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Welcome to the One Seventeen.

Friends, I hope you're enjoying your winter so far. Recently, Bitcoin has been going crazy (p.s.: It's terrible for the environment), the #MeToo movement got some recognition from Time magazine, violent protests have erupted in the Middle East due to an uncouth American president's decision, and, of course, more. In the midst of all this, if at times you start to lose hope, consider Roald Dahl:

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog."
Roald Dahl
DEVELOPMENTS

#MeToo silence breakers win person of the year.

It's an umbrella of solidarity under which millions have come forward and shared their stories is still expanding. As a friend of mine said, we're marching forward, slowly but surely. Take 5 minutes to watch the video.

What's next, Trump, the Grand Canyon?

You might have heard that the Trump administration has shrunk a couple of national parks by 50 and 85 percent, respectively. But what's at stake? One one side, some Utahans felt that their use of their own land had been restricted, and now logging companies, coal mining companies, and especially uranium mining companies are calling it open season. On the other side, native tribes are banding together to protect their heritage, including over 100,000 archaeological sites and the nature surrounding them. 

What's scary is that we're not sure where the administration will stop. In a refreshing example of a company actually giving a damn about something, the outdoor clothing company Patagonia has taken an active role in raising outrage over what is the largest elimination of public land in American history. If you're outraged, too, check out their site for ways to get involved.

Get ready for electric planes.

Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens are teaming up to build an electric plane. Not sure why Rolls-Royce is in there. But here's hoping this is ready in time for xmas.

UN sending an envoy to investigate extreme poverty in the US.

It might seem strange to talk about extreme poverty in a country that creates so much wealth, but the US's failure to distribute this wealth has drawn much international attention.

The Republican tax bill, inequality, and napkins.

There's been a lot of brouhaha lately about the Republican tax bill and how it will increase inequality. One case study involves planned cuts to the estate tax, which would certainly do more to concentrate wealth. Why are they doing it, then? Because they're operating on a flawed model of how economies work -- a philosophy that goes back to a simple graph drawn on a cocktail napkin in 1974

RESOURCE

Bail out black inmates with your spare change.

This new app helps you fight mass incarceration and a racist justice system in the course of everyday shopping. See more at Appolition.us.

SOMEONE TO WATCH

Leticia James, NYC's public advocate.

She's the first woman of color to hold citywide office in NYC, she's essentially the city's official watchdog, and she's set her sights on climate change and its "catastrophic consequences". 

RESEARCH

The planet is warming faster than we thought.

So uncool, planet. Not that we wanted to hear it, but a paper in Nature describes new findings that show that in order to reach our targets for curbing climate change, we're going to have to reduce emissions more quickly than we thought. Basically, if you thought things were urgent before, now they are even more urgenter. 

COMMENTARY

Rich countries are reducing their emissions... by exporting them to China.

Don't believe the hype. Rich countries like the US, the UK, and Germany all get up at international conferences and brag about how they've reduced their emissions. They use this to try to get out of future commitments. But new analysis shows that these countries are increasing their emissions after all -- but that they're doing it in developing countries. 

I love you. Thanks for reading. :)

Please send all Roald Dahl quotes, solidarity umbrellas, electric Rolls-Royces, and 1970's cocktail napkins to me at christianpetroske@gmail.com.

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The One Seventeen is a weekly email that presents the latest in how the world is doing on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and reducing inequality, delivered in plain English. Each email has 5 parts: Recent developments; a resource; a profile of someone to watch; a summary of recent research; and commentary from around the web. It's called the One Seventeen in reference to each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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