Children have died at an alarming rate

Water is essential to live. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is considered fresh. From that staggering number, only about 1 percent is easily accessible, making it difficult for people to find access to safe drinking water all over the world.

While unsafe water is a problem for all ages, those who suffer the most are actually children. UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said, “The odds are already stacked against children living through prolonged conflicts — with many unable to reach a safe…

More women leaders may be the missing link to helping the environment

Gender equality is a topic that has been at the forefront of today’s issues both nationally and globally. Women have been making strides in closing gender pay gaps and widening overall female representation in politics, but one important issue poses a surprising link to gender inequality.

The connection between climate change issues and gender inequality is more present than we think. The Global Fund for Women explained, “When it comes to making decisions about how to combat climate change, women — especially rural women — are typically left…

Environmental activists are killed every year for defending land

In the 1960s, a grey-haired American nun, Sister Dorothy Stang, was sent on a missionary to Brazil to help poor families get back on their feet. During her time there, she noticed destruction against the Amazon rainforest caused by man-made practices like illegal logging, cattle ranching, and the political corruption that surrounded it all in the name of capitalism. By the 1990s, Stang was placed on a “Death List” by local industry power players.

On February 12, 2005, while walking on an Amazon dirt road, Stang was approached by two gunmen…

Tackling the great straw debate

Last month I traveled to Jamaica on a vacation. As I lounged in the 85-degree sun and prepared to take a sip of my frozen pina colada by the lavish resort pool, I noticed the bartender had forgotten my straw. I climbed out of my lounge chair to ask the man behind the bar for a straw and he looked at me with pure horror. The bartender keenly exclaimed, “We don’t serve straws here!”

What I didn’t know at the time was Jamaica is making major strides to save its environment by banning single-use plastic…

Bethany Zorn

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