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Ziauddin Yousafzai: My daughter, Malala. Dare to educate Afghan girls - Shabana Basij-Rasikh | TED-Ed. Why aren't we only using solar power? - Alexandros George Charalambides. This TED-Ed Select takes a look at sustainable energy and what we use our energy for. The Cloud Appreciation Society Despite the major progress in the use of solar energy during the past years, and the large scale installations mainly of Photovoltaics (PVs) and to a lesser extent of Solar Thermal Power Plants, Solar Renewable Energy Systems (RES) have not yet achieved high penetration in the energy sector compared to the existing fossil fuel power plants. This is mainly due to their dependency on the variability of the sun’s irradiance and in most cases, due to the lack of affordable storage options which leads to the attenuation of the power output of the solar RES.

This dependency is more profound during partial cloudy conditions, when the fluctuations of solar irradiance over the solar field of the PV Park, due to the presence of the clouds in front of the sun disk, result in the attenuation of the power output of the system. Don't speak the lingo? Fresh water scarcity: An introduction to the problem - Christiana Z. Peppard | TED-Ed. Christiana Z. Peppard is a water-loving biologist turned ethicist who thinks a lot about bodies of water and the fact/value distinction. She is Assistant Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics at Fordham University in New York City.A video about how to conserve water: is part one of two in a series about water: Fresh water accounts for only 2.5% of Earth's water, yet it is vital for human civilization.

What are our sources of fresh water? In the first of a two part series on fresh water, Christiana Z. Do the green thing - Andy Hobsbawm | TED-Ed. EDJ.pdf. Greening the ghetto - Majora Carter | TED-Ed. Majora Carter argues that “race and class are extremely reliable indicators as to where one might find the good stuff [in a community], like parks and trees, and where one might find the bad stuff, like power plants and waste facilities.” Create a list of what could be considered the ‘bad stuff’ in a community, and identify where these things are located in your own area. Do you think this bears out Carter’s claim? Learn more about Majora Carter.

How did she become an environmental justice advocate? American Public Media: The Promised Land [Majora Carter hosts this award-winning public radio show] Sustainable South Bronx United States Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Justice. Want to be an activist? Start with your toys - McKenna Pope. Jeremy Gilley: One day of peace.

Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy. Bandi Mbubi: Demand a fair trade cell phone. Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism. Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela. Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA. TED under 20 | Playlist. Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer. Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria. Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors. Toby Shapshak: You don't need an app for that. Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change. Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief. Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal. Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions.

Natalie Warne: Being young and making an impact. Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out. Humans of New York. The nurdles’ quest for ocean domination - Kim Preshoff. Captain Charles Moore was the first to discover a large collection of plastics circulating in the Pacific Ocean. Take a look at this TED-Ed lesson Seas of Plastic: Captain Charles Moore to learn more about his discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Where do the nurdles and microplastic floating in the ocean go?

Often, they are deposited on the beaches of islands near the circulating ocean gyres. Midway, an island in the Pacific, is home to a large albatross population that is currently suffering from the plastic pollution floating in our oceans. Plastic bags are not indigenous to the Pacific Ocean! The Anthropocene or Age of Man, has become a popular term to represent the geologic epoch that marks the global impact humans have had on Earth’s ecosystems. What can we do to help? Let your voice be heard! Teens Making a Difference. Loukoumi. Organizations with Volunteer Programs for Kids - GreatNonprofits' Blog. Organizations with Volunteer Programs for Kids July 2, 2014 at 12:56pm In a recent blog post, Helping Kids Make a Difference, we covered simple ways to get kids involved in philanthropy and giving – ideas as simple as a peanut butter and jelly drive or fostering an animal.

We’re following on to that blog post by highlighting a few Top-Rated nonprofits using our site. Check out these top-rated nonprofits and learn how kids are participating in their volunteer activities! Project Night Night Located in San Francisco, Project Night Night assembles tote bags filled with items to help kids feel supported, loved, and cared for: a security blanket, books, and stuffed animals. 25,000 homeless children receive Night Night Packages each year. 10,000 volunteers connect with and improve their communities annually. Project Night Night describes a number of innovative ways for kids to volunteer; here are two: “Birthday Heroes”. Virtual lemonade stand. What They Are Saying GlamourGals What They are Saying. Kids who make a difference. Search Results kids making a difference. Top 11 Kids Who Made A Difference In 2011. VolunteerMatch - Where Volunteering Begins. | Largest organization for teens and social cause. Volunteer, work, intern, organize, hire and connect. Change the world - Kids are Heroes - Kids are making a difference in this world. 65 Ways to Make a Difference | GenerationOn. - What Kids Can Do. Kids frequently ask us for information about what they can do to make a difference. So, we decided to create a What Kids Can Do page where you can come for ideas about how to get involved.

We also hope that you will email your accomplishments to us for posting on the What Kids Can Do page. That way, we can all learn from each other. Here are some ways you can start to MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Education The first step in helping end hunger is talking about hunger. Volunteer Hunger is everywhere including the city or town you live in. Write Letters The purpose of writing letters to alert government officials, newspaper editors, local business leaders, producers of television news programs, etc. of the knowledge you have gained about the root causes of hunger and what can be done locally or nationally to eliminate it.

Another way to approach this is to support a cause already underway in your community. Fund Raising BAKE SALE - Everyone's favorite! COSTUME BALL - Hold this event around Halloween. Kids Who Are Making a Difference. Jack Andraka: A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager. Kids Who Make a Difference - Kids Making a Difference. Racing Against Cancer Winter Vinecki Age 12, Salem, OR Everybody in Winter’s family likes to race, so it’s no surprise that by age 8, she’d run a 10K. More eye-opening: She raised $1,100 in donations for cancer research. Soon after, she had a brainstorm: She and other athletes could raise even more money for health causes by competing in races and triathlons together. So she decided to form a nonprofit, Team Winter.

Her website, Facebook, and Twitter pages helped Winter spread the word, and today Team Winter counts some 200 athletes, who have brought in more than $250,000. Find more stories of inspiration. Halfsies. Halfsies addresses 3 major issues: 1) Oversized Meal Portions 2) Excessive Food Waste 3) Local and Global Hunger These problems are not unrelated. They share a common denominator: food. And yet, we continue to see rising rates without clear, sustainable solutions. How It Works Halfsies turns the simple act of dining out into a charitable giving opportunity. Here are just a few of the social and environmental benefits of Halfsies: 1) American consumers will make better choices when dining out -- eating healthier, wasting less, and giving to a worthy cause (without spending an extra penny) 2) Food waste will be reduced, which means a lower negative impact on the environment, less waste heading to landfills, lower methane emissions (a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than CO2 that is heating up our planet), and reduced costs incurred by the many effects of food waste Where Will the Money Go?

1) Non-Profit & Trademark Registration 2) Video Production & Website Development Join the Movement. Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action | Talk Transcript. Inventions that Shape History Series. What Will You Do with Your Life? Series | TED-Ed. Ingenuity in the Developing World Series | TED-Ed. A global culture to fight extremism - Maajid Nawaz | TED-Ed. Learn more about Khudi, the grassroots movement Nawaz started in Pakistan: What messages is Khudi trying to spread, and how are Nawaz and his colleagues doing this? Nawaz says that social movements are fueled by ideas, stories, symbols, and leaders. Research a modern-day social movement and identify its ideas, stories, symbols, and leaders.

Do the same for the opposing movement/view, if one exists. Create an infographic that provides an overview of each. Quilliam Foundation. A warm embrace that saves lives - Jane Chen | TED-Ed. Welcome to Forbes. Plastic Bank: Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Through 3D Re-purpose Center for Social Plastic & Ocean Bound Plastic. Kid President. Kids For A Better World | Your donation will help meet the needs of children and families in local and global communities and empower youth to make a difference. Kids Can. Kids Can... Change the World! Kids can really make a difference in the world -- in many different ways! With the spread of the World Wide Web, kids have more access to information than ever before. And they have more ways to share information with their friends -- text messaging, email, web cams and online videos.

But we know that even though you love joking around and talking about music and movies you also care about the things that really matter in the world. You want to help children who don't have enough food, who are in danger because of wars and famine. Even though you are not the first generation to worry about these things, you may be the first to have at have the tools to change the world readily at hand. No matter what you think of the 1960s or the values that the youth culture then supported, the fact remains that they were a powerful force.

One way to do this is to join the Earth's Kids KIDS CLUB. Empower children to create positive change. Meditation exercise. 25 Free Apps That Are Making The World A Better Place. 10 Simple Ways to Make the World a Better Place. “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” ~Paul Shane Spear I have always wanted to change the world. I remember being four years old, sitting glued to the television on Sunday mornings, not watching cartoons, but utterly captivated by World Vision. I cried about the injustices in the world, and begged my mother to let me sponsor Maria, the girl with the large, sad eyes who was around my age. My mom patiently tried to explain to me that we couldn’t afford to send her money. Having been raised in a middle-class community of about 800 people in rural Newfoundland, I had never seen a stark divide between the rich and the poor. My heart broke for Maria, and all of the other children on the show.

Throughout my childhood, I told everyone that I wanted to change the world. Still, I knew I wanted to make a positive difference by helping people, animals, and the environment. People asked, “Why bother? 1. 2. 3. 4. This can be such a rewarding experience. Kindness Ideas. Loading 350 Kindness Ideas... Donate! Do some early spring cleaning today and fill some boxes with gently used toys, clothes, and books to bring to a local donation center. If you've already cleaned house recently, think about donating your time or money to a cause that is dear to your heart this week. Make it a priority to do it today! Organize a Teddy Bear Drive Did you know there are many children in your community without homes, whose families can't afford to buy them toys? Anonymous Only My good friend died not long ago. Build a House Help build a house for someone in need with Habitat for Humanity.

Let Your Teacher Know You Appreciate Him or Her “Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” - William Prince Return Emails Promptly Returning emails promptly is a great way to show someone respect. Be Polite Online Remember to be respectful of others when you are on the internet. Make Time for Silly Conserve Energy Become an Organ Donor Tip Big Start Now! 25 Things We Can Do to Make the World a Better Place. I think of her often, but this year seems pretty momentous: in September, it will have been 15 years since she passed, and in a few more years I will have lived exactly half my life without her. I miss her every day and it is an ache I can’t explain: a weevil burrowing deep in my bones, a shadow in my heart; It hurts that she is not here to meet her grandson (my nephew), or to enjoy retirement in the cottage on the lake she always wanted to have. I am grateful that I got to know this amazing woman, who seemed put on this earth specifically to be a mother and that I am able to still have a relationship with her.

She taught and guided me so much during her time on earth, and while I have changed several times over from the daughter she knew, one of the things I remember most has been the importance of doing good for others, about how each individual can and must work towards making the world a better place. These are a few of those things that I believe to be true. About Bronwyn Petry. All ideas for | I want to make the world a better place (so now what?)