finish high school until age 25. While her peers went to class, she spent her childhood in the 1980s and 90s shuttling between her native village of Cutivireni, the town of Satipo, and the city of Lima, as Peru’s two-decade civil war devastated her community and claimed her father, who was killed in the violence when Buendía was only 12.
What Buendía does have is five children, all 18 and younger, and a “wonderful husband.” She has the distinction of being the first female president of CARE, an organization representing roughly 10,000 indigenous Asháninka who live along the banks of the Ene River in the Peruvian Amazon. And she has a knack for blocking massive hydroelectric dams, having thwarted not one but two planned projects that she believed would displace the Asháninka and destroy the ancestral lands they depend on for their livelihoods. It’s a threat she characterizes as “economic terrorism,” in an allusion to the armed terrorism she experienced during the civil war.
Through it all, she’s managed to redeem what we’ve come to consider something of a dark art: the lawsuit.
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