If you look around the room where you are sitting, you will likely be able to identify at least ten sources of plastic in less than a minute. If you think about where the plastic will be in a week, month, or a few years, you will likely come to the conclusion that it will end up on a landfill, set to decompose for about 500 years.
As marketed, political activism is but a transitory and shaky prop for personal self-worth … As with any addictive process, there comes a time when no amount of effort and consumption will feed the need, and a rebound effect occurs.
Because opioids can be dangerous and potent, the physical impact of opioid use alone can take a toll on the body in various ways. It’s important to learn just how hazardous these drugs can become when misused, especially opiates like heroin and prescription opioids.
I fear that we as a society have allowed fear to propel us into a mindset more like that of Spain at the turn of the seventeenth century than we are willing to admit.
Refugees are knocking on our door, but under the Trump administration, America has shut that door most of the way. According to the International Rescue Committee, the U.S. has welcomed an average of 95,000 refugees per year since 1980. They also report that the Trump administration has put a 45,000 person cap on refugees, exclaiming: “no U.S. president, not even in the wake of 9/11, has so turned their back on refugees.”
Recognizing that immigrants are not “others” and cannot be identified by any sort of physical traits, as well as working towards eliminating the negative stigma around immigration can help in moving the nation forward.
Bali, with a population of 4.2 million people, has long been a jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism. But suffering from the impact of burgeoning tourist numbers, a throw-away culture and poor waste management, that crown is slipping.
Expressive, passionate, and just a little nervous, Melati, 16, and Isabel, 14, spoke for six minutes about a massive worldwide problem which has been apparent on Balinese beaches and in its surrounding oceans for decades, plastic pollution. Students of Green School Bali, the sisters have grown up on the island, experiencing first-hand how its environment has been progressively trashed.
Standing in the delivery room wearing a flimsy pair of rewashed latex gloves and holding a pair of surgical scissors in my hands, I became acutely aware of one of the many statistics which had been shared with us on day one. I was a medical student working in a government hospital in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa; it was 1997. The figure flashing through my mind was that 50% of the women using the delivery unit were HIV positive.
We as global citizens, even if not American, have a right to demand the end of deaths, the end of murders and the end of what we can only see as a love of guns. We love our American friends and neighbors.