It’s not hard to empathize 

“Girl Rising” is a movie with the ability to touch a lot of viewers with its powerful stories. The movie shows the lives of 9 different girls, through hard and difficult times. “Girl Rising” was released during the “girl rising” campaign in 2013. The campaign uses the power of storytelling, through film and other media to change the way people think about girls’ values and their abilities. At the very start of the movie, it says “66 million girls are out of school”. Just after a few minutes, the viewer is met with a statement that must be changed.

The story that made the most impression on me was Wadley’s story. An earthquake on Haiti destroyed her home and school, which meant only the people with the most money could afford to send their kids to school. Wadley was only seven years old when this happened, but that did not stop her from learning, even though her mother didn’t have money to pay for her education. She went to the school, sat down, and acted like everything was normal. The teacher eventually sent her home after she figured Wadley’s mother had not paid for her education.

The next day, Wadley went back to the school, knowing she most certainly would be kicked out again. When the teacher told Wadley to leave the classroom, Wadley stood up in front of the whole class and said; “I will come back every day until I can stay”. The teacher decided to let her stay and learn. After that episode, Wadley came back to school every day and learnt just as much as all the other girls did.

The way Wadley showed her determination to the teacher made me realise how much an education meant for her. I thought about how a lot of people who always have had the opportunity to get education take it for granted.

There were also a lot of other touching stories in this movie. They were all special in their own way because of the different techniques the stories were presented with. I think this movie will educate a lot of people about how important it is to include women into the society of all countries, and the benefits of doing so. It’s necessary to understand that 50% of the world’s population are women, while only a small percentage of them are getting a good education. Quote, Girl Rising’s fact sheet; “Each extra year of secondary school can help a girl increase their future earnings by 10-20%, and some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.” We can clearly see the benefits of educating girls, especially in developing countries. The statement “One girl with courage is a revolution” implies that if girls have the same opportunities as men, they can make a huge difference in our world.

There are some minor “action scenes” in the movie, but the movie is mostly focused on getting a point across to the viewer. I did not find myself drowning in excitement or curiosity watching it, but the stories were put together in a way that made it easy to keep up with all the information being delivered. The stories themselves were interesting and had a lot of great depictions which make it easier to empathize with the girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Girl rising’s fact sheet, http://assets.girlrising.com/asset/5-screening-event-resources-screenings-speakers-merchandise/Corporate10KeyFacts/5-03.%20GR%20Education%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf, downloaded 22.09.2017

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Operation day’s work

Operation day’s work is a solidarity campaign ran by youth who try to make a difference in the world. The whole concept behind the campaign is to financially support a chosen group of people by having students from all around the country working one day, earning money to donate to the people who need it the most.

This year, the money goes to nature conservation association who fight against the biggest oil companies in the whole world. The money is being used to help the people in Nigeria who had their whole town flooded in oil, because of several oil spillings. In the video under this paragraph, you can clearly see how the oil spillings has changed Nigeria and the people who live there. The oil has contaminated the water completely to the point where all the fish in the water is full of oil. I think this oil pollution has gone way too far, but watch the video and judge by yourself.

The Norwegian students are going to work for one day. They can either work at home or they can contact different companies around in their city and try to get a job there. A lot of the companies employ students, mostly because they would like to support the campaign by giving the students a workplace for a day.

In 2016 the money earned by the students went to helping children in Colombia get safer schools and education programs. This is the perfect opportunity for the students to help people who are less fortunate than us. I think operation day’s work is an awesome idea, and I encourage everyone who can to participate in this campaign.

Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey?

I watched the news and saw the actual pictures from the flood in Texas. My initial thought was we can’t do anything, but try to save as many people as possible from these natural disasters. I said to myself, these things happened, it’s nature and we can’t stop it.

When I read the article “Did climate change intensify hurricane Harvey?” I quickly realised humans was a big factor for the enormity of the hurricane. Humans has over years changed the earth’s climate. It has gotten to the point where the natural disasters are much greater than they would be without us. The article made me realise how much all these environmental discussions matter. It’s important to discuss how we are going to treat our environment in the future to secure a sustainable future for both us, and the environment.

The fact that it’s going to rain 50 inches of water just over a few days is mind blowing to me. The article helps me visualise how much water needs to be transported away from the city and makes the reader understand how significant this hurricane is. I realised I want to do what I can to prevent a natural disaster like this to happened in the future.

 

Link to the article: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/did-climate-change-intensify-hurricane-harvey/538158/

Good health and well-beeing is the most important goal!

Before I start this blogpost, I want to clarify that everything I publish on this blog is based on my own views and opinions. We all have different backgrounds and experiences which affect our views. If you disagree with any of my opinions, and you want to share your own views with me, feel free to leave a comment on my blog.

I think the most important one of the 17 sustainable development goals the UN has announced is number three, Good Health and Well-being. To manage all the other goals the UN has set, it’s really important that they don’t compromise on the well-being and health of the citizens. If these two factors are not good enough, it will be much harder to execute all the other goals the United Nations has set.

A lot of people struggle with physical and mental problems. To solve this problem, we need to make sure that when the most powerful people out there make the big decision, they take in consideration the well-being of the people.

Let me show you an example. For people to get the best education possible, it’s really important they actually enjoy the time they spend studying and don’t feel like they are wasting it. It’s also important that the people’s health is being taken into consideration while we are trying to keep a sustainable development.