The Travel Ban

Canada’s Girl Guides has canceled all trips to the United States until further notice.
The Girl Guides are Canada’s equivalent to the Girl Scouts — they’re a diverse and inclusive organization centered around empowering and educating young girls and women. Many of the participating girls are refugees and immigrants. President Trump’s Travel Ban, which targets citizens and refugees of six Muslim-majority countries, has left the organization’s leaders and parents concerned that some of the girls may be rejected at a United States border. Therefore, they’ve decided to cancel all upcoming U.S. trips indefinitely, including those that pass through an American airport. Girl Guides of Canada made a statement on its Facebook page that the decision “reflects our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities for all girls and women.” [NBC News]

The revised Travel Ban was meant to go into effect today, but a federal judge in Hawaii ruled against it.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson placed a worldwide restraining order on President Trump’s Travel Ban just a few hours before it was set to go into effect. His case claimed that the Ban discriminates against Hawaii’s Muslim community while also hurting the University of Hawaii’s ability to recruit students. Judge Watson was immediately backed up by U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang from Maryland. President Trump has claimed he will take his case to the Supreme Court. [Politico]

Looking out for our environment

A South African man just became the first in the world to cross the Atlantic solo on a stand-up paddleboard and he did it for ocean conservation.
Chris Bertish traveled 4,500 nautical miles in 94 days, paddling from Africa to the Americas. The board he used had a cabin and was outfitted with solar panels. It was actually 20 feet long and weighed a little more than 1,300 pounds, so not your typical SUP. Bertish paddled the equivalent of a marathon every day to reach his goal. [CNN]

The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal gives billions of conservation and climate action funding to the military and the Border Wall.
The blueprint so far will cut $54 billion from federal organizations in order to allocate that money into the military. Some organizations that will be affected: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association will suffer a 17 percent cut, the Dept. of Energy will lose six programs and $4 billion, essentially becoming a shell, and the EPA will lose a full quarter of its budget. [In These Times]

France just opened a museum dedicated to Antarctica and the Arctic.
The Espace des Mondes Polaires Paul-Emile Victor Museum, located in Prémanon, is shaped like a massive iceberg. And just like an actual iceberg, more than 60 percent of it is located under the surface (or the ground in this case). [Lonely Planet]

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