For a third year, we invited students from 11 to 19 to tell us short, powerful stories about a meaningful life experience for our Personal Narrative Writing Contest . And for a third year, we heard from young people across the globe about the moments, big and small, that have shaped them into who they are today: a first kiss that failed to meet expectations, a school assignment that led to self-acceptance, an incident at airport security that made the world look much less sweet, and more. Our judges read more than 11,000 submissions and selected over 200 finalists — eight winners, 16 runners-up, 24 honorable mentions and 154 more essays that made it to Round 4 — whose stories moved us and made us think, laugh and cry. “I’m always blown away by the vulnerability and tenderness so many of these stories hold,” one judge commented. Below, you can read the eight winning essays, published in full. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find the names of all of our finalists, or see them … [Read more...] about The Winners of Our 3rd Annual Personal Narrative Essay Contest for Students
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 83 percent of U.S. adults over 65 did not meet the minimum standards of physical activity to stay healthy and decrease the risk of premature death from chronic disease. In response, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has set a goal of decreasing this to 70 percent of adults over the next 20 years, but that still leaves almost 40 million older Americans at risk. Given the potential for devastating health and financial ramifications from physical inactivity — one estimate published in The Lancet put the cost at $24 billion annually — it’s time for federal, state and local governments to increase opportunities and access to physical activity for all adults. That could result in billions of dollars in cost savings and, more importantly, healthier lives. In October, after four years of work by a multidisciplinary coalition of researchers engaged with 85 United Nations member states, the World … [Read more...] about Let’s commit infrastructure funding to help older Americans lead healthier lives
Today is Monday. Welcome to Equilibrium, a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup . A Lima zoo is scrambling to save more than 40 seabirds , including protected Humboldt penguins, after waves from a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific splashed 6,000 barrels of crude oil along Peru’s coastline, Agence France-Presse reported . A team of veterinarians is caring for the birds, who were brought to the Parque de Las Leyendas zoo after being rescued from the polluted beaches, according to the AFP story. The vets are bathing the animals in special detergent to remove the suffocating oil. ADVERTISEMENT "We have never seen anything like this in the history of Peru," biologist Liseth Bermudez told AFP. Today we’ll take a look at another fossil fuel crisis — a natural gas shortage in Europe that could escalate amid a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine — and what the U.S. is … [Read more...] about Equilibrium/Sustainability — Seabirds covered in oil after volcanic eruption
An Everest-size comet is hurtling toward Earth, and in exactly six months and 14 days, the planet will be shattered to pieces, leaving every living creature to perish in a cataclysm of fire and flood. In “ Don’t Look Up ,” Netflix’s hit climate-apocalypse film, this news largely bounces off the American public like a rubber ball. And they return to their phones with a collective “meh” — opting to doomscroll instead of acknowledging certain doom IRL. With the hope of snapping the masses from their stupor, Jennifer Lawrence’s character, a young scientist with a Greta Thunberg-like disdain for the apathetic, screams into the camera during a live TV appearance: “You should stay up all night every night crying when we’re all, 100 percent, for sure, going to [expletive] die!” She’s swiftly dismissed as hysterical, and an image of her face is gleefully seized on for the full meme treatment. (More spoilers ahead.) What the internet has done to our minds and what our minds have done to … [Read more...] about Can Works Like ‘Don’t Look Up’ Get Us Out of Our Heads?