Tuesday, August 31, 2021

July in Review & ParalympicsTokyo 2020

Opening ceremony Paralympics Tokyo 2020
 Paralympic Flame
credits: Paralympics 2020
via CNN

The world’s eyes are once again turn to Tokyo 2020 as the 2020 Paralympic Games get under way! 

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature around 4,400 athletes who will compete in 539 medal events.

The Little One-Winged Plane was the star of the Opening Ceremony 
credits: © OIS

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been rescheduled to take place between 24 August and 5 September 2021.

There are thousands of athletes in this edition of the Paralympics. The exact number of athletes is 4,537. Countries that participate in the 2020 Paralympic Games usually already have previous experience from other editions and almost always send athletes to compete in the same sports from other editions.

Badminton and taekwondo make their Paralympic debut in Tokyo, and have been awarded with 14 and 6 medal events respectively.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals 
credits: Getty Images

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are underway with 22 sports competitions to enjoy. For these athletes, participating in this major sporting event is a dream but also there’s no doubt they want to win as many medals as possible. 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed the six athletes who will represent the Refugee Paralympic Team (RPT) at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The athletes, one woman and five men will compete in Para Athletics, Para Swimming, Para Canoe and Taekwondo.

Women's 100M Breaststrokes SB13


Paralympics Tokyo 2020 is a wonderful subject to include into school lessons. Values, athletes excellence, resilience on overcoming disabilities through high competition sports. 

Teachers invite your students to follow Paralympics Summer Tokyo 2020 for sure! And students are following national and international favorite athletes on social media or Paralympics 2020 official website.

Germany's Markus Rehm jumping for glory as he takes his third long jump Paralympic gold in the National Olympic Stadium.
Ⓒ Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Time to stop this wonderful introduction. Let's begin the rundown of the most popular posts in July.

We began the month with Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic movement. Wow! Just in time.

Stoke Mandeville Games/Olympics for Disable
credits: unknown
via BBC Mundo

Here are the most popular posts of July:

Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic movement !

Beatrix Potter : Let's talk about children's books & nature ! Resources

Climate change : Deadly flooding in Europe !

We are all excited! Someitythe Paralympic mascot is showing that just like the amazing athletes who compete at the Paralympic Games, nothing is impossible.

Good luck to all and let the games continue! Bravo to all the courageous athletes! You are all winners!  



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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Education : SOS Global Warming & Climate Change : World Humanitarian Day !

credits: photo ©Sadek Ahmed


"The Human Race", an illustration depicting human figures running while consumed by shades of red (global warming) and shades of blue (tsunami as a climate change phenomenon). UN

19 August, is the World Humanitarian DayWorld Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people.

On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

Goodwill Ambassador UN Edward Norton


Theme: #HumanRace 2021 

A global challenge for climate action in solidarity with the people who need it most.

The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that people on the front lines and in the humanitarian community cannot manage. Time is already running out for global countries and the world’s most vulnerable people — those who have contributed least to the global climate emergency yet are hit the hardest — and millions of others that are already losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their lives.

Haiti earthquake 2021

credits: AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn

via Insider

Must look to Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world: the earthquake that occurred on the same system of faults as the one that devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010. And now the storm weather. 800,000 people have been affected by the earthquake, and that about 400,000 people require some form of humanitarian assistance in the three affected departments.

Wildfire in Turkey
credits: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
via The Guardian

Wildfires in California
credits: CNN

Wildfire in Southern France 

credits: © AFP, handout photo

via France24

In California, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, even in my country Southern of Portugal wildfires destroyed forests, houses, farms, animals and kill some people, for example in Turkey. 

credits:  Filipe Farinha/EPA

Firefighters, Canadair, drones and local people are helping everywhere to save people, animals, and agriculture.

Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental wellbeing.

Some weeks ago deadly flows in Northern Europe, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and some other countries.

Climate change 2021:

Everyone is invited to join #TheHumanRace, which is the global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people who need it the most; and to put the needs of climate-vulnerable people front and centre at the UN climate summit (COP26).

With most climate campaigns focused on slowing climate change and securing the planet’s future, World Humanitarian Day 2021, will highlight the immediate consequences of the climate emergency for the world’s people and ensure that our voices are heard, and our needs top the agenda at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

credits: UNICEF/UN0302772

  • Education:

"We are the last generation that can end climate change. We can and we will."

Youth For Climate Action, UNICEF

Far from being passive victims, young people all over the world have begun to fight back on a scale never seen before. Take Greta Thunberg. In 2018, the 15-year-old from Sweden sparked a global movement of school-age students demanding greater action from governments to fight climate change. Now millions are marching to demonstrate their support.

Whether through education, technology, science or law, young people as Portuguese young environmentalists did, far and wide are tapping into their skills to speak up for climate action.

It's urgent to include Climate Action into school and college curricula to alert students about all these catastrophes to earth and to their and our lives.

Make question to young, listen their voices and ideas, discuss what it's going on around the world and why so much catastrophes are happening.

credits: UNICEF/UN0364343/Gil

You might think that we are too young to know about the risks and realities of climate change. But we see its effects in our daily lives.

Gertrude, 16, Tanzania

They have conscious ideas about this tragedy. They are "wired" all day. They saw, read, discuss and want to be a part of Act Now generation.

We have an environmentalist generation among our students. They are involved in campaigns, they fight bad behaviors against Earth planet

Join the #HumanRace

Join the #HumanRace

100 minutes, $100 billion
for climate action.

Run, ride, swim, walk or do any activity of your choice for a cumulative 100 minutes between August 16 and August 31 in solidarity with vulnerable people and to tell world leaders that they expect developed countries to deliver on their decade-old pledge of $100 billion annually for climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. If you don’t wish to take part physically, you can Add Your Voice.

Every minute of activity counts towards carrying our message to world leaders at COP26.

  • Apps: Join on Strava!

Don’t have Strava? It’s free, available on iPhone and Android, and can be used by itself or with all major fitness-tracking devices.

Because in the race against the climate crisis, we can't leave anyone behind.

“The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win.”

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General

Take care! Be safe! Ware a mask!


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Thursday, August 12, 2021

June in Review & Youth Day : Celebrating the potential of youth as active partners in the global society !


International Youth Day 2021
credits: UN

"Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort."

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and to celebrate the potential of youth as active partners in the global society. 

Theme 2021:

The theme, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, aims to highlight that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

"This year’s International Youth Day highlights solutions developed by young innovators to address challenges to our food systems. They are tackling inequities in food security, biodiversity loss, threats to our environment and much more."

During the 2021 ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF), the issues and priorities highlighted by young participants included the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to its effect on human health, the environment, and food systems. 

As part of the official outcome recommendations of the EYF, young participants stressed the importance of working towards more equitable food systems.

There is also the risk of zoonotic diseases that can result from unsustainable farming practices and the climate crisis. Population health is also key in addressing food systems challenges, especially as nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer are major contributors to the global burden of disease.

credits:  UN Women/Amanda Voisard

Youth engagement is essential to the transformation of education into a means for inclusive youth development and sustainable development more broadly.

Through youth education, engagement, innovation and entrepreneurial solutions, this year’s International Youth Day aims to provide a platform for young people to continue the momentum from the EYF in the lead up to the high-level Food Systems Summit

This year, International Youth Day will be virtually convened by DESA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Major Group for Children and Youth. 

International Youth Day 2021
credits: UN


Youth all over the world, be part of the celebrations by organizing your own event or activity! You can organize an event to celebrate International Youth Day in your community, school, youth club, or workplace.

Are your school or or youth group celebrating #YouthDay? Planning a special activity? UN wants to know! 

Let UN know about your event by going to the link HERE to input the details in the form and UN will map it on the IYD World Map of Event.

Oops! I forgot to write about the posts of June. Let's do it ! The world continues to be affected by severe pandemic restrictions. So difficult to all of us. Never ending pandemic.

My usual readers know I publish in English, Francês and Português.

Here are the most popular posts of June:

Harry Potter ? And now a store in New York ! Let's dream !

  • There are strict measures to deal with the new wave coronavirus across European countries and other countries all around the world. In-Person lessons will restart in some countries: schools and universities. 

  • Many involve the reintroduction of restrictions that had been eased after last lockdowns. 

    Be safe! Take care!

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