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Pens created out of paper

Project Syahi: Reducing Plastic Waste and Challenging the Patriarchy

In this piece you will read about an exceptional initiative - Project Syahi, which involves pens created out of paper which is upcycled from the waste generated in various commercial sectors. Youth Time had a unique opportunity to speak with Purva Pasricha, Executive Member of Enactus Kirori, who elaborates more about how these pens are crafted, how they protect the environment, as well as how women working with them are at the same time challenging patriarchy norms and becoming more financially independent.  
Dr. Emily Duncan on eXXpedition's North Pacific Voyage

Dr. Emily Duncan, Forbes „30 Under 30“ Innovator – Love for Turtles Beats Plastic...

Although her job is a serious science mixed with a fascination with marine life conservation, Dr. Emily Duncan (27) sees it as an exciting adventure too. This includes collecting samples while being hit by strong wind and waves at a 45-degree angle and spending a night on a beach with huge turtles. Her devotion led her from the rivers of India to crossing the cold waters of the Pacific and she won’t stop until all of us wake up – and face the facts.
Plastic-to-fuel

Turning Plastic into Fuel

According to National Geographic, less than 5% of the plastic manufactured each year is recycled globally, with the production of the material set to increase by 3.8% every year until 2030, adding to the 6.3 billion tonnes churned out since production began 60 years ago. Most of this plastic ends up in our oceans, becoming a disruption for marine ecosystems, and researchers say it would take a minimum of 450 years for it to biodegrade, if ever. So what are we doing in this regard, to help make things better?
Collage from plastic waste

Precious Plastic: A Global Community of Recycling Entrepreneurs

Precious Plastic is a community that understands that single-use plastic is a huge issue in today’s world. Reports predict that by 2050, the plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish. This is not only because plastic products such as bottles, straws, and bags are being created at exponential levels. Animals are dying because of plastic pollution as a result. Many people try to reduce their use of plastic and even go the zero-waste route. The Precious Plastic community believes that plastic is a precious resource and should be treated as such.

Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis. The deadline is on 11 June 2019.

The Comeback Of Green Origami – From Plastic Bin Bags To Newspapers

Life without plastic bags has a shorter history than most people realize. The convenience of picking up any number of plastic bags was initially limited when supermarkets began charging a small amount of money for them and later when supermarkets removed plastic bags from their stores completely. Some countries even went so far as to ban them entirely.

Think global...?

What Does Thinking Globally Mean and Why Does It Matter?

We hear it all the time, the phrase that says: Think Globally, act locally. The so-long-used phrase was introduced first in 1915 by the Scottish planner and conservationist, Patrick Geddes. But many people still don’t know what he meant, and what does it generally mean to think globally.
10 Inspiring Young People to Follow in 2020

10 Inspiring Young People to Follow in 2020

Young people seem to often get the short end of the stick. Their lives are governed by rules created by older people who often underestimate them. While their lives are severely affected by the choices made by adults around them, they rarely have a say in policies that will impact their lives. Despite being unable to vote or have full independence, the following teenagers are trying and succeeding at making a difference. These inspiring young people are following their passion and taking the world by storm!
Surreal solitary man

Do Terry Gilliam’s Films Arise from Chaos?

In the fantasy genre, this American man with British roots create dozens of stories of a chaotic world. But Terry Gilliam called himself the one who just shoot everything around the way it does exist. Brazil, 12 Monkeys and The Zero Theorem are still eccentric and outstanding films. Terry Gilliam directed them in the cycle of strategy against the bureaucracy and government system that manipulate people by setting the stupid rules. At the same time, Joan Rowling saw Terry Gilliam the only director, who could make Harry Potter in the closest perspective to her. How he, overwhelming and extraordinary director, actor and dreamer, sink into the mind of youngsters and shot the films from the future in the late 80s?
Thrifting shopping as a nowadays trend

The Rising Trend to Thrift Shopping

In the ‘90s, thrift shopping was associated mostly with hipsters, and was seen as an option that came with the growing popularity of grunge music bands (cough, Nirvana). This sort of fashion movement was considered an anti-fashion statement because it did not follow any particular fashion trends, and its purpose was not to make your clothes look expensive or new. But we can easily say that nowadays thrift shopping has actually become a fashion trend itself.
Eco friendly fashion

Eco-Friendly Fashion Battles Pollution

The fashion industry is one of the world's biggest polluters, accounting for 20% of the world’s water waste. Natural materials take a shocking amount of water to grow, but the alternative is equally horrifying. Polyester is often used in clothing because it is cheap and flexible, plus it is used as a “vegan” leather alternative. However, the microfibers ejected while washing these clothes is equivalent to more than 50 million plastic bottles annually! But if both natural and manmade fabrics are harmful, how can fashion be eco-friendly?
Walking in stormy Arctic

Arctic: Two Alive Start Fighting for Life

“Arctic” – a movie fraught with danger, but not a tragic film, directed by Joe Penna and with the well-known Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Mads Mikkelsen – in the cast. This will be the last review in our extreme survival cycle, but not the least in adventure-as we seek as a new, interesting theme. Like this one. What do I mean? Except for many clever strategies that probably will never help me to survive in urban life, the only one – is universal. To stay consciously human even when you are in deadly danger, but still resolved to help another to stay alive.
3D printing options

5 Unexpected Uses for 3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Successive layers of materials are laid down until an object is created. The beauty of 3D printing is that complex shapes can be created using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. The materials used are not limited to the commonly-used plastic. It is possible to use this technology to create clothes, food, housing, and more!
Robert Redford in the movie All Is Lost

 “All Is Lost”: Survival in Extreme Conditions

“All Is Lost”, directed by J.C. Chandor, premiered at the Cannes Festival in 2013. As for actors – there was only Robert Redford, and of course the fish, and the natural entourage – the waves, the storm, and the vastness of the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, the main character received the Golden Globe, and the film became iconic for many critics. The plot is outstanding. Even though there are but traces of dialogue in the film, episodes punctuating the story of a fearless sailor crossing the Indian Ocean on a small yacht.
Ordinary Individuals Making Extraordinary Differences

Ordinary Individuals Making Extraordinary Differences

We share planet Earth with over 7.5 billion other people. It can be easy to think that just one individual cannot make a difference. This can be a dangerous thought if everyone in the entire population makes a decision that can harm the planet. When it comes to plastic pollution, people often say, “But it’s just one bag.” But if everyone thought this way, we’d be swimming in trash. Now imagine if everyone did just one good deed instead? The following people knew that one person can change everything.
Plogging concept

Plogging: An Eco-Friendly Sport that Combines Exercise and Trash Pick-Up

Some people enjoy running, while others enjoy picking up trash to help protect the environment. Then there are those people who combine the two and call it plogging! Plogging was born in Sweden in 2016, and by 2018 it had become a global “sport" of sorts. Today, plogging is known as a recreational activity that combines jogging with picking up litter. But you don’t have to be an athlete to participate; many people do it while hiking or walking around their neighborhood instead.
Quinton Aaron as Michale in the movie The Blind Side

The Blind Side: We Should Never Stop Believing in a Miracle

Michael Oher – literally one of the most significant figures in the professional sports world: almost 2 metres tall, weighing 143 kg, he breaks into the American football league, forcing it to speak in one voice. However, although Michael Oher is very successful today, he was once abandoned. His mother abused drugs, and his father died.  But then the man with a hard childhood, who spent most of his youth wondering the poor area of Memphis, Tennessee, somehow managed to retain a full measure of kindness, always hoping to find a place to call home. A story about Big Mike, a man  with a genuine heart and a superstar ending in John Lee Hancock’s movie “Blind Side”, based on Michael Lewis’s book  “The Blind Side: the Evolution of a Game”.
Volunteer nurse measuring blood pressure of a child

Openmind Projects

There isn’t a better way to travel around the world with a purpose than by volunteering! In this series on alternative tourism we are covering popular international volunteer programs for youth to participate in. If you feel that you’re ready to share knowledge with others, learn new skills, and boost your life experience, read on! In this article we will talk about Openmind Projects, a foundation in Southeast Asia that provides underprivileged communities with skills and knowledge by engaging international volunteers in meaningful work.
World Environment Day

World Environment Day – The Urgency of E-Waste

When thinking about things that are a threat to the environment, we commonly tend to think of plastic bags, pollution, or cutting down trees. Of course, all of these are valid concerns when talking about the negative impacts we see on our environment. However, in this article, I will direct your attention to other factors that are just as detrimental to the environment. Every day, little by little, we are increasing the already alarming amount of electronic waste (henceforth e-waste) – meaning all discarded electrical or electronic devices.
The Creation of Adam

The Greatest: Michelangelo – Infinito

Michelangelo - one of the most famous sculptors and painters, who had never wanted to be known for his pictures, rather just for his statues. Through delicate carvings out of marble, Michelangelo spoke with God and translated God’s word for mankind. He spent his life struggling and philosophizing, giving it into the hands of deep feelings, which led to a summit of artistic achievement. In the movie “Michelangelo – Infinito” the plot discovers some con artistry, a mental journey, and thoughts on the genius of Buonarroti.

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World Development Information Day in a Nutshell

In this Youth Time piece, you will read about the marking of World Development Information Day, its background, relevance and ways to observe it, as well as how development is related to nowadays’ technology and its proper usage. The article also takes a concise look at Sustainable and Development Goals established by the United Nations targeting a better socio-economic world, and not only, for every one of us, by 2030.

Why Do We Like People and Things We Cannot Get?

Paradoxically, people fall for unachievable things, ideas, and people. That is to say, people usually tend to appreciate things, which they do not own, or people who are to a certain extent unavailable or not reachable. Keep reading if you want to find out the reasons for such behavior.

Explore Art Online: Top 5 Galleries and Museums

With the pandemic shutting down the whole world, most of us are confined to the walls of our homes. Staying home 24/7 can leave anyone bored to their core. No one can binge watch streaming websites or surf the web for months. So people naturally need some old fashioned entertainment of culture and education.

What Does Thinking Globally Mean and Why Does It Matter?

We hear it all the time, the phrase that says: Think Globally, act locally. The so-long-used phrase was introduced first in 1915 by the Scottish planner and conservationist, Patrick Geddes. But many people still don’t know what he meant, and what does it generally mean to think globally.

Free Online Courses for Nutritionists and Dieticians

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with the Commission of Dietetic Registration had forecast way back in 2010 that Dieticians and Nutritionists will be very much in demand. Even though the workforce in these professions is not yet in critically short supply, the need is way above average compared to many professions and is to continue in the times to come. In this article, we talk about some of the important aspects of the profession and free online courses that help add to your qualifications and knowledge.