Education

Michelle Obama Supports Girls Education In Impoverished Liberia

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Liberia is one of the poorest African countries in the world. The civil wars that ravaged this nation between the years 1989 and 2003 have virtually stalled the country’s economic growth. Even diseases like Ebola have left its mark in this country, as a nation-wide epidemic was detected in 2014. Over four thousand Liberians lost their lives then.

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Liberia was founded with the noblest of all intentions. It was designated as the home of the free slaves of America. Even a school in the town of Kakata is named after the famous American civil rights leader Booker T. Washington.

Recently, Liberians had the opportunity to meet another famous African American. First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by her daughters and her mother, stopped at a Liberian camp for young girls. She then urged the young girls to follow the path of knowledge, to study and accomplish the dreams that they dared to dream. Michelle Obama’s speech was said to be so inspiring that many were moved by it and promised to do all they could to reopen the schools that had been forced to shut due to lack of funds.

The efforts to reopen these schools have been given the necessary impetus by the United States Agency for International Development. It has promised financial aid of $27 million to the Let Girls Learn initiative.

Environment

Hillary Clinton’s Crusade To Save Elephants

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In the popular talk show with Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary surprised viewers by revealing a hitherto unknown side of her. When asked by the talk show host, Ellen to say about her spirit animal, Hillary came up with a surprising answer. She claimed that the mighty elephant is the animal she often relates to. Though the elephant is considered as the symbol of the GOP, Hillary spoke about the huge mighty elephant with great passion on the show.
She went on to state that there is an urgent need to protect this huge beast from serious poaching that has reduced its numbers drastically over the last decade. Over 110,000 elephants have been victims of poaching over the last few years alone. This has pushed the huge mammals close to extinction. This is very true in the case of wild elephants in the forests which are dangerously close to being eliminated from the face of the planet.

ele1Hillary stated that she admired and loved the way the matriarch of the elephant herd is the one who is in charge of the entire herd. She stated that she had such a profound connection to the huge mammals and it breaks her heart to hear news about them being poached. She said that poaching is a serious factor that has seriously broken the very nature of the herds.

Hillary’s love for these huge mammals is not something that is widely known or reported. During her term as secretary of state under President Obama, she was involved in the committee for the control of global wildlife poaching and trafficking. She stated that the criminal organizations that deal with illegal trafficking of wildlife have connections with several terrorist groups who fund their operations by selling ivory. She wants to put an end to the poaching of these huge beasts and save them from extinction.

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Environment

Is Online Shopping Really Good For The Environment?

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When the concept of sitting at home and shopping through a computer first hit the market, no one had even bothered to think of the effects this may have on the environment of the planet. The first thoughts were about the security of the transactions and the variety of products that could be made available through this method. Over the years, people have become much more accustomed to the online mode of shopping. It is relatively much more stress-free and avoids the countless annoyances that are often associated with the traditional modes of shopping.

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For years, many have wondered whether it has any other benefit apart from the ease and comfort it gives to the consumer. For a long time, it was a commonly told joke that people no longer had to drive to the local shops to get the products they needed. All they had to do was click the mouse. Voila! The product, be it a dress, an appliance or even a mug, would land promptly on the doorstep.

Recently, environmentalists and scientists have been giving this a lot of thought. It was after all quite true that a lot of traveling, both the home-shop-home and the home-shop-shop-home (and, sometimes with even more that 2 shops in between) had been reduced a lot in recent years, thanks to the emergence of stronger online stores. But, then they gave a look at the delivery system that had been put in place by these stores. Before it was only one car that traveled; now that situation has transformed into a delivery truck with even more carbon emissions. Also, researchers say the home-shoppers weren’t really staying at home during the time they saved from traveling to the stores. These consumers had anyway driven off to nearby places to hang out with friends.

So, all-in-all, there really isn’t anything much green in online shopping.