Daily Archives: May 26, 2021

Young African Leaders Initiative Celebrates Ten Years


Published on May 26, 2021

Day 1 of the Young African Leaders Initiative kicked off on May 24th, bringing youth leaders from across Africa together with diplomats, business leaders, and academics to take a look back at the past decade’s accomplishments and a look forward at the future. Topics included climate change, leveraging trade to advance U.S. and African businesses, and peacebuilding. The all-virtual event will take place from May 24-28, 2021.

“The Climate Crisis is a National Security Threat”


Published on Oct 7, 2020

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow with the Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program. Goodman discusses how climate change has quickly become a “threat multiplier” for national security and how the U.S. military is seeking to mitigate the worst climate effects moving forward.

Your weekly dose of Mt Etna | Italian volcano keeps on spewing ash and lava


Published on May 26, 2021

Mount Etna is back to its business, which is to spew fountains of lava and to send columns of ash in the skies above. And –we have to admit– the volcano is pretty good at it!

The Liturgy of Home: Terry Tempest Williams

Harvard Divinity School

Published on Apr 18, 2018

Terry Tempest Williams, the 2017–18 Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School, delivers the 2018 Ingersoll Lecture.

She has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A conservationist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. “So here is my question,” she asks, “what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?”

Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at http://hds.harvard.edu/.

A New Study Shows Us the Single Biggest Motivation for the Jan. 6 Rioters | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

Published on May 6, 2021

A new study on the January 6 Capitol insurrection finds that of the nearly 400 rioters arrested or charged, 93% are white and 86% are male. Michel Martin speaks to the study’s principal investigator, Professor Robert Pape, to discuss these findings and some surprising revelations about the attackers and their motives.

Originally aired on May 6, 2021.

Insectageddon (On The Brink 2): Isabella Rossellini, Jay Griffiths, Terry Tempest Williams plus more

Extinction Rebellion

Streamed live on May 24, 2021

LIVE: Actress Isabella Rossellini, activist Jay Griffiths and American Actress Isabella Rossellini, activist Jay Griffiths and American author Terry Tempest Williams join leading scientists and fellow writers for On the Brink 2: Insectageddon.

World-famous actress and producer of the “green porno” environmental films Isabella Rossellini will headline a gathering of writers, activists and scientists to highlight the threat of “insectageddon” to insect species across the globe. In a pre-recorded video, Rossellini appears alongside acclaimed American nature writer Terry Tempest Williams, novelists Laline Paull and Chloe Aridjis, bee expert Professor Dave Goulson and the Natural History Museum’s senior curator and entomologist Dr Erica McAlister, in a battle to rescue insects from the brink of extinction. Also in conversation on the night are the activist and author of Why Rebel, Jay Griffiths, lifelong animal rights advocate Kim Stallwood, and Mexican filmmaker and screenwriter Eva Aridjis. The poet Daisy Lafarge will share new work inspired by Maria Sibylla Merian, the 17th century German female naturalist and illustrator, and the first person to depict metamorphosis. Other writers and activists will focus on the plight of the monarch butterfly in the Americas and the decline of bee populations here in the UK and worldwide.

This event follows a successful inaugural On The Brink in November 2020 that featured Margaret Atwood, Dame Emma Thompson and Ben Okri, and which commemorated Remembrance Day for Lost Species with the stories of species threatened with extinction. It was broadcast live to tens of thousands across the world.

On the Brink 2: Insectageddon, organised by the group Writers Rebel, and compered by award-winning writer Laline Paull, author of The Bees.

Join us for an exploration of insects, the largest and most diverse group of organisms on Earth, and the perils they face. The time to act is now.

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Angles on Bending Lines: Morgan Currie on cultural mapping for cultural equity

Leventhal Map & Education Center

Streamed live 86 minutes ago

In this conversation series, we talk with experts about why we should be careful about geographic information in modern data. How is data collected, and how does it get fixed into categories and numbers? Who gets to own data sets, and who gets to make decisions using them? What sorts of public responsibilities should shape the social lives of data?

Morgan Currie is a lecturer in data and society at the University of Edinburgh whose work focuses on open data, automation in social services, activists’ data practices, civil society and democracy, participatory mapping, and social justice among other topics.

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

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Webinar 1: The current investment in agricultural innovation in the Global South

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Streamed live 69 minutes ago

This webinar will provide an insight into the global baseline for investment, categorized by types of funder, implementer, and topic, and estimate how much of this funding currently aims to promote the multiple economic, environmental, and social objectives of sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI).

The webinar will also highlight the global estimates for funding over the past 10 years in research and innovation for agricultural systems in the Global South, as well as more detailed estimates for the patterns of innovation funding in specific contexts and environments, which will be discussed.