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University of Minnesota and Climate Change

The University of Minnesota has recently received uproar from their student body to lower their fossil fuel emissions and switch to sustainable energy. The U decided to proceed with keeping that promise by cutting emissions by half since 2008.

“The 51% drop in greenhouse gases was largely attributed to increased energy efficiency and greener power.” This resulted in the university of completing their goal of 50% by year 2021. The drop came from redeveloping their heating plant to use both electricity and steam to heat up and cool down its’ buildings.

The U wants to set the standard of what other schools should be doing to contribute to solving our current climate crisis. I believe the representation of a big university taking that leap especially in Minnesota is great news.

Game of Thrones Putt

With season 7 of Game of Thrones coming to an end this upcoming Sunday, I thought that this would be an excellent topic to talk about for my first blog. Game of Thrones has been such a big hit since season 1. It’s definitely hard to go on any social media site and not see something about the show.

Women have been victimized in a lot of television shows, making them seem like they are weaker compared to men. A lot of the time, men are the main characters (Mad Men, and Dexter for example) and are made to seem like they are the one and only heroes. Women’s rights and equality have always been an issue in the world, and more recently throughout the years I feel like women have been taking action and fighting more and more for equality. We have done rallies and marches to get our voices heard. The video that is linked shows a group of women who all came together from different states at a women’s march and performed a beautiful song that went viral. Not gonna lie, this video definitely brought some tears to my eyes. It’s amazing to see so many women come together for one cause.

In Game of Thrones, women are definitely the ones in power.

They have gone through so many hardships. Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame is definitely one of the scenes that has stuck with me the most. She was forced to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing while people throw food and garbage at her. Even though it’s very difficult to feel any sort of sadness for Cersei, this scene is so well done that you can see the pain and embarrassment in her face. Multiple characters have been raped by the men they were forced to marry and were emotionally, mentally and physically abused. But they have all conquered and made an incredible comeback.

Personally, Daenery’s Targaryen is my favorite character in this show. Not only that, but she’s definitely the most powerful. She has shown over and over how a real leader should act. She is kind, and she does whatever is best for her people.  She’s the type of leader that you want to follow because she is smart and you know that she knows what she’s doing. And of course, she has dragons so I wouldn’t really want to fight against them either.

 

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The other character that has challenged those traditional gender roles and has shown real change in the show is Arya Stark. She was never like her sister or the other girls in the village. She wanted to fight and be treated like all the other boys were treated. She was even better than her brother at fighting and it was clear. Throughout the show she has shown how hard she has worked in order to get revenge for what was done to her family and it all paying off.

Hope you guys are as excited about the upcoming episode as me!