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Bill Nye has a furious message to grown ups
Our planet is on fire

Crisis? What crisis?

If you too found yourself laughing out of despair at Bill Nye's uncharacteristic and brutally sharp call for us to do something about climate change because the "planet's on f****** fire", then you have come to the right place. 

Climate change disassociation is perhaps one of the biggest dangers of our time – a symptom we all suffer from on various levels, depending on how felt the changing climate is to us. For those of us who are seeing the rising sea levels destroy their back garden, wildfires burn their neighbourhoods, or unpredictable rainfall drown their crops, climate change is real. But for millions of urban dwellers, living a removed life from nature, the burning planet seems but only a faraway apocalypse. But then, what are scientists there for? 

Welcome back to FairPlanet's weekly roundup. And this time, we're here to tell you that it is time to remove the glass separating most of us and climate change, and in the words of Nye, "Grow up. This is an actual crisis. Got it?" Read. Debate: Engage.

The good

Digital inclusion: More people than ever have access to the internet

Since the birth of the World Wide Web in 1990 (marked by ourworldindata.org as the launch of the first website in a lab in Switzerland, access to the internet has become not only a privilege – it is a human right on all levels. Within just 5 years, the number of users connected to the internet reached 44 million, and according to a 2016 census, 3.4 billion people have access to the internet. 

However, while percentages of populations with internet access in western countries is around 70% (the U.S.) to 96% (Norway), there are still numerous nations where a mere 2.4% (Chad), to 12% (Angola) have access to the internet.

Not leaving anyone behind, as a global agenda, must include internet access to all, equally. Democracy and growing young business, education and access to information all rely on uninterrupted connectivity to the World Wide Web, and organisations such as Access Now are working tirelessly to ensure internet access is continuous for populations in its need, especially around elections and when it is used as a tool to curtail freedom. 

 

The bad

The world needs to Keep pressure Brunei to lift its draconian sentence of homosexuality

Brunei has been headlining for the past few months after a new law that sees homosexuality as an illegal and death-worthy act, introduced under its Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, was put into place. And while human rights activists joined forces to protest in front of its embassy in the U.K. and U.S., alongside corporates discontinuing their partnerships and services with the country, action on the international level to put a stop to this has led to a moratorium of the death sentence – but that's not enough. 

In the U.K., a campaign to pressure Oxford University to rescind the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah' Honorary Degree of Civil Law, which he was granted in 1993. It is simply not enough to 'condemn' this new law. We need to do everything in our power to make sure Brunei and the Sultan internationally pressured to reverse this decision – even if it means something as seemingly irrelevant as taking away Bolkiah's diploma. 

oxford university by change.org

Petition pressures Oxford University to rescind honorary degree of Brunei's leader

by Murat Suner

Change.org petition pressures Oxford University to rescind honorary degree of Brunei's leader. Support this petition.
Mass Extinction & Climate Change
dino fossils

The Anthropocene: Age of Genocide

by Frank Odenthal, Murat Suner

We are facing the 6th mass extinction of species. This time, it is the direct result of mankind. 75% of all species are endangered, and the rhinoceros is at the forefront of extinction.
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Extinction Rebellion to save the planet?

by Federica Tedeschi

More than 1,000 activists were arrested during the 11-day Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London, according to the Metropolitan Police website.
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Seek out your local 350 branch and fight for climate justice

by Yair Oded

350.org operate a worldwide network of local community fighters against fossil fuel and for climate justice. Find your local 350 branch.
Country focus
Zimbabwe
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The landlocked country of Zimbabwe has a population of over 16 million people, and because of the previous colonial rule of Britain over the nation, the official language spoken is English, alongside local Shona and Sindebele. 

Following the independence of the country in 1980, veteran former president Robert Mugabe ran a 37-year rule until he was toppled over by the military in November 2017. Then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected as president by the ruling Zanu-PF party and was later officially elected as president in 2018. 

While the fall of Mugabe freed the press from his control and promised a new era for the nation, the country still remains largely in poverty, with its economy heavily depending on mining and agriculture sectors. 

In 2019, millions of people in Zimbabwe face hardship, hunger and chaos as the economy comes close to meltdown and drought worsens.

The new government is struggling to overcome the legacy of the dictator’s 30 years of repressive rule and the consequences of its own failure to undertake meaningful political reform.