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
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
Beyond World Water Day
Tyler and Alex Mifflin spent summers in the water. Childhood memories of canoe trips and pristine waves contrast heavily with something they heard from adults time and again: “Don’t swim in Lake Ontario. It’s too polluted.”
That warning was the first drop in the bucket that’s become a shared life goal.
Two decades later—after four...
March 11th, 2017
Why diverse toys could mean better leaders
There could be more at stake in the toy aisle than we realize.
The 2016 holiday rush capped off a record year of approximately $26 billion in toy sales in the United States alone. (That’s a lot of Rogue One action figures). Meanwhile, toymakers have stepped up to meet demands for more diversity. Take Mattel’s Barbie line featuring seven skin...
January 14th, 2017
How the world can do better in 2017
“Have you tried switching 2016 off and back on again?” says an IT guy in a meme sweeping Facebook. Also making rounds online is a 2016 dumpster fire ornament. Festive and topical.
As 2016 draws to a close, social media is alight with jokes and posts lamenting a year that will not go down in history as one of humanity’s finest. Civil war ke...
December 17th, 2016
Canada's FNMI, Canada's Indigenous Peoples, Critical Thinking, Economy, Education, English, CA, Environment, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Voices, Health, Local Issues, Politics, Reconciliation, Socially Conscious Living
Could the United Nations make history this year?
There’s another election fraught with gender politics and global consequences, with one candidate braced to become a world leader—and no one is talking about it.
This summer, outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki Moon publicly called for his successor to be a woman.
In a body of 193 nations, the Secretary General of the United Nations is both...
October 1st, 2016
Critical Thinking, Elementary, English, CA, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Voices, Global Voices Resource, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12, Human Rights, Reflection, Secondary, Women's Rights
Beading with Maasai Mamas in Kenya
Dipping into the sea of beads with the thin needle between my fingers, I scooped up tiny dots of blue, red and yellow, and pushed them down the long thread. Each time, a new pattern of bright colour added to the growing strand in my lap.
“That looks good!” said Mama Leah, picking up the end to investigate my work. Layers of beads dripped f...
July 15th, 2016
Goats Help Marialapa Thrive
Last year, when the school in Marialapa first opened, it was given a single dairy goat as a gift. Goats are amazing animals; they can survive in difficult conditions, aren't picky eaters, and can produce 16 cups of milk a day, (more…)
July 15th, 2016
The insect food trend: Changing palates and lives
Have you heard about the next big food trend? You won’t find it growing in your garden, but you might find it crawling there.
On the shelves at Summerhill Market, a Toronto grocery store, there are mealworm protein balls and scrumptious cricket key lime pie. Last year, chef Meeru Dhalwala put delicacies like a flatbread made from cricket flour...
June 11th, 2016
CA, Economy, Education, Elementary, Employment, English, CA, Environment, Global Issues, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12, Health, Socially Conscious Living