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Chicago and Sister City Hamburg Band Together to Support Refugees

Blog contributed by Rolf Achilles and Johann Christoph Lichtenfeld, Co-Chairs of the Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.  As we have seen over recent months, the refugee crisis in Europe has dominated headlines and led news reports around the world. Last year alone, well over one million refugees fled to Europe seeking safe haven and a new start to their lives. The pace of arrivals has only increased as 2016 has begun. These numbers are staggering — it is the largest human migration since the end of World War II. Ongoing violence and conflict in their home countries have caused these refugees to come to Europe, with the majority coming from Syria, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq. While it...view

Imagining Tomorrow

Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor Q&A

Q&A with Rhoda Toback, Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor, Columbia, Maryland. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. The following post features a Q&A with Rhoda Toback of Columbia, MD, who served as a mentor in the Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition during fall 2015. The competition was conducted in partnership between Sister Cities International (SCI) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in order to connect U.S. science mentors with high school student teams across the globe to propose sustainable water solutions for the students’ communities. Rhoda mentored the competition’s winning team, Team DAYZINS, from Accra, Ghana. 1. What is your background and experience with water sustainability/management and science education? I’ve...view

Earth Day

Cities, the Key to a Green Future

Blog contributed by Yoav Magid, Earth Day Director, Earth Day Network. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.  Each year, Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized 20 million people and sparked the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Earth Day engages more than a billion people worldwide, with events in every country and for every level of society! As more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities and this will only increase, the important role cities and their citizen’s play in greening the world cannot be understated. This Earth Day, we are challenging every sister city to do one...view

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