GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Gaming for good

Your kid is holed up in the basement, alone in the dark except for the glowing screen and the alien invaders from their favourite video game. Again. Don’t worry; an alternative to space war is on the way. Critics call video games a frivolous hobby, and lately the industry has got a bad rap for enabling gender discrimination and harassment. But...

April 22nd, 2017 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

The hottest trend in advertising: A social cause

Conventional wisdom in advertising says steer clear of politics. But at the Super Bowl, the Holy Grail of advertising, brands broke the rules. Shelling out $5 million for a 30-second spot, marketers made poignant statements about gender pay equity and immigration while hawking cars and beer. They used the biggest ad stage to take a stand for a c...

March 25th, 2017 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

A room of his own: The legacy of Chanie Wenjack

If there’s one thing you don’t expect to find in the middle of a garden show, it’s a railroad track. Amidst the shrubbery and tool displays at this year’s Canada Blooms event, a landscaped pathway will tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died fleeing his residential school in 1966. Chanie walked for days...

March 18th, 2017 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

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 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Inside a Canadian hate group

Sarah* knew her fiancé was a racist. But she was just 17 and madly in love, so she tried to ignore it. In the early 1990s, white supremacist groups like the Heritage Front and the Aryan Nation were active across Canada. Sarah watched, heartbroken as her boyfriend Nick was drawn deeper into the Ottawa branches of the alt-right. One day, a neo...

March 4th, 2017 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more

Empower a girl, educate a boy

Hundreds looked on as proud young men, decked out in crisp uniforms, led their parents onto the campus that will help unlock their future. This January, the Kisaruni group of girls’ schools in Kenya’s Maasai Mara unveiled its first all-boys high school. After the opening ceremony, village elders christened it with a name. They chose Ngulot, ...

February 25th, 2017 | By Craig and Marc Kielburger read more