Daily Archives: January 8, 2021

One Planet Summit for biodiversity


United Nations

Scheduled for Jan 11, 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, and President of the World Bank Group David Malpass, are organizing the fourth ‘One Planet Summit’ which will focus on biodiversity to mobilize commitments to protect ecosystems and make links to human health. Convened under the theme of “Let’s act together for nature!”, the Summit will bring together heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete actions to preserve and restore biodiversity, and to lead systemic transformations of economies.

Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the World Bank Group David Malpass will open the event.

The Summit programme will focus on biodiversity preservation: the protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, the promotion of agroecology, the mobilization of funding for biodiversity, and the link between deforestation, species and human health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a dramatic reminder of the importance of nature for our daily lives and economies. Biodiversity represents the natural capital of the world, yet exploitation, pollution and climate change are bringing irreversible damage to ecosystems.

Reversing this negative trend is a major challenge for the coming decade as we need to rethink our entire relationship with nature. It is a major social and economic challenge that will require a profound transformation of value chains, business models and consumption habits, as well as concerted action at all levels and by all actors.

The One Planet Summit, will be a milestone for the mobilization for nature in 2021.

The Future of American History Education: What Now?


Commonwealth Club of California

Published on Jan 8, 2021

As the Trump presidency comes to an end, many questions have been raised about its impact and legacy on a range of policy issues and priorities for the country. The future of American history education, particularly for K–12 students, is one area where the impact could be felt for years.

Responding to recent controversies such as The New York Times’s “1619 Project” and widespread calls to remove Confederate monuments, President Trump issued an executive order establishing a new “1776 Commission” to promote “patriotic education” in schools. Whether or not the Biden administration continues the commission, the focus on what should be taught about America’s founding and heritage, how constitutional issues and historical topics such as slavery should be conveyed to students, and how to teach the full and complex story of our constitutional democracy will remain a significant educational debate for years to come.

This program will look at the state of this debate from a range of perspectives and discuss the future of American history education. The program will be held on January 6, the historic constitutional day when the U.S. Congress officially counts the electoral votes from the presidential election.

About the Panelists

Jane Kamensky is Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University and the Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her most recent book, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (2016), won four prizes, including the New-York Historical Society’s Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize, and was a finalist for several others. Working with colleagues across the United States, she serves as one of the principal investigators in the NEH/ Department of Education-funded project “Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education for All Learners.”

Ian Rowe is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation and adoption. Mr. Rowe is also the cofounder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools opening in the Bronx in 2022; the chairman of the board of Spence-Chapin, a nonprofit adoption services organization; and the cofounder of the National Summer School Initiative. He concurrently serves as a senior visiting fellow at the Woodson Center and a writer for the 1776 Unites Campaign. Until July 1, 2020, Rowe was CEO of Public Prep, a nonprofit network of public charter schools based in the South Bronx and Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before joining Public Prep, he was deputy director of postsecondary success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, senior vice president of strategic partnerships and public affairs at MTV, director of strategy and performance measurement at the USA Freedom Corps office in the White House, and cofounder and president of Third Millennium Media. Mr. Rowe also joined Teach for America in its early days.

Michelle Herczog, Ed.D. is History-Social Science Coordinator III for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, responsible for providing professional development, resources and support for K–12 social studies educators throughout the 80 school districts of Los Angeles County. She currently serves on the Power of Democracy Steering Committee and completed service on the California Task Force on K–12 Civic Learning. Dr. Herczog has also served as vice-chair of the California Instructional Quality Commission for the California State Board of Education, president of the National Council for the Social Studies, and president of California Council for the Social Studies. As a member of the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction (SSACI) Committee of the Council of Chief State School Officers, she helped develop the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards published by the National Council for the Social Studies.

President Trump concedes, condemns supporters who rioted

ABC News

Jan 7, 2021

In a Twitter video, President Donald Trump conceded to President-elect Joe Biden and condemned the violent supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday.

Rep. Maxine Waters calls to ‘hold this president accountable’

ABC News

Jan 7, 2021

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., on what needs to happen next in response to the president’s actions, and her hour-long conversation with Capitol Hill Police ahead of the riots.

US breaks 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours for 1st time l GMA

ABC News

Jan 8, 2021

The United States hit the grim milestone as hospitals begin to buckle over an influx in cases and the new variant becomes present in eight states.

Woman shot inside the Capitol has been identified

ABC News

Jan 7, 2021

Four people are dead after yesterday’s siege, according to Capitol Police.

Members of Trump’s cabinet discuss invoking 25th Amendment

ABC News
Jan 7, 2021

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Several Democratic lawmakers called for the impeachment and removal of President Trump who is increasingly isolated as staffers abandon him.

How the new administration could investigate the Capitol riot

ABC News

Jan 7, 2021

Plus, more Republicans speak out against President Trump after his failure to condemn the siege.

FBI begins urgent search for information on Capitol rioters l GMA

ABC News

Jan 8, 2021

Authorities released images overnight from inside the government building, asking the public for help in identifying the pro-Trump supporters involved in the rampage.

Trump Announces He Will Not Attend Biden’s Inauguration | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jan 8, 2021

President Trump has announced via tweet that he will not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports on the significance of this decision. Aired on 1/8/2021.