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Speaking Up for Girls’ Education

    
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This Monday marked the 3 month anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping in Nigeria. Orchestrated by Boko Haram , an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization, the event involved the kidnapping of over 200 girls from a boarding school in the northeast of the country. Since then, only a small fraction of the girls have escaped . The remaining girls are believed to be held in capacity in the Sambisa forest, more than 200 miles (320 km) away. Parents of the victims fear that the girls will not return and will… Continue reading

Op4G’s Non-Profit of the Month: Advocates for Adolescent Mothers (AFAM)

    
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Each year in the US, over 300 000 babies are born to teenage mothers. Often, these mothers struggle to complete their education and are vulnerable to abuse, stress, and social isolation. Thus, Op4G is pleased to reveal that our Non-Profit of the Month is Advocates for Adolescent Mothers. Founded by Lillian Harris, a former teen mother who experienced homelessness during college, AFAM is committed to providing young parents with the tools, resources, and support needed… Continue reading

The World Cup Round-Up: The Ugly Truth behind the Beautiful Game?

    
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World Cup  action is officially underway in cities across Brazil. But amidst all the excitement, there are some troubling reports. According to eyewitnesses, stray dogs are being “ rounded up and removed ” by dogcatchers in host cities like Recife. And with little space to house the dogs, Humane Society International  (HSI) fears an “ organized extermination ”. Unfortunately, this is not the first case of alleged animal culling for a major sporting event. Recently, Russia came under fire for “eradicating” dogs in the lead up… Continue reading

The Clean Power Plan: Obama’s “Last Sweeping Effort to Remake America”

    
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Earlier this week, President Obama unveiled his latest plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. Dubbed the “ Clean Power Plan ”, it calls for the power industry to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30% by 2030 (from 2005 levels). To achieve this reduction, the plan establishes individual targets for states . The targets reflect each state’s economy, current emission levels, and capacity for cuts. For example, coal-dependent Kentucky has a target of 19%, while hydro-rich Washington has a target of 84%. The… Continue reading

Global Warming a “Death Sentence” for Coral Reefs

    
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In April, I spent a sun-soaked week in Santa Lucia, a beach town on Cuba’s  northern coast. At the encouragement of the locals, I went snorkeling in the nearby coral reef (one of the longest in the world). I was amazed by the diversity of sea life.  Among other creatures, I saw snappers, needlefish, and even a barracuda! But, due to a phenomenon known as “coral bleaching”, these creatures and their habitat are under increasing threat. Coral bleaching occurs… Continue reading

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