The Students for Humanity Review

April 18, 2020

Last but not least, the 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force have been helping Cleland Wildlife Park. In their spare time they feed baby koalas through syringes, help administer pain relief, build mounts in the park and assist weaker koalas with climbing trees. Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up 3,000 reserve soldiers to help with the firefighting and evacuation operations in Eastern Australia. We are all excited to hear that the horrible fires in Australia are being slowly but surely extinguished thanks to continuous rainfall. The struggle is nonetheless not over, as flooding is now a problem and everyone affected by the fires are misplaced and suffering. It’s therefore very comforting to learn about communities coming together and lending a hand.

Soldiers have been aiding animals a...

April 10, 2020

Not too far from the Artic Circle in Anchorage, Alaska, with the weather now averaging -16 Celcius, is the Willow solar farm. Huge ice-covered panels, surrounded by snow, lined up and eagerly waiting for the sun to rise at 9 am. It doesn’t seem like the most practical location for this type of energy. 85% of the land in Alaska has permafrost and the 10 acre farm gets only 6 hours of sunlight a say during the winter, yet it has proven to be worthwhile.  Its output is 1.35 megawatt hours per year, enough to power 120 households per year. Climate change affects the artic region more than any other part of the world, so there is a definite sense of urgency toward the expansion of renewable energy options and the need to reduce fossil fuel use. The chief executive of the company that built the...

April 3, 2020

In Afghanistan, where it’s considered taboo for women to ride bicycles, there is a movement of change. A non-profit named Skateistan has given young girls a badass kind of fun. The organization uses skateboarding to empower marginalized youths and rescue them from the streets. It transitions kids into a community that teaches them about leadership and independence. Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re a Girl) is the name of the documentary about the non-profit’s mission in Afghanistan. It brought fame to Skateistan after it won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Short Film in February. Over 60% of their students are from low-income families with no access to education. Through their program, kids are given endless possibilities. From inculcating confidence and autonomy, to letting k...

March 10, 2020

News outlets nowadays seem to have more demoralizing content than usual, which makes sense due to the global corona virus epidemic. But while I recognize the need to keep informed, I also feel like I’m going crazy, and I need some good news in my day to day life. December and March is commonly associated with flu season, and yet every time I sneeze or cough now my mom nearly faints and I fear for my life. A small yet effective way to mitigate this overwhelming and irrational sense of anxiety and impending doom is to dedicate an articles solely on positive events around the world. So, for the next weeks, only positive articles!

All over this crazy world of ours, great and heart-warming things take place. Acts and facts like these keep our hopes up and motivate us to make positive changes of...

November 18, 2019

This year, the United Nations has held multiple conferences on the issue of Hate Speech, and more specifically on its presence online and its impact on minorities. In each of these meetings, key speakers of the Human Rights Committee stressed the importance of “identifying, preventing and confronting” online hate as well as how these measures would not put an individual’s freedom of speech at risk. On the 21st of October, before the launch of the annual report on Internet and Freedom of Expression, UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye expressed his concern regarding our tendency to underestimate hate speech. At the most recent meeting with the General Assembly, he addressed how “the prevalence of online hate poses challenges to everyone, first and foremost the marginalized individuals who are...

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