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Global Climate Strike (September 20)

Fridays for Future

Sept. 19, 2019, 8 p.m. - Sept. 27, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

To date, young people have led the climate strikes around the world. Now we need adults to join us too. On September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future, the Youth Climate Strike movements, and all of our international friends and allies call for a global general strike. Mark and add it to your calendar. Workers everywhere, please: we are asking you to join us and walk away from a system that is destroying our planet and will threaten the survival of millions of people, plants, and animals within the next 10, 20, 30 years. We don’t feel like we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. Politicians and fossil fuel companies have known about climate change for decades. They have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence. This crisis is very real, and it cannot be ignored any longer. We have learned that if we don’t start acting for our future, nobody else will make the first move. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Once again our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel a lot of adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job. We young people can contribute to a larger fight and that can make a huge difference. We can't do this with you and everyone you know. So this is our invitation. Starting on Friday, September 20 we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history. During the French revolution mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale – while the planet burns. This moment has to happen. Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world. But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance – we have shown that collective action does work. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together. So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act. This won’t be the last day we need to take to the streets, but it will be a new beginning. We’re counting on you. As we get closer to September 20th and more local information on events, actions, and strikes are available and get planned we will be sharing them here on Brightest. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

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Albuquerque: Help Kids Learn How To Read This Summer And Into The Fall

American Youth Literacy Foundation

Flexible times

Have you ever wanted to do something AMAZING to change the world but didn't know where to start?Here is an opportunity to help underprivileged children, to help under-served children, to help ALL children, and even to help adults who can't read.Have you ever wanted to be a part of an amazing convergence of forces that is about to change the way the whole world does something?Have you ever heard anyone talk about a problem and say, "that problem is impossible to fix," or, "that's the way it's always been; there's no changing it." Well, people say that about world hunger, world peace, and low literacy. Two years ago, the Barbara Bush Foundation and Dollar General sponsored the $7million XPrize for Adult Literacy to bring in teams from around the world to develop an app-based solution to the adult literacy crisis in America.The parameters of the contest were that teams had to build an app that would teach reading to illiterate and low literate adults without any assistance from another adult (an "independent learning" app).At the American Youth Literacy Foundation (dba Youth Lit and YouthLit.org), our focus has always been on children's literacy. We joined this competition but opted out after a year. However, during that year we learned a lot, and since engaging in that experience, we have seen the future potential for this new, digital approach to the reading crisis. In the past several months we have made major progress on our own "independent learning," smartphone app for children's literacy. Today we are further along than ever in the creation of this amazing new learning tool that teaches children how to read with little to no intervention required by a grown-up or older sibling or a tutor. The app is a digital representation of our patented reading curriculum that we have been using nationwide, for the past 10 years, the same curriculum we've been training tutors in, who, in turn, have taught thousands of children how to read.But now we need volunteers like you to help us put the prototype of the app in the hands of kids who are learning how to read so they can play with it and provide critical feedback that will help us finish the app and make it available to kids everywhere for FREE downloading from the Apple store and Google play.We believe that this app could literally solve the literacy crisis in America. If you have an interest in being a reading mentor to a child and want to help with this project, if you like working with kids, if you want to help them learn how to read, if literacy is something that you feel passionate about, and if finding a lasting solution to the literacy crisis is something you want to get involved in, then please reply today. We need your help. Thank you! We truly look forward to hearing from you : )Please include a short note telling us about your interest in literacy. We will provide you with a letter explaining our tutoring program and more about this opportunity. Please be sure to browse our website to more fully understand who we are and how we have been teaching thousands of children to read, nationwide, for the past 11 years.

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