Greta Thunberg

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg (Swedish: [ˈɡrêːta ˈtʉ̂ːnbærj] (listen); born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish environmental activist who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation.[4] She speaks fluent English, and most of her public interactions are in English. Thunberg initially gained notice for her youth and her straightforward and blunt speaking manner,[5] both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she criticizes world leaders for their failure to take what she considers sufficient action to address the climate crisis.[6]

Thunberg’s activism began when she persuaded her parents to adopt lifestyle choices that reduced their own carbon footprint. In August 2018, at age 15, she started spending her school days outside the Swedish Parliament to call for stronger action on climate change by holding up a sign reading Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate). Soon other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together they organized a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were multiple coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each.[7] To avoid carbon-intensive flying, Thunberg sailed in a yacht to North America, where she attended the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Her speech there, in which she exclaimed “How dare you?“, was widely taken up by the press and incorporated into music.[8][9]

Her sudden rise to world fame made her both a leader in the activist community[10] and a target for critics,[11] especially due to her youth. Her influence on the world stage has been described by The Guardian and other newspapers as the “Greta effect”.[12] She received numerous honours and awards, including an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, inclusion in Time‘s 100 most influential people, being the youngest Time Person of the Year, inclusion in the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (2019),[13] and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, 2020, and 2021.[14][15]

“Greta Thunberg.” Wikipedia, Accessed 4 Feb. 2022.

Greta’s UN Speech:

WATCH: Greta Thunberg’s full speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders Monday, Sep. 23, for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop clima…

Trailer for “I Am Greta” 2020 film:

Greta Thunberg 02.jpg: Anders HellbergDerivative work: Dikson, CC BY-SA 4.0 ,via Wikimedia Commons

Simone Biles

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997)[4] is an American artistic gymnast. With a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is tied as the most decorated gymnast of all time. Biles’ seven Olympic medals also ties Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American gymnast. Biles is considered one of the greatest and most dominant gymnasts of all time.[5]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles won individual gold medals in the all-around, vault, and floor; bronze on balance beam; and gold as part of the United States team, dubbed the “Final Five“.[6

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 07: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during Women’s qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Simone Biles Wins Third Gold Medal Of Rio Games On The Vault

With two main goals already accomplished – gold medals in both the team competition and in the individual all-around – Simone Biles turned to the vault to grab more Olympic gold Sunday. She beat seven other gymnasts in the individual event.

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, she won bronze on balance beam, as well as silver with the United States team, after struggling with “the twisties“, a temporary loss of air balance awareness. Her partial withdrawal, focus on safety, mental health, and perseverance were praised.

“Simone Biles.” Wikipedia, Accessed 3 Apr. 2022.

TIME Athlete of the Year: Simone Biles

As the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) in a sport that captivates the globe every four years, Biles is all about control. Her life is dedicated to micromanaging …


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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 23: Simone Biles of the USA reacts after finishing her her performance on balance beam during the Superstars of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MAY 22: Simone Biles lands the Yurchenko double pike while competing on the vault during the 2021 GK U.S. Classic gymnastics competition at the Indiana Convention Center on May 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Biles became the first woman in history to land the Yurchenko double pike in competition. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Simone Biles lands Yurchenko double pike vault at U.S. Classic | NBC Sports

Simone Biles pulls off a Yurchenko double pike at the U.S. Classic, marking the first time a woman has completed that skill on vault #NBCSports #SimoneBiles …

EVERY Simone Biles signature move I NBC Sports

There is the Biles on floor, the Biles on vault , the Biles on beam and of course the Biles II. Simone Biles has created an encyclopedia of gymnastics moves …

Eponymous Skills:

  • Biles (6.4) (vault): Yurchenko half-on, front layout salto with double twist off
  • Biles (H) (balance beam): double twisting double tucked salto dismount
  • Biles I (G) (floor exercise): double layout half out
  • Biles II (J) (floor exercise): triple twisting double tucked salto (aka “triple double”)

Lou Llobell

Lou Llobell (born 18 January 1995) is a London-based actress.[2][3][4]

She is known for her role as Zandie in the 2021 film Voyagers. In 2021, she took the role of Gaal Dornick, a leading character in the Apple TV+ science fiction series Foundation.[3][4]

“Lou Llobell.” Wikipedia, Accessed 4 Sept. 2022.

Lou Llobell in Foundation:

Foundation (2021)

Lou Llobell in Foundation (2021)

Article in Emmy Magazine:

Sync and Swim

“I was drafted for the under-16 South African field hockey team, and I swam and played squash,” says the actress, whose father is Spanish and mother is Zimbabwean. That athleticism helped her land the role of Gaal Dornick in Foundation.

    Foundation Trailer:

    Foundation – Official Teaser 2 | IMDb

    The Galactic Empire has brought peace to thousands of worlds, but the beliefs of one man now threaten their very existence. Foundation premieres September 24, only on Apple TV+ .

    Foundation Interview: Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick


    Interview with Trevor Noah:

    Lou Llobell – The Journey to “Foundation” | The Daily Show

    Actor Lou Llobell details her role as Gaal on the Apple TV+ series “Foundation,” her journey to landing the part, and what it means to play a math genius who’s a woman of color.


    Chloe Smith & Leah Song – Rising Appalachia

    Rising Appalachia is an American folk music group led by multi-instrumentalist sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith.[1] Leah also performs as a solo artist. Based between Southern Appalachia and New Orleans, the sisters work with an array of international musicians and the band incorporates everything from simple harmonics with banjos and fiddles, to a wide variety of drumskalimbasbeatboxdjembebalafoncongasdidgeridootablasspoons and washboard creating a full mix of worldfolk and soul music.

    “Rising Appalachia.” Wikipedia, Accessed 12 Nov. 2021.

    Official video for their song Resilient:

    Rising Appalachia – Resilient (Official Music Video)

    Directors- Chloe Smith and Leah SongCinematographer/Editor- Alex Allaux Movement Director- Justin ConteDancers- Amy Secada, Quentin Robinson (IAMSpecialFX), …

    Discover the Slow Music Movement:

    What is the slow music movement? | Leah Song | TEDxAsheville

    Leah Song of critically acclaimed Rising Appalachia has been keeping the troubadour spirit alive through the music project she and her sister started in 2006…

    The ‘Slow Music Movement’ encourages musicians to try out ‘non-industry standard’ ways of bringing music into the world by “linking to local communities and staying with local friends; pursuing alternative venues for performances and supporting local businesses with farm-to-table hospitality; providing local non-profits at each show a platform to display information; exploring alternative methods of travel including train, bike, low impact vehicles, boat, horse, or simply focusing on regional touring; and encouraging concert goers to take in more than just the catharsis of the music.” – Rising Appalachia

    Rising Appalachia website:

    Rising Appalachia

    As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to ma

    Official video for Medicine:

    Rising Appalachia- Medicine [Official Music Video]

    Artist: Rising AppalachiaSong: MedicineAlbum: Wider CirclesLocation: Lake Tahoe & AppalachiaFor more information on Rising Appalachia go to http://www.rising…

    Rising Appalachia – Wider Circles (Live from Standing Rock)

    Wider Circles live AT Standing Rock November 2016. Tiny Tent concert series with Indigenous Rising Media.

    Samin Nosrat

    Samin Nosrat (Persian: ثمین نصرت, /səˈmin ˈnʌsrɑːt/,[1] born November 7, 1979) is an American chef, TV host, food writer and podcaster.[2][3]]

    She is the author of the James Beard Award–winning, New York Times Bestselling cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat and host of a Netflix docu-series of the same name.[4][2][5][6] From 2017–2021, she was a food columnist for The New York Times Magazine.[7][8] Nosrat is also the co-host of the podcast Home Cooking.

    In 2000, as a sophomore in college, Nosrat ate dinner at Chez Panisse and immediately applied to work there as a busser.[9] She eventually worked her way up to the restaurant kitchen, becoming a cook and working with Alice Waters, who described her as “America’s next great cooking teacher.”[2][7][10]

    After leaving Chez Panisse, Nosrat worked in Italy and then other Berkeley-area restaurants.[14] She worked as a sous-chef and took catering jobs before starting to teach private cooking classes in 2007.[15] She has said that she soon felt that a television show would be a more efficient way of teaching; however, it would be years before that would happen.[16]

    She later worked with Michael Pollan, and was included in his book and the 2016 Netflix documentary television series Cooked as “the chef who taught Michael Pollan how to cook”.[17]

    Samin Nosrat: The 100 Most Influential People of 2019

    Years ago, Samin Nosrat taught me how to make fresh mozzarella bocconcini; I remember she was so encouraging, showing me how to carefully hand-form the little bocconcini in hot water. There is magic in the way Samin teaches. She wins you over immediately with an irresistible combination of warmth, honesty, deep understanding of cooking and that ebullient laugh of hers.

    The cookbook:


    of the James Beard Award-winning New York Times Bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. She is an Eat columnist at The New York Times Magazine and the host and an executive producer of the Netflix original documentary series based on her book. She lives, cooks, gardens, and laughs in Berkeley, California.

    Salt Fat Acid Heat | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix


    Focaccia Recipe:

    Salt Fat Acid Heat | Clip: Focaccia Recipe [HD] | Netflix

    Master these four elements, master the kitchen. Based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling book, Salt Fat Acid Heat is the essential guide to the basic elements of…

    Brené with Samin Nosrat on Grief, Gratitude, and Connection

    Listen to this episode from Unlocking Us with Brené Brown on Spotify. Get ready for a delicious conversation. I am talking to Samin Nosrat, author, cook, teacher, podcaster, and the force of nature behind the revolutionary cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and its Netflix documentary.


    Hannah Gadsby

    Hannah Gadsby (born 1978) is an Australian comedian, writer, and actress. She began her career in Australia after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for new comedians in 2006.

    Some of my favorite bits from Hannah Gadsby combine her knowledge of art history and her comedy.

    Hannah Gadsby: Rennaissance Woman (2015)

    Renaissance Woman: Venus on a Clam

    A naked goddess gives us an alternate surfboard and an artist gives us wind.Renaissance Woman (Ep1): Botticelli’s ‘Venus’ Written and Presented by Hannah Gad…


    Gadsby created the stand-up show she named Nanette partly as a response to the public debate which took place in Australia before the law was changed to allow same-sex marriage, and also after her diagnosis of ADHD and autism.[12] Nanette explores topics such as homophobiaxenophobiasexism, and gendered violence.[13] 

    In 2018, her show Nanette on Netflix won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Peabody Award.

    Hannah Gadsby: Nanette | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

    Behind every joke, there is a story. Hannah Gadsby’s award winning “Nanette” comes to Netflix June 19.Watch Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix:…

    Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not.

    Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby

    Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking special “Nanette” broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.Get…


    Starting in 2019, she toured internationally with her show Douglas and the recorded special was released on Netflix in 2020.

    Hannah Gadsby: Douglas | Official Trailer | Netflix

    Hannah Gadsby is back by popular demand…reluctantly. Douglas, the highly anticipated follow-up to the genre-defining comedy special Nanette, streams May 26…

    In 2021, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Tasmania.[1] 


    In March 2022, she published Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation.

    “Hannah Gadsby.” Wikipedia, Accessed 5 June 2022.


    Isatou Ceesay

    Isatou Ceesay (born 1972) is a Gambian activist and social entrepreneur, popularly referred to as the Queen of Recycling.[1] 

    She initiated a recycling movement called One Plastic Bag in the Gambia. Through this movement, she educated women in The Gambia to recycle plastic waste into sellable products that earned them income.

    In 1997, together with four other women, she founded the Recycling Centre of N’Jau in her native village in Northern Gambia. Initially the goal of this project was to educate fellow villagers on the importance and benefits of reclaiming waste in plastic recycling thereby discouraging the act of littering around with plastic waste. Over the years, the project has grown and now empowers women, providing them with support and income.[6]

    The project was recently recognised as an official community-based organisation in the Gambia, now referred to as the Njau Recycling and Income Generation Group (NRIGG). Today, Ceesay works with more than 11,00 people and NRIGG is based in four separate communities across The Gambia.[3][7][1]

    “Isatou Ceesay.” Wikipedia, Accessed 8 May 2022.

    Where is The Gambia?

    The Gambia – from the Women’s Initiative Gambia

    “These purses have saved many lives.”

    Isatou Ceesay

    ‘These purses have saved many lives’

    Isatou Ceesay runs a project in The Gambia which recycles plastic waste, and has created work for many women across the country. A BBC Africa One Minute Story, by video journalist Sasha Gankin.

    Queen of Recycling

    Isatou Ceesay, Queen of Recycling in The Gambia

    Waste, and plastic waste is a huge issue globally. In Africa, even more than anywhere else, waste is a major contributor to carbon dioxyde emissions and climate change. Isatou Ceesay has been empowering women in The Gambia for over 17 years, to turn plastic waste into revenues and thus take a more importante role in society while ensuring their financial independence.


    Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores

    Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbeɾta isaˈβel ˈkaseɾes ˈfloɾes]; 4 March 1971[1] – 2 March 2016)[2] was a Honduran (Lenca) environmental activist, indigenous leader,[3] and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).[4][5][6] She won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015, for “a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam” at the Río Gualcarque.[7][8]

    She was assassinated in her home by armed intruders, after years of threats against her life.[9] A former soldier with the US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military asserted that Caceres’ name was on their hitlist months before her assassination. As of February 2017, three of the eight arrested people were linked to the US-trained elite military troops: two had been trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, the former School of the Americas (SOA), renamed WHINSEC, linked to thousands of murders and human rights violations in Latin America by its graduates. In November 2017, a team of international legal experts released a report finding “willful negligence by financial institutions.” For example, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Netherlands Development Finance Institution (FMO) and the Finnfund pursued a strategy with shareholders, executives, managers, and employees of DESA, private security companies working for DESA, public officials and State security agencies “to control, neutralize and eliminate any opposition”.

    Twelve land defenders were killed in Honduras in 2014, according to research by Global Witness, making it the most dangerous country in the world, relative to its size, for activists protecting forests and rivers.[10] Berta Cáceres’ murder was followed by those of two more activists within the same month.

    In July 2021, David Castillo, manager of DESA, was found guilty as the intellectual author of her murder.[11]

    Members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations…

    Members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras surround a fire as they wait for the sentence of David Castillo, president of Desarrollos Energeticos S.A , to be… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

    Members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) surround a fire as they wait for the sentence of David Castillo, president of Desarrollos Energeticos S.A (DESA), to be read, regarding the murder of Honduran environmentalist and indigenous leader Berta Caceres, in Tegucigalpa on July 5, 2021. – Castillo was found guilty. (Photo by Orlando SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

    “Berta Cáceres.” Wikipedia, Accessed 20 Feb. 2022.

    Featured Image Photo Credit: UN Environment, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (SpanishConsejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de HondurasCOPINH) is a Honduran organization founded in 1993, which is dedicated to the defense of the environment in Intibucá and the defense of the indigenous Lenca people.[1] COPINH is known for its mobilizing capacity. Anthropologist Mark Anderson describes it as “a pivotal force within the ethnic movement” in Honduras.[2] It advocates for indigenous rights, participates in conflicts over resources, and opposes neoliberal economic policies, which it describes as “the pillage and re-colonization of our country.”[2] It has organized protests against water privatization, hydroelectric dams, and United States foreign policy.[2]

    COPINH was founded as the Civic Committee of Popular Organizations of Intibuca (SpanishComité Civico de Organizaciones Populares de Intibucá) on March 27, 1993 by Woman Human Rights DefenderBerta Cáceres.

    “Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras.” Wikipedia, Accessed 20 Feb. 2022.

    Berta Cáceres Acceptance Speech, 2015 Goldman Prize ceremony:


    Björk Guðmundsdóttir OTF (/ˈbjɜːrk/ BYURKIcelandic: [pjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtouʰtɪr̥] (listen); born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and actress. Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on influences and genres including electronicpopjazzexperimentaltrip hopalternativeclassical, and avant-garde music.

    Born and raised in Reykjavík, Björk began her music career at the age of 11 and gained international recognition as the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Sugarcubes.[2] After the band’s breakup in 1992, Björk embarked on a solo career, coming to prominence with albums such as Debut (1993), Post (1995), and Homogenic (1997), while collaborating with a range of artists and exploring a variety of multimedia projects. Her other albums include Vespertine (2001), Medúlla (2004), Volta (2007), Biophilia (2011), Vulnicura (2015) and Utopia (2017).

    Several of Björk’s albums have reached the top 20 on the US Billboard 200 chart. As of 2015, she had sold between 20 and 40 million records worldwide.[3][4] 31 of her singles have reached the top 40 on pop charts around the world, with 22 top-40 hits in the UK, including the top-10 singles “It’s Oh So Quiet“, “Army of Me“, and “Hyperballad” and the top-20 singles “Play Dead“, “Big Time Sensuality“, and “Violently Happy“.[5][6] Her accolades and awards include the Order of the Falcon, five BRIT Awards, and 15 Grammy nominations. In 2015, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[7][8] Rolling Stone named her the 60th greatest singer and the 81st greatest songwriter.

    “Björk.” Wikipedia, Accessed 19 Feb. 2022.

    Featured Image Photo Credit: “Bjork” by Minirobot is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    Early days with the SugarCubes
    Photo Credit: Masao Nakagami, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

    Early Photos by Jann Lipka:

    Björk no 1 The beginning of an Icon – ©Uponwalls / Jann Lipka – UpOnWalls

    It´s july 5th 1993 and Björk releases her first solo album “Debut”. Her launch tour goes through Stockholm. Björk and her small entourage arrives at the studio. Jann wants great variety in the pictures and rigs a white background and start shooting.

    björk : possibly maybe (HD)

    official video for possibly maybe by björkdirected by stéphane sednaouiwritten by björk/nellee hooper/ marius de vries.® 1996 BjörkOverseas Ltd/One Little In…

    björk : hunter (HD)

    directed by paul white.written by björk.published by universal music publishing ltd.® 1997 björk overseas ltd/one little indian records ltd.

    Bjork-All Is Full Of Love videoclip(alternative)(HQ)

    version alternativa de 4:17 minutos de duracion, recomendado!!!en High Definition : watch?v=yxGcoelZWz0

    björk : losss

    it is time to show you another song visualised by the overwhelmingly talented Tobias Gremmler ….. noone captures digital sensuality like him , elegant and …

    Tig Notaro

    Mathilde O’Callaghan “Tig” Notaro (born March 24, 1971)[1] is an American stand-up comic, writer, radio contributor, and actress.[2] She is known for her deadpan comedy.

    Her acclaimed album Live is a deeply personal set performed just four days after Notaro was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Live was nominated in 2014 for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

    Subsequently, in her HBO comedy special Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted she took off her shirt to reveal her masectomy scars while continuing to talk about airplane travel.

    In 2017, the album Boyish Girl Interrupted was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.[4]

    It’s beyond being a woman, or cancer survivor, or someone with a double mastectomy, no nipples, whatever it is — it’s just a human being and the human body.

    Healthy, sick, boobs, no boobs, cancer or no cancer. This is just life and this is my body, relax.

    Cummings, Corinne. “Tig Notaro on Her HBO Special and Performing Topless.” Rolling Stone, Penske Media Corporation,
    21 Aug. 2015.

    Tig Notaro Boyish Girl Interrupted – Topless Tease Clip (HBO)

    Subscribe to the HBO YouTube: Notaro Boyish Girl Interrupted premieres Saturday, August 22 at 10pm, only on HBO.Connect with HBO On…

    “Tig Notaro.” Wikipedia, Accessed 2 Mar. 2022.

    Featured Image Attribution: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Tig Notaro’s New Animated Comedy: Drawn

    Tig Notaro: Drawn | Official Trailer | HBO

    She’s never been this animated. Tig Notaro: Drawn, the new HBO comedy special, premieres July 24 at 10 pm on HBO Max. #HBO #TigNotaroDrawn Subscribe to HBO o…

    One Mississippi TV Series:

    One Mississippi Season 1 – Official Trailer | Prime Video

    Comedian Tig Notaro writes and stars in this semi-autobiographical dark comedy. One Mississippi follows Tig as she returns to her childhood home to deal with…

    Tig Notaro as Star Trek Discovery‘s new Chief Science Engineer

    Exclusive Clip – Star Trek: Discovery’s New Engineer Is Tig Notaro and She’s Got Some Words for Stamets – IGN

    In this exclusive clip from the episode “An Obol for Charon,” Tig Notaro returns to Star Trek: Discovery as engineer Jet Reno. Here she meets Stamets and Tilly, getting off on the wrong foot in hilarious fashion.