Second Place – Education/Pollution in Nigeria

Congrats, Samantha! 2nd place, pretty impressive! – OnAir Team

In many countries, people aren’t receiving an education. A country with very low literacy rates is Nigeria, and you can see this through the state and condition of their country/society. Nigeria is poverty stricken, the majority of the country do not have the chance to go to public school and spend the days working or searching for water which is greatly scarce and polluted. The oil companies have dominated Nigeria; which has devastated the land and a country as a whole. If Nigeria’s society were to have learned about the downfalls of allowing oil to be drilled maybe Nigeria would be in a better state as today. Did Nigeria have a choice?
The drilling of oil in Nigeria has damaged the resources in which society depended on…the water is polluted and a great majority if the vegetation is gone. Due to the fact the majority of people live in poverty, people get their water,if there is any available, from nearby water ways which may cause people to walk for miles. These water ways are polluted, people are uneducated/ unaware of the water that cause disease until after it has occurred. Even though there may be signs warning people not to drink from the water, education is very rare so people never learned how to read.
The drilling of oil by many companies has increased the air pollution exponentially, so not only is the drilling of oil damaging society through water but also the air they breathe. Nigeria needs justice and a form of government that can change the state of Nigeria. Though it is easier said than done, if the world cares for people/the well-being of planet Earth over greed something will be done.

Source: http://nigeriaworld.com/columnist/uzokwe/081103.html

Third Place – The Importance of our Beaches

Here’s our 3rd place winner! Congrats, Caroline! 

Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed going to the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico with my family, including Gulf Shores, Destin, and Clearwater Beach. The beauty of the water, the amazing skylines, and the gorgeous white sand have always given me a sense of calmness and joy that I truly cannot achieve in any other part of the world. When the BP oil spill of 2010 occurred, I was very concerned about the marine life and the quality of the water close to shore. What people do not realize is that although the spill may have been “cleaned up” that summer, the indigenous life in the water and on the shore are still feeling the effects of this oil spill to this day.
According to Marcos Cordero of the Green Business Bureau Blog, construction, pollution, overfishing, and overall disregard to the well-being of the environment that is taking place close to the coasts of these aforementioned beaches are immensely destructive to the marine life in the oceans.
Although there has been continued governmental regulation of protecting our beaches, it is also important that individuals take the initiative and work to improve their personal habits in order to benefit the environment. Carpooling, riding bikes, and walking near the coast can improve the quality of air immensely. If the quality of air is improved, the quality of water will also improve, providing the marine life with a more beautiful, pure, and safer habitat. Although I do not think recreational activities in or near the ocean, such as fishing, should be completely outlawed, I do think that if individuals work to change their habits little by little, the beaches that we love to vacation to and enjoy will be in better shape and will continue exist in good condition.

 

A flourishing relationship on bikes.

Aw, look at this cute couple biking together. Wait, why do they have all those bags? Like they’re ready to take on the freaking world?

That’s because they don’t just bike for hobby. It’s their lifestyle.

Behold, the Oguchi couple. This couple has been biking around the world for the past five years, logging over 60,000 miles in the process. And they did it in 84 countries overall. EIGHTY-FOUR.

Laura Scott from the blog Locals interviewed Ryohei Oguchi (the boyfriend), and what was his reasoning?

It was his dream.

What does his boo think? Well, I can think that’s clear by the picture.

Their next stops include Morocco, south of France, Spain, Ireland, and eventually Latin America.

D’awww, good luck you little scoundrels. :’)

Just goes to show you that a lifestyle involving bikes is extremely possible. We’re not saying drop everything to ride around on your bike (although that would be pretty great), but if these guys can go place to place on bike, then so can you.

Thoughts/opinions? Inspired yet? Share with us below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-couple-has-been-biking-around-the-world-for-five-years/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=update&utm_campaign=socialflow

Beautiful…transit systems?

Oh my.

Well then

Umm. Why in the world don’t most of our transit systems look like this? What fabulous city planning and infrastructure!

Except for one thing. They don’t actually exist.

These stunning, high-color maps were created by Ian Silva, who drives a commuter train in Sydney, Australia. And he created them just for fun.

These transit systems are built upon a made up island that he calls the Koana Islands. He even has intricate details about this made-up place: for instance, the language is a mixture between English and Swedish, and the number for emergency services is 7777.

Which has us dreaming of these lovely, transit-friendly islands.

Would you love to live on beautiful islands with a highly accessible transit system? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/beautifully-imagined-maps-show-fictional-cities-and-their-transit-systems/