GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

Giving a voice to the world's most fascinating untold global and social issues.

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Girls Can Save the World: The Unexpected Benefits of Educating Girls

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child What if we told you that you could simultaneously reduce poverty, counter radicalism, fight climate change, improve the health of entire communities, and increase the global food supply? All of that, with just one investment. That’s the power of girls’ education. Girls could be the world...

October 11th, 2018 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

A Visit to the Dark Parts of Canada’s Past: Taking Steps Towards a Brighter Future

Not far from the sleepy suburb where we grew up, there is a site of unspeakable trauma. About 120 kilometers west of Toronto, you’ll find the grounds of the former Mohawk Institute, one of Canada’s longest-running residential schools. From 1828 until it finally shuttered in 1970, thousands of Indigenous children were sent to the boarding sch...

June 10th, 2018 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Holding Ourselves Accountable: Our Gender Bias Report Card

Earlier this year, science writer Ed Yong announced in The Atlantic that he'd spent two years consciously trying to level the gender balance in his stories, ensuring the sources he spoke with represented the whole talent pool. We write frequently about diversity and wondered about our own grade on this scale. So we checked the numbers going back...

May 6th, 2018 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Accessibility Isn’t Enough—For Some it’s a Four Letter Word

Chris Pratt knew he’d made a mistake. The Guardians of the Galaxy star shared a video on social media, asking his followers to ignore the subtitles and turn up the volume. He didn’t realize how insulting that was for the nearly 400 million people around the world who have hearing loss and rely on those subtitles—until some of them lamba...

March 5th, 2018 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Empathy in the Face of Addiction

Ruston Baldwin took his first drink when he was two years old. His father was an angry man and a drinker himself. He raised Baldwin on beer. When Baldwin was seven, his mother was diagnosed with a severe case of scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder. Every year, doctors would amputate parts of her hands and feet as her blood stopped circulating. W...

February 12th, 2018 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more