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Jadav Payeng has spent the last forty years planting a tree a day on the northeast Indian island of Majuli. During this time Payeng alone has produced 550 hectares of forest, nearly two times the size of Central Park. Payeng’s actions have preserved the uncertain lifespan of Majuli for years, possibly decades, to come.

Majestic, Man

Greta Thunberg Leads the Next Generation in Climate Strikes 🌎


Climate strike catalyst

Since climate activist Greta Thunberg started weekly school protests outside Swedish parliament in August 2018, thousands of young people have begun demanding stronger climate action through her campaign: Fridays for Future. After a two-week voyage via zero-emission boat, Thunberg arrived in New York to speak at the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit, warning government leaders: "change is coming whether you like it or not."

Make the world Greta again

Thunberg's activism has also inspired the Global Climate Strike (Sept 20-27), in which she lead the NY demonstration. While the young activist has inspired millions across the globe, she has also received criticism from President Trump, among other national leaders, who mockingly tweeted: "she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”


Those who support Greta laud her strength and courage in speaking out on a global stage. Articles frame her neurological difference as something that both empowers and informs her ability to inspire real action and solutions. The support 16-year-old has garnered from people of all ages and backgrounds is recognized, along with her future receiving of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel Prize."


Sources criticizing Thunberg are concerned that her "doomsday" messages will result in unnecessary existential anxiety in young people. Psychologists express concern over the mental well-being and potential exploitation of the young activist, who has Asperger's and has battled depression. Articles also reference international leaders, such as Australian PM Scott Morrison who states the importance of first having "context and perspective" on ones own countries' climate policies.

Where's the common ground?

While there is strong debate throughout the world on the urgency and validity of climate change, both sides agree that it is an important topic to address and that the prosperity of future generations is a priority.

They see me (zero-emission) boating, they hating
Controversy Surrounds Joker Movie 🤡

Joker’s toughest foe to date

Set to release on October 4th, early screenings of Todd Phillip’s “Joker” have met controversy surrounding the level of violence depicted in the film. Relatives of those killed in the 2012 cinema shooting in Colorado wrote to Warner Brothers in response, asking the studio to promote non-violence on their platform. 

Warner Brothers responds

In reply, Warner Brothers referred to its philanthropic history, noting its donation to the Aurora, Colorado shooting. The studio also added: "Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero."


Sources that believe “Joker” promotes violence posit that unnecessary depictions of cruelty may influence impressionable teenagers to replicate what they see on the screen. Publications state that in an age where mass shootings are near commonplace, the use of guns in film should be kept to a minimum.


Sources that claim the movie is just fiction defend the movie by comparing it to films from previous decades, such as “A Clockwork Orange.” These sources argue that the movie is simply depicting a fictitious world distinct from modern society, no message of violence intended.


Where’s the common ground?

Both sides desire a world in which moviegoers can happily watch films of their choosing. The disagreement lies in whether these films have to power to negatively influence society.

@ Warner Bros.
Extra extra...✨
Breaking the Ice. Experts warn that the Mont Blanc glacier could potentially collapse due to unusually high temperatures speeding up the ice melt. (NBC)

Keepin’ that coin. The U.S. and Japan agree to a trade deal that would lower Japanese agriculture tariffs, U.S. industrial tariffs, and create new digital trade rules. (WallStreeJournal)

Entering the stoned age. A bill that would give marijuana businesses access to the banking sector clears the U.S. House on a 321-103 vote. (AP)

Got milk? Researchers discover milk residue in ancient bowels that are believed to be used as prehistoric baby bottles. (NPR)

Baby can you drive my car. General Motors announces a partnership with Amazon to bring Alexa into its vehicles. (CNBC)

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