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#1048 Teen writes climate-saving cookbook

Emily Abrams

Emily Abrams; photo clip from video below

Seriously, think back to your teen years. Were you trying to save the world? This young woman is not waiting for anyone else. She is starting now.

High school-senior Emily Abrams understands the dangers of climate change and the link between what we choose to eat and our impact on the planet. So she contacted some of the best chefs in America and asked for their climate-friendly recipes.

The result is a cookbook whose title is a plea, “Don’t Cook the Planet.”

Abrams grew up in an environmentally savvy family. They must be incredibly proud.


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#1042 Feisty and funny, Stella Young shatters stereotypes

Stella Young

Stella Young refuses to be anyone’s inspiration just because she is in a wheelchair. However, the funny, talented Australian can’t avoid being inspirational. She is funny, smart, articulate and a powerhouse advocate for disability rights. When Young debuted her show,…

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#1020 Americans and Brazilians connect in one of the sweetest exchanges ever

CNA student and senior exchanging hugs; photo clip from below

CNA student and senior exchanging hugs; photo clip from video below

Hang on a second. I have to dry my eyes before typing this. I have just watched the YouTube video below, and I’m smiling through tears.

Two Brazilian companies, FCB Brasil (a marketing agency) and CNA (a network of language schools) have collaborated on a Speaking Exchange that connects seniors in American retirement homes with English-language students in Brazil. Thanks to video chat technology, the pairs connect in real time. The young people improve their fluency in English. Their surrogate grandparents connect with young people in a far-off country. Both broaden their perspectives, and the program offers solid educational value for students learning English.

I have no idea how many of the conversations are as touching as those recorded for the popular video, but I hope the idea goes global. Imagine what could happen if young people around the world connected with elders in other countries. They just might grow up rejecting cultural and political stereotypes. And given what we know about the impacts of isolation, we could expect seniors to enjoy better physical and emotional health in spite of mobility issues and distance from families.

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