Month: January 2019

Youth Climate Lawsuit in Limbo as the U.S. Government Puts Up Roadblocks

By Sophia Rothman, age 14 In 2015, 21 young people filed a lawsuit (Juliana et al. v. United States) against the U.S. government. Their goal? To force the government to do more in the fight against climate change. These young plaintiffs are claiming that the government’s willful inaction on climate change violates their, “fundamental constitutional …

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California Monarch Butterfly Population Down 86 Percent in 2018

Each fall, thousands of monarch butterflies travel from their summer homes in the northern U.S. and Canada to their winter homes in California and Mexico. But when scientists did the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count in November 2018, they found that the number of West Coast monarchs in California dropped by 86 percent since 2017. …

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“We Will Not Be Erased”: LGBTQIA Community Challenges Trump’s Assault on the Rights of the Transgender Community

By: Amzad Ali, Age 15 The Trump administration sparked a heated discussion about transgender individuals in early October, when a memo was leaked by the government which narrowed the definition of gender. In the memo, the government states that there are only two genders—male and female. The Department of Health and Human Services’ memo says …

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Who Is Jair Bolsonaro and Why Is He Called the “Trump of Brazil”?

By Lukas Azcurrain age: 12 and Indykids staff Jair Bolsonaro is the new president of Brazil. With strong backing from the military,  leaders of evangelical religious groups and the right-wing establishment, he is raising concerns about the future of civil liberties, social equality and environmental protection in the country.  Bolsonaro graduated from the Agulhas Negras …

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Meet Ruth Buffalo, the First Native American Democratic Woman Elected to the North Dakota Legislature

By Abigail Romero, age 10 Ruth Buffalo made history in North Dakota after she was elected as the first Native American Democratic woman to be elected to the state’s Legislature. Buffalo is passionate about reducing the cost of healthcare, improving the state’s educational system and supporting its agricultural economy. Her district includes Standing Rock Indian …

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The New Phase of Ear Hustle: A Podcast That Now Talks About Life Inside and Outside Prison

By Nazir Mobley, age 11 Earlonne Woods is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of a podcast called Ear Hustle, which tells stories about life inside the San Quentin prison in Northern California. In 1997, while in his early twenties, Woods was sentenced to 31 years to life imprisonment for attempted armed robbery. Because of his work with …

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Kids Doing Their Bit to Reduce Waste and Reduce Climate Change

By Orik Ehren age 13 years Though some, including U.S. President Donald Trump, might scoff at climate change, scientists predict it will cause catastrophic devastation to people and the planet in the not too distant future, if we don’t take significant actions to reduce it. Contributors to global warming include pollution from factories, cars, homes …

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