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The Courage And Influence Of Children

The Courage And Influence Of Children

Art therapy, or utilizing art and materials to express one’s thoughts, feelings and emotions through creative processes, can be especially beneficial for children and adolescents. Anyone can use art therapy to explore and manage emotional states, and it is helpful to children who may not yet be able to, or might not prefer to, communicate about issues that may be more readily expressed through various mediums. There is no right or wrong answer in art therapy, and it can be used in conjunction with or without other therapies to address a range of conditions, emotions and everyday concerns. One great example of how… read more

Solar-Powered Flatpack Refugee Housing from IKEA

Solar-Powered Flatpack Refugee Housing from IKEA

Most widely known as the purveyor of stylish home furnishings that are shipped flat and assembled at home, IKEA is pioneering another type of product: refugee housing. Prototypes of IKEA’s Refugee Housing Units (RHU) offer 18 square meters of living space for refugees, in the shape of lightweight plastic panels attached to a steel pole frame, which comes in the iconic flatpack format that the furniture giant is known for. The huts include a top that can absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it to the inside space at night, and a small modular solar panel capable… read more

Refugee Shelters Solar-Powered by IKEA

Solar-Powered IKEA Shelter For Refugees

More than 43 million people in the world are refugees and right now approximately 3.5 million of them live in tents provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR). But these fabric tents are just a temporary solution as they only last about six months, are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, offering little comfort, dignity and security. Also, they have no electricity or lighting, and that is very limiting for people and families that just want to live a normal life, again. That is why the UNCHR recently joined Nordic giant IKEA Foundation, to… read more

Climate Change Migrants

The effect of rising sea level

Rising sea levels have been documented in various media of communication. For as long as the subject of climate change has made headlines, the effect of global warming on the world’s oceans has been proven by numerous scientific research and studies. The obvious problem with ocean levels rising is that ocean water encroaches on land inhabited by human beings as their place of permanent dwelling. Unfortunately, migration on the basis of the effects of climate change is a rather new phenomenon. This makes it rather difficult for international governments to recognise climate change migrants as refugees in the legal sense…. read more