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I want to tell you the story of how I realized that, in this world, your gender still influences what kind of opportunities you are worth having.

Growing up, I always thought that I could be anything I wanted — I still do — and I never really imagined that being a girl could be an obstacle to achieve my dreams.

As a kid, I wasn’t aware of this issue, I was constantly hearing things like ‘’your cousin likes to play with dolls, that’s not very boyish of him’’ and ‘’That skirt is too short, do you want boys to…

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On a recent blog, I mentioned that my favorite subject when I was in college was Ecology. Today, I have the chance to show you how important and fascinating Ecology is!

For those of you who don’t know, Ecology is a branch of biology that studies the interaction of organisms between each other and their environment.

For a biologist, Ecology is the base to understand how things happen in the environment. It helps us understand how our environment works and the impact that change can have in a community or a place.

Today I’m going to share with you the…

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The other day, as I was taking the bus to go to work, I decided to count how many trees I saw on my way there. I only saw 10.

I live in a big city, so seeing 10 trees seemed to be a pretty reasonable number of trees to see on my 25 minutes trip to work. Nevertheless, it sparked some curiosity in me about the subject, and, being the nerd that I am, I decided to do some research about the topic.

I tried to find how many trees a city should have and I couldn’t find anything…

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One of my favorite classes, while I was studying biology in college, was ecology. Ecology is a very cool subject because it allows you to understand more about how our ecosystems work and how important it is to keep them balanced.

My teacher was excellent, and he had this idea where he divided us into groups and we picked a topic and present that topic to the class. My topic was invasive species. That’s what we are going to be talking about today.

What are invasive species?

Invasive species, like the word invasive might suggest, are beings such as plants and animals that are…

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One of my biggest ambitions in life is to have my own business. I’m a huge fan of history and the idea that a single invention can change the course of history and the world forever fascinates me.

I’m also very into the idea that we need to revamp and rethink the way we create businesses nowadays. I think it is time we start to think out of the box and start to look for ways of turning, let’s say, our waste into something useful.

At the same time, I’m also very worried about our environment and, although I want…

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One of my favorite movies of all time is Hidden Figures. The movie is based on a true story and follows three African-American women who, during the racial segregation in the United States, in 1961, had very important roles in NASA working for the U.S space program.

It’s an incredible movie filled with interesting topics and it’s very empowering for anyone who has ever been denied an opportunity, either because of their skin color or their gender. It really makes us believe that dreams do come true if we work hard to achieve them.

It is a great movie with…

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Have you ever heard about the veil of ignorance? The veil of ignorance is the answer, proposed by philosopher John Rawls, to make unbiased decisions about a moral and ethical problem.

But, how does the Veil of ignorance work?

Imagine that, all your life, you’ve been using a pair of pink glasses so you’ve always seen the world in several different shades of pink. Although the world is not pink, you don’t know that, because, due to the glasses, you’ve never seen its true color.

What this means is: because of the circumstances of the environment you grew up in, you are unaware that other people lived a…

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When I was in High School I had a Philosophy teacher who often encouraged us to discuss our opinions on several different topics. And I will never forget the class where we discussed, for the first and last time, homosexuality.

I don’t remember what led to the topic but I remember how one of my classmates said something along the lines of: ‘’If I had a son that was gay, I wouldn’t accept him until he turned straight. If that never happens, then he would not be my son’’.

The discussion went on and on about how that would be…

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This week we celebrate World Environment Day! World Environment Day has been happening every year, on June 5th, since 1974, and is used for engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.

Unfortunately, this year we can’t strike for the climate or go out in the wild to see it and celebrate it. We have to stay at home where it’s safe and do nothing.

So you want us to stay home and do nothing? But, aren’t you constantly telling us to take action?

Yes, I want you to stay home and do…

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For the past few weeks, we have been talking about how the world is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s been a lot of ‘’good news’’ surfing the internet about how social distancing is helping the climate change problem. According to the World Economic Forum, just in China, CO2 emissions have decreased by 25% — which is huge!

Unfortunately, this means nothing if we don’t tackle climate change during the recovery of COVID-19. Which means we have to take action!

Taking action for the climate made me think about the things we’ve learned during this pandemic about Climate Action…

Renata Félix

Youth4GlobalGoals blog writter

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