Parents and grandparents are working with their children and grandchildren to forge a positive and hopeful future because the youth realizes that government policies around the world — and especially within the United States — are currently aimed at destroying their chances of survival.
Published on Feb 7, 2019
Changes to our climate and the natural world pose serious threats to our communities, our health and our planet. Yet, for decades there has been a lack of environmental reporting in local and national news. WBUR is committed to providing crucial and comprehensive coverage. Conversation with Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation Dr. John Holdren, former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. WBUR Environmental Reporter Bruce Gellerman moderates.
11 February 2019
The BBC maps the challenges facing Nigeria, Africa’s most-populous nation and largest economy, as it approaches a presidential election 20 years since the return of democracy:
Four years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated the north and south-west of the country whereas the party’s main rival, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was more popular in the south and south-east.
However, unlike in the 2015 election, when a northerner, Mr Buhari, faced a southerner, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, this time the main challenger is the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar, who is also from the north.
Analysts say the election is too difficult to call and the result is likely to be close.
The APC could suffer in the country’s Middle Belt, Benue and Nasarawa states, as there is dissatisfaction with the failure to deal with communal violence there, the BBC’s Abuja editor Aliyu Tanko says.
The APC is popular in the two states with the largest number of voters – Lagos and Kano – but there is the danger of voter apathy and a low turnout could become a problem.
Rep. Chloe Maxmin is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives.
Maxmin grew up on her family’s farm in Nobleboro and has been a community organizer for more than thirteen years. She has worked on numerous political campaigns and initiatives, focusing on combating climate change and protecting Maine’s environment.
She is a graduate of Lincoln Academy, where she started the Climate Action Club. She attended Harvard College and co-founded Divest Harvard, a campaign calling on Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels that ultimately drew 70,000 supporters. Her work has been recognized by the Maine Women’s Fund, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MPBN and more.
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By Ilana Cohen | November 5, 2018
They had been camped outside University Hall since 5 a.m. Charged with cups of Dunkin Donuts coffee, the student activists of Divest Harvard managed to block the entrance to the building for a full day of classes on March 29, 2017. The rally they staged that afternoon represented the culmination of a five-year-campaign for the divestment of the University’s $37.1 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry. With thousands of educational institutions worldwide already divesting—the number reached 8,700 in 2018—the student activists were certain that the time had come for Harvard to take action of its own.
When Harvard Management Company’s Head of Natural Resources Colin Butterfield announced a “pause” in investments in minerals, oil, and gas less than one month later, divestment seemed tangible at last. Recent graduate and Divest Harvard Co-Founder Chloe Maxmin framed the decision as part of a “profound power-shift taking hold of our country.”
But was divestment really won? Maxmin now considers her enthusiasm premature. Since Butterfield’s announcement and the graduation of Divest Harvard’s core class of activists that year, the group has existed in name only. Talk of divestment has virtually disappeared from campus despite the University’s continued ties to the fossil fuel industry. The preemptive declaration of victory, following years of administrative resistance and growing student disillusionment, marked the death of the divestment movement. However, with the arrival of a new President and freshman class, there remains hope for the movement’s revival.