6. Vanessa Nakate: Who is she? And why is this photograph important?
Vanessa Nakate is a young Ugandan Climate Justice Activist. Growing up in Kampala, she started participating in activism in December 2018. The picture shared is a photograph from a joint press conference in Davos, Switzerland. Nakate, along with other climate activists, appeared at the conference. The conference’s news was published, and Nakate was cropped out of the picture and featured only four white activists.
Nakate addressed the Associated Press in a tweet asking why she was cropped out of the photo. Her tweet ignited a firestorm on the internet, and a debate started on the international level. The Issue is not just cutting her out of the picture; it is a wider issue concerning the African voices in climate conversations in specific and African community in General.
8. The Green New Deal: Millennials and Gen Z: What is the Green New Deal? Who Coined the Term, and why is it important? What do you think of this video message from the future and the core collaboration behind it?
The term “Green New Deal” was coined by Thomas Friedman,” a Pulitzer Prize-winner in 2007. After experiencing the hottest year on record in America, Thomas Friedman realized no palatable, easy solution to climate change anticipated by the politicians. The Green New Deal is being used to describe sets of policies to make systematic changes as a solution to climate change. Green New Deal does not have a specific Policy; it constitutes a general set of goals.
This video message from the future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a compelling message and vision of putting the Green New Deal into action in the future. This short illustrated video is shaping a future that is shaped by the progressive environmental movement. The Intercept and Naomi Klein present the video, co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This video message has significant importance in the climate change debate.
9. Who is Boyan Slat? What does he have to do with the Pacific Garbage Patch? What has he achieved since this 2012 TedTalk, delivered at age 18?
Boyan Slat is a 25-year-old ambitious social entrepreneur and scientist. His Ted Talk is a brilliant idea to clean up oceans. His creation is based on using oceans’ natural currents to install 24 platforms to purify the marine life and environment. After one year of putting up this idea, it became viral, and he gradually founded The Ocean Cleanup.
The Ocean Cleanup is an initiative that is designed to scoop plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean. His goal is to reduce 90 percent of the estimated 80 million kg of plastic waste into the Pacific Ocean by 2040, which covers an area of more than three times France’s size. His idea of a sustainable way to clean up the ocean from plastic waste is underway.