A Look at Climate Change

Maria Mutka, YGI Staff Writer

Amid the contrasting opinions of different skeptics, scientists, world leaders, and activists on the subject of climate change, it can be hard to get to the truth about this important topic. It can be difficult to the biased stances that both climate change activists and deniers can take. Yet, the environment, and how climate change affects it, is a topic that requires discussion because many do not fully understand it.

To properly define climate change, it is necessary to describe everything involved in it. Underneath the big umbrella of climate change are global warming, issues with rising sea levels, ice melting, and more.  Something that most people might not know is that global warming is not actually the same thing as climate change.  It only represents one facet and consequence of the greater subject of climate change.

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Beauty in the 21st Century

#nofilter. #nomakeup. #beautiful.

No matter how cringe-worthy this opening may seem, at some point in time, these were exceptionally popular hashtags on Instagram. After all, everyone seems to love celebrating confidence and ‘natural beauty’ in the 21st century. Many online magazines targeting female audiences regularly feature articles like ‘Celebs Who Look Flawless Without Makeup’ whilst many song lyrics that aim to glorify a woman’s bodily beauty focus on the effortless nature of their allure. Even though these forms of celebration can seem positive, they simultaneously point out our underlying assumptions and opinions concerning physical appearance. We are starting to see makeup as the norm – something we desperately need in order to look presentable on a daily basis. Even though celebrities experience more pressure to maintain their weight or skin, we’re all interested in making our faces workable canvases for makeup. However, what happens when you want to go beyond simple facial touch-ups?

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A Call for a Change in the Approach to Politics

When Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, much of our nation watched with our mouths hung open in shock. In the beginning of the 2016 race, many Americans regarded Donald Trump’s entrance as a publicity stunt, for he had been falsely speculated to run for presidency in 2012. Americans misjudged Trump’s capabilities, deeming it impossible that he, who had explicitly stated his opinions on America’s immigration system in his presidential announcement speech that aroused much controversy, held no chance of gaining support.

This “impossible” billionaire and real estate tycoon candidate now remains at the top of many preliminary polls for the Republican primary race, leading the Republican Party by holding 26 percent of support from registered republicans across America. In the past months, support for Trump has surged significantly, and a win of 2016 looks a little less impossible than it has been before.

Now the main question remains, “Why does Trump hold such a great amount of support?” and “What message is Trump’s popularity sending to the current status of American Politics?”

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Opportunities: Girls Who Code

Girls Who CodeThe United States Department of Labor states that there will be 1.4 million job openings for computer specialists in 2020. However, only 29% of these open jobs will be able to be filled. Women particularly are a severely under represented group in the technology field. As a result, Girls Who Code (GWC), a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors, has taken action. GWC inspires girls to not only learn the hard skills of computer science, but also teach valuable soft skills.

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YGI Pen Pals

Welcome to YGI Pen Pals! We’re so excited to share this program with everyone!

YGI Pen Pals is essentially an effort to bridge the gap between cultures and make the world smaller. We know that it’s hard to feel connected to foreign places and people when our world is so large and the Internet so faceless, and this is a way to build a meaningful friendship with a person from an unique place that you can learn more about! By clicking on the image below, you can fill out a form for Pen Pals. We’ll then process your application and personally match you with someone who shares your interests! You might be astounded to find out how much you have in common with an individual from a country that’s on the other side of the world! Have fun, and thank you for your interest in Young Global Initiative and YGI Pen Pals!

– The YGI Team

Young Global INitiative

“I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I’m disgusted by it.”

Lack of basic necessities, stability, and an appreciation for education all are reoccurring characteristics in underperforming school districts. This is a problem that transcends the classroom. We need a strong support system at home and within the community that fosters an environment that promotes learning and education as necessary components of an individual’s future.



Children are served lunch at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., in 2012. Of the 708 students at the school during that year, 95 percent qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch because of low family income. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)
Children are served lunch at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., in 2012. Of the 708 students at the school during that year, 95 percent qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch because of low family income. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

The Ignorance Epidemic (The Wealth Disparity in America)

In a society full of self-centeredness and superficiality, it is hardly shocking that inequality in America runs as deep as any other social value. The wealthy get increasingly wealthier while the lower economic classes remain trapped in the endless search for opportunities that are likely nonexistent. Although money does not buy happiness, it does buy a decent life in which the pursuit of happiness is remotely possible. In order to ascertain fair representation and significant mobility, the United States must therefore strive towards equality through both income and opportunity. Increasing our awareness of these economic conditions will lead to a more united society.

Out of all the factors influencing the immense wealth gap, the ignorance of the wealthy is by far the most fundamental. Citizens suffering the short end of income inequality are criticized for choosing to protest rather than to get as politically involved as the upper classes (a process that is near impossible without significant funds). This lack of empathy prevalent in the upper classes is not farfetched. Current policy appeals to the wealthy as there exists little to no representation for the poor. The oversimplified suggestions such as these embody the rich population’s misunderstanding of the proper way to alleviate economic hardship. The changes in culture and incentive for which they advocate will only be achieved with adequate monetary and opportunistic goals.

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