Making the Invisible Visible: Tackling Air Pollution
Stepping off a plane in Delhi a while back, Craig noticed a billboard in the distance. Your whitest whites, it promised, advertising a new brand of laundry detergent. The once white button-down in the photo had yellowed—so had the teeth of the Bollywood actor wearing it. Both were stained with soot.
We thought of this when, for a few days this...
December 3rd, 2018
Action Planning, CA, Critical Thinking, English, CA, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Voices, Global Voices Resource, Local Actions, Local Issues
Think Global, Act Local: What Canadians Can Do About Their Fury at Social Injustice in the News
Immigrant children peer out of barred windows in a building surrounded by razor wire. This isn’t Texas—it’s Laval, Quebec.
Canadians are appalled at stories of migrant children torn from their parents in the United States, asking ourselves what to do from up North. With no vote to leverage, we don’t have much influence over American poli...
November 5th, 2018
CA, Child Rights, Critical Thinking, English, CA, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Voices, Global Voices Resource, Human Rights, Local Actions, Local Issues, Social Justice
Meeting Our Heroes: The Fight for Diversity in Comic Books
When we were kids, we used to buy comics in bulk at a corner store near the local gas station. It was $3 for a random grab bag. Batman, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four—we never knew what we’d get.
Except in some ways, we knew exactly what we’d get. With few exceptions, we’d get a white male hero.
It’s strange that these stories about out...
September 7th, 2018
What Happens When Day Zero Comes Here?
A winter of bitter winds but little snow gives way to a dry spring. April showers are just a nursery rhyme. City officials ask citizens to take shorter showers. The drought drags through summer. By September, the town pumps are dredging up mud. One morning, you turn on your tap and nothing comes out.
What do you do?
Cape Town is struggling to...
April 4th, 2018
Critical Thinking, English, CA, Environment, Global Issues, Global Voices, Global Voices Resource, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12, Local Issues, Water
Beware of Hidden Messages in Memes—Think Before You Click
A man gapes over his shoulder at the pretty girl who just passed him on the street. Beside him, his girlfriend glares in outrage. The punchline is in the captions: the head-turner is the new iPhone X, while the jilted girlfriend is the already-passé iPhone 8.
You’ve probably seen—and shared—some version of this popular “distracted boyfr...
January 7th, 2018
Ready for anything: Preparing children for the future
What will your child be when they grow up? Maybe a quantum automotive programmer, or a multi-phasic data sculptor.
Ok, we made those jobs up. But consider this: just ten years ago, ‘social media manager’ or ‘mobile app developer’ would have seemed like imaginary job titles to most. With the accelerating pace of social and technological c...
May 13th, 2017
Rising tides and the world’s next refugee crisis
As the Brooklyn streets went dark and flooded with water, pummeled by the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, Lizbeth Lucero watched her mother pace the apartment—and pray.
In the weeks that followed, her family went without power or heat. Another 760,000 were forced from their homes.
Churches provided blankets for cold nights while Lizbeth’s f...
April 29th, 2017
Science needs a rebrand: Closing the gap
The data was collected, the numbers crunched and the results are in: science needs a rebrand.
A recent Pew Research Centre poll found that while the vast majority of people—79 per cent—believe in the value of science, huge minorities have serious doubts about the scientific consensus on everything from vaccines to nuclear power.
The gap b...
April 15th, 2017
Speaking the language of reconciliation
“I was angry at my grandparents for a long time.”
Onowa McIvor grew up in northern Saskatchewan, where her grandparents feared prejudice against Indigenous peoples and did everything they could to bury their Cree roots. They refused to teach the language to their children and grandchildren. McIvor felt robbed of her heritage.
As McIvor le...
April 8th, 2017
Building resilient cities in the face of natural disasters
As the early spring storm raged outside, the mayor of Toronto burst into the room where 90 community leaders and local government officials had convened. The deluge had caused major flooding throughout the city. They needed a game plan.
You didn’t miss the news—there was no recent flood. This was “Resilientville,” a role-playing exercise...
April 1st, 2017