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Climate crisis and a betrayed generation | Environment | The Guardian

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Fri 1 Mar 2019 07.00 EST Last modified on Fri 1 Mar 2019 07.46 EST

Activists behind recent youth-led climate protests say their views are being ignored in the debate about global warming

We, the young, are deeply concerned about our future. Humanity is currently causing the sixth mass extinction of species and the global climate system is at the brink of a catastrophic crisis. Its devastating impacts are already felt by millions of people around the globe. Yet we are far from reaching the goals of the Paris agreement.

Young people make up more than half of the global population. Our generation grew up with the climate crisis and we will have to deal with it for the rest of our lives. Despite that fact, most of us are not included in the local and global decision-making process. We are the voiceless future of humanity.

We will no longer accept this injustice. We demand justice for all past, current and future victims of the climate crisis, and so we are rising up. Thousands of us have taken to the streets in the past weeks all around the world. Now we will make our voices heard. On 15 March, we will protest on every continent.

We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis. It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world’s decision-makers’ inaction that threatens our entire civilisation. We will not accept a life in fear and devastation. We have the right to live our dreams and hopes. Climate change is already happening. People did die, are dying and will die because of it, but we can and will stop this madness.

We, the young, have started to move. We are going to change the fate of humanity, whether you like it or not. United we will rise until we see climate justice. We demand the world’s decision-makers take responsibility and solve this crisis.

You have failed us in the past. If you continue failing us in the future, we, the young people, will make change happen by ourselves. The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.
The global coordination group of the youth-led climate strike

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Michelle Obama Fact-Checked: White House ‘Was Built by Slaves’


ABC News

Published on Jul 26, 2016

Historians say that the labor force that built the White House included both enslaved and free African Americans.

China is working hard on building a social credit system: CPPCC


CGTN
Published on Mar 2, 2019

The social credit system is important for improving the socialist market economy system. There is a need for great efforts to step up education on social credit, further develop industrial standards and improve the reward and punishment systems so as to foster a healthy social climate.

CPPCC spokesperson comments on Belt and Road Initiative financing


CGTNPublished on Mar 2, 2019

Guo Weimin, spokesperson for the second session of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC, reiterated China’s stance on the Belt and Road Initiative, dismissing the claims that relevant countries may fall into a “debt trap” set by China. “It’s totally ungrounded calling the Belt and Road Initiative a ‘debt trap’,” Guo said.

From Gucci to Prada, luxury brands are being called out for ‘racist’ fashion


CBC News: The National
Published on Mar 1, 2019

As Paris Fashion Week gets in full swing, several of the luxury brands involved have raised eyebrows with designs that have racist connotations. It’s something that’s affecting the fashion industry as a whole. And while many of these incidents have caused immediate social media backlashes, the longer-term impact will take time to measure, and depend on the brands’ reaction and future sensitivity.

Four patients missing after Ebola treatment center attack in Congo

CGTN
Published on Mar 1, 2019

Authorities are searching for four Ebola patients who fled a treatment center after the latest attack by unidentified gunmen.

Big Tech Stole Our Data While Democracy Slept: Shoshana Zuboff on the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Democracy Now!   Published on Mar 1, 2019

https://democracynow.org – Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive new book that argues big tech platforms like Facebook and Google are elephant poachers, and our personal data is ivory tusks. We continue our interview with Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

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Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google W as Searching Us”

Democracy Now!   Published on Mar 1, 2019

https://democracynow.org – Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive new book that argues big tech platforms like Facebook and Google are elephant poachers, and our personal data is ivory tusks. Author Shoshana Zuboff writes in “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”: “At its core, surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self-referential. It revives Karl Marx’s old image of capitalism as a vampire that feeds on labor, but with an unexpected turn. Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of every human’s experience.”

Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein: We’re the Ones Who Will Have to Live with It


Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 1, 2019

https://democracynow.org – Youth climate activists as young as 7 years old confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. We speak with 12-year-old Rio and his sister, 10-year-old Magdalena, who were among the protesters who spoke to Senator Feinstein. They are members of Earth Guardians San Francisco Bay Area Crew.