The Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, brings to light some uncomfortable truths about the commercial fishing industry, and as a result, it has ignited roaring debates.
The environment is much more important than a PR stunt aimed at economic growth. Greenwashing is a term that you or I may recognise, but is something your grandparents, or even your parents, would not necessarily understand. I never quite realised how deep-rooted this lack of knowledge was until I expressed my concern about greenwashing to my father. He did not recognise the term…neither did my mother. This was particularly perplexing as I do consider both of my parents to be climate literate, or at least I did.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been causing havoc around the world, while vaccines provide glimmers of hope for a better future. Nevertheless, for mass vaccination to be rapid and consistent, good organisation is crucial.
The prevalence of social media amongst the youth is nothing new. As of last year, almost 80% of young British people have a YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, or Facebook account. As we enter the second year of a pandemic that has all but killed off in-person socialising, the influence of networking apps is more staggering than ever.
According to the UN population fund, as a result of Covid-19, there will be seven million more unintended pregnancies, two million more Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) cases, and 13 million more child marriages.
University is often sold to prospective students as an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and to broaden our horizons; an exciting, somewhat utopian, possibility. However, the reality is often a culture shock upon realising the extent of other people’s charmed lives and the close-minded prejudice that comes with it.
This past September, the University of Ottawa suspended a professor for saying the n-word in class following a student’s complaint. Professor Lieutenant-Duval used this racial slur as an example of words certain communities have reclaimed. Her paid administrative suspension lasted one business day.
On Tokyo’s streets, colorful banners which anticipated the 2020 Olympics still hang on neighborhood street lamps. The quadrennial games have been set back until summer 2021, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expressed, at his conference on Thursday, that preparations are still underway. However, with public skepticism and the potential for cancellation, the banners meant to signal a year of economic and cultural prosperity now serve as ironic reminders of the pandemic’s pressure on Japan’s economic and medical infrastructure.
110 containers of toxic electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) were discovered at Malaysia’s port, Tanjung Pelepas, in June 2020. According to the local news, it was “the biggest shipment of illegal toxic waste” transiting through Malaysia until now.
Kamal, a second-generation British Yemeni whose father came to the UK in 1958, reminds us that the world has forgotten about “the daily struggles of the Yemeni people who are surviving miraculously… that struggle is genuine, it’s real.”