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25 Mar

Shandra Woworuntu, an activist and survivor of human trafficking, recalls her time in the underground sex business, the struggles of adjusting to a new life, and her quest to educate the world on this hidden crime.


23 Mar

“The Hunting Ground” documents several cases of campus rape and sexual assault on multiple college campuses including Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale and Princeton.


The film manages to deliver detailed accounts of what happened to these young women and men while attending college through interviews with the victims themselves, parents, and administrators of the schools mentioned.



20 Mar

 

 


 Water is very important resource for our daily lives. We use water in many ways at home; drinking, cooking, bathing, brushing teeth and flushing toilet. However, much of us don’t think about how much water we use and waste of water. A bigger problem is that during we wasting water, people in the other parts of the world suffer from the water shortages.

 If this continues, the problem will even worse. According to statistics within 15 years, 48 countries will be unable to meet their basic water requirements and also two-thirds of the world’s population will face water scarcity by 2025. Now, it’s time to change our habit of water consumption.

16 Mar

All of us aspire to live a healthy and quality life and hope to know how to do it. I would like to introduce the top 5 TED talks that give us messages about how to live healthy. TED is a non-profit devoted to worthy ideas spreading and these top 5 TED talks surely have a  positive influence on our living. Now is the time to watch life changing messages. Here are top 5 TED talks for organic living.


09 Mar


(Source: PCH Blog)

“We believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law.” – ASPCA


By now you must have those heart-wrenching ASPCA commercials, featuring the mistreated animals staring into the camera begging for help, engraved in your memory. Thanks to the non-profit organization, the rescue from abuse and creation of humane laws is made possible for these helpless animals. The organization’s backbone is its belief that animals “are entitled to kind and respectful treatment” from humans and their right to be protected under the law. Living up to its belief has let the ASPCA provide leadership in three main areas: care for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.

05 Mar

Nowdays, you can find organic fruits and vegetables everywhere. Be it the supermarket, food stores, farmers market and even in an online delivery services you can find organic foods products. It clearly shows that there is a demand for organic products as many people are consuming it.

02 Mar


Union Settlement Association has been a long-standing organization in East Harlem since 1895; the community has embraced Union Settlement as a vital part of the neighborhood. Sara Stuart, Director of Development and Communication at Union Settlement, shared her thoughts on the organization and how much they have progressed in the past few years.


19 Feb


 We all know cancer is a serious problem in the United States. Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death. Furthermore, a total of 1,658,370 new cancer cases and 589,430 cancer deaths are projected to occur in the United States in 2015. Cancer is not only a major public health problem in the United States, but also in many parts of the world.  Worldwide cancer rates are set to jump more than 75% by 2030. Even 22.2 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008.


16 Feb

(Source: Skeptical Science)

By now you may have heard that 2014 was declared the hottest year since record keeping by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This declaration is certainly alarming, but it overshadows another piece of startling news: ocean warming. Along with the planet’s surface temperature, the ocean is becoming warmer that it keeps “breaking scientists’ charts.” It’s important to note that 90% of global warming heat ends up in the ocean, as seen in the illustration above.

05 Feb


'I believe absolutely in the importance and power of the shared table. In many cultures, eating together around a table is the center of family life.'

– Stephanie Alexander, Kitchen Garden Foundation.



Stephanie Alexander founder of an Australian non-profit the ‘Kitchen Garden Foundation’ has strong values on the importance of food in culture. In the United States we have our own program taking successful strides towards progressive learning. The EcoSPACES program at Philips Academy in New Jersey shares Stephanie Alexander’s view, teaching their students the importance of sustainability and a healthy food culture.

04 Feb

 We all know that cancer epidemic is huge and it is increasing. Currently 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely. According to the Agency for Research on Cancer, if rates don’t change, the global cancer is expected to nearly 13.15 million deaths by 2030. Furthermore, the increasing graph of the developing countries is steeper than the graph of the developed countries.

16 Jan


What has happened to us? Even though medical technology is getting advanced in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially among our younger population. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death. By the way, here is a film that could save our lives.

13 Jan


“Any society that adequately invests in its youth, has also invested in its future” – Stephen Powell, Executive Director at Mentoring USA.


16 Dec

With the holiday season coming, it may be challenging to find the perfect gift. Most of all, we are totally bored of typical Christmas gifts, such as calendar or diary for next year, gift card, chocolate and socks.  Are you looking for special holiday gift ideas? Then, why don’t you finish this year with green items? You can add these eco-friendly gift ideas to your shopping list. They will make your holiday more perfect and the world greener.

02 Dec

 

 

The holiday season is known for the shopping discounts around the country. Our weekend spree starts with Black Friday and ends with Cyber Monday. We shop for our family, friends and we buy a lot of things for ourselves. But now, I would like to ask you a question – “Have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday?”


19 Nov

We all have 24 hours in a day, but dedicating yourself to exercising an hour each day acts as a great beneficial factor for your health. In that sense, can running help your health? Where do some people look for motivation to run? How does it help in increasing your metabolism? Would you be willing to challenge yourself to do a 5K race? Let’s see what some of the NYC marathoners had to say about their accomplishments.

07 Nov


For chocolate-lovers, it is not easy to give up on something that makes you feel like flying to the heavens above after taking a bite of that savory bar of chocolaty goodness.


But alas, there is an unsavory side to this sweet pleasure. A film has been created that might make you think twice before reaching for that sweet indulgence.The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano, sheds light on the use of child labor and illegal trafficking of children in Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry. The country is the largest producer of cocoa, owning 40% of the world's production.



05 Nov


On Wednesday, October 29, students started to gather in front of Low Memorial Library on the campus of Columbia University in carrying around mattresses and pillows. It was a part of movement “Carry that weight” on National Day of Action to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Survivors, elected officials, and allies shared their stories and called on Columbia University and all schools to support survivors and adopt meaningful reform.

28 Oct

 

If you’re an avid watcher of the news, you are already familiar with Ebola. But if you’ve been living under a rock these past months, you’re missing out on an epidemic that may affect you in the future. The Q&A below contains the most important information you need to know about Ebola:

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