Combating climate change should be both a personal and public priority

2. prize writing contest – Sofia Workshop Nov 2016

Nowadays, climate change is one of the biggest problems the world must face. What was considered as an incremental issue two decades ago, is already starting to show its numerous negative effects both on nature and on society. The question remains if we will be able to stop it in time and what the consequences will be for Europe if we don’t.

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Rising number of climate-refugees is one of the most important issues nowadays

1. prize writing contest – Sofia Workshop Nov 2016

The topic about the refugees has always been and will be a burning problem. And, we can say that the rising number of climate-change refugees is one of the most important issues facing our society nowadays. We live in such an age that many people are free to choose a better way of living. Yet, some are forced to make the decision to leave their homes due to political clashes. “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of shark” (Warsan Shire, 2011) – by ignoring the trend of the fleeing refugees, the world leaders have now allowed one of the largest global humanitarian crisis to unfold. Nevertheless, the situation can be kept under control by taking actions.

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The story of a Bosnian refugee

This is the story of Zerina Karup. She came to Ireland as a refugee when she was a baby. She is now studying Development Practice at the Trinity College Dublin. This summer she will be in Kenya for three month with the United Nations World Food programme to do research for her dissertation on the socio-economic impact of home-grown school feeding programmes. Her story underlines the importance of support systems for refugees. They allow people to thrive. They allow refugees to achieve their full potential, grow as people, and give back. It is a long-term investment.

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Brussels Lockdown

As a Belgian living abroad, I was often asked about the state of alert in Brussels and many individuals who were eager to discuss the issue with me had narratives similar to those proposed by the media. This prompted me to read news articles on the subject and talk to my parents and relatives living in Brussels. It brought me to the following conclusion: while these allegations may have some truth to them, it is important for people to carefully analyze the context of the situation before making assumptions about the gravity of the situation in Brussels, and particularly Molenbeek.

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Western norms and values

A few famous, populistic, politicians say we have to overthink our own Western Norms and Values and protect them first, instead of just taking everyone. Even though they see norms and values, which are normal to us, in another way. So, my question, what are these norms and values exactly?

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Syrian conflict: what is it all about and why we should be interested in it?

Most Europeans do not possibly remember when they last saw a news show where the Syrian conflict was not mentioned. It sometimes appears that we almost got used to hearing about renewed bombings, numerous casualties and fruitless attempts of diplomats to alter the course of events in the Middle East region. However, taking a closer look at the developments in Syria might help to understand many processes in the contemporary world starting with the refugee crisis and ending with the continuing hostility between the United States and Russia.

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