The United Nations has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history. The crisis has affected nearly 1.6 billion young people, in more than 190 countries and the school closures are adversely impacting vulnerable communities the most. UN chief Antonio Guterres made an urgent call to all governments to build resilient and inclusive educational systems.
An investigation into accusations of a toxic culture at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights found that racism, sexism and homophobia were pervasive. Museum officials have apologized and committed to changing the situation for employees.
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Robert Reich is at the forefront of the progressive fight for higher worker wages, expanded health care and stronger unions. He argues that years of stagnant wages and volatile job markets show that the financial system is fixed and serving only a select few with enough money to control it.
Reich shows how wealth and power have eviscerated the middle class and undermined democracy to its core. He exposes how people at the top propagate myths about meritocracy, corporate social responsibility and the “free market” to accumulate extraordinary capital and influence.
How can we restore confidence back in our political and economic system? Join us for a conversation with Robert Reich as he calls upon Americans to instill fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.
Speakers: Robert Reich Chancellor’s Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy, University of California Berkeley; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Author, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It; Twitter @RBReich
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They’re not exactly fish, and they’re certainly not snakes that live in water. What they are – if you can get over the slithery, darting weirdness of eels – is fascinating: truly ever-changing, versatile and resilient. To discuss the remarkable characteristics of eels, Nam Kiwanuka welcomes Patrik Svensson, journalist and author of “The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World;” and Steven Cooke, professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University.
The End Of Ice And The Climate Crisis: How, Then, Shall We Live by Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption (The New Press, 2019), The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books, 2009), and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket Books, 2007). Jamail reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last 10 years, and has won the Izzy Award and the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards. His third book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with William Rivers Pitt, is available now on Amazon. He lives and works in Washington State.
From Boston to Washington, DC, levels of nitrogen dioxide, one form of air pollution, are down by roughly 30% compared with the previous five years, according to NASA satellite data. Worldwide, skies have been clearer this year. Weather plays a part, but the shutdown of most of society from COVID-19 is a major factor.
In recent weeks we’ve all been working hard to ‘flatten the curve’ and stop the spread of Covid-19 – but is there another curve we’re inadvertently flattening at the same time?
One of the by-products of the global measures imposed to curtail the virus has been a positive impact on the natural world.
Whether it’s a drastic drop in urban pollution or wildlife benefiting from improved access to food, the planet seems to have been getting a well-deserved break.
We examine some of these social-distancing side effects and ask an important question: could this be a lasting change? Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to be inspired by more topical content about the natural world! #terramatters
The River Nile. One of the world’s most ancient and legendary waterways, bringing life to otherwise inhospitable regions of Egypt. But the Nile is slowly dying, its tributaries and channels drying up and threatening the livelihoods of millions who depend on its nourishing waters.
Some of this is the natural cycle of the river – parts of the Nile have dried up before, making entire cities like ancient Meroe vanish. But a major construction project upriver is further endangering the life of the river. We explore what’s happening and look at the possible solutions to this impending tragedy.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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