Dakota Access Pipeline

What it is: http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/

Why people are protesting: http://billmoyers.com/story/need-know-dakota-access-pipeline-protest/

Source: https://youtu.be/JZCJV-FlEUk

Another Point of view: http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/06/the-protests-over-the-dakota-access-pipeline-explained/

Questions:

  • Has (any part of) the environment in your country/hometown been sacrificed in the name of progress?
  • How far should people go to preserve the environment?
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Bound for Marriage as a Child, Now a Change Agent for Kenyan Girls | National Geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/kakenya-ntaiya-rolex-explorer-moments/

Like many Maasai girls, Ntaiya’s future was mapped by cultural tradition: marital engagement at age five, followed by a circumcision as a teen, a painful rite of passage that would mark the end of her formal education and lead to marriage and children.

Refusing to accept her fate, she told her father she would agree to be circumcised, but only if she could finish high school and continue her education, threatening to run away and disgrace her family. After acquiescing to the painful coming-of-age ceremony, she was able to extricate herself from an early marriage and then negotiated with village elders, who allowed Ntaiya to leave if she promised to return and use her schooling to benefit the community.

“Parents now see that their girls have another future—to have different lives than them, to have good jobs, and a way out of poverty,’’ says Ntaiya, a 2010 National Geographic emerging explorer.

  • How has the status of different groups of people (eg. women, old people) changed in your country in the past 50 or 100 years?
  • What is the best way to change a society?
  • Do you think change is always good?
  • What are some negative effects that this change might have had on her community?