Surreal is hardly a word to describe the state of the whole world last year when COVID-19 stroke. Undoubtedly, last year was such a challenging time for everyone. As the pandemic swept across the globe, everyone — young and old, men and women — regardless of social class, economic status, racial and ethnic background, found themselves in the same boat.

It was almost like the world hit a pause…and as individuals and families established their new norms in the comfort of their homes, behind facial masks, and through virtual interactions, many organizations who have made their mark in humanitarian affairs…

Child refugees, Glocally Connected

Every year, millions of men, women, children, families are caught in a crossfire of political conflicts, war, and violence in many countries like Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan. According to UNHCR, there were about 68 million people forced to leave their homes and countries due to violence, conflict, and persecution by the end of 2017. With such disturbing numbers, it puts a spotlight on how we, as individuals and a country, deal with refugees who have been marginalized and displaced.

Selin Nielsen, co-founder of Glocally Connected in Southern California, shared her experiences working with helping refugees. She and co-founder Sherry MacKay…

Kapu Collective

A picture says a thousand words…more so, if they’re on the edge of a waterfall, underwater, or among the broken ice pieces in the Arctic. These sums up the fascinating art pieces that Hula and Kapu have done and been doing.

Brothers, born and raised in Hawaii, Hula and Kapu carry great love for art and nature. “Growing up in the island, you have this sense of responsibility to the land. The land takes care of you, you take care of the land. It’s something that we definitely want to connect with art,” Kapu shared.

Hula and Kapu

Wrong Calculation, Right…

The River by Katie Williams

Amid the growing plastic pollution crisis, we see people rising up and taking a stand in a lot of different ways. Plastic pollution protests can range from marching in the streets to more unorthodox methods, such as protest art. Protest art is an important way to create public awareness for issues such as the single-use plastics problem.

Creative consultant, activist, and artist, Katie Williams uses art as a way to raise awareness of consumer habits regarding single-use plastics. …

People’s march on human trafficking in Hollywood, CA

On April 6th, people from all walks of life gathered and marched together on the streets of Hollywood to call for an end on human trafficking. According to United Nations, human trafficking takes place in every country with children making up one third of the victims, at least 70% women and girls combined. It’s a persistent issue that many people feel strongly about.

The gathering was joined by Ike Khamisani, President, and Rachelle Adelante, Secretary, UNA-USA, Inland Empire Chapter. Ike addressed the march and passerby. …

Plastic waste in Verde Island, Philippines. Photo credit: Greenpeace

They say one doesn’t need to wear a cape to be a hero. I’d say this couldn’t be truer after getting to know some of the inspiring and courageous individuals who have been tirelessly tackling the growing issue of plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is an enormous problem that’s currently plaguing our environment. It just keeps growing. Nowadays, it’s not as easy to escape the issue as we used to think. It’s part of our everyday lives, whether we’re sipping coffee in a plastic cup or jogging down a plastic-ridden beach. …

New Year’s Eve. Photo Credit: Pixabay

So, the New Year has come again. Among many holidays, New Year’s Eve gets the best of my emotions. Because this is the event that we celebrate across the globe, this one touches all of our hearts and lives. Every New Year’s Eve, I make certain to scroll through the magnificent photos of people celebrating around the world. Men, women, and children. Friends and families. Different countries. Different languages. Different cultures. Different backgrounds. People from all walks of life. In New Year’s Eve, all these differences hardly matter. …

Can Plastic Roads Pave the Way to Sustainable Future?

Photo credit @ MountPleasantGranary

We use roads in our daily lives to get us from point A to point B. Road infrastructures are a big part of our economic growth and development…but how does plastic roads sound?

With the rising problem of plastic pollution, the use of plastic waste for road construction has come to light. To some innovators, if you can’t destroy plastic pollution, reuse them. …

Plastic Straws: A Single Use that Lasts a Lifetime

Plastic straws in drinking cups. Photo credit: Pxhere

The U.S. consumes about 500 million plastic straws each day. I don’t find this hard to believe because yesterday morning, I walked into my favorite Starbucks before heading into work and as I stood in line and waited for my drink, I couldn’t help but notice each drink that was served before me had a plastic straw. One by one, a plastic straw was put in each drink, from iced lattes to frappuccinos, as customers grabbed them to go. It dawned on me that this practice has become automated. It felt…

Residents wear masks to protect themselves from air pollution as truck drives nearby the burning forest

When we think of climate change, our minds mostly divert to the oil industry and transportation sector. While they have a part, there’s another culprit that plays a major role: Palm oil. Unknowing to many of us, palm oil is present in our everyday lives. The Rainforest Action Network indicates it’s in the breakfast doughnuts we eat, chocolate desserts we crave, cosmetics we buy, and household products we use among many others. Palm oil makes our lives easy and convenient without making us aware of it. …

Rachelle Adelante

Greenpeace contributor. UN Association member. I’m all for better public health, animal welfare, sustainable environment.

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