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FEB. 14, 2020



Antarctica Reaches Highest Temperature Ever Recorded

The region is rapidly becoming inhospitable to various species.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
As climate change intensifies, the warming of Antarctica acts as an early warning sign for broader disaster. The United Nations’ Global Goal 13 urges countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions to protect the integrity of the polar region. You can join us in taking action on related issues here

Antarctica soared to 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit) on Feb. 9, marking the first time the region has surpassed 20 degrees Celsius, according to the Guardian.

A team of Brazilian scientists took the reading on Seymour Island, off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The temperature record, which still has to be confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, shatters that previous record on the continental Antarctic peninsula, set just days earlier on Feb. 6. 

While anomalous, the readings fit into a larger pattern of the frigid Antarctic transforming into a balmier region. The polar area’s temperature has increased by 3 degrees Celsius since the pre-industrial age, a rate of warming that’s twice as fast as the rest of the world. 

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The record-setting temperatures show how the area’s warming could be accelerating as climate change intensifies. 

As Antarctica warms, it's losing a massive amount of ice. Between 2014 and 2017, sea ice four times as large as France broke off and melted into the ocean. 

Antarctica holds 70% of the world’s freshwater in its ice caps, and if all caps were to melt, sea levels could rise by 50 to 60 meters. At current rates of ice melt, global sea levels are expected to rise by 1.1 meters by 2100, which includes water from Greenland and the Arctic, which are similarly being scorched by record temperatures.

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The rising temperatures threaten to unravel ecosystems that developed over centuries or millennia. Countless animal and plant species are being disrupted. Krill, the foundation of the region’s food chain, rely on the ice for protection as they mature. The melting sea ice deprives them of this shield and allows predators to devour them for a wider period of time each year, causing annual krill levels to decline.

The shrinking sea ice also opens the area up to fishing boats that trawl the waters to harvest krill populations

Polar bears are starving as the shrinking ice prevents them from reaching their prey, chinstrap penguins are having trouble breeding amid the changing conditions, and whales are struggling to find enough food

The warming of the world’s polar regions affects the rest of the planet by disrupting precipitation levels, influencing the intensity of storms, and the accelerating climate change. As permafrost melts, for instance, frozen greenhouse gas emissions are being released into the atmosphere.

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FEB. 19, 2020



Women Entrepreneurs Could Single-Handedly Lower India’s Unemployment Rate

They have the potential to provide 170 million jobs by 2030.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Over 163 million women own businesses worldwide and, with more support, they could help reduce poverty globally. Empowering women to be active participants in the economy builds healthier, better-educated societies. You can join us and take action on this issue here

Reducing India’s high unemployment rate may be in the hands of female entrepreneurs, according to a report released on Tuesday.

India’s unemployment rate stood at 6.1% in the 2018 fiscal year — the highest it has been in 45 years. But empowering women to open and scale businesses can employ up to 170 million people by 2030, according to a joint report by global management consulting firm Bain & Company and Google.

Women own 20% of all businesses in India, and already directly employ 27 million people, the report, ‘Powering the Economy With Her,’ said. By focusing on female entrepreneurs, direct employment will increase by 50 to 60 million people and indirect and induced employment will increase by 100 to 110 million people by 2030 — 25% of the new jobs required for the entire working-age population.

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Investing in women-owned businesses is proving to reap many benefits for all in India. For starters, their businesses meet needs that are often neglected in the market. Women entrepreneurship also boosts economic stability and social growth by promoting better reproductive choices, higher education, and well-being for families, according to the report. 

Women who are entrepreneurs are more likely to stay in the workforce because they have more “financial independence, autonomy, and control.”

“About 59% of women believe working for themselves reduces their dependence on a spouse or family, while 46% view it as a means to break the glass ceiling,” the report said

Increasing support for female entrepreneurs worldwide could boost the economy by trillions of dollars. 

Despite the advantages of investing in women entrepreneurship, women who own their businesses are not getting ahead in India. Personal and cultural factors, access to funding, access to education, and professional support all get in the way, Megha Chawla, partner at Bain & Company, told Economic Times.

“What is very encouraging is that we are actually seeing a lot of emerging entrepreneurs that are venturing in sectors [in] which women traditionally don't go, but absolutely they should,” Chawla said.

Women in semi-urban communities are running businesses in a range of industries including retail, apparel, education, and technology. 

Read More: Backing Female Entrepreneurs Can Add Trillions to the Global Economy

While unemployment was highest among urban females in 2018, internet access is supporting entrepreneurial growth in semi-urban areas, Chawla said

Rural, non-farm, home-based businesses account for the most women-owned businesses in India, at 38%, but rural communities are often limited by lack of digitization.

Sapna Chadha, senior marketing director for Google India and Southeast Asia, told Economic Times there must be more investment in providing digital access to rural areas where financial and social barriers stop women entrepreneurs from going after their goals.

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FEB. 19, 2020



6 Times Billie Eilish Spoke Out Against the Climate Crisis

First Billie Eilish came for the GRAMMYs. Then she conquered the BRITs. Next stop: climate change!

Why Global Citizens Should Care
The UN’s Global Goals include Goal 12 for responsible consumption and production, and Goal 13 for climate action. In order to avoid ecological catastrophe, we must call out the powerful polluters and find a more sustainable way of living — something Global Goal Live star Billie Eilish has already been doing for years. Join the movement by taking environmental action here.

The world belongs to Billie Eilish now.

We know it to be true: the Grammys, the BRITs, every teen bopper and their mum across America — all now kneel to one unstoppable 18-year-old from California with a penchant for neon.

And yet, in all her benevolence, all she really wants is for the world to belong to its people instead.

Enter Reward: Earn Tickets to See Billie Eilish on Her European Tour

She’s one of the biggest pop stars on the planet — and from her music videos to her television interviews, she has consistently used her incredible platform to speak out against the climate crisis.

That’s why Eilish has partnered with Global Citizen: meaning that you can earn free tickets to her sold out world tour by joining our movement of engaged activists to take environmental action.

Eilish will also be a part of Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream  our 2020 campaign, in partnership with Teneo. Global Goal Live is the largest cause campaign in history, seeking to rally the world to push for commitments to close the annual funding gap that’s needed to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet.

On Sep. 26, Global Citizen will host simultaneous music festivals in eight cities across four continents to drive action to fight climate change and end extreme poverty by 2030.

To celebrate, here are some moments when Eilish spoke out against the climate crisis.

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1. Her world tour is going green.

The 1975 are putting on a sustainable show in London powered by vegetable oil — and will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Massive Attack are working with academics to map out an industry-wide eco-friendly alternative to touring; while Coldplay have stopped touring altogether until they can find a way to actively help the planet with shows instead of harming it.

Eilish is firmly on the same team: her world tour is taking a serious look at its approaches to plastic and recycling — and partnering with an organisation that will host an “eco-village” at every venue for fans to learn about the part they can play in taking action on the climate crisis.

”We’re actually bringing someone from Reverb, this company that basically specialises in the best and most healthy and green ways to do everything,” she told Jimmy Fallon on the The Tonight Show.

“So there’s no plastic straws allowed, the fans are going to bring their own water bottles, there’s going to be recycle cans everywhere, because it’s like, if something’s recyclable, it doesn’t matter unless there’s a recycle bin,” she added.


2. She’s a vegan

Eilish spent most of her life as a vegetarian before deciding to embrace veganism fully in 2014.

Although she struggled to maintain her diet when she first started touring, the star recently said that things have started to shift. She told Variety that it’s a “really good time to be vegan in life” now because there’s so many options out there.

It’s good timing for the planet too: in fact, it’s the single best way you can help the planet, according to a study in Science. It argues that if everyone stopped eating meat and dairy — which takes up 83% of global farmland — it would allow ecosystems around the world to recover from deforestation and other forms of harm.

"I don't eat it [meat] because I have my own reasons for not eating it, and I have my own beliefs, and I have my own feelings of wanting to save animals and save the planet and whatever,” she reportedly told Dutch radio station 3FM in August 2019 “I'm not gonna force anybody to do that because I wouldn't want them to force me. But that doesn't mean I'm not gonna try to make the world a better place.”


A note from Billie: “TICK TOCK! our time is running out. the climate crisis is very real. we need to speak up and demand that our leaders take action. #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture @greenpeace @gretathunberg

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3. She speaks out in interviews.

Billie Eilish has more Instagram followers than there are people in Kenya.

So when she speaks out, you bet her millions of fans worldwide are going to listen. Eilish has been shouting about the threat of ecological collapse for a while now, whether on social media, in television interviews, or in the press. Her voice is cutting through.

"Hopefully the adults and the old people start listening to us so that we don't all die,” she told NME in December last year. “Old people are gonna die and don't really care if we die, but we don't wanna die yet.” 

In that same interview, she said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg — just a year younger than Eilish — was “paving the way” for the rest of the world. She turned  her words into action too, marching alongside Thunberg and 1,000 other young people near where she grew up in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 1 last year.


4. She posted a viral video calling for direct action.

On Sept. 28, 2019, Eilish posted nothing more than a hashtag and a video across her social media channels — and suddenly it felt like the whole internet was talking about the climate crisis.

It happened just before she went on Saturday Night Live (SNL): Eilish recorded a video with Hollywood star Woody Harrelson that went on to accumulate over 40 million views across, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Eilish and Harrelson urged people to follow organisations like Greenpeace and Fridays for Future; think about changing their own diet and personal consumption habits; vote for leaders who listen to climate science; and join Greta Thunberg to take to the streets and demand action.

“Our Earth is warming up and our oceans are rising,” Eilish said. “Extreme weather is wrecking millions of lives.” Harrelson added: “After all, it’s the only home we’ll ever have.”

5. Her music makes a powerful point.

It starts with wings bursting graphically from her shoulder blades, before Eilish crashes through the sky and falls through clouds into a pool of black, sticky tar. All around her, trees are on fire.

The music video for “all the good girls go to hell” is a striking metaphor for a planet that’s fallen into disrepair. It included a note from Eilish in the description urging people to join the global climate strikes on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, 2019, around last year’s Climate Action Summit. 

“Our Earth is warming up at an unprecedented rate, icecaps are melting, our oceans are rising, our wildlife is being poisoned, and our forests are burning,” she wrote underneath the film on YouTube.

“You know I’m not your friend without some greenery,” she quips in the track. Her social circle appears wide — the video has been viewed a mammoth 113 million times.


6. She’s giving away free gig tickets.

On Nov. 8, Eilish posted in support of our campaigning against the climate crisis — offering free tickets to her US tour if you took action to save the planet.

Now, she’s given her fans the chance to earn tickets to her European tour too: all you have to do is join the Global Citizen movement via this link and you’ll be entered into the draw to win.

“I did not want you guys to have to buy tickets from scalpers, and I know you all still really want to come to the shows,” she said in the video. “So I teamed up with a great organisation called Global Citizen to come up with a way to earn tickets to the Where Do We Go tour.”


Take action for a more sustainable world with @GlblCtzn and win tickets to see Billie on the sold-out WHERE DO WE GO? WORLD TOUR. https://bit.ly/2PWJu5z 


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FEB. 19, 2020



This New Climate Change Game Lets Users Influence Lawmakers

Users will be able to vote on their preferred climate solutions.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
The Paris climate agreement urges countries to prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  Beyond 1.5 degrees, global warming will lead to significantly more human suffering, which will disproportionately affect the world’s poor and those in developing nations. You can join us in taking action on this and related issues here.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a new mobile game called Mission 1.5 that is intended to educate global citizens about climate change and let them vote on possible solutions.

Mission 1.5 will be promoted through advertisements in some of the world’s most popular video games, with the intention of reaching an audience not generally involved in climate discussions, the UNDP said in a press release.

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"We have the ability with this campaign to connect millions of people with their governments in an innovative two-way discussion on solutions to the climate crisis," UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said in the statement.

The game takes players through the different sectors of the economy that are contributing the most to climate change, such as transportation, energy, and agriculture. It also introduces them to ways to reduce gas emissions, such as by improving urban planning and transportation, using renewable energy sources, and eating plant-based diets.

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The votes on solutions that players make will be analyzed by researchers at the University of Oxford, who will deliver the data to government leaders and climate policymakers.

"People often feel disconnected from the leaders that must make urgent decisions on the climate crisis," Cassie Flynn, the UNDP climate change advisor, said, according to UN News.

"Mission 1.5 is a way to help people understand climate solutions and make their voices heard," she added. "In many ways, it is the People’s Climate Vote."

Screen Shot 2020-02-19 at 1.27.33 PM.pngScreenshot of the Mission 1.5 game

The hope is for the game to give 20 million people a chance to vote on climate issues, according to the UN.

The game was launched on Feb. 13, after being beta-tested last September, with over 1 million players voting. It can be found online at mission1point5.org.

The name Mission 1.5 refers to the pledge to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the target set by the Paris climate agreement.

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Going past 1.5 degrees of warming could subject 1.7 billion more people to extreme heat waves at least once every five years, introduce hundreds of millions of people to climate-related risks and poverty, and cause sea levels to rise another four inches, according to the Climate Reality Project.

However, meeting this goal would require widespread changes to society, and the world is currently “nowhere near” reaching this goal.

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FEB. 19, 2020



Teachers in Ghana Exposed in ‘Sex for Grades’ Documentary Finally Suspended

The film exposed teachers that were sexually harassing students.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Women and girls around the world face various forms of gender-based violence. To end poverty by 2030, we must prevent sexual abuse in the workplace and in schools. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

Two teachers at the University of Ghana have been suspended following the 2019 BBC documentary Sex for Grades that revealed they had sexually harassed reporters posing as students.

The university’s disciplinary committee said in a statement released to the BBC on Monday that it had ruled that the teachers had breached the university’s code of conduct rules when they made lewd comments to students. The university suspended Ransford Gyampo for six months and Paul Butakor for four months, without pay. Both men deny the allegations made in the documentary.

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Gyampo and Butakor will be required to complete training about the university’s sexual harassment misconduct policy. They will only be allowed to return to the school if they receive a positive assessment following the training, and will receive annual assessments for the next five years, the statement said. 

In Ghana, gender-based violence and sexual abuse are not limited to college campuses. Studies found that 14% of girls are victims of sexual abuse and 52% have experienced violence. 

The University of Ghana suspends two lecturers for various periods without salary after 'sex-for-grades' film.

Professor Ransford Gyampo (L) and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor deny wrongdoing pic.twitter.com/KZNKNW0fmm

— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) February 18, 2020

The teachers’ suspension has received mixed reactions from residents of Accra, where the University of Ghana is located. 

One woman told the BBC that the short-term punishment “makes the whole investigation a joke.” Another man felt differently and said the university’s action will empower other students to speak out against harassment. 

A Nigerian teacher was also suspended after Sex for Grades aired in October. The Nigerian Senate debated a bill reintroduced in response to the BBC’s investigation on Monday, which would make it illegal for professors to make any advances towards students. Currently, there are few laws that prohibit sexual harassment in the country and some states only have regulations within tertiary schools.

Read More: Revealing Documentary Prompts Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill in Nigeria

Ghanian activists are hopeful that the outrage sparked by the BBC’s expose will encourage more survivors to speak out.

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It’s time for EU leaders to act

20 February 2020 8:00AM UTC | By: ONE


Tell EU leaders: Choose a future free from extreme poverty

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EU leaders are entering an intense period of negotiations about the European Union’s next seven-year budget. Their decisions will have significant and wide-reaching impacts on people and our planet.

The agreement our leaders will reach on the EU’s long-term budget will determine whether citizens’ aspirations and expectations on ending extreme poverty and inequality and tackling climate change are met or not; without sufficient funds allocated to these issues, it won’t be possible to deliver the future we want.

The clock is ticking. The EU’s Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn has told EU leaders that they are running out of time to find an agreement. After more than 700 days of negotiations, we’ve had enough of buzzwords. It’s time for our leaders to act.


We keep hearing EU leaders say that we need a budget “in line with citizens’ expectations” — but the deal on the table lacks the ambition required for the EU to keep its promises to end extreme poverty and inequality in 2030 and tackle the climate emergency before it’s too late. Despite the fact that 7 in 10 Europeans want tackling poverty in developing countries to be one of the main priorities of the EU, development aid is rarely mentioned by leaders.


We also hear leaders saying that they want a “future-proof budget” — a deal that will stand the test of time. An ambitious EU aid budget is the best investment in our common future that leaders can make; if Europe’s partners succeed, Europe will succeed. But again, we’re not seeing action that matches the rhetoric.

With the right level of investment, more than 1 million children would benefit from quality basic education, 4.5 million women would access reproductive healthcare, and 5.5 million children would receive life-saving vaccines every year for the next seven years, according to ONE’s analysis. Instead, leaders are discussing proposals that would cut investment in development aid.

As the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stated: “citizens will not understand if decision makers fail to make the funding available for policies needed”.

For the EU to keep its promises, leaders need to agree to increase EU aid to €140 billion in the next long-term budget. We need real ambition, not platitudes, if we are to tackle the greatest challenges of our generation. This budget holds the key to Europe’s future. Will EU leaders listen to citizens and #DeliverForTheFuture of the planet and its people?

Add your name below to tell EU leaders this is their ONE chance to build a future where everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

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The decisions you make now will shape all our futures. Help build a more prosperous future for everyone by increasing EU aid, and focusing it on the people and countries that need it most.

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We’re at a critical moment in the fight to end AIDS. We’re looking for the world’s most creative, energetic, and innovative people to join us in bringing an end to this preventable, treatable disease once and for all.

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We’re a small team of 25 people in NYC who bring (RED)’s mission and vision to life. We do this by creating stand-out partnerships with many of the world’s top companies, and by bringing to life two major campaigns each year to drive money and awareness for the AIDS fight. 

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NOV. 25, 2019



Can Health Defeat Poverty?

Simple advances can make life better for 3 billion people.

Nothing on earth affects the health of so many people as extreme poverty.

Half the world can’t afford to see a doctor, get vaccines, buy medicines, eat nutritious food, drink clean water, put a bandage on a cut, wash a wound with soap, or take antibiotics.


More people die every year from extreme poverty than from all diseases in the world combined. It’s the greatest health crisis of our time.

But what if health could overcome poverty? What if by helping people be healthier, things could change? Not just because scientists in a lab developed medicines, but because all of us developed awareness and took action?

As a proud partner of Global Citizen, Johnson and Johnson is working on solutions to some of the most pressing health issues in the world: Ebola, tuberculosis, and medicine that can protect 800 million kids from intestinal worms. 

We’ve trained over 500,000 health care workers in some of the most remote places on earth. Started clinics. Donated vaccines. And backed community programs to teach health practices as simple (and effective!) as how to wash one’s hands. There are more initiatives in the pipeline, including work on an exploratory vaccine that could prevent HIV. 


We know that the healthier people are, the more likely it is they can lift themselves out of poverty. And with even more advances, we believe health can ultimately defeat poverty.

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Opportunity: Musicians/Music Educators, Music Generation Roscommon

Opportunity: Musicians/Music Educators, Music Generation Roscommon

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Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the position of Musicians/Music Educators at Music Generation Roscommon.

Candidates must have prior experience in delivering group musical tuition to young people.

Music Generation Musicians/Music Educators will be appointed by GRETB in Roscommon and will be responsible for delivering performance music education programmes on behalf of the Roscommon Local Music Education Partnership.

Fixed Term Contract.

Application forms, job descriptions and person specifications available online at – www.galwayroscommon.etb.ie.

A panel may be formed.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms: 12.00 p.m. Friday, 13 March 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

GRETB is an equal opportunities employer.

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