Skateistan

As you can read on Wikipedia :

“Afghanistan Listen/æfˈɡænɨstæn/, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia and South Asia. It has a population of around 30 million inhabiting an area of approximately 652,000 km2 (252,000 sq mi), making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world. It is bordered by Pakistan and India in the south and the east, Iran in the west, TurkmenistanUzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast…

After the British left India in 1947, the United States and the Soviet Union began spreading influences in Afghanistan, which led in 1979 to a bloody war between the US-backed mujahideen forces and the Soviet-backed Afghan government in which over a million Afghans lost their lives. This was followed by a 1990s civil war, the rise and fall of the extremist Taliban government, and the 2001–present war. In December 2001, the United Nations Security Council authorized the creation of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to help maintain security in Afghanistan and assist the Karzai administration.

Three decades of war made Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries. While the international community is rebuilding war-torn Afghanistan, terrorist groups such as the Haqqani Network and Hezbi Islami are actively involved in a nationwide Taliban-led insurgency, which includes hundreds of assassinations and suicide attacks. According to the United Nations, the insurgents were responsible for 80% of civilian casualties in 2011 and 2012.

Of course, there are children in Afghanistan, and they constitute more than half the population. Two Australian skateboard lovers, Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan, went to Kabul, the capital city of the country, with a few boards. There, they started organizing skateboarding sessions for the children, boys and girls, living on the street. The kids enjoyed learning how to skate, and soon, a skateboarding school, Skateistan, was created.

A short film was made, to introduce the school and its pupils. It is subtitled in English.

School Website : http://www.skateistan.org

 Source : http://www.amightygirl.com/skateistan

Pets against Pipelines

A surprising campaign against pipelines stars… pets, with a funny voice-over… that’s quite an idea…

Here is the transcript of the first video :

Dog: Woof. Woof. Woof. Ah, wind. There’s nothing else quite like it. So many smells. So many smells! Hey, and by the way, wind power is completely renewable. We need more of it, so we can rely less on carbon intensive power, like,  more tar sands, from the Alberta Clipper Pipeline. I would sign the comment letter, but it doesn’t smell like butt. Oh, and I don’t have opposable thumbs. And I don’t know your passwords. I’ve been guessing them, while you’re at work. Hey, why isn’t it my name? We need to talk. Woof.

 

There is a whole series of videos, so wait for the next ones !

 

Source : http://www.upworthy.com

Sustainable Development ? Why !?

This week is special because it is dedicated to the promotion of “Sustainable Development”.

Changing our habits in order to protect our environment and its balance is one of the most important goals of sustainable development.

Because, otherwise, our children will suffer the consequences.

What can you do to improve your impact on the environment ?

He did it !

When I first saw this video, I couldn’t believe my eyes… I thought it was a fake or a hoax. But it isn’t. It’s the real thing. You can see a news report about it here :

Or watch the whole interview here :

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama

You can find the essential of the points discussed here :

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/11/no-joke-obama-interviewed-by-zach-galifianakis/

And you can read the complete transcript of the conversation here :

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-transcript-obama-between-two-ferns-20140311,0,6108771.story?page=1

SO, WHAT HAPPENED ??