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All Hail the Queen of Climate Strikes –– Greta Thunberg

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Greta Thunberg –– a fearless 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist who’s influencing youth around the globe to take action against global warming. 

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Thunberg has inspired the birth of more than 2,400 events across an estimated 115 countries and 1,000 cities from Sept. 20–27 as part of the UN climate summit. On Sept. 23, the changemaker is scheduled to make a formal address. 

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A few years ago, no one knew her name and, now, Thunberg has become a pint-sized force to be reckoned with, and politicians have taken notice. Who is she? Where is she from? How did she gain 1.2 million supporters? Here’s the scoop below:

 August 2018 changed the game…

In her home country of Sweden, Greta staged the first school strike for climate change) outside the Swedish parliament building in August of last year. Thunberg had been inspired by a previous school class walk-out, in Florida against US gun violence, and she thought it was the best way to break ground.

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It was just after Europe had experienced a record-breaking heatwave and forest fires had raged through Sweden. Her parents were unsure and none of Thunberg’s classmates were willing to join, but she went by herself, with her bike, a hand-painted sign, and climate change fact sheets.

Thunberg staged her strike every day until the Swedish national election and, slowly but surely, people started to join her.

Environmental consciousness runs in the Thunberg family…

 Her father is Svante Thunberg, an actor, and author named after Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who first calculated how carbon dioxide emissions could lead to the greenhouse effect.

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 Thunberg’s diagnosis’ fuel her fire for change…

She was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome four-years-ago and she has since learned how to use it as a driving force in her campaigning, instead of letting it hold her back. Her Asperger’s means that Thunberg finds facts she learns about the environment more upsetting and distressing than others, and she can’t easily shake those feelings off. It’s spurred her on to act. She has also been diagnosed with OCD and selective mutism.

Thunberg discovered peace in panicking…

When she first learned about the climate crisis, she could not believe that adults weren’t making big enough changes.

“Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire,” Thunberg wrote in a column for The Guardian. “Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

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Juice Wrld Dead at 21 after suffering a Seizure

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US rapper Juice Wrld, 21, has reportedly passed away after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport, according to a report from TMZ.

Juice’s flight from Cali landed early Sunday morning, and after deplaning … witnesses tell us he suffered the seizure while walking through the airport. Law enforcement sources say he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics got on scene.

Wrld––Jarad Anthony Higgins was said to have been conscious when rushed to a nearby hospital. However, he was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. The cause of death is unclear at this time.

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Uber discloses disturbing Data of 3,000+ Sexual Assault incidents

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Uber’s sexual assault problem has skyrocketed, but a new company report released by the ride-sharing hub on Thursday reveals shocking details of the ongoing crisis, and it’s worse then you could fathom.

In the 84-page, self-released report, Uber revealed the company receives thousands of sexual assault and misconduct reports a year, according to NBC News.

The chilling data includes 235 reports of rape, 280 reports of attempted rape, 1,560 reports of groping, 376 reports of unwanted kissing to the breast, buttocks or mouth, and 594 reports of unwanted kissing to a different body part.

In total, the report reveals Uber received 5,981 reports of sexual abuse between 2017 and 2018. While riders are typically the victims in many of the company’s higher-profile sexual assault cases — such as those lodged by four female survivors in 2018 — Uber’s report claims passengers were actually the accused party in 45 percent of the reports filed.

“Each of those incidents represents an individual who has undergone a horrific trauma,” Uber’s chief legal officer Tony West told NBC News. “But I’m not surprised by those numbers,” he added.  “I’m not surprised because sexual violence is just much more pervasive in society than I think most people realize.”

“We had to measure what was happening on our platform,” said West. “We know in business, if you don’t measure it, you can’t address it.”

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Kamala Harris to end Democratic presidential campaign

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California Sen. Kamala Harris is reportedly planning to drop out of the presidential race, CBS News confirms.

The news came on the same day that Harris canceled a high-profile fundraiser in New York and amid severe drops in polling numbers.

The senator allegedly informed her staff on a phone call of her decision, less than an hour after it was revealed the event, which was scheduled to take place at the Paul Weiss law firm, was canceled due to a “personal matter.”

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