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The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

Have you ever checked that annoying tag that dangles from your clothes? The one saying “made in...”? What we wear can either represent an inconvenient truth of exploitation and environmental pollution or a source of sustainable economic growth, depending on our consumer choices. Do you want to know more about the world of fashion, understand what “made in” means and play an active part in the fashion revolution?..
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The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

Political correctness; why language matters

'Whatever you say, someone will be offended by it.’ More and more people are sick of the pressure to be politically correct. But our words matter. Why is it important to be politically correct?..
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Political correctness; why language matters

Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

More and more countries are struggling with falling birth rates. What are they doing to counter declining population growth? Do this kind of measures work? And are declining populations really a problem?..
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Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

The dangers of activism in Honduras

Honduras is an extremely dangerous place to be an activist. Between 2010 and 2017 alone, 120 activists were murdered, and many others were threatened, attacked or imprisoned. Who are these brave communities that stand up for their human and environmental rights?..
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The dangers of activism in Honduras

EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

After Europe saw the biggest influx of refugees in years, the EU closed a deal with Libya to break the business of smugglers and prevent refugees from dying at sea. But according to critics, the Libya deal has led to human rights abuses, crimes in which the EU would be complicit. What is the Libya deal and why is it bad?..
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EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

Female genital mutilation; stats, obstacles and solutions in 2019

While the prevalence of female genital mutilation is decreasing in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, its prevalence in Western Countries is growing. How prevalent is this horrendous practice, and what is needed to eradicate it?..
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Female genital mutilation; stats, obstacles and solutions in 2019

The deceiving art of greenwashing

As consumers become more aware of the environmental and social impact of products, a whole new market of sustainable products is opening up. While this drives some companies to improve their products, others use the new market to ‘greenwash’ their products. What is greenwashing, and why is it so bad?..
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The deceiving art of greenwashing

Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

As Salvadorans cast their votes in the presidential election on 3 February, El Salvador might just end a decade of left politics. Will this Central American country elect its first right wing politician, Nayib Bukele? And what are his plans for his country exactly?..
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Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

The KonMari Method 2.0; new and improved

While Marie Kondo's method for tidying up homes conquers the world, it has been criticised for failing to address the environmental problems of decluttering. Time for the KonMari Method 2.0...
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The KonMari Method 2.0; new and improved

‘I have faith in our generation’; youth march for climate justice in Brussels

The last few Thursdays, Brussels’ streets have been flooded with students who skip school to march for climate justice. The third march, held 24 January, attracted 32,000 people. ..
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‘I have faith in our generation’; youth march for climate justice in Brussels

 


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The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

Have you ever checked that annoying tag that dangles from your clothes? The one saying “made in…”? What we wear can either represent an inconvenient truth of exploitation and environmental pollution or a source of sustainable economic growth, depending on our consumer choices. Do you want to know more about the world of fashion, understand what “made in” means and play an active part in the fashion revolution?..
Posted by Abigail Moreno Ginés in Current Affairs, 0 comments
Political correctness; why language matters

Political correctness; why language matters

‘Whatever you say, someone will be offended by it.’ More and more people are sick of the pressure to be politically correct. But our words matter. Why is it important to be politically correct?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Opinion Pieces, 2 comments
Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

More and more countries are struggling with falling birth rates. What are they doing to counter declining population growth? Do this kind of measures work? And are declining populations really a problem?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
The dangers of activism in Honduras

The dangers of activism in Honduras

Honduras is an extremely dangerous place to be an activist. Between 2010 and 2017 alone, 120 activists were murdered, and many others were threatened, attacked or imprisoned. Who are these brave communities that stand up for their human and environmental rights?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

After Europe saw the biggest influx of refugees in years, the EU closed a deal with Libya to break the business of smugglers and prevent refugees from dying at sea. But according to critics, the Libya deal has led to human rights abuses, crimes in which the EU would be complicit. What is the Libya deal and why is it bad?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
Female genital mutilation; stats, obstacles and solutions in 2019

Female genital mutilation; stats, obstacles and solutions in 2019

While the prevalence of female genital mutilation is decreasing in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, its prevalence in Western Countries is growing. How prevalent is this horrendous practice, and what is needed to eradicate it?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
The deceiving art of greenwashing

The deceiving art of greenwashing

As consumers become more aware of the environmental and social impact of products, a whole new market of sustainable products is opening up. While this drives some companies to improve their products, others use the new market to ‘greenwash’ their products. What is greenwashing, and why is it so bad?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Environment & Sustainability, 0 comments
Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

As Salvadorans cast their votes in the presidential election on 3 February, El Salvador might just end a decade of left politics. Will this Central American country elect its first right wing politician, Nayib Bukele? And what are his plans for his country exactly?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
The KonMari Method 2.0; new and improved

The KonMari Method 2.0; new and improved

While Marie Kondo’s method for tidying up homes conquers the world, it has been criticised for failing to address the environmental problems of decluttering. Time for the KonMari Method 2.0…
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Environment & Sustainability, 0 comments
The struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

The struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

Judging from headlines, women’s rights seem to be advancing in Saudi Arabia. But the story of Rahaf Mohamed al-Qunun paints a different picture. She recently escaped Saudi Arabia because of the threat of arranged marriage and violence. What is really happening with women’s rights in Saudi Arabia?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
Putting an end to family homelessness in the Czech Republic

Putting an end to family homelessness in the Czech Republic

While the Czech economy is growing, more and more people are without stable housing. Czech cities are now taking matters into their own hands by tackling homelessness through a new and inventive programme. ..
Posted by Dominik Plihal in Current Affairs, 0 comments
Contraceptives: a tool to fight poverty?

Contraceptives: a tool to fight poverty?

Recently, some programs have started to offer free contraceptives to women in order to decrease poverty. But can contraceptives really decrease poverty by reducing unintended pregnancies? ..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
The corrupting effect of voluntourism

The corrupting effect of voluntourism

Going abroad and helping to dig a water well, build an orphanage, or teach English to local kids. Sounds noble, right? Maybe even heroic? Unfortunately, while ‘voluntourism’ is becoming more and more popular, it often does more damage than good. ..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Environment & Sustainability, 0 comments
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

Decreasing your environmental footprint, contributing to a fairer society, fighting against poverty, and keeping our oceans clean. Saving the world can be overwhelming sometimes. Luckily, the UN Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World might offer some answers…
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Environment & Sustainability, 0 comments
Breaking down coffee; Starbucks and stereotypes

Breaking down coffee; Starbucks and stereotypes

Ever since Starbucks opened its first store in Italy, public opinion has been divided on whether or not Starbucks has a place in the Italian coffee culture. Elisa Rossetti examines the relevancy of the arguments for and against. ..
Posted by Elisa Rossetti in Current Affairs, 0 comments
Do we have a responsibility to change the world?

Do we have a responsibility to change the world?

While some people feel very much responsible for their impact on the world’s social and environmental state, others seem not to think about this at all. Do we have people a responsibility to make the world a better place? ..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Opinion Pieces, 0 comments
San Jose Calderas; Volcanoes and community development

San Jose Calderas; Volcanoes and community development

How to use tourism to foster sustainable and inclusive growth for a local community? San Jose Calderas, a small village in rural Guatemala, seems to have figured it out. We paid the village a visit, hiked the awesome Acatenango volcano, and found out how it is done. ..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Environment & Sustainability, 0 comments
Books every Idealist should read

Books every Idealist should read

Even though there are millions of books out there, it can sometimes feel as if there are no new books to read. To make sure your bookshelves are stocked for the next few months, we composed a list of books that every Idealist should read…
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Current Affairs, 0 comments
Reappropriating the term ‘bitch’

Reappropriating the term ‘bitch’

Why is the word ‘bitch’ interpreted as such a hurtful insult and how does it contribute to the conditioning of women? Shouldn’t women reappropriate the term, and turn it into a compliment?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Opinion Pieces, 0 comments
Going zero waste: what, why and how?

Going zero waste: what, why and how?

Zero waste is one of those environmental and lifestyle movements that has been gathering steam lately. But what is it exactly? Why would you take on such a challenge? And how would you start?..
Posted by Chantal Verdonschot in Environment & Sustainability, 0 comments
News as a propaganda tool: good for no one 

News as a propaganda tool: good for no one 

From radio and analog television to social media, the Internet, and online newspapers.
Elisa Rossetti examines how news has changed over the years, and the role it now plays in right-wing populism. ..
Posted by Elisa Rossetti in Opinion Pieces, 0 comments
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