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We change our wardrobe during the summer to stay cool, but did you know that you should also change your diet? Being outside exposed to the sun and sweating from the heat can put you at risk for dehydration and vitamin deficiencies. But the solution is fairly simple and tasty too.

Eat local seasonal fruits and vegetables during the summer. The nutrients are at their peak and the food is tastiest when it is fresh. There are other foods that will also keep you hydrated and healthy for all the fun activities that summer has to offer. Try some today.

1. Wonderful Watermelon

This is a super hydration food for the summer. Watermelons have a high water content and are a great way to keep you cool and hydrated and away from unhealthy snacking. …


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Some of the most well-known bicycle-friendly cities in the world are the ones going like Copenhagen and Amsterdam but a lesser-known city, Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, seems to be winning the competition hands down.

Today, with an average daily number of bike trips standing at 1125,000, the city is doing something very right. A new short film by Streetfilms shows how this city of 360,000 — and growing — transformed itself into a cyclist’s paradise.

Utrecht is made up of a historic city center, scenic canals are lined with shops and restaurants, and bike paths and roads weave through the downtown making it really easy to ship, commute to work or school, and to visit museums or parks without ever using a car. …


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Walking into the Sickside Tattoo Studio just south of Memphis, Tennessee, you wouldn’t necessarily think a whole lot of activism was taking place, but look closer, and you’ll find a mini-hub of social change.

That’s because TM Garett and his colleagues are helping former white supremacists start over by erasing and covering up xenophobic tattoos free of charge.

Garett is a German-born activist, who after leading a chapter of the KKK, has reformed his beliefs and actions, and now dedicates his life to helping others do the same.

His initiative, called Erase the Hate Tattoo Campaign, started just two years ago in 2017 when Garrett approached his friends at the Sickside Tattoo Studio in Horn Lake, Mississippi. His friends, Drew Darby and Jack Flores, the manager and owner of the shop, knew that Garett had been wanting to get rid of the tattoos that represented so much hate, and were happy to join the campaign. Now, two other tattoo shops have also joined — one in Jacksonville, Florida and one in Los Angeles, California. …


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Do you obsess about money and live in fear of not having enough to pay for the basics like rent and food? Do you have issues relying on others and believe that you can only trust yourself? Do you have an unstable relationship with your family? Do you react to stress by binge eating or not eating at all?

All of these signs indicate a need to balance your root chakra. Activating the root chakra through healing exercises can help restore the feeling of safety and grounding.

What Is a Chakra?

According to Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the physical and spiritual come together in the chakras. These swirling wheels of energy align along the spine, starting with the Muladhara or root chakra located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae. …


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Tierra Grata’s mission is to provide innovative solutions to cover neglected basic needs in rural communities.

When is a toilet much more than just a toilet? In rural Columbia, access to safe sanitation facilities can make a world of difference for rural women and children. Jenifer Colpas, the CEO and co-founder of Tierra Grata — which means pleasant earth — sees the organization’s mission as a way to diminish social inequality by guaranteeing access to energy, water, and sanitation (toilets) in an environmentally friendly manner.

After living in India were Colpas was shocked by the poverty there and when she returned home to Columbia, she realized that the same issues also existed in Columbia where 30 percent of the population does not have access to adequate sanitation systems. …


The organization helps those fleeing danger get across borders to safety and resettle in safe nations.

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While in many parts of the world LGBTQ rights have grown extensively, in numerous countries, members of the LGBTQ community still face state-sponsored prosecution and discrimination.

Fortunately, an international NGO called the Rainbow Railroad helps individuals in these situations escape their countries and find asylum.

Globally, there are 70 countries where same-sex relations are considered a crime — seven of which exercise the death penalty.

Over the past five years, the organization, which is named after the historic Underground Railroad that was used by African-American slaves to escape into free states in the 1800s, has helped relocate upwards of 600 people. …


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Carbon-neutral fuels are an essential part of making aviation and maritime transportation sustainable.

Electric vehicles have come along way, and we now have electric cars, bikes, trains, and even small planes. But, the transportation industry depends on large airplanes and ships that can haul cargo across the globe. The batteries for electric vehicles do not have that capacity, so the only sustainable alternative to fossil fuels are synthetic fuels or biogas fuels made from natural substances.

Now, a research team of scientists and engineers from in Switzerland announced that they had created a ground-breaking carbon-neutral solar refinery that can produce liquid fuels. It essentially turns light and air into fuel. …


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As the movement goes global, the leaders of tomorrow say they want politicians to protect their future.

“And the youth shall lead them.” This simple yet powerful sentence has its origins in biblical times and was coined by the prophet Isaiah. That’s certainly the case in the grassroots, youth-led climate change activists who want their voices heard.

The feeling that their voices and concerns are not being paid attention to by elected officials is what has driven tens of thousands of teens and tweens into the streets around the world.

“I’m unable to vote, and this is going to be the biggest issue that’s going to affect me in my entire life,” 17-year old Lottie Tellyn from Hampshire, UK told Climate Change News (CCN). …


With 20 percent of children in Vanuatu not fully immunized, using drones will make a huge difference.

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Joy Nowai, a one-month-old baby, became the first child immunized by a vaccine that was drone-delivered on the remote island of Erromango in Vanuatu, an island country west of Fiji in the South Pacific. And a joint program between UNICEF and the government of Vanuatu made it happen.

The drone carrying the vaccine crossed 40 km of rugged mountainous terrain from Dillon’s Bay on the west side of the island to the east landing in remote Cook’s Bay, where according to a UNICEF press release, 13 children and five pregnant women were waiting for the immunizations.

Cook’s Bay is a small scattered community that doesn’t have a health clinic or electricity and is only accessible on foot or by small boats. With one-in-five children not fully vaccinated in Vanuatu, drones will make a big difference in inaccessible communities like Cook’s Bay. …


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Microfiber has been hailed as the warm and waterproof alternative to goose down and can be found in a myriad of products from fleece to winter coats and ultra-warm sleeping bags. The only problem — until recently there was no biodegradable synthetic fiber.

PrimaLoft, a company that makes microfiber insulation that is used by top brands like LL Bean and The North Face, has been working since 2014 to create an alternative to microfiber insulation that will not end up contributing to microplastics littering the ocean.

Plastics usually biodegrade very slowly, and synthetic clothing can take hundreds of years to break down and microfibers are particularly polluting because fibers are lost every time they are laundered, with the synthetic polymers finding their way into our water. …

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