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Homelessness among the youth has been a problem for many years in Australia, and it’s now turning into a crisis. According to the census conducted in 2016, there were more than 37,000 homeless people in New South Wales alone. Of this 37,000, 9,000 of them were children, and it’s only getting worse. Many of these children are born into homes with domestic abuse issues and face the very real chance of living the rest of their lives without a permanent roof over their heads.

Obstacles Faced by Homeless Youth

Although the new Premier of New South Wales has made reducing youth homelessness one of her 12 most important priorities, there hasn’t been much progress since her appointment in January of 2017. Homelessness among Australian youth continues to grow because the issues keeping them homeless are not being addressed. …


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This year is a big year for renewable energy projects. Because of the rapid results of climate change in the world, renewable energy developments are becoming more important. Looking at this year’s planned spending developments we see clearly that solar and wind options are on the agenda.

Wind energy is one renewable option for 2020

Energy companies in the West are still pointing their windmills at the sky. The United States has a large swath of its Midwest territories that have plentiful wind. This is a renewable energy source that runs 24 hours a day. Unlike solar power that can only produce energy during the day, wind turbines are a viable alternative. One energy company has nearly 700 wind turbines over three states that are churning away day and night. They are refitting them with larger blades and new technology. This indicates that wind energy is not going away this year or anytime soon. …


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As the effects of climate change become more obvious, consumers are looking for ways of changing their behaviors to help save the planet. Corporations that manufacture anything from rope to cars are feeling the pressure to adopt more sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Manufacturing cars with better fuel economy was a key strategy in the past. Nowadays, what the cars themselves are built with and the type of fuel they consume are more important issues.

Cars Built from Hemp?

Industrial hemp is used for making rope, textiles, insulation, paper, plastic, metal, synthetic fabrics, oils and lubricants, among other things. The plastics and metals made from hemp are lighter and last longer than aluminum or steel. Building a car out of materials made from hemp is not a new idea at all. In 1941, Henry Ford had a prototype car built out of cellulose-based plastic made from hemp and other agricultural products. …


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Vietnam is leading Southeast Asia in renewable energy gains with ambitions to rely on wind and solar power. The region has long been criticized for its reliance on coal and its lagging efforts to adapt to more sustainable ways. As a developing region, environmental concerns fall by the wayside as countries prioritize lifting their people out of poverty. Amid a global shift towards renewable energy, coal remains the dominant fuel for the growing economies of Southeast Asia.

In spite of this, Vietnam is looking to increase its power output produced by renewable energy to about 23% by 2030 , says Andreas Cremer of the German investment firm DEG. Between 2011 and 2016, the government’s renewables and hydro targets for its energy mix increase from 16% to 23%. Cremer notes that this is impressive considering that their power development plan only changed in 2016, and at the beginning of the year the country had basically nothing. According to the country’s largest power company Vietnam Electricity, renewable energy accounted for about 8.28% …


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The current generation of young professionals has received many labels. Entitled, empowered, spoiled, unfocused, and other unfortunate titles have been placed on the new entrants of the millennial workforce. While it is true that this generation can be deeply misunderstood, it is unfair to attribute such characteristics to the whole population. A better approach is to understand the workforce. The best approach is to make an investment in the youth who will be effectively running the world in just a few years.

Take the Initiative

Employers have gradually accepted the concept of corporate culture. Companies have come to realize that their reputation is created by their workforce. Human Resources personnel work hard to create and maintain an image that attracts valuable employees. Invest in youth by offering internships, grants, and scholarships to college students. Actively recruit young professionals and offer training for specific roles within the company. …


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Hemp seed is a nutrient-dense food with lots of health benefits. Unfortunately, it was off the market for years. The United States banned the production of hemp back in 1937. No one could grow it for decades unless they wanted to run afoul of the law. Though hemp contains almost no THC, it was banned along with marijuana as part of the same act. Recently, legislators have come around. Hemp is now back on store shelves in communities across the country.

While that’s great news, the problem is that almost everyone has forgotten how to cook with it. Not only that, they don’t remember how to store it, or what to look for when buying it. This collection of tips is designed to help people get comfortable with hemp seed and its benefits all over again. …


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The world is going through an unprecedented period of technological process and population growth. This growth is happening particularly in the third world and the result is a higher level of pollution and damage to the natural environment.

Countries like China and India have over one billion people living in them. Places like Delhi and Mexico City have some of the worst pollution on the planet. Most of the trash in the ocean comes from a handful of countries in South East Asia.

With all of this in mind it is important to remember that there are ways that the environment can be preserved if the proper steps are taken. …


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Most high schools require some time of community service element before allowing seniors to graduate. This community service gives teenagers the opportunity to reach out to others and learn more about their community before embarking on adulthood. Recent research has shown that getting teenagers involved may have a greater impact than once believed. Service-learning goes beyond just basic volunteer work and has a positive lifelong impact.

Volunteer Work versus Service-Learning

Volunteer opportunities and service projects are different from service-learning. Service-learning goes beyond one-time volunteering and combines the service with self-reflection, discovery and acquisition of content knowledge, values and skills. For example, collecting non-perishable food items as part of a canned food drive during the holidays is a service project. …


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What to Know Before Investing in Green Energy by Mark Bryers

In recent decades, green investing has grown to present investors with a myriad of options: renewable energy projects, solar panel developers, etc. While many companies that strive to create positive change actually do so, some are not quite so honest nor transparent. There are those companies that exaggerate their green claims in order to sneak into portfolios when reality they do little to nothing to benefit the environment. The practise is known as “ greenwashing “ and can lead investors to divert funds into investment vehicles that do nothing for — or worse, actively harm — the environment.

There are three questions that you should ask before you start investing in green energy to avoid the pitfalls of greenwashing. …


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Fact or Fiction: Industrial Hemp Myths by Mark Bryers

Industrial hemp is an incredibly useful plant with great agricultural potential. Unfortunately, it’s also been subject to many myths and misconceptions all around the world. Even though the use of the plant has been documented back to 8,000+ BCE, hemp is still banned in many places in the world. Fortunately, times are changing, and the first step to repairing the misunderstood reputation of hemp is to educate people on what it truly is versus what it isn’t. To do so, we’re going to take a look at a few common myths about industrial hemp.

Myth: Industrial hemp is marijuana

Although both marijuana and industrial hemp are members of the cannabis family, they are two different plants. When it comes down to the taxonomy of the plants, industrial hemp is classified as cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. Sativa, while marijuana and medical cannabis is sativa subsp. indica. Practically, however, the plants look quite different when cultivated, look different, and are distinguished by the levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid that they contain. One way to look at cannabis is to compare it to corn . There are many varieties of corn, some of which are good as food, and other kinds that are awful to eat but are great for creating ethanol fuel. …

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Mark Bryers

Mark Bryers is a businessman based in Sydney, Australia investing in sustainability and hemp. Learn more at MarkBryers.co.

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