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Saadia Iqbal's blog
It is the worst catastrophe in Haiti's history: on January 12, a devastating earthquake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, killing thousands of people.
The International Red Cross has said that 3 million people--nearly a third of Haiti's population--will need food, water and shelter for months to come.
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As the new year kicks off, it's a good time to think about goals for the year. Of course, we all have our own personal aspirations (e.g. exercise more, learn a new language, etc. etc.), but hey, you wouldn't be visiting Youthink! in the first place, if your goals were purely personal...
So, for those of you dreaming of a better world (and Nobel Peace Prizes), here are a few ideas for making a change this year, one small step at a time:
For those of you trying to figure out what on Earth is going on in Copenhagen, here's a blog by a team of young people from Italy, Argentina and France, that gives a great inside look. Produced by the Noize from the Future news agency, the blog gives an informative and entertaining look at the people and events at this important climate change conference.
The next time you hear your parents or elder siblings groaning about having to go to work, you can lecture them about how lucky they are (while preferably standing at a safe distance). Here’s some fodder for your sermon:
How many of you have seen children working or perhaps begging in the streets? Or looking malnourished or unhappy? Growing up in Pakistan, I often witnessed this. It's always sad to see children who are not in school as they should be, or playing with other children and enjoying the outdoors. Childhood should be a carefree period in everyone's life; free of burden and hardship.
Over the weekend, I read an article in the New York Times that really struck me. It's about a recent survey of 1,226 young people in Pakistan (ages 18-29), which shows that most of them are very worried about their futures. They also stressed that there is a dire need to invest in education, employment and to tackle corruption.
In my oddly varied career, I once worked for one of those overpriced retailers—you know, the ones that are euphemistically called “posh.” My job was to write product descriptions for their website, so imagine my horror when one day I was given the task of describing (fasten your seatbelts) gold plated toilet brushes. These little freaks were priced about £500 (about $800) and the scariest thing of all was, people actually bought them. To this day, I’ve never understood why anyone’s, uh, excrement smears, would need such fancy treatment. Talk about a royal flush, ha ha!
When it comes to climate change, the predictions are pretty scary: floods, drought, massive migration, increased hunger, erratic rainfall patterns...that's why I was heartened to hear Commonwealth Director of Economic Affairs, Dr. Cyrus Rustomjee speak at the Young Commonwealth Climate Change Summit. Dr. Rustomjee said that while climate change is a "terrible global threat," it also poses opportunities.