17 Global Goals World Leaders Hope to Achieve by 2030

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Our World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to make our world a better place. All of these goals together could allow us to accomplish three main things: End extreme poverty, Fight inequality and injustice, and Fix climate change.

World Leaders created a similar list of goals in the year 1990. Since then, those goals have led to a major decrease in the number of people living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger. The number of young people who were able to enroll in school around the world was also increased.

Progress has been made toward gender equality and the childhood mortality rate has decreased greatly. The maternal mortality rate has been decreased and death rates associated with HIV have also been lowered. So many advancements have been made in medicine, equality, and human rights.

Many advancements have been made around the world, but there is still so much work for us to do. The Global Goals can help to bring us one step closer to a world with less poverty, less hunger, more equality, and better care for the environment.

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These are the 17 Global Goals World Leaders hope to achieve by 2030:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

Many of these goals might seem far fetched. But a lot of the goals set in 1990 seemed unachievable as well, and we have come very close to reaching them. What matters is that people are aware that these goals have been made. World Leaders have come together to set these goals, but they can only be achieved if all of us work together.

If everyone can make a small step to make progress on even one of these goals, our world will change for the better. If we care about these goals and work toward them, one step at a time, we can make a difference. We have the ability to do so many good things. So…Let’s make it happen.

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#GlobalGoals, UN World Leaders, Equality, MyThoughts

Big Trees, a Bigger Universe, and an Even Bigger God

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I stood next to a tall tree and looked up to see how it towered over me. For the first time in a long time, I felt truly small. I felt the cool wind blowing and thought about the vastness of the universe. It made me think about how, compared to the rest of the universe, our Earth that seems so big to us is really very small. If one could travel far enough through the stars and galaxies of outer space, the Earth would not even be visible to the naked eye. It would be nothing more than a speck.

If the Earth is small, then that means we are smaller still. This feeling of being small might sound like a bad thing, but I didn’t feel bad at all. I felt at peace. Acknowledging how small I am in this huge, vast universe made me feel like I am truly held in the hands of a God who is far bigger than I am. It reminded me that I am part of a larger universe, a larger story that is interwoven and connected with people and animals and stars and planets and a Creator.

If the universe is that much bigger than me, than I know that God is that much bigger than my problems.

The truth is, feeling big can be exhausting. Sometimes it can feel like there is a lot of pressure to be perfect, to always be chasing after something, and to accomplish a million different things at once. Our world can begin to feel small, and when that happens, life doesn’t feel like a miracle anymore, it only feels like a burden. We will always have responsibilities, but none of those responsibilities will ever be bigger than the universe, and none of them will ever be bigger than God.

I think that our lives matter in the way that stars matter. The universe is so much bigger than us, stretching far and wide in every direction, but we each have the power to shine and to make it all the more beautiful. Astrologists study the stars. They give them names, seeing them all as individual entities. There are countless stars in the sky, but if one of those stars were to go out, it would be deeply missed.

God values us so much more than we value the stars.

There might be times in life when we feel small in a bad way. We might feel helpless and unable to change our circumstances. When that happens, try taking a walk in nature. Stand underneath a tree and see how it towers over you. Remind yourself that this tree is bigger than you. The universe is bigger than your circumstances. And God is bigger than your problems. He can carry you through anything, because even in a universe where we are only a tiny speck, we are a very big deal to God.

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#Inspiration, God, Love, MyThoughts

Magical Jobs Based On Each Hogwarts House

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Because each Hogwarts house has different values, it’s likely that members of each house would be drawn to jobs that match their values respectively.

That said, any witch or wizard in either house can pursue any job they’d like. As Dumbledore says. “It is our choices that define who we really are, far more than our abilities.”

Here is a short list of Magical jobs that can work well with the values of each Hogwarts house:

Hufflepuff– Healer, Herbologist, Librarian
Ravenclaw– Magizoologist, Potioneer, Professor
Gryffindor– Magical Law Enforcement, Quidditch Player, Actor
Slytherin– Obliviator, Curse Breaker, Musician

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#HarryPotter

Blue Sky

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I taste freedom in the blue, blue sky

Do you want to fly with me?

Together we can see the world from new heights

Together, we can be free

 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like

To soar above the clouds?

I bet there’s a hidden kingdom up there

That’s as amazing as it sounds

 

Tell me, have you kept your mind

And your sense of imagination?

Or have you lost those things to the world

A most draining and sad sensation

 

Come with me, let’s get it back

Let’s do impossible things

Keep your heart and your hope alive

Because that is what gives you wings.

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-Ashley Lilly

#Poetry

 

Penguins

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They say that when penguins find their one true love

They stay with that love forever

 

Maybe it’s because they propose with a pebble

With affection that’s authentic and humble

 

It’s nice to think that we live in a world

Where we can all find our penguin

 

Because when love is true, it lasts and lasts

And it makes our broken lives beautiful.

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-Ashley Lilly

#Poetry

 

Water, Earth, Fire, Air: The Pros and Cons of Being a Bender in the World of Avatar

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 In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the world is divided into four nations: the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Some of the people born into the Water, Earth or Fire nations will be born with the ability to bend their respective element. Others will not have this ability.

 The Air Nomads are the only exception to this rule. Every Air Nomad that is born is an airbender. Many people who are not born with the ability to bend choose to train under a master to become a weapons specialist. These weapons include swords, razor blades, fans, duel swords, knives, flails, and boomerangs. Others learn how to fight using nothing but their hands and their wit.

 Being a bender is particularly cool because it allows the characters to be more in touch with the element that defines their respective nations. While being a bender in each nation has its advantages, there are also downsides to consider. This post will explore the pros and cons of being a bender in each of the four nations.

 [Note: The analysis done in this post relates exclusively to the time of Avatar Aang. The lives of benders during this time period will likely be different from those experienced during the time of Avatar Korra.]

 

Waterbenders: Waterbenders have the ability to control water in all its forms. They can turn liquid water into ice, ice into liquid water, and liquid water into steam. An experienced waterbender can become resourceful enough to bend the water out of plants, pull the water out of thin air, or use her own sweat for waterbending. Some of them can even use their powers for healing.

 They can use large amounts of snow or water to lift themselves into the air and use frozen shards of ice as weapons. If they spill water in the desert, they can use bending to get it back. They can also control plants by bending the water inside of them. They are highly adaptable people and when they fight, they know how to use their opponents force against them.

 Cons: With training and practice, waterbenders can gain a lot of cool skills. Still, their lives are not perfect. Next to the Air Nomads (who were almost completely wiped out by the Fire Nation), the Water Tribe has the smallest population of people. The majority of Water Tribe members either live in the North or South Pole. Since most able-bodied waterbenders in the Southern Water Tribe went to fight in the war, any waterbender in the South Pole would have had virtually no access to a master to train her/him. This very thing happened to Katara until she was able to find a master in the north.

 The Southern Water Tribe was hit hard in the war. Because of this, fewer adults are around to provide food, clothing and shelter for the Tribe. They live simply, though they are very close-knit and have a lot of love for each other. In the Northern Tribe, things are different. They have more benders, which means they have larger houses made of ice. They have a more complex system of government, even having a royal family. There are more masters to teach young benders. However, for a long time, female benders are forbidden to learn. They are only allowed to use their bending for healing, at least until Katara comes along and changes things.

A handful of waterbenders live in a swamp, allowing them to live an alternative lifestyle while remaining close to their element. There is a lot of simplicity in this lifestyle, but it also keeps them cut off from the rest of the world. Before meeting Katara, they never knew other waterbenders existed outside the swamp.

 There is also a little-used technique that can only be done during the full moon, and that is blood-bending. If a waterbender is powerful enough to do this, it can lead her/him to be manipulative and to value life less. If a bender, like Katara, learns this ability, it can make her feel horrible for using such a manipulative power.

 Earthbenders: Earthbenders can control rocks, sand, space rocks, and sometimes metal. They can use their bending to build shelters. They are determined and do not back down. They face their problems head on. The people in the Earth Kingdom are courageous and strong, and they can get through anything as long as they have hope. There are a lot of people in the Earth Kingdom, and they are always there to support the people they love. They are known for their bravery. Children in the Water Tribe, like Katara, were told bedtime stories about courageous Earthbenders who fought in the war. Their strength is a part of who they are.

 Cons: The Earth Kingdom became heavily colonized by the Fire Nation during the war. Many Earth Benders were imprisoned. A focus on survival and self-preservation led many prisoners to just comply and stop fighting. But with encouragement from Katara, many benders were inspired to fight again. Many people in the Earth Kingdom do not have a lot of food or money. They have to use their resources wisely.

 Firebenders: Firebenders can control fire. Not only can they control it, but they are the only benders who can create their element as well. Some can even create lightning. Through a special technique, firebenders can also redirect lightning by guiding in, down, up, and out of their bodies. This technique is quite dangerous because the lightning must not touch the heart. Firebenders always have a source of heat, a fire for cooking, and a source of light. Some benders can breathe fire from their mouths. The Fire Nation is the wealthiest of the four nations. They have the best schools and the most powerful royal family in the world. They have the drive to achieve anything they want.

 Cons: Fire is a dangerous element. In order to learn it without hurting themselves or others accidentally, benders must practice self-control. While members of other nations tend to be close-knit, members of the Fire Nation seem to have the most strained relationships within families. If a high status member of the Fire Nation chooses to go against the Fire Lord for one reason or another, that person is at risk of being banished. Because the Fire Nation is responsible for so much damage and destruction, members of the Fire Nation are hated all over the world. This makes it difficult for banished people to find safety outside of the Fire Nation. They have to hide their Fire Nation identities in order to find a safe place to live.

 Air Nomads: As mentioned earlier, all Air Nomads are Airbenders. Their way of bending is all about avoiding conflict. They have a peaceful culture that teaches nomads to be detached from worldly possessions. They choose a flying Bison as their friend and life companion. They can also fly with bending by using a staff. Because of this, Air Nomads are free to, well, be nomads. They can travel the world and make friends in all the other nations. More than other benders, they find ways to use their bending simply for fun.

 Cons: Airbenders were almost entirely wiped out by the Fire Nation. The only remaining Airbender was Avatar Aang. Their peaceful culture meant they were not willing to put up a fight when the Fire Nation came looking for the Avatar. Air Nomads left behind a legacy of peace. Their value of peace and freedom inspired new people who were able to make the Air Temples their home to find a sense of freedom as well.

 Weapons Specialists: Weapons Specialists exist in all four nations. Even airbenders were able to use air swords if they wanted to. However, weapons were more likely to be used in the other three nations. Swords and other weapons are special because any person from any nation could become a master. Sokka learns how to use a sword, and even creates his own under the instruction of a master in the Fire Nation. Unlike the four elements, weapons do not require their user to be in a specific kind of environment. Those who use weapons also have many options to choose from. They are perfectly capable of fighting benders. Fighters, such as Ty Lee of the Fire Nations, fights using only her hands. She has knowledge of pressure points in the body, and can knock even the most powerful bender to her feet with a few quick, precise jabs.

 Cons: It’s possible that, in certain situations, weapons specialists can feel useless. Waterbenders, firebenders, airbenders, and even earthbenders can use their bending to help put out a fire or stop a volcano from destroying a village. There isn’t much a Sword Master can do in that situation, other than watch.

 The four nations each have qualities that make them special. They all have their strengths and their weaknesses. Each nation contributes something unique to the world, and those who can learn from all four nations can truly become wise.