For someone who doesn't have significant challenges to manage, it's hard to truly understand the difference between our lives. Here's an example of what I, and many people who are either chronically ill or disabled, need to do to make a comparatively "easy" day trip to the city happen.
The SDGs will only be successful if all people and groups are fully engaged and have a voice in the way the SDGs are implemented. If we count exclusively on government policy, private and public investment to make things happen, we probably will not have enough resources to reach everybody.
My fellow animal rescuers and I had been deeply affected and forever changed by our time in New Orleans. Each of us has the responsibility and the power to create a society that values all life, and we can start by doing the least harm in the ways we choose to live our daily lives.
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Even the most frazzled travelers are calmed once they realize a knowledgeable person is helping them find their destination. I love helping people in need. As it turns out, I'm also very good at it.
Orcas can be found in oceans across the world. Though they're beloved, the orcas that live off our U.S. Pacific coastline -- the Southern Resident Killer Whales -- are endangered.
There is growing recognition that we need to find ways to harness the drive and commitment of young people, and leverage their unique skills.
Organizations that help nonprofits understand where they can use more expertise and capacity, and then connecting them with that help, offer one key step towards solving the complex problems we face as a society.
MovingWorlds matches volunteers to projects overseas that can benefit from their skills and experience, for both people lucky enough to work for one these employers, and also for people that want to do this on their own time.
Over the years, I lost myself in being a mom and a wife, and I just couldn't seem to lose weight. Being overweight and finding myself on daily blood pressure medication wasn't enough to get off my butt to get serious about weight loss. Pageantry became my carrot on a stick.
For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.
Fresh out of high school, I crammed my little Honda with my earthly possessions, swallowed my fear, and pointed that fine piece of Japanese engineering northward. My destination? Cleveland, Ohio. The reason? A year of service with AmeriCorps.
What do drones, Sir Patrick Stewart, and whales have in common? They're all part of a Kickstarter project aimed at launching a new way to study whales, and ultimately the health of the ocean.
I decided to take a few minutes from my busy day and ponder the thought. Having traveled to 85 countries, I consider myself blessed to have seen more than my fair share of the world.
When I tell people that I teach yoga to incarcerated women, I often see a look pass over their faces. To me, there is no greater need than women who are locked into cages, demoralized, deprived of sunlight, nutrition, and physical comforts.
Imagine a world where every young person felt a deep sense of ownership and empowerment over social, political, environmental and economic issues from gender equality to poverty.