1. G8 Opposite Viewpoint on their environmental discussions
If youâve been following the G8 Summit taking place this week in Tokyo, Japan, then youâre aware that discussion surrounding climate change was at the top of the agenda. In a previous post, we highlighted the agreement made by the group to cut carbon emissions fifty percent by the year 2050. Though many have hailed this as a milestone in international environmental policy, others, like UN Environment Programme Head Achim Steiner, remain skeptical that real change will occur in the near future. Check out some of Achimâs argument here.
2. Tour de France Interactive Map
For anyone whoâs ever had dreams of one day slipping into a spandex uniform (not me) and racing amidst cheering fans in this monthâs annual Tour de France bicycle race, a new Google Maps feature now allows you, in some degree, to live out your fantasy. The company has just launched a map of the race that is linked to virtual street views. In other words, with the click of a mouse, viewers around the world can access race-level views. Hereâs the full article.
3. Homeless World Cup
Everyone needs to hear an inspirational story now and then, and this one definitely counts. A new documentary entitled âKicking Itâ describes how the lives of hundreds of homeless individuals around the world are being transformed by an ordinary soccer ball. In 2006 an international soccer tournament called the Homeless World Cup was created, providing hope and a sense of purpose to many.
Image courtesy of the Kicking It website
4. Guinness Book of World Records Natty G Shoe line
It was rather tough for many of us here at National Geographic to make it to work last week, given the slew of shoes occupying the main courtyard in front of our headquarters in Washington D.C. It was a welcomed obstacle, however, given that the surplus of shoes (over 10,000 of them) was the result of a National Geographic Kids Magazine-shoe drive to benefit Nikeâs Reuse-a-Shoe program. The used shoes, including two pairs from actress Cameron Diaz, will be recycled and made into playgrounds and sports surfaces. Find out more about the program here.
5. Urban Farming
What would you do with a large amount of deserted urban land and a community of hungry families nearby? For Detroit native Taja Sevelle, the answer lay with a seed and some water. With the help of some very kind individuals, as well as support from her city legislature, Sevelle created a charity called Urban Farming that turns abandoned city lots into gardens. The produce is then distributed and shared throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Click here for the entire article.
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