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Tomorrow Is Too Late

CLIMATE change is a global emergency. Even if you don’t think you feel the effects of this phenomenon, they’re here.  Do you hate how it gets hot earlier and stays hot longer throughout the year? Global warming has led to “prolonged periods of high temperatures”, which lead to wildfires, droughts, and other crises. Exposure to…

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New Schools Of Thought On Climate Crisis

CLIMATE change became a talking point nearly 30 years ago. So why are we still arguing whether it’s real or not? The evidence is pretty irrefutable, see NASA’s temperature graph below. Yet, people still seem to think this is a political talking point that they can choose not to acknowledge as an emergency, calling it one…

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Monsoon: A Blessing And A Curse

MONSOON. For some that word means fleeing to drier, sunnier lands for the summer. For others, it inspires happiness as it means cooler weather and plentiful rain.  80% of India’s total rainfall takes place between June and September as the southwest monsoon moves across the country.  India is lucky to have such a season as…

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Take Pride In Inclusive India

YOU may be aware that June was Pride month. Originating in the US, the month not only stands as a time to promote awareness and acceptance of people who identify as LGBTIQ+, but also commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, demonstrations in New York City in June 1969 that are considered to be the…

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Safe Spaces To Talk About Taboo Topics

GOOGLE gender, sexuality, violence, and harassment. What you’ll find is a shocking number of articles and figures about these disturbingly commonplace issues. Last year, the global #MeToo movement shook India too and created a sense of community – especially among women – to break the silence around these socially uncomfortable subjects. According to UN Women,…

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Every Vote Cast Is One More Counted

ELECTIONS. You may be thinking, “Is it that time already AGAIN? What is the point? It doesn’t matter who’s in control … my life doesn’t change based on who’s in Lok Sabha.”   But it does matter. A lot. India’s 2019 polls are the world’s largest election. “Somewhere inside of all of us is the…

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The Rise Of The Ethical Indian Consumer

HAVE you heard of ethically sourced, fair trade products? Conflict free diamonds? Or cruelty free makeup? Consumers have been using boycotts and flexing their purchase power for years to achieve change and force political transformation. Behind this seemingly modern movement of ethical consumption lies India’s forward-thinking Bapu who touted the ideals of homespun clothing and…

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Fundraising Is Selfless – Just Do It!

By MICAH BRANAMAN SHARMA —- THE festive season is here once again! As families come together to celebrate a variety of festivals from Navaratri, and Durga Puja to Dussehra and Diwali, consumer spending traditionally skyrockets. To harness the excesses of consumerism for good, #DaanUtsav, literally the donation festival, kicks off in tandem with this celebratory…

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Giving Back On #GivingTuesdayIndia

By MICAH BRANAMAN SHARMA —- GROWING up in the US, the day after Thanksgiving is commonly known as Black Friday, the kick off of Christmas shopping as part of the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Over the years, however, Black Friday has become more and more insane with reports of deaths as people stampede stores or intimidate…

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