The Paris Climate Agreement: A Big Deal
Dec14

The Paris Climate Agreement: A Big Deal

In an uplifting follow-up to last week’s article, the international community has finally come together to take a stand against global warming. On Saturday, December 12th in Paris, France, 195 countries agreed to the first international climate accord in history that holds all nations accountable. The timing here is critical, because we are very close to seeing the average global temperature rise by 2°C since pre-industrial...

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Tragedy and Toxic Waste in Brazil
Dec07

Tragedy and Toxic Waste in Brazil

About a month ago, Brazil experienced one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history. 60 million cubic meters of toxic industrial mining waste broke through two different dams and traveled 500km along the Doce river towards the Atlantic Ocean, destroying everything in it’s path. I don’t use the word “destroying” lightly. The deadly mudslide wiped out the entire village of Bento Rodrigues, with 12-17...

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The Paris Attacks & Selective Outrage
Nov16

The Paris Attacks & Selective Outrage

I live in Paris, and on Friday evening at 10:15pm, I was running late on my way to meet a friend in the 11th arrondissement. We had been communicating by text message and had set a time and location to meet, so was surprised when she called just as I got the metro. She had just seen on the news that there had been a shooting not too far away from where we were going. She didn’t have very much information at the time, and we both...

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Applications: It’s All In The Name
Nov02

Applications: It’s All In The Name

Last week, the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced an agreement between several of the UK’s biggest employers, plus the UCAS (Undergraduate Courses At University And College, the central body through which university applications are processed) to remove student and applicant’s names from their university/job applications in an effort to end racial discrimination due to unconscious bias. This is a big deal....

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Refugees on Rails: Teaching Refugees to Code
Oct19

Refugees on Rails: Teaching Refugees to Code

This week’s article will highlight a brand new start-up in Berlin, Germany: Refugees on Rails. It caught my attention because it is an ideal combination of the ideas behind two articles previously published in Change. In June, I wrote about the importance of learning to code in Python vs. the Pythagorean Theorem. Then, in September, I wrote about the ongoing refugee crisis in Citizens > Governments, where people are stepping...

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I Had A Moment
Oct05

I Had A Moment

Reposted from A Life Ablaze, by Rhaema Friday. Original post here. It’s 3:48 AM and I am awake. First, nature woke me up. That’s what I get for having a Tom Collins before bed. Then, I had a naughty snack. I plead the FiF. Walking back to bed, I felt the stirrings of a whisper in my mind. The darkness of feeling like shit. Depression. The thought, “I’m tired of fighting.” The reply, “but I have to keep on.” At that moment, in a full...

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