Dana Bakdones, a female Syrian activist who removed her veil right after the Syrian revolution started.
In order to have a likely chance of remaining under the internationally agreed upon temperature target of 2°C above pre-industrial levels, the world can collectively emit no more than 250 billion additional tons of carbon into the atmosphere.
Given the current rate of 10 billion tons burned each year, our budget will expire before 2040.
My life, it teaches me to watch, to not get upset or excited too much.
When I’m upset, I’m only making it worse.
I have to breathe every day, I have to think of the next day.
If I get too excited, there is no one to rescue me, I am on my own.
I have to think what is good and bad. I have to watch. Take my time. Imitate people when they aren’t watching.
I learned that good people can turn to bad people. When someone wants something from you, they treat you nice until they get what they want. That is the reality, but I don’t want to treat people like that.
I appreciate all the people who did good things to me. I even appreciate the ones who did bad things to me. I really wish I could sit down with every one of those people, show them my appreciation, show forgiveness.
I wish I could do that.
Melissa Pritchard - "Still, God Helps You" - Wilson Quarterly
Great Thanksgiving longread as you’re pondering what you should be thankful for:
Snatched from a marketplace in Sudan and sold into slavery at the age of six, William Mawwin became one of millions of people in the world enduring some form of involuntary servitude. This is his extraordinary story.