Malala Yousafzai: not your ordinary teenage girl

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We always thought that we have to be extraordinarily different from the rest of the world for us to have an interesting story, to get people to listen to us, to get the attention of the world and to spark a change.
I am lazing around on a Sunday afternoon and after running out of Scandal episodes to watch, I decided to watch something inspiring (not that Olivia Pope does not fuel the desire in me to rule the world one day at a time lol) and would bring me out of my catatonic state.   So I decided to go through my other videos and stumbled upon Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech.  The speech was quite long but very inspiring especially coming from a 17 year old Pakistani young woman who fights for education for all most especially girls.

Her quote about telling a story that is not unique but a story of so many girls sparked something in me and ended up writing it down.  For years I have strived  to be the best version of myself , never content with who I am, not believing that I currently have what it takes to get what I want and to contribute something to this world.  I always felt that I am so ordinary, that no one would care to listen to my story because there’s nothing special about it.   I always thought that only exceptional people get to do amazing things.  Then it occurred to me that I don’t have to be special and maybe I won’t be a special or important in this world ever and that is just fine.   Malala made me realized that my story may be very common but how I deal with situation is what will set me apart.  I don’t have to wait for an event to happen for me to take charge and turn my dreams into reality.

Furthermore, Malala inspires me to share what little I have to make this world a better place.  She was just a kid when she started blogging about the situation of young girls in her country when Taliban took over control in their region.  She was so young yet her mind is already concerned with grown-ups issues.  While girls of her age all over the world are busy watching music videos of their favorite pop stars, keeping up with the latest trends and cutting classes just so they can hang out with their friends, she is bothered by not being able to go to school.  She got shot in the head by a Taliban member and almost died but it did not stop her.  It only fueled her determination to fight for the right to education.   And now not only she was able to continue her study, her message resonated to the rest of the world.  She won a Nobel Peace Prize and inspired millions and helped so many young girls and boys all over the world to have access to education.

It’s so amazing to see how far she’d come and knowing that the work never stops.  She keeps on promoting rights to education for everyone and as she keeps on doing that thousands of lives are being transformed.

 

Why melting ice caps should concern us?

I have been re watching episodes of Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey and here’s one information that I think every earthling should know: climate change is happening and its effects are being felt already.  The signs are all over the planet and we have to take this seriously.  We can’t deny this anymore, science has proven it and has data to show.
 
One the effects of climate change is the melting of the ice caps in the polar regions.  Most people ignore this, they felt that it has no direct effect to their lives.  We should think again.
Scientists call this the “positive feedback mechanism”and here is one simple way of explaining it.   Ice is the brightest natural surface on earth, which reflects incoming sunlight back to space while open ocean water is the darkest surface which absorbs sunlight and gets warmer which melts even more ice which exposes more ocean surface to absorb even more sunlight.   The shoreline in the Arctic Ocean is warming at an increasing rate.  It is ice free during most of the year that leaves the shore more exposed to erosion from storms (which is also getting stronger, another effect of climate change). Because Arctic region is warming, the permafrost is thawing and its contents eroding.  The thawing permafrost is releasing carbon dioxide and methane (a more potent green house gas) into the atmosphere which makes things even more warmer. And this vicious cycle continues unless we change our ways (some scientists believe we reached the point of no return) but I am an optimist.
So why should we care about these things?  Simple, those huge ice caps that are melting, they raises sea levels. Cities that are nearby a large body of water will have a huge problem.   Even those places that were previously above sea level will ended below and just imagine what will happen to those below sea level.  Great cities could be swallowed up by the rising sea levels.

Imagine this city when sea levels rises further.  People will have to leave this place and where all this great things go? Yes, to waste.

Also think about those inhabitants of the polar regions like penguins and polar bears, they are slowly facing extinction due to our carelessness.

Those poor bears what will become of them?

If you bother to read studies on the effects of global warming and melting ice caps in particular, you’ll know more and maybe think of how you can help the environment in your own ways.
I sometimes think that we humans will be the cause of our own extinction.  Not nature, nor asteroids, nor aliens (I just have to add that up).   We are on our way to self-destruction and we are too stubborn to admit it.  I just hope that we put to good use all the technological advances, resources and brilliant minds we have to solve this problem we created.   I have read this before and this gives me hope: