Indiscriminate littering of plastic bags clogs up Kolkata’s street drains which results in water-logging in several areas of the city. During monsoons, the city almost comes to a standstill! Some city environmentalists are petitioning the municipal authorities to ban the widespread use of plastic bags in the city, also because the toxic material remains in the soil for years. However, plastic bags have become an indispensable part of our daily life. They have several advantages, including being cost effective, and hence a “ban” on plastic bags is not working.
Sri Lanka has, for better or worse, been in the news a lot lately. Their cricket team was the target of a violent terrorist attack in Pakistan while visiting for international matches. Back at home, the military is closing in on the last Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, sparking even more violence.
Once somebody asked me why we can’t eradicate malaria by treating every person in malaria-endemic countries with an effective ant-malarial drug at the same time. As long as they all stay on the drug for as long as it takes for the current generation of infected mosquitoes to die (1-2 weeks on average, maybe a month maximum), then the human reservoir will be eliminated, no new mosquitoes will become infected, and that would be the end of malaria.
Three hundred and thirty three years of Hispanic rule have drastically transformed the Philippines from a society that used to offer equal opportunities for women to a strongly patriarchal one. Before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines, women were pretty much allowed to do what traditional patriarchal societies have boxed up as “man’s work.” In short, women could become heads of their families or villages, they could earn properties like land and cattle, and if they were born into a ruling a family, they didn’t need to get married to succeed their parents’ throne.
There was a time when young people were the driving force of the economy, a time when middle-aged men with graying hair felt as though the world they knew had changed beyond comprehension.
And today - Where are young people? What is youth? Who are the youth?
Ask most policy makers and they may give an age bracket and a couple of sweeping statements on vulnerability… They follow this statement with one of two descriptions– either "poor youth – jobless, insufficiently skilled," or "druggies, always up for a drink, riots and violence." The victim-perpetrator trap…
Hello to all readers and followers of the Youthink! blog. My journey as a social entrepreneur started in 2003 while I was pursuing my studies in Business Administration (yes, I am a Business Administrator AND my passion is social impact… that can really happen). As a result of a class assignment, a couple of classmates and I decided to teach people from an underprivileged community how to use a computer and, to do that, we used the computer lab of a public school located in their neighborhood.
Most of us care about helping others and doing our part to make the world a better place. But it’s not always easy to tie the big picture in to our day-to-day lives.
The last year and a half has been an interesting time in Myanmar (the country formerly known as Burma). First, in September 2007 there were mass protests led by Buddhist monks. Then, in May of last year, cyclone Nargis devastated the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, the country’s most populous area and its agricultural heartland.
Talking about fashion sounds kind of frivolous when the world faces so many serious problems of poverty and hunger. So, when I heard about an event called Fashion for Development, my initial reaction was that it sounded like an oxymoron. Still, I decided to check it out, and realized the word “fashion” was a bit misleading. The issue really concerns clothes in general, no matter how trendy or untrendy.
My favorite part of Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was "We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its costs." Science and the scientific method – the process of making decisions based on observable, empirical and measurable evidence – have profoundly changed the way much of the human race (and even some of the luckier animals) live in this world.