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We will not stop until we’re done… the best bits from 2018!

8 May 2019 10:01AM UTC | By: ONE


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2018 was a hard year for too many people around the world, but, ONE members rallied together and tackled challenges head on, and it paid off in incredible ways. Here’s just a snapshot of what happened…

Our voices were heard

The first ONE Vote Campaign launched in Nigeria, Africa. #VoteYourFuture was about young people understanding the issues and making their vote count in early-2019 elections. More than 85,000 people, including six presidential candidates, signed ONE’s Youth Declaration demanding that leaders invest in Nigeria’s youth. Tens of thousands showed up at events and rallies across the country. Young Nigerians are determined to make sure their leaders build a society that works for every one of them.

Three thousand young people from across Nigeria gathered in the capital Abuja to launch #VoteYourFuture.

Three thousand young people from across Nigeria gathered in the capital Abuja to launch #VoteYourFuture.

We got laws passed

In the US, ONE, alongside Democrats and Republicans in Congress, waged an intensive campaign to restore budget cuts proposed by the White House. In just 7 months, 78,000 people signed our petition and the BUILD Act was passed. The Act provides an extra US$30 billion to a new Development Finance Corporation to mobilize private sector investments for low-income countries.

ONE members: ONE US Power Summit, 2018.

ONE US Power Summit, 2018.

We got more money to fight poverty

For the past two years, activists in Nigeria campaigned to Make Naija Stronger. Demanding better, more accessible healthcare and the long-fought battle was won! The Nigerian government committed to a budget of N55.1 billion (US$153 million) for basic healthcare.

On the aid front, ONE, supported by our incredible Youth Ambassadors, helped secure a commitment from Germany to increase aid by €1 billion in 2019, and as the EU decided its long-term budget priorities, we launched a campaign to get the EU to increase its aid budget. But it’s not just about quantity, quality counts too – in the UK our Real Aid Campaign kicked-off, to make sure that UK aid actually gets to the people who need it most.

ONE Youth Ambassadors speak at the European Parliament.

ONE Youth Ambassadors speak at the European Parliament.

We told world leaders that #GirlsCount. More than 750,000 of you signed our petition telling world leaders that it’s time to end this global crisis. World leaders at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Summit listened, and pledged more than US$2.3 billion to close the gender gap in education and put millions of girls through school.

Safi Mballo, 18, writes on school blackboard at Sikilos School in Kolda region, Senegal. Safi walks 7km to school and back each day.

Safi Mballo, 18, at Sikilos School in Kolda region, Senegal. Safi walks 7km to school and back each day.

The good news for women and girls didn’t stop at the GPE Summit. At the G7, 146,000 ONE members signed a petition telling G7 leaders to invest in women’s economic empowerment. Together, leaders of the G7 countries invested CAD$3 billion (US$2.24 billion) and Canada pledged CAD$3.8 billion (US$2.9 billion) to education with a focus on girls.

We got bigger and stronger…

In 2018, Poverty is Sexist reached new heights as we built the campaign into a stronger movement. It reached more than one billion people who took more than half a million actions, won several creative awards, and brought in more than 150,000 new ONE members.

ONE Progress Report 2018These are huge accomplishments, and we couldn’t have done it without you! By banding together with like-minded communities ONE has been able to reach new audiences and make an even bigger difference.

“I’m proud of what the team has achieved, and especially so given the challenges we face.” Gayle Smith, ONE’s CEO

See We will not stop until we’re done for more about what ONE achieved last year, and what to look out for in 2019!

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This is everything you never knew about HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria

5 February 2019 2:23PM UTC | By: KATIE RYAN


Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

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HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria don’t just cause illness and deaths around the world, they decrease productivity and increase the risk of poverty in the communities and countries affected. Loss of income and the cost of healthcare have dramatic effects on the individual, as well as their family and community.

Here’s what you need to know about these three diseases:



Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks and destroys the body’s immune cells making it difficult for the body to fight off infections and other diseases. If left untreated, HIV can develop into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). AIDS is the most serious stage of HIV infection. Rather than a single illness, it presents as a cluster of symptoms when a person’s CD4 cell count drops too low, dramatically shortening their life expectancy. The term HIV/AIDS is used to describe the virus and the resulting symptoms and illnesses.

HIV spreads from person to person through contact with certain bodily fluids, usually through sex or needle use. Although there is no cure for HIV, it can be controlled with antiretroviral therapy (ART). If taken correctly every day, ART can significantly increase that person’s lifespan and decrease the chance of infecting others.

Condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and voluntary male medical circumcision are highly effective methods that can be used to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. Interventions, like scaling up sexual reproductive health education and needle exchange programs, can lead to behavioural change that can also reduce the spread of HIV.

Preventing the spread of HIV is crucial: 1.8 million people contracted HIV last year alone. And due to a lack of treatment 940,000 people died from AIDS-related causes.


Malaria is a tropical disease caused by parasites and transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While global malaria death rates have dropped 60% since 2000, malaria is back on the rise: there were 3.5 million more cases in 2017 than the year before. Children under the age of 5 account for two-thirds of all malaria deaths.

Control measures such as insecticide sprays, insecticide-treated bed nets and antimalarial drugs have successfully reduced malaria cases and deaths. But insecticide and drug resistance is a growing threat as these interventions continue to be scaled up.


TB is the number one infectious disease killer in the world. TB — which killed 1.6 million people in 2017, including 300,000 people with HIV — is spread from one person to another through the air. When someone with TB coughs or sneezes, for example, the bacteria can be spread to another person and infect their lungs.

Over 10 million people are infected with TB every year, but the disease can be difficult to detect, which results in a large number of people — around 36% of those with active TB — undiagnosed, untreated, and therefore, contagious.

On top of all this, antibiotic resistance is making a deadly enemy, even more dangerous. Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a public health crisis and a health security threat. Last year, there were 558,000 new cases with resistance to the most effective first-line drug. As a result, only 55% of MDR-TB patients are successfully treated.

But here’s the good news: most cases of TB are curable if patients follow and complete a 6-9 month drug regimen. It is crucial this regimen is followed precisely and is fully completed to avoid drug resistance and reinfection.


The Global Fund is an innovative partnership between governments, businesses, and health organisations, designed to accelerate the end of the three diseases. They make targeted investments around the world related to promoting treatment and prevention of AIDS, TB and malaria. With the support and investment of the Global Fund, the number of people dying from these diseases has been slashed by one-third since its creation in 2002.

In October, the Global Fund will host their sixth replenishment. They’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives between 2021 and 2023 by meeting their replenishment goal of US$14 billion.

This investment is the bold ambition the world needs to get us on track to stop the spread of these diseases — and it’s why we’re calling on world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund.

Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,
We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

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Meet Dieynaba, Senegal’s first female graffiti artist fighting for change

8 June 2018 2:17PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER


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Written by Ricci Shryock, a writer and photographer based in Dakar, Senegal. 


Dieynaba Sidibe. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE

24 year-old Dieynaba Sidibe is Senegal’s first female graffiti artist. She recalls her teenage years when she first told her parents that she wanted to be a graffiti artist. “It was war,” she says.

Pikine, Senegal (April 10, 2015) - Dieynaba Sidibe, also known by her artist name Zeinixx, is Senegal's first female graffiti artist and a slam poet. During Senegal's 10-day graffiti festival, known as Festigraff, she not only painted murals, but also helped organize artists from all over Africa, Europe and the US, paint murals in a suburb of Dakar, Senegal.

Dieynaba at work. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE

From a young age, Dieynaba loved painting and used her pocket money to buy art supplies. So she was dismayed to come home one day to find that her mother had thrown out all her paints.

Her mother didn’t believe women should paint and instead wanted her to be a doctor. Reflecting on this Dieynaba says, “Society has created a place for women, and when you try and go outside of that, there’s a problem.”

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Dieynaba sketching out her painting at the Africulturban Centre in Pikine. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE

Eventually, when she was 18 she moved on to graffiti. “I started to paint graffiti in 2008 because I found I could express myself better on a wall as there was more space than a canvas.”


At Senegal’s Festigraff festival, Dieynaba helps organise artists from all over Africa, Europe and the US to paint murals in a suburb of Dakar, Senegal. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE.

In West Africa, graffiti is an art-form frequently used as a tool of expression for social change. Dieynaba, whose artist name is ‘Zienixx’, uses it to promote women’s rights, despite her parents having forbidden her from practising graffiti art.

“I want to express many things. The difference between painting graffiti and painting on a canvas is when I painted on a canvas it was just because I wanted to paint, but now with the graffiti, I’m more into social messaging. Women are marginalised in society,” she continues, “I think my art can help people understand.”


Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE

She said graffiti can help convey a message and pointed towards a recent piece of hers with just two simple words: “Woman’s Life”.

With this Dieynaba wanted to show solidarity for women, because “all women, everywhere, whether they are fishmongers, graffiti artists or office workers, we are all fighters. Women are fighting to be free to do what they want, to do work that pleases them, to be paid equally to men, and to follow their passion.”

Dakar, Senegal (April 9) - Dieynaba Sidibe, Senegal's first female graffiti artist, sweeps an open gallery space at the Douta Seck Cultural House in Dakar, Senegal to help prepare for the official opening of Festigraff, a 10-day international graffiti festival held each year in the Senegal capital.

Dieynaba sweeps an open gallery space at the Douta Seck Cultural House in Dakar, Senegal to help prepare for the official opening of Festigraff. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE.

Dieynaba learned how to paint graffiti from fellow members of the hip-hop community at the Africulturban Center outside Dakar. President of the centre, Rapper Matador (Babacar Niang) recounted, “she was really interested in hip hop culture, slam poetry, and graffiti. It was a little surprising because she was a woman. It was new for me, because after 20 years, the only women we had here were interested in rap, and she was interested in graffiti as well.”

Unlike Dieynaba’s parents, Rapper Matador thought that her interest and desire to break barriers was a good thing. “I thought that she could bring something new into hip hop culture, because people thought only men were doing graffiti.”

“With graffiti she can show the role of women in society. If it’s coming from a woman it’s even stronger. Usually people don’t pay attention to issues. But when you walk in front of her graffiti it calls on people to think about these things,” he says.

Dakar, Senegal (April 28) - Dieynaba Sidibe, Senegal's first female graffiti artist and a slam poet, 'bombs' a wall at the Africulturban Centre in Pikine, a suburb of the capital Dakar where hip hop artists gather.

Dieynaba Sidibe ‘bombs’ a wall at the Africulturban Centre in Pikine. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE.

Dieynaba hopes her art can shed light on the hard work of women in the country. Matador agrees: “There are so many families in Senegal, whose mothers keep them together. These women wake up at four in the morning to go to the market and sell fish, and with the money they make they buy food and make a meal. The young men are asleep that whole time, so they wake up and find food they have no idea what their mothers went through to get that meal on the table.” 

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Dieynaba gets her face painted by a fellow graffiti artist. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE

Dieynaba reflects on the battle she won with her family – who now support her graffiti – and the battle women in Senegal have won for their rights when it comes to access to education and more.

“What we can say in general is that if it’s a war, women have won a large battle. They can express themselves – you find women in offices, women doctors, women in the military, you see them a bit everywhere.”

But, she adds,“One thing that should be spoken about is salary inequality – it’s not right that a man and woman can have the same education and capacity but receive a different salary at the end of the month. Work remains to be done, the fight will always continue.”


Dieynaba Sidibe strikes a #strengthie pose next to her artwork of our “Poverty is Sexist” slogan at a hip-hop artists’ centre in Dakar, Senegal. Photo: Ricci Shryock/ONE.

We won’t end extreme poverty until we break down the barriers holding girls and women back. Add your name to our #PovertyIsSexist letter now.

An open letter to leaders

Dear World Leaders,

We’re putting you on notice.

For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 33,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.

There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.

Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.

You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.

We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere.

Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

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Here are the 5 films about Nelson Mandela you need to watch

13 July 2018 11:48AM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER


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Mandela Day stands as a day to honour the challenges and triumphs of Nelson Mandela’s life. Through his work in ending South African apartheid, Mandela forever changed a nation and became a symbol of equality for the entire world.

It’s no wonder that his life serves as inspiration for the big screen. We didn’t get enough Mandela movie magic with these 6 inspirational films, so we’re adding more to the list!

1. Mandela


Mandela gives an in-depth look at the life of Nelson Mandela as his official film biography. This documentary covers his childhood, family, imprisonment, and his long struggle with the anti-apartheid movement. Complete with interview footage from influential figures (including the man himself), this film was nominated for the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

2. Endgame


Mandela’s life hasn’t only been told through documentaries. This film presents a dramatised retelling of the last few days of apartheid. From Mandela’s cell to the ANC’s headquarters, to President Botha’s office, Endgame shows audiences how apartheid finally came to an end, leading to Mandela’s release.

3. Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me


Writer and director Khalo Matabane was just a teenager when Mandela was released from prison. Now, he’s taking a contemporary look at the end of apartheid and how it affects the world today. His film explores the hopes he had for anti-apartheid while reflecting on Mandela’s legacy in the modern day.

4. Music for Mandela


Music had both personal and political effects on Mandela throughout his life. During apartheid, when mention of Mandela was banned, music kept his name alive and played a vital role in the movement. The documentary features interviews from various singers, Mandela’s rapper grandson, and an ex-prisoner who recalls the songs Mandela sang behind bars.

5. Mandela’s Gun


Mandela’s Gun shows a part of Mandela’s life that often gets forgotten. The film explores his military training in Algeria and Ethiopia, up to his arrest when he returned to South Africa. Featuring footage from across the continent, this documentary shows Mandela’s travels and struggles as a young liberation fighter.

Bonus: Madiba


Mandela’s influence hasn’t just appeared on the big screen. Madiba, a three-part miniseries from BET, follows Mandela’s life and pays close attention to the people around him. The series highlights the vital roles of his family members, friends, and colleagues who worked beside him to end apartheid.

Which Mandela movie is your favourite? Leave a comment below!

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Winner of the ‘alternative nobel prize’ turns desert to forest in Burkina Faso

Winner of the ‘alternative nobel prize’ turns desert to forest in Burkina Faso



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This story was originally reported by Nellie Peyton, editing by Claire Cozens for the Thomson Reuters Foundation

A farmer from Burkina Faso who popularized an ancient farming technique to reverse desertification is among the winners of Sweden’s “alternative Nobel prize”, announced on Monday.

Yacouba Sawadogo shared this year’s award with three Saudi human rights activists and an Australian agronomist. The 3 million Swedish crown ($341,800) prize honours people who find solutions to global problems.

Sawadogo is known for turning barren land into forest using “zai” – pits dug in hardened soil that concentrate water and nutrients, allowing crops to withstand drought.

The technique has been used to restore thousands of hectares of dry land and in doing so reduce hunger in Burkina Faso and Niger since he began to teach it in the 1980s, according to the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

Sawadogo said he hoped he would be able to “use the award for the future”.

“My wish is for people to take my knowledge and share it. This can benefit the youth of the country,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from his village in Burkina Faso.

The country dips into a semi-arid zone below the Sahara desert known as the Sahel, where climate change and land overuse are making it increasingly difficult to farm, experts say.

“Yacouba Sawadogo vowed to stop the desert – and he made it,” said Ole von Uexkull, executive director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

“If local communities and international experts are ready to learn from his wisdom, it will be possible to regenerate large areas of degraded land, decrease forced migration and build peace in the Sahel.”

Last year, erratic rains left nearly a million people in need of food aid across the country.

Sawadogo initially faced resistance for his unconventional technique, based on an ancient method that had fallen out of practice. Now “zai” have been adopted by aid agencies working to prevent hunger in the region.

Sawadogo told his story in a 2010 film called “The Man Who Stopped the Desert“.

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.

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We are so delighted for our partners at Music Generation dlr who celebrated the launch of their new Space in the County Hall of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last Wednesday 8 May.

They were joined for the occasion by fantastic young musicians from Ballyogan Childcare Centre, Monkstown Educate Together NS and St Jospeh’s NS in Dún Laoghaire, some of whom share their own thoughts and experiences about music in this lovely video!


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Music Generation appoints Paula Phelan to the role of LMEP Support Manager

Music Generation appoints Paula Phelan to the role of LMEP Support Manager

Music Generation is delighted to announce the appointment of Paula Phelan as Local Music Education Partnership (LMEP) Support Manager. Paula is a musician, music educator, manager and previously Programme Director of Music Generation Carlow. In this new full-time position she will work closely with both new and established LMEPs to support the sustainable development of performance music education provision for children and young people. She will also lead on professional development and learning programmes and initiatives for the Music Generation network over the coming years. 

A native of Kildare, Paula completed her undergraduate BAmus degree in Maynooth University. She holds an MA Baroque Performance Practice from Queens University Belfast, an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education From Maynooth University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Music from Birmingham City University.

Paula brings a breadth of experience to her role as LMEP Support Manager, spanning the worlds of arts and corporate management, music education leadership and practice. In addition to her extensive work at Music Generation Carlow, previously she was General Manager of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, a Post-Primary Teacher, Freelance Musician Educator and General Manager of Belvedere Youth Service.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. ‘Phase 1’ of Music Generation established the programme in 11 areas of Ireland (Louth, Mayo, Sligo, Cork City, Laois, Wicklow, Carlow, Limerick City, Offaly/Westmeath, Clare and South Dublin) and in September 2017 a further nine areas were selected for participation as part of ‘Phase 2’ (Galway County, Waterford, Wexford, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Leitrim, Kilkenny, Cavan/Monaghan, Galway City and Roscommon). In addition, in December 2017 Government announced its commitment to support expansion of the programme nationwide by 2022. Currently Music Generation creates more than 48,500 opportunities each year for children and young people to engage in high-quality, subsidised performance music education with some 400 skilled musician educators, across a hugely diverse range of musical genres, styles and contexts.

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📣 We are proud to support #WorkWithMe. 

A call to action for businesses to come together to create more inclusive workplaces for disabled people. 👷 💼 🏢 

Companies which sign the pledge have access to a suite of resources created by Virgin Media and Scope to help them become better employers of disabled people, information that a third of businesses are calling for. 

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2WtEfKY 👈

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We've been totting up the totals at AWF headquarters, and we're already over $4500 for this year's Build a Well for Bono's Birthday! Can you push us to $5000 this weekend?

All proceeds go toward building a well in Mloka, Tanzania, to provide clean water for 6,000 community members there.


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APRIL 6, 2018



These Kids Won a Court Case Forcing Colombia to Protect the Amazon

It sets a precedent that could lead to similar victories around the world.

It looked like a long shot when 25 kids, aged 7 to 26, sued the government of Colombia for failing to protect the environment.

Never before had a climate change case been heard in Latin America, the charges seemed too far-reaching, and environmental degradation has been accelerating in the country in recent years.

But after hearing the case, the country’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of the children and now the government must come up with an action plan for stopping deforestation in the Amazon and escalate its fight against climate change, according to the human rights groups Dejusticia, which supported the plaintiff’s case.

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Environmental and agricultural ministries across both national and local governments are required to take part in this project, Reuters reports.  

“It is clear, despite numerous international commitments, regulations, and jurisprudence on the matter, that the Colombian State has not efficiently tackled the problem of deforestation in the Amazon,” the court said.

The judges said that the forest is an “entity subject of rights,” essentially conferring human rights upon the vast and varied ecosystem, according to Reuters.

Read More: India’s Most Polluted Rivers Are Now Legally Humans

“This is a historic ruling both nationally and internationally,” César Rodríguez Garavito, director of Dejusticia and the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

“At the national level, it categorically recognizes that future generations are subject to rights, and it orders the government to take concrete actions to protect the country and planet in which they live,” he added.

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The outcome of the case could reverberate around the world: A series of cases, mostly led by youths, are taking off in multiple other countries, according to Reuters.

These cases could be bolstered by international agreements that countries entered.

Read More: Major Climate Change Lawsuits Expected to Make Splash in 2018

Through the Paris Climate Agreement, 195 countries around the world have vowed to fight climate change. Although this particular agreement is voluntary in nature, the judges in Colombia viewed it as binding enough to invoke it in their ruling.

And as the effects of climate change become more apparent around the world, the argument made by young people that governments are threatening their future may gain momentum.

Read More: Meet Tia Hatton, a Global Citizen of America Who's Suing Trump Over Climate Change

"Deforestation is threatening the fundamental rights of those of us who are young today and will face the impacts of climate change the rest of our lives," the plaintiffs wrote.

"We are at a critical moment given the speed at which deforestation is happening in the Colombian Amazon,” they added. “The government's lack of capacity and planning as well as its failure to protect the environment makes the adoption of urgent measures necessary."

Global Citizen campaigns to empower youth activists around the world and you can take action on this issue here.

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MAY 10, 2019



Racial Bias in Health Care Is Killing Mothers Around the World

This Mother’s Day, let’s acknowledge the need for change in maternal health systems worldwide.

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More than 800 women die of pregnancy-related causes every day around the world, which underscores the importance of governments, organizations, and companies investing in achievement Global Goal 3 on good health and well-being for all. Join Global Citizen and take action now.

African American, Native American, and Alaska Native women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Around the world, maternal mortality rates were nearly cut in half between 1990 and 2015 — but in the US, the rates actually increased, according to data from UNICEF.

“An American mom today is 50% more likely to die in childbirth than her own mother was,” Harvard Medical School Obstetrician Dr. Neel Shah told the Associated Press.



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The data from CDC revealed that black women were 3.3 times more likely to die than white women from a pregnancy-related issue, while Native American and Alaska Native women were 2.5 times more likely.

Pregnancy-related mortality ratios are calculated per 100,000 live births. In the US, the national rate was 17.2 per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2015, and while that number is lower than say, 1,165 deaths, like in Sierra Leone, the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, the US rate is considerably worse than in other developed countries — and racial bias could be a driving factor.

The CDC report proves is that there is a glaring racial disparity in maternal mortality rates in the US.


Pregnancy-related deaths happen before, during and up to a year after delivery. About 3 in 5 could be prevented. Read the new #VitalSigns report to learn how we can identify and close gaps in access to quality care: http://bit.ly/VSMaternal 


The report revealed that while 11.4 Hispanic women and 13 white women die for every 100,000 live births, the number of African American women is 42.8 and for Native American/Alaska Native women, it’s 32.5.

This issue seems to be coming up more frequently in the US. Tennis superstar Serena Williams shared her scary childbirth story just last year, highlighting racism in the health system.

Earlier this week, The Rockefeller Foundation launched its #WithoutMoms campaign, which aims to raise awareness around the high numbers of preventable maternal deaths around the world.


“The world loses when we lose mothers, yet far too many women in the United States and around the world struggle to receive the care they need before, during, and after birth. It’s time to end this injustice — and that starts with prioritizing equity in maternity care,” Dr. Naveen Rao, managing director for health at The Rockefeller Foundation, said in a statement. “We need to invest in strong, nimble health systems that protect the health of mothers and their children — and we need to ensure that digital health innovation is used to its full potential to save the lives of the most vulnerable.”

Racial bias in maternal care has become a point of discussion among political candidates in the US, too. But this isn’t just an American issue.

In Canada, similar statistics exist. Research shows that perinatal and infant mortality rates are almost twice as high for Indigenous people than non-Indigenous Canadians.

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In the UK, too, the underlying issue remains the same. The UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths reported that black maternal mortality rates were five times higher than for white women, and almost two times higher for Asian women compared to white women.

But the CDC’s report doesn’t just raise the issue of racial bias in the obvious sense, it also points to the need to understand how to monitor health issues in a way that relates to race.

For instance, the CDC reported that a primary cause of pregnancy-related death was cardiovascular disease, which disproportionately affects black women. Obesity rates are also higher for African-American women, and obesity can cause issues during and post pregnancy.

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Just last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released guidelines on treating heart disease and pregnancy.

“The rise we’re seeing in maternal deaths is largely due to acquired cardiac disease in pregnancy,” Dr. Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement. “Most of these deaths are preventable, but we are missing opportunities to identify risk factors prior to pregnancy and there are often delays in recognizing symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum, particularly for black women.”

More than 800 women die of pregnancy-related causes every day around the world. So many of these deaths are preventable, which underscores the need to invest in maternal health. This Mother’s Day, remember to take action for moms everywhere.

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8 DE MAYO DE 2019



Se propaga un hongo mortal que afecta al banano debido al cambio climático

No son los únicos cultivos amenazados.



Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
El cambio climático está disminuyendo la producción agrícola en todo el mundo, poniendo en peligro la disponibilidad de alimentos en el proceso. Las Naciones Unidas instan a los países a invertir en economías sostenibles para promover la alimentación y la seguridad en las próximas décadas. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre temas relacionados aquí.

De acuerdo con un nuevo estudio publicado en la revista científica Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society B, el cambio climático hace que sea más difícil cultivar bananas, poniendo en peligro una industria de $8 mil millones y una fruta que se ha convertido en una parte indispensable de las dietas en todo el mundo.


Los bananos están siendo amenazados por una enfermedad fúngica llamada Sigatoka negra, que puede reducir el rendimiento de un árbol infectado hasta en un 80%, según publica CNN. La infección funciona matando las hojas de un plátano.


Desde la década de 1960, el riesgo del hongo ha aumentado en una media del 44.2% en América Latina y el Caribe debido al aumento de las temperaturas y a las condiciones más húmedas, dos factores empeorados por el cambio climático.


En los próximos años, los investigadores esperan que los rendimientos de los bananos se desplomen aún más a medida que la Sigatoka Negra ataca a un mayor número de árboles y se propaga a nuevas regiones.


Otras enfermedades, incluida la enfermedad de Panamá, que estuvo a punto de exterminar la producción de banano en América Latina, están reapareciendo en otras partes del mundo, incluso en toda Asia.


El aumento de esta infección ha provocado que los productores de bananos inviertan fuertemente en fungicidas, lo que genera que pueda aumentar el precio de los bananos en las tiendas de comestibles. Agregar fungicidas también evita que la producción de banano sea etiquetada como "orgánica", que se ha vuelto más demandada en los últimos años.


Los bananos no son los únicos cultivos amenazados por el cambio climático. En todo el mundo, el aumento de las temperaturas, el aumento del nivel del mar, las sequías, las precipitaciones extremas y las tormentas extremas están limitando la producción agrícola.

Se espera que los productores de cultivos de lujo como el chocolate se queden sin tierras adecuadas y en condiciones ideales en las próximas décadas. Los agricultores en el sudeste de Asia han visto arruinadas sus plantaciones de arroz por la intrusión de agua salada; y el ciclón Idai, una tormenta inusualmente poderosa que recientemente azotó el sur de África, destruyó millones de acres de tierras agrícolas.

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Además, el aumento de las temperaturas significa que las plagas tendrán una mayor vida útil estacional para destruir los cultivos.


Sin embargo, hay intervenciones que resultan efectivas.


En áreas que son propensas a las sequías, inundaciones y tormentas, los agricultores pueden plantar árboles que estabilicen el suelo y protejan los cultivos. Promover la reforestación en lugar de la deforestación también puede regenerar los ciclos de precipitación, reparar los ecosistemas que mantienen a las plagas bajo control y mejorar la viabilidad a largo plazo de las fuentes de agua.


Finalmente, practicar una forma holística de agricultura que implique plantar cultivos múltiples y complementarios en lugar de un solo monocultivo, y rotar las tierras de cultivo a lo largo de las temporadas para permitir que las tierras cosechadas previamente se repongan antes de ser reconstruidas, puede hacer mucho para mejorar el rendimiento de los cultivos


Los plátanos, en particular, podrían beneficiarse de mirar hacia el pasado. Históricamente, había miles de especies de bananos con todo tipo de características. Hoy en día, la variedad "cavendish" representa el 47% de todos los bananos producidos. Al sembrar y cultivar diferentes tipos de bananos, los agricultores pueden encontrar variedades que sean resistentes a algunas de las enfermedades que afectan a sus árboles.

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JAN. 8, 2019



Women in India Can Finally Hike Sacred Peak — But There Are New Concerns

Safety is a growing issue.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Gender discrimination threatens women’s safety all around the world. Women were recently granted access to a sacred mountain peak in the Kerala state, but religious opposition still poses a challenge. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

Women are finally permitted to hike to Agasthyarkoodam, the second highest peak in India’s Kerala state, but safety is a growing concern, the Independent reports

Officials said women rushed to sign up for hiking permits when bookings for the January-March season opened up on Saturday. In the wake of the violent responses to women recently being allowed in Kerala’s Sabarimala Hindu temple, the forest department has upped security on the trail but isn’t doing much else to offer protection.

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"In case permission is being granted for trekking in the year 2019, it is made clear that restrictions shall not be imposed only on the ground of the gender of the trekker," the Kerala High Court stated

In November, after women’s organizations filed a petition against the discriminatory regulation, the state forest department lifted a long ban on women trekking to the UNESCO heritage site. 

For decades, women had been informally banned from the mountain honoring the celibate god Agastya ‚— until 2016, when the forest department enforced the ban by not granting women hiking permits. The religious Kani community residing in the state argued women would interfere with their worship rights. Forest authorities claimed the three-day hike was too difficult for them. 


After #SabarimalaTemple, another no-go zone is set for women entry. Women can take part in the trek to Agasthyarkoodam. Though women above 14 were allowed to trek, the Kani tribe opposed it claiming they have been worshipping Agastya Muni there and women can't go near the idol.


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Between 1972 and 2018, women also couldn’t enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple honoring the celibate Hindu god Lord Ayyappa. It is believed women of menstruating age disrespect his celibacy. Some religious leaders also view women who menstruate as unclean and impure, while others think the temple’s energy could threaten women’s health. 

Now officials fear local tribesman could attack women on their way to Agasthyarkoodam, based on the violent protests that broke out after the first two women entered Sabarimala on Jan 1. after months of opposition stopped others from entering safely. The following day, as many as 5 millionwomen formed a 380-mile human chain in solidarity as a symbol of gender equality. 

While the forest department is now letting women access the peak, they are not adding any facilities, like bathrooms, to protect them.

Despite the security efforts, the department said there will be “no special consideration for women trekkers.”

In India, gender-based discrimination extends beyond Kerala — it has made the country the world’s most dangerous for women, according to a 2018 poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


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5 incredible female entrepreneurs you need to know

5 incredible female entrepreneurs you need to know

24 September 2018 11:50AM UTC | By: EMILY MILLER


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It’s not easy being a female entrepreneur anywhere in the world. But for women and girls living in countries where they’re denied the freedom to control their own finances it’s even harder to build a successful business.

We know how vital women’s economic empowerment is. When women and girls control their finances, it doesn’t only change their lives, it can change their communities, countries, and the world for the better. If gender gaps in work and society were narrowed, global GDP would increase by at least $12 trillion by 2025! How is that for amazing?

That’s why we’re taking the time to celebrate some of our favorite female entrepreneurs who are living the slogan “empowered women, empower women” and bringing gender gaps to a close:

1. Ellen Chilemba

At just 18, Ellen Chilemba founded Tiwale Community Based Organization — an organization empowering women and girls across Malawi with business and leadership skills. The Tiwale team has trained over 150 women and helped 40 start their own businesses! Ellen’s dedication to women’s economic empowerment hasn’t gone unnoticed. She’s been featured in Glamour, Forbes, and even “Humans of New York”.

2. Victoria Awine


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“I have worked in a cocoa plantation in Sefwi for as long as I can remember,” says Victoria Awine, a cocoa farmer in Ghana. This cocoa entrepreneur has owned and operated her own farm on 3 hectacres of land since 1980. But in 2014, Victoria enrolled in the Cargill Cocoa Promise — a program that provides female farmers access to training, financial services, and other key resources. Victoria’s crops have increased production threefold since her enrollment and the extra income is helping her support her four children!

3. Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper

Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper is an entrepreneur in Liberia’s fashion industry. (Courtesy of Myeonway Designs.)

Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper is an entrepreneur in Liberia’s fashion industry. (Courtesy of Myeonway Designs.)

Wilhelmina is a Liberian fashion entrepreneur who did something few women in her community do — started her own pop-up shop. After launching Myeonway Designs, Wilhelmina realized she couldn’t afford a shop for customers to purchase her bags. So, she brought together other small business owners in the community to launch a space where they could all sell their products.

“I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by amazing women who are really impressive, who want the best for you, and the best for themselves and this country,” Wilhelmina says. Despite facing many challenges, she has grown her pop-up enterprise from 9 vendors to 50!

4. Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto


Reyna dreamed of being a doctor when she was a girl in Honduras, but lack of access to higher education kept her from achieving her dream – but she didn’t let that stop her. With help from Nourishing the Future, a partnership between CARE and Cargill, Reyna mastered entrepreneurial skills to build a new future for herself and her family. Now, she is selling corn to businesses in her community and even putting her new skills to work helping empower other women with the knowledge they need to thrive!

“I feel very motivated and satisfied with what I’ve learned. I’m training as a micro-entrepreneurial leader in issues such as women’s leadership, accounting, business ideas, and food security.”

5. Sylvie Isimbi and Freedah Nyirahakiziyaremye

“Internet is everything for us,” says Sylvie, the store manager of Turikumwe Art Center. Using social media, Sylvie is bring attention and attracting new customers to the shop’s handmade clothing. More than 70 single mothers are benefiting from Sylvie’s social media advertising, including Freedah. The skyrocketing sales have helped Freedah afford her children’s school fees and save money to build her own home!

If you believe female entrepreneurs can change the world, add your name to our Poverty Is Sexist open letter.

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RTÉ News2Day reports on this morning's good news that Music Generation is coming to Kerry, Kildare, Longford, Meath and Tipperary!

Huge thanks to the staff and fifth class students at DSP40 for taking time out of their ukulele lesson to share their musical experiences so far.

This latest phase of expansion for Music Generation, as part of the CreativeIrl Programme, is made possible through invaluable funding support from the Department of Education & Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Thanks to all our partners incl. U2 and The Ireland Funds for making music education happen for these and so many other children and young people in Ireland!

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Music Generation announces expansion into five new areas of Ireland!

Music Generation announces expansion into five new areas of Ireland!

Kerry, Kildare, Longford, Meath and Tipperary have been announced as the next five counties to join the Music Generation programme.

As part of Music Generation, each of the five new areas will receive funding to create access to affordable performance music education for children and young people in their communities. Minister for Education and Skills Joe Mc Hugh T.D. welcomed this next big step on Music Generation’s road to nationwide expansion by 2022. The new Music Generation counties will begin with the recruitment of Music Generation Development Officers in each area, who will then undertake a focussed period of planning for local implementation of the programme.

Minister McHugh said: ‘Giving our young people access to high quality musical education is a key element of Creative Youth, part of the Government’s Creative Ireland plan.

‘Music and the arts inspire us all and Music Generation is having enormous impacts in communities, with young people having instrument, ensemble, voice and choral experiences that simply wouldn’t be possible without this programme.

‘It is a fantastic chance to instil a love of music and a lifelong skill and passion or awaken a hidden talent in our young people. I am delighted that today’s announcement brings us even closer to our goal of giving children in every county access to this opportunity.’

Music Generation projects are benefitting from €3.485 million funding from the Department of Education and Skills in 2019.

Minister McHugh said: ‘I would like to congratulate the education and training boards, local authorities and many other partners in Kerry, Kildare, Longford, Meath and Tipperary that have made their own commitment to supporting the implementation of Music Generation within their counties. We look forward to seeing the programmes evolve and to hearing the joy and creativity of budding young musicians in these counties over the coming months.’

Responding to the news, U2’s The Edge said: 'Every milestone reached on this journey is a source of great pride for the band as well as everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen. With this latest announcement, the finish line is firmly in sight and our dream of an accessible music education for every young person in Ireland is getting ever closer. We are beyond excited.'

Music Generation was originally co-funded with philanthropic donations from U2 and The Ireland Funds, supported by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, along with funding from local partners.

Its first two phases, from 2010 and 2017, saw the programme expand into 20 areas, creating more than 48,500 opportunities every year for young musicians to engage in inspiring musical experiences with 400 professional musician educators. During this time, the programme also received the invaluable funding support of the Department of Education and Skills.

Locally, Music Generation programmes are managed by Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) – groups of organisations and individuals that come together under the leadership of education and training boards and local authorities to offer young people the choice of access and chance to participate in music.

News of this latest phase of expansion follows the announcement of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. in December 2017 of Government’s commitment to support the roll-out of Music Generation to all remaining areas of the country by 2022, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Minister McHugh said: ‘This is a significant milestone for the organisation in achieving its vision, to enable access to music tuition for all children and young people, regardless of circumstance.’

Announcement of the five new counties was made as part of Creative Youth – a Creative Ireland Programme plan to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. Under the plan, the areas will be funded through the Department of Education and Skills to establish the programme within their county. This funding will be matched on a 50/50 basis by money raised locally by the LMEP, ensuring long-term sustainability into the future.

Caitríona Fottrell, Vice President and Director of The Ireland Funds, commented: ‘That Music Generation continues to flourish is a testament to what can be achieved through meaningful public-philanthropic partnership-working. I would like to particularly acknowledge the commitment of our government partners in the Department of Education and Skills who have backed this fantastic initiative for the long-term and who are now supporting it to grow nationally, in addition to the local partners in new and existing areas whose on-the-ground leadership is vital to the programme’s success. We’re thrilled that five more counties will now have an opportunity to experience the same inspiring outcomes that we’ve witnessed for so many of the children and young people participating in Music Generation so far.’

Rosaleen Molloy, National Director of Music Generation, said: ‘This is a hugely significant moment for Music Generation. To be able to announce the programme in a further five counties is a testament to what can be achieved through committed, strategic partnership working between Government, philanthropy and local partners. This is all part of the vision of our parent company Music Network, for a publicly supported national system of local music education services. I look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to advance the music education movement in Ireland and creating access to transformative musical opportunities for children and young people.’

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MAY 14, 2019



Adventurer Finds Plastic Bags After Diving to Deepest Part of the Ocean

Now his team will check if the animals they collected contain microplastics.

Why Global CItizens Should Care
Plastic waste has become an urgent ecological crisis, threatening ocean and land animals. The United Nations campaigns for countries to cut down on plastic production and do a better job at managing plastic waste. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

After scaling the Earth’s tallest peaks, adventurer Victor Vescovo turned his attention to the deepest points of the oceans as part of a globe-spanning feat of endurance and daring.

But what he found when he made it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest marine environment, surprised even him.

There, floating in the pitch-black abyss 36,000 feet below the surface, were pieces of plastic — including plastic bags and food wrappers, according to the BBC

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Vescovo also found animals in the trench, some of which were collected for further analysis. Scientists will open up their guts to see if they had consumed ocean plastic.

"It was very disappointing to see obvious human contamination of the deepest point in the ocean," Vescovo told the New York Times.

The trip was made possible by a vessel created by Triton Submarines that can withstand extreme amounts of pressure. If a person were transported to the Mariana Trench, which is located in the western Pacific Ocean, the pressure, equivalent to 50 jumbo jets stacked on top of each other, would crush them.

Vescovo plans to take the submarine to the Molloy Deep, the deepest section of the Arctic Ocean, in August, which will be the final challenge of his gauntlet.


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A U.S. diver broke the record for completing the deepest ocean dive ever. Victor Vescovo went down 6.8 miles in the Pacific’s Mariana Trench — the deepest place on the planet.

He found garbage.



Read More: Every Marine Animal Studied in This Report Contained Microplastics

The latest dive was intended to demonstrate the limits of human endurance and ingenuity, only the third time a human had ever dove to such depths, but it’s become overshadowed by the pervasive nature of plastic pollution.

This isn’t the first time that scientists have found plastic in the Mariana Trench either.

A study published earlier this year found that every animal extracted from the trench had consumed microplastics. Another group of researchers recorded a plastic bag in the Mariana Trench in 2018.

Other studies have shown how plastic has contaminated other remote environments. Scientists have found microplastic encased in Arctic Ice and blanketing the Pyrenees Mountains.

Read More: The Average Person Eats 70,000 Microplastics Each Year

Even Mountain Everest holds more than 22,000 pounds of waste.

Scientists are beginning to suss out the health consequences of plastic waste, but preliminary research on animals shows dires results. Turtles, for example, become 20% more likely to die after ingesting a single piece of plastic, and whales have been found emaciated and vomiting blood with dozens of pounds of plastic waste in their guts.

As awareness of plastic’s negative impact spreads, countries are beginning to take action.

More than 60 countries have banned certain types of plastic, and the United Nations recently oversaw the formation of a global pact meant to fight ocean plastic waste.

The discovery of more plastic waste in the Mariana Trench could spur even greater efforts toward sustainability.

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Bill Nye Curses Out Climate Deniers in Latest Call to Action

“You’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis.”

Why Global CItizen Should Care
The UN warns that the world has less than 11 years to bring greenhouse gas emissions to around zero to avoid catastrophic environmental consequences. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

Since switching from PBS to Netflix, Bill Nye the Science Guy has abandoned his PG, kids-friendly setting.

And on May 12, he shed any remaining vestiges of propriety when he appeared on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for a profanity-filled rant about climate change.

“By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another 4 to 8 degrees,” Nye said, while using a blowtorch on a globe. “What I’m saying is the planet is on fucking fire.”

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“There are a lot of things we could do to put it out,” he continued. “Are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing’s free, you idiots. Grow the fuck up. You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherfuckers.”



bill nye just grounded me and sent me to my room and i can’t come out until i make the planet stop melting



Nye joined John Oliver for a segment on the Green New Deal, an ambitious environmental and anti-poverty proposal by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen Ed Markey (D-MA).

The episode explores the threat of climate change and the mounting risk of political inaction.

Nye has become increasingly combative in recent years as he tries to get people to take climate change seriously. He’s criticized US President Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, shut down a climate denier on CNN, and uses his Netflix series to make impassioned pleas about protecting the environment.

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The celebrity scientist is merely channeling the scientific consensus. Over the past year, reports have warned that human-caused climate change could warm the planet up to 7 degrees Fahrenheit, push 1 million animal and plant species to extinction, and make the planet uninhabitable for most of humanity.

The UN warns that countries have less than 11 years to essentially become carbon neutral to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

Otherwise, Nye’s blowtorch to the globe stunt could come true.

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