5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $15 million in grants to environmental organisations working on conservation projects around the world. Inspired by Al Gore's global warming campaign, DiCaprio's foundation has funded over 70 projects in more than 40 countries to protect wildlife, conserve oceans and forests, and address climate change. "The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore," said the United Nations Messenger of Peace. "We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it." — Hollywood Reporter
  • A California judge today moved to suspend UberX throughout the state and fined the company $7.3 million. According to the judge, UberX's operating firm has "failed to abide by reporting requirements," including providing the number and percentage of customers who requested handicap-accessible vehicles and/or how many times Uber was able to fulfil those requests. L.A. taxis need to have a number of disability-friendly vehicles, and they must provide rides in typically underserved communities, such as South L.A. The company has been given 30 days to provide the information, or its California operating licence will be suspended. — LA Weekly
  • Google Doodle has honored fearless journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. on her 153rd birthday. At just 22 in 1884, she famously refused to give up her seat to a white man when asked by a conductor of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company. The conductor attempted to forcibly drag her out of her seat. Ida was born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862 and went on to become a vocal civil rights activist, suffragist, and journalist dedicated to fighting inequality. — Huffington Post
  • Caitlyn Jenner made her first public speech since transitioning while accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPYs. The emotional speech raised awareness of the violence against transgender youth and asked for more tolerance from everyone. “All across the world, at this very moment, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They’re getting bullied. They’re getting beaten up. They’re getting murdered. And they’re committing suicide.” — VH1+ 
  • President Obama announces high-speed Internet support for low-income homes. One in four people living in the U.S. don’t have Internet at home. Under the new ConnectHome program, public, private, and nonprofit sectors will work together to provide high-speed connections and digital devices to more low-income families and students living in public and assisted housing. "The Internet is not a luxury; it's a necessity," Obama said. — Yahoo News

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