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:

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Marcella Uchoa

Marcella Uchoa is a world record breaking paraglider from Brazil. She first studied to be a marine biologist, and got her master’s degree with a focus on sharks. In 2010, when she was 22 years old, she first did a skydiving in tandem and fell in love with flying. She started paragliding soon after. Now she is a professional paragliding pilot and instructor.

Claiming Her 457km Record

On claiming a record of 457 km distance to goal, Marcella Uchoa: I just counted days to be there

FAI has received the Paragliding both World and South American record claims of 457 km Straight distance to a declared goal – Brazilian pilot – Marcella Pomarico Uchoa – flew in Brazil on October 14, 2022.


 4 Women’s World Records on a flight that lasted 10 hours (distance online straight – 410.72 KM, declared distance – 377 KM, distance with three points – 412.3 KM) 2018 distance declared – 457KM in 2022.

 4th Place Women’s Campenato World paragliding fai, Macedonia 2019 and Argentina 2021.

 First Brazilian Woman to be champion of the women’s category of a stage of the Paragliding World Cup, Andradas 2019.

 Runner-up General in the Copa Brazil Sport, Baixo Guandu, ES 2020.

 Women’s Paragliding World Cup Serbia stage champion and 19th place overall 2021.

 Four-time Brazilian Champion and 4th overall (among men) in the Brazilian paragliding ranking 2022.

Marcella Uchoa- Site Official.

Interview with Marcella Uchoa

Marcella Uchoa | Ozone Paragliders


Cloudbase Mayhem Podcast

Episode 92- Marcella Uchoa and breaking the Women’s World Record

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Wanting is a friend of discomfort and a partner of limits.

Marcella Uchoa


Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini OLY (Arabic: يسرى مارديني; born 5 March 1998) is a Syrian former competition swimmer and refugee of the Syrian civil war. She was a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team (ROT) that competed under the Olympic flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On 27 April 2017, Mardini was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She also competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with the Refugee Olympic Team (EOR). She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2023, alongside her sister, Sarah.

Source: Yusra Mardini – Wikiwand

Sara Mardini and Yusra Mardini: The 100 Most Influential People of 2023

Find out why Sara Mardini and Yusra Mardini is one of the 100 most influential people of 2023.

“We stand up!”

Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini: ‘We stand up’ again

With her focus still set on Tokyo 2020, Mardini, who was a part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016, is not deterred by the pandemic setback.

The Swimmers

The Swimmers | Official Trailer | Netflix

From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use. Based on a true story. Directed by Sally El-Hosaini.

Yusra Mardini TED Talk in Arabic (subtitled)

Yusra Mardini, Amal Arab: How sports empowers refugees — and builds self-reliance

What does it take to help refugee children regain a sense of normalcy? After inspiring the world as one of the first-ever members of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, swimmer Yusra Mardini explains how sports helped her rebuild her life and encourage other refugees around the world.


Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai (Urdu: ملالہ یوسفزئی, Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ, pronunciation: [məˈlaːlə jusəf ˈzəj]; born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani female education activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate at the age of 17. She is the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate, the second Pakistani and the first Pashtun to receive a Nobel Prize. 

Yousafzai is a human rights advocate for the education of women and children in her native homeland, Swat, where the Pakistani Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become Pakistan’s “most prominent citizen.”

The daughter of education activist Ziauddin Yousafzai, she was born to a Yusufzai Pashtun family in Swat and was named after the Afghan folk heroine Malalai of Maiwand.  

In early 2009, when she was 11, she wrote a blog under her pseudonym Gul Makai for the BBC Urdu to detail her life during the Taliban’s occupation of Swat. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistan Armed Forces launched Operation Rah-e-Rast against the militants in Swat. She rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu.

On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in Swat District after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt targeting her for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. She was struck in the head by a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, but her condition later improved enough for her to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support. 

After her recovery, Yousafzai became a prominent activist for the right to education. Based in Birmingham, she co-founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation, with Shiza Shahid. In 2013, she co-authored I Am Malala, an international best seller. In 2012, she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. In 2014, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Aged 17 at the time, she was the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2015, she was the subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary He Named Me Malala. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2017 she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada.

Source: Malala Yousafzai – Wikiwand

Malala Yousafzai: Fearless Voice for Education & Nobel Peace Laureate

Malala Yousafzai: Fearless Voice for Education & Nobel Peace Laureate

What does it take to make a difference? Malala Yousafzai is the living proof that it is never too early to fight for peace. By speaking out despite threats, she became the voice of millions of children and directed the world’s attention to the importance of education.

Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Biography + Timeline

Who is Malala Yousafzai? @BiographyTimeline

Malala Yousafzai Biography | Timeline of Life Who is Malala Yousafzai? MALALA YOUSAFZAI is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. At 17 years old, she is known for her activism for promoting education and her own assassination attempt by the Taliban.

He Named Me Malala film trailer

▶️ He Named Me Malala – Trailer #2

A look at the events leading up to the Talibans’ attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.


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.

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.

    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+ .


    Sarah Mardini

    Sarah Mardini (Arabic: سارة مارديني; born 1995) is a Syrian former competition swimmer, lifeguard and human rights activist. Fleeing her country in 2015 during the Syrian civil war with her sister, Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, they pulled their boat with other refugees towards the Mediterranean coast of Greece, saving themselves and the other passengers. Continuing their journey across the Balkans, they reached BerlinGermany, the same year. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2023, alongside her sister.

    After the sisters had been granted political asylum in Germany, Sarah Mardini joined a non-governmental organization to help refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. Along with human rights activist Seán Binder, she was arrested in 2018 and accused by Greek authorities of espionage, aiding illegal immigration and belonging to a criminal organization. These charges have been refuted by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, denouncing the accusations against Mardini and other humanitarian workers and defending their actions as legal activities.

    Source: Sarah Mardini – Wikiwand

    Sarah Mardini TEDx Talk


    When violence erupted during the Syrian Civil War, Sarah and her family, like so many decided to flee to Europe. However, Sarah’s crossing to Europe made international headlines, when the overcrowded boat they were travelling on to Greece started sinking.

    The Swimmers

    The Swimmers | Official Trailer | Netflix

    From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use. Based on a true story. Directed by Sally El-Hosaini.


    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (/oʊˌkɑːsioʊ kɔːrˈtɛz/ (listen); Spanish: [oˈkasjo koɾˈtes]; born October 13, 1989), also known by her initials AOC, is an American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. representative for New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes the eastern part of the Bronx, portions of north-central Queens, and Rikers Island in New York City.

    On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez drew national recognition when she won the Democratic Party‘s primary election for New York’s 14th congressional district. She defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in what was widely seen as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries. She easily won the November general election, defeating Republican Anthony Pappas. She was reelected in the 2020 and 2022 elections.

    Taking office at age 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. She has been noted for her substantial social media presence relative to her fellow members of Congress. Ocasio-Cortez attended Boston University, where she double-majored in international relations and economics, graduating cum laude. She was previously an activist and worked as a waitress and bartender before running for Congress in 2018.

    Alongside Rashida Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez was the first female member of the Democratic Socialists of America elected to serve in Congress. She advocates a progressive platform that includes support for workplace democracyMedicare for All, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, a Green New Deal, and abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – Wikiwand

    Knock Down the House Documentary Trailer

    Knock Down The House | Official Trailer | Netflix


    Top 10 Times Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Was Badass

    Top 10 Times Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Was Badass


    Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Best Moments

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Best Moments Supercut | NowThis



    Katie Bouman

    Katherine Louise Bouman (/ˈbaʊmən/; born 1989) is an American engineer and computer scientist working in the field of computer imagery. She led the development of an algorithm for imaging black holes, known as Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors (CHIRP), and was a member of the Event Horizon Telescope team that captured the first image of a black hole.

    Bouman studied electrical engineering at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude in 2011. She earned her master’s degree (2013) and doctoral degree (2017) in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    At MIT, she was a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). This group also worked closely with MIT’s Haystack Observatory and with the Event Horizon Telescope. She was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Her master’s thesis, Estimating Material Properties of Fabric through the Observation of Motion, was awarded the Ernst Guillemin Award for best Master’s Thesis in electrical engineering. Her Ph.D. dissertation, Extreme imaging via physical model inversion: seeing around corners and imaging black holes, was supervised by William T. Freeman. Prior to receiving her doctoral degree, Bouman delivered a TEDx talk, How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole, which explained algorithms that could be used to capture the first image of a black hole.

    How to take a picture of a black hole

    Katie Bouman: How to take a picture of a black hole

    At the heart of the Milky Way, there’s a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close — even light. We can’t see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe.

    The California Institute of Technology, which hired Bouman as an assistant professor in June 2019, awarded her a named professorship in 2020. 

    In 2021, asteroid 291387 Katiebouman was named after her.

    Source: Katie Bouman – Wikiwand


    The First Image of a Black Hole

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of the supermassive black hole in the centre of Messier 87 and its shadow.

    The shadow of a black hole seen here is the closest we can come to an image of the black hole itself, a completely dark object from which light cannot escape. The black hole’s boundary — the event horizon from which the EHT takes its name — is around 2.5 times smaller than the shadow it casts and measures just under 40 billion km across. While this may sound large, this ring is only about 40 microarcseconds across — equivalent to measuring the length of a credit card on the surface of the Moon.

    Although the telescopes making up the EHT are not physically connected, they are able to synchronize their recorded data with atomic clocks — hydrogen masers — which precisely time their observations. These observations were collected at a wavelength of 1.3 mm during a 2017 global campaign.

    Each telescope of the EHT produced enormous amounts of data – roughly 350 terabytes per day – which was stored on high-performance helium-filled hard drives. These data were flown to highly specialised supercomputers — known as correlators — at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and MIT Haystack Observatory to be combined. They were then painstakingly converted into an image using novel computational tools developed by the collaboration.

    Source: File:Black hole – Messier 87.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

    Making the first picture of a black hole

      Svetlana Romashina

      Svetlana Alekseyevna Romashina (Russian: Светлана Алексеевна Ромашина, IPA: [svʲɪˈtɫanə rɐˈmaʂɨnə]; born 21 September 1989) is a Russian competitor in synchronised swimming who boasts 41 total gold medals from competing in four Olympic Games, seven world championships and six European championships. She never placed lower than first at any of these events. She added two more golds in the 2020 Summer Olympics breaking all medal-count ties and becoming the most decorated athlete ever in her sport.

      After leading the Russian Olympic Committee squad to victory at the Tokyo Games, Romashina announced the end of her Olympic career.

      “Wikiwand – Svetlana Romashina.” Wikiwand,

      Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina of Team ROC compete in…

      Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina of Team ROC compete in the Artistic Swimming Duet Free Routine Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 04,… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

      Winning Gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

      The routine that earned Romashina her SIXTH gold!

      📲 Subscribe to @olympics: Svetlana Romashina partnered Svetlana Kolesnichenko in the duet event at Tokyo 2020 to become Olympic champion once again! We bring you the full routine that earned Svetlana Romashina her phenomenal sixth gold. Enjoy watching!

      Winning Gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics

      Romashina & Ishchenko’s Rio 2016 Gold Medal performance to Mermaids (Rusalki) | Music Monday

      📲 Subscribe to @olympics: The Russian artistic swimming pair of Svetlana Romashina & Natalia Ishchenko earned Gold Medals during the Summer Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro with this breathtaking performance to Mermaids (Rusalki) by Mikhail Ekimyan. Enjoy! Are you missing your favorite Olympic performance to music?

      Podcast: Svetlana Romashina – a decade of dominance

      Artistic swimmer and five-time Olympic champion from Russia, Svetlana Romashina, joined the Olympic Channel Podcast to talk mentality, winning, and her favourite figure skaters.