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Stick Your Neck Out - The Stick Figures Dare You To!

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Where does energy come from? Why are some people still skeptical about climate change? Why does our energy system absolutely have to change, and how will a price on carbon be the solution? 

If you'd like a simple, humorous and to-the-point explanation to the above questions and others related to energy consumption and climate change, then be sure and watch this animation by Andy Lubershane, a Masters student at the University of Michigan.

Helping Chile Rebuild

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Photo courtesy El MercurioOn Februarly 27, Chile was struck by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the most powerful ever registered in the world history. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that destroyed the cities near the coastline and wiped out fishing villages. The disaster killed more than 700 people and more than 2 million have been affected, nearly 12 percent of the country's total population.

Shakira brings hope for kids in Latin America (and some glamour to the World Bank...)

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In a place full of economists and other nerdy types, glamour is hard to come by. That's right, I'm talking about the World Bank (with the exception of the Youthink! team, of course).

So, it was pretty exciting when pop superstar Shakira visited the other day.

Even more exciting, though, is the project that Shakira came to launch: a $300 million partnership with the World Bank to invest in children in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Business Unusual?

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 The climate is changing, and we should, too! This according to Sunita Narain, the Director of the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi. At a recent forum at the World Bank, she stressed the need for governments, policymakers and international organizations to start thinking differently about development. This is the only way, she says, to reach those who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. No more thinking "business as usual;" rather, it's time to wake up and realize it's "business unusual!"

Get Ready to Change the World!

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Muster all your creativity and innovation, because now is your chance to solve real-world issues like hunger, poverty, disease, conflict and climate change. Get ready to play EVOKE.

is a new game brought out by the World Bank Institute. It empowers you— young people all over the world—to plunge right into the challenge and look for creative solutions.