World Pop: How Humanity Surpassed the 7 Billion Mark

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Mental Vacay: Stockholm, Sweeden + Vision Zero Lead the Way to Walkable Cities

 Vision Zero

Stockholm’s effort to reduce road deaths to zero by 2020 has become an international model for “walkable cities.”

“Most transpo devotees are familar with Sweden’s incredible success of Vision Zero, a goal to eventually curb road deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2020. Many cities worldwide, especially in the United States, have now adopted various forms of it.”

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Throwback Thursday- The Prohibition

Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History

Now at American Museum of National History

Exhibit runs through January 10, 2016

photoEsslinger’s Repeal Beer Label

(NARA ID: 7788303Since the first European settlers arrived, Americans have enjoyed a drink. At times, many of us have enjoyed a lot of drinks. But other Americans, fearing the harm alcohol could do to society and to individuals, have tried to limit or even stop our drinking defining when and where we could consume alcohol.

photoClose the Saloons!

(NARA ID: 16647175)These two, different views of alcoholic beverages run throughout American history. Sometimes they have existed in relative peace; at other times they have been at war. “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History” uses National Archives documents and artifacts to show how government programs and policies changed over time and to illustrate the wide variety of views Americans hold about alcohol. The stories they tell echo today’s debates on regulation of drinking and the legalization of drugs.

#HAPPYPEOPLE National Geographic Kids Picture It All

Kids Find Their #Happy Place

National Geographic Kids is celebrating International Day of Happiness with a photo challenge on its MyShot kids photography community.

Budding photographers are encouraged to take a picture of what makes them happy and tag it #happy.

Pharrell Williams will pick his favorite image and it will be published in a fall issue of National Geographic Kids magazine.

Kids are also encouraged to take a pledge to make the planet happy by visiting the National Geographic Kids Happy Page here.

#HAPPYDAY The Empire Strikes Back

New York City

On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, Pharrell Williams will light the Empire State Building yellow on Friday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. in a special ceremony honoring the International Day of Happiness.

Joining Pharrell Williams will be Aaron Sherinian from UN Foundation, Kevin Wall and Aaron Grosky from Live Earth, as well as a representative from the United Nations.

The Empire State Building will light up the skies from sunset on March 20 until 2:00 a.m. on March 21 to promote happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of people across the world.

US-Mexico Exchange Program: Classes Without Borders and Teach for America

US-Mexico Foundation: A Binational Initiative for DREAMers

After committing more than $1.8 million in 4Q14 grants, Western Union Foundation donates $150,000 to support a cross-border exchange program that will impact 10,000 students. Continue reading US-Mexico Exchange Program: Classes Without Borders and Teach for America

Ohm My Goodness! Yoga Aid Raises $630,000 for Charity

The world’s first one day, around the world yoga tour benefits charities worldwide.

2012 Yoga Aid World Challenge kicked off in Sydney, Australia and proceeded to “follow the sun” to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Kenya, England, South Africa, Canada, wrapping up in the US in Los Angeles, California.

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Super Typhoon Sanba Rocks Japan, South Korea

In the wake of Typhoon Bolaven, which struck Peoples Republic of Korea on August 28, 2012, Typhoon Sanba seeks to undermine disaster relief efforts in the region.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

Read more about Typhoon Bolaven relief efforts in this IFRC report.