Things People are Talking About and Why We Should Listen


This year, there are many issues that have been hot topics of conversations in different corners of the world. Here are some of them as well as a glimpse into some of the reasons why we need to pay more attention.

Environment and Climate Change

The recent news about the Giant Pandas no longer being endangered was a cause for celebration not just for conservationists but for everyone. This bit of good news was welcome news, especially with the constant reminders that there is more work to be done. Even as Giant Pandas increased, the Great Apes are on the brink of extinction according to a conservation group. The UN also announced a few months ago that this year is right on track to be the hottest one yet on record. And these are just some of the problems that highlight the need for sustainable action to protect the environment and natural resources.

Social Justice

There have been inroads on the issue of social justice over the years. But there is more to be done to address genuine change that would impact people’s lives around the world. Issues about gender equality, racism, unequal wealth distribution, and more still prevail. Many people still live in poverty and have fewer opportunities to improve their lot in life.

Refugee crisis

The refugee crisis has reached unprecedented proportions in recent years. As several thousands of people from Syria try to escape the continuous violence in their country, many have died in their attempt to cross the seas. And their numbers are on top of the many still living in many refugee camps in different parts of the world. There have been criticisms that that the world is not doing enough to address this pressing problem. The recent image of a wounded child who was a victim of a recent bombing in Syria has caught many people’s attention. It highlighted the plight of the people in Syria, especially the children.


Terrorism has continued to rear its ugly head in recent months. Many cities across the globe have been attacked by terrorist groups with ISIS claiming many of the attacks. Every atrocity is a chilling reminder of how vulnerable everyone has become to this form of violence that has already claimed thousands of lives. As people try to grapple with the problem, many are asking if there would be an end to these horrific acts.

US Election 2016

The US Presidential Election has been a topic of discussions for several months now. As election draws near, the hotly contested race is still fodder for debates. Terrorism, gun violence, migrant crisis, and more are among the issues that people are asking for answers from candidates.

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5 Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Your Views about Travel

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People travel for varied reasons and experience every trip differently. But there are things all travelers share – and that is the chance to discover new things about a place and see it in a new light. From culture to politics, travel can be one of the greatest teachers you will ever have. Whether you are still in that stage of your life where you dream of traveling or have already started your journeys in foreign shores, here are some inspiring and thought-provoking quotes about travel that will make you want to start planning a trip.

1. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

2. “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

3. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

4. “You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.” – Erol Ozan

5. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Global Warming: How It Really Affects Us

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Admit it or not, there are changes happening in our world that most of us still take for granted.

During summer, the sun would be hotter than usual. During winter, the snow would be colder than usual.

And you know what? All these and more are caused by global warming.

Global warming, by definition, is a condition where the Earth’s temperature is found to be higher than usual. This condition is largely attributed to what others call the greenhouse effect, where high levels of pollutants such as carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons are found all over the place. However, this condition is also largely attributed to what some call the human evolution, where high levels of man-made pollutants such as unsegregated waste and other toxic chemicals are found to be either left rotting somewhere or left spilling everywhere.

And you know what? All these and more causes a number of ill effects – not just on the environment, but also on mankind itself.

That being said, here are some ill effects of global warming on us:

Dehydration, Malnutrition

No matter how you study about what to do during a drought, when it happens, all you can do is pray for it to be over. That’s because the red-hot sun will not only cause even oceans to dry up or cause even flowers to go limp. It will also cause people to go dehydrated due to lack of filtered water or go malnourished due to lack of cultivated food.

Mishaps, Avalanches

Snowstorms, hailstorms, and other frosty-cold weather conditions – these will not just cause places to get buried under a thick blanket of snow for weeks at most. It will also cause mishaps like vehicular accidents due to strong winds of snow falling all over the place, as well as cause avalanches due to heavy flakes of snow falling all over the place.

Do you know any other ill effects of global warming on us? Let us know in the comments section below!