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Extinction Rebellion Urges Government To Remember Children During COVID-19 Recovery

Extinction Rebellion Urges Government To Remember Children During COVID-19 Recovery

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Extinction Rebellion put thousands of kid’s shoes in Trafalgar Square.

Extinction Rebellion are calling on the government to act on the climate crisis during the coronavirus recovery so children and young people aren’t left to suffer a deeper crisis.

In the early hours of this morning, Extinction Rebellion has covered London’s Trafalgar Square with nearly 2000 pairs of children’s shoes, with people holding a banner that reads ‘Covid today > Climate tomorrow > Act Now’. The installation urges the Government to act on the climate crisis during the coronavirus recovery to protect younger generations against the effects of an even deeper crisis that continues to intensify.

The shoes send a chilling reminder to the Government to protect children and young people during the recovery from the coronavirus crisis – the generations most vulnerable to the climate and ecological emergency – and to respond with the same urgency as they have done to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Poppy Silk, 19, XR Youth says: “As a young person during the pandemic, I’m urging the government to be led by the science. We had months to prepare for coronavirus, we’ve had decades to prepare for the climate crisis and still not enough is being done. This has to be the moment at which we learn from our mistakes and take the necessary action to protect not only future generations, but the people living in high polluted cities and those in the global south dying now due to climate change. 

“Many young people feel suffocated by fear of what is to come, and now with this pandemic maybe others will start to understand our fear for the future. This action highlights that, even whilst healing from the pandemic, we must move towards a green transition to prevent future crises.”

Dr. Deepa Shah, GP from Hackney says: “We’re living through one of those rare moments in history when everything can change. British people have shown throughout this crisis how deeply we value our health and well-being. There are now multiple paths before us; we could choose to go back to our destructive past, or we could choose a future that gives our children a chance. Coronavirus will end but climate change is here to stay. Governments must act now to secure our future.”

The shoes were all donated by generous neighbours, parents and local teachers from across London who are terrified for their children’s futures, with Extinction Rebellion pledging to donate the shoes to Shoe Aid following the action. The installation was created by a small group of people who were careful to follow social distance guidelines at all times and wore masks.

The action is part of Extinction Rebellion’s ‘No Going Back’ campaign, where they have been urging the government not to bail out destructive industries such as aviation. Over the weekend Extinction Rebellion groups around the UK created pop up bike lanes in their towns and cities calling on the government to redesign cities that prioritise people’s health and well being during the recovery.[1]

During the pandemic, there have been dramatic changes to the way we live in order to keep us safe and we have been shown what’s possible if the political will is there. However, the government failed to listen to expert warnings and prepare for what’s to come, as they are doing with the climate and ecological emergency. With eco-anxiety rapidly growing among young people and action on climate change likely be pushed back because of the pandemic, there has never been a more glaring opportunity to protect the lives of young people and address both.[2][3] As Bill Mckibben of 350.org said last week, “One crisis doesn’t stop because another starts.”[4]

The installation comes as lockdown begins to ease in the UK and the government makes moves to go back to business-as-usual. However, it has become clear that the general public desire a change of direction, with only 9% of the population wanting to go back to the way things were before the pandemic, and 48% agreeing that the government should respond with the same urgency to the climate and ecological crisis as the coronavirus crisis.[5][6]

Notes

[1] https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/extinction-rebellion-paint-road-elizabethway-18262364
[2] http://2030.vice.com/well-being
[3] https://time.com/5795150/coronavirus-climate-change/
[4] https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-a-warming-planet/one-crisis-doesnt-stop-because-another-starts
[5] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-uk-lockdown-end-poll-environment-food-health-fitness-social-community-a9469736.html
[6] https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/coronavirus-climate-crisis-uk-government-poll-environment-a9467371.html

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Italy warns against ‘tourism corridors’ between EU states in about-face, urges reopening all borders AT ONCE — RT World News

Italy urged fellow EU countries to work together to reanimate the tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic, speaking against any bilateral deals between member states – after Rome reportedly considered doing just that.

All European countries should open their borders at once after passing the Covid-19 peak, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a speech broadcast on Facebook on Monday.

“We need to restart the country and ensure the safety of Italians. This is why Italy has the opportunity to welcome tourists from other EU countries in summer. We are already working on a safe and concrete tourist plan,” he stated.

Earlier in the day, the Italian foreign minister talked to his counterparts from other EU nations via a video link. The meeting was focused on reviving the tourism sector, which has been badly hit by the pandemic. For Italy, tourism is particularly important, as it remains one of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean nation’s economy.




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“We have agreed to work together on organizing the tourist season. There will be no tourism corridors based on bilateral agreements. It is unacceptable and goes against the spirit of Europe,” Di Maio said.

His statement apparently signaled a change of heart by Rome which, until recently, seemed eager to allow cross-border movement of tourists without waiting for other EU members. Last week, Italian media reported that the country’s authorities had been eyeing potential tourism deals with Germany, Russia, and China which would have envisioned the aforementioned “corridors.”

Over the weekend, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the country would allow entry to European tourists, scrapping the mandatory 14-day quarantine period starting from June 3. French officials immediately fired back at him. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner accused Rome of undermining the bloc’s unity.




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“It’s very important for us to coordinate our decisions at the European level, especially, regarding the Schengen Area. But today it’s not happening,” Castaner said at the time.

Italy is among the worst coronavirus-affected nations, with more than 225,000 cases, including over 32,000 deaths registered. The country endured a harsh nationwide lockdown, but the spread of the virus has drastically slowed.

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Fight For Your Love: Fans Urges YG Entertainment to Show Some Respect for Blackpink

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Blinks are not going to stop trying to attract attention to the lack of promotion for one of the most famous K-pop girl bands.

The fandom of Blackpink named Blinks went wild on 14 May: they sent a truck to the YG Entertainment building with demands for information about the group’s comeback, that was announced without any specific details on 4 May.

Almost two weeks have passed since the announcement that Blackpink are preparing for a comeback but fans have had zero teasers, nor any news, while debuting boy band “Treasure” under the same label has already got teasers, even though their debut is scheduled for July.

​Also, fans reminded YG once again that the agency has promised solo albums for all of its members since 2018, but only Jennie got it that year with her release entitled “Solo”.

​Full of anger, fans have been trending on Twitter hashtags directing their ire towards the management of the company in English – #NO_More_Lies_YG, and in Korean #남들_반만큼이라도_해봐_와2지 which addresses YG Entertainment saying: “do at least half of what others do”.

Korean and English speaking fans are spreading the set of requirements by which they want their idols to be treated.

​The fandom already demanded the comeback for their favs last year but didn’t get any or indeed any response from the company about it.

​Fans are urging the company to give the girl band a full-length album given that they only have released 14 songs in 4 years, reminding the company that Blackpink is still one of the most successful and record-breaking girl bands in K-pop history.

​YG has not yet responded to any of the Blinks’ demands.



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Pediatrician Urges Early Reopening Of Schools : NPR

Children in isolation are developing mental health issues.
Children in isolation are developing mental health issues.

Nightmares. Tantrums. Regressions. Grief. Violent outbursts. Exaggerated fear of strangers. Even suicidal thoughts. In response to a call on social media, parents across the country shared with NPR that the mental health of their young children appears to be suffering as the weeks of lockdown drag on.

Most U.S. states have canceled in-person classes for the rest of the academic year. This week in Senate testimony, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sounded a cautionary note on the prospect of reopening school buildings nationwide, even in the fall.

He pointed to the emergence of serious inflammatory illness in a handful of children. “We don’t know everything about this virus, and we really better be very careful, particularly when it comes to children,” Fauci said. He was responding to this comment by Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky: “I think it’s a huge mistake not sending our kids back to school.”

Dr. Dimitri Christakis, one of the nation’s most prominent pediatricians, agrees with Paul, who is a physician by training. Christakis, who directs the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is the editor-in-chief of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. And in a new piece published in the journal, he argues that the risks to children’s learning, social-emotional development and mental health need to be better balanced with the risks of spreading the coronavirus.

“I don’t care if I die”

Sarah, a mom in Northern California, is one of many parents who responded to our query about how their children are handling the shutdown. She and her husband work in the tech industry and have two daughters. Their older daughter, Phoebe, turned 5 just as their area’s stay-at-home orders went into effect. Her birthday party had to be postponed.

“She has happy moments and laughs about things and plays and gets excited,” says Sarah (we’re not using her last name to protect her daughter’s privacy). But, she adds, Phoebe has also “started saying some things that were really freaking me out.”

One day, Sarah says, she asked her daughter to be more careful on the stairs in their house. “And she got indignant and she was like, ‘Why? It’s my choice if I fall and kill myself.’ “

Another day, Phoebe asked to join her mother on a trip to the post office. “I told her no. And she’s like, ‘Why? I don’t care if I die.’ “

Sarah asked, ” ‘Can you tell me more about that, please?’ And she’s like, ‘Well, you have an extra kid [her baby sister, Hannah], and Hannah’s a good kid and I’m a bad kid.’ “

Sarah says she’s lucky that she has been able to take administrative leave from her job to be with her daughters full time during the lockdown and that they have mental health coverage. But it has been difficult finding a therapist who can treat a young child over video chat.

“An imperative”

Christakis says the serious effects of this crisis on children like Phoebe have been overlooked.

“The decision to close schools initially, and now to potentially keep them closed, isn’t, I think, taking the full measure of the impact this is going to have on children,” he told NPR. “Not just the short term, but the long term.”

The problem, Christakis says, isn’t just learning loss, which is expected to fall particularly hard on low-income children with unequal access to distance learning. Recent research from a large testing association on the “COVID-19 slide” suggests children may return in the fall having made almost a third less progress in reading, and half as much progress in math, compared with what they would have in a typical school year.

Mental health and social-emotional development, Christakis argues, have been less discussed: “The social-emotional needs of children to connect with other children in real time and space, whether it’s for physical activity, unstructured play or structured play, this is immensely important for young children in particular.” A new study in JAMA Pediatrics, he says, documents elevated depression and anxiety among children under lockdown in China.

A third major risk, says Christakis, is child abuse. With schools closed and activities canceled, adults who are mandatory reporters, such as teachers, are less likely to catch wind of abuse or neglect. Hospitals around the country are reporting a rise in admissions for severe child abuse injuries and even deaths — a rise that coincides with lockdown orders. And a sex-abuse hotline operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reported that half its calls in March came from minors, for the first time in its history.

In his editorial, Christakis calls for a panel made up of interdisciplinary experts to make school reopening a priority in the United States. “I think we should sort of reason backwards from the expectation that children do start school, that that’s an imperative. And then how do we make that happen safely?”

Safety, of course, is the reason schools closed around the world in the first place. It’s still considered very rare for children to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, but recently a handful of children have died from an inflammatory illness related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The science on children’s role in spreading the virus is also a moving target. A new analysis of Chinese contact-tracing data in the journal Science, co-authored by Maria Litvinova, suggests that children are in fact less susceptible to coronavirus infections. But because they have so much close contact at school, canceling in-person classes plays a key role in flattening the curve of an outbreak.

Litvinova says she is doubtful that schools, especially in big cities, can reliably enforce social distancing to reduce the number of contacts. “It’s very difficult to explain to children that they shouldn’t stay with their friends or talk with them or be close to each other.”

Christakis is himself an epidemiologist by training. But he says these concerns are exactly why experts from different backgrounds need to be consulted, so that the risks of reopening schools can be properly balanced with the risks of keeping them closed. “If we declared the meat supply a national emergency, we should do the same with the brain supply.”

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US urges Israel to put the brakes on infrastructure deal with Chinese firm as Pompeo arrives in Jerusalem for talks – report — RT World News

Washington has asked Israel to rethink a potential partnership with a China-linked firm in the creation of a new salination plant, ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Jerusalem, according to reports.

Hutchison Water International, which is owned by a Hong Kong-based holding company, is one of two companies competing for a tender to construct the facility, known as Sorek 2. The contract is worth $1.5 billion and the winner will also be tasked with operating the plant for 25 years. According to Israel’s Channel 13, Washington has pressured the Israeli government to reassess the potential deal.

Pompeo, who flew to Tel Aviv on Wednesday, is expected to bring up the infrastructure project when he meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The pair are also expected to discuss Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, as well as issues surrounding Iran.




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For months, Washington has been pressing its allies to cut business ties with Chinese firms, arguing that such partnerships undermine security and strategic infrastructure.

Pompeo has redoubled these efforts amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, claiming that Beijing must be held accountable for allegedly misleading the world about the virus.

The Chinese government has scoffed at Pompeo’s accusations, describing the top US diplomat as the ringleader of a “clown show” designed to shift focus away from Washington’s handling of the crisis.

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Village of Hoffman Estates Urges Citizens to Call the 911 Emergency Line on an Ice Cream Truck for Breaking Quarantine Policy, Not Wearing a Mask

Investigative reported Brad Edwards and CBS Chicago ran a segment this week where they snitched on the local ice cream truck.
The driver wasn’t wearing gloves or a mask.
So they snitched him out.

The Village Manager at Hoffman Estates where this took place asked citizens to call 9-1-1 i they see this unmasked villain again on their streets.

Sounds like a great place to live — Where they snitch out the ice cream man!

It should be noted that Swiss and Dutch officials reopened schools this month due to the fact that children are not at risk of coronavirus and are not carriers of the disease.

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