Outside Iona

Throughout our hectic student lives, we should always remain aware of what is happening around us. In this column, I find the most significant things going on in the world and provide you with a small blurb of all the nitty-gritty details! Here are some of the major events that have been happening since last issue:

Topic 1:  Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

President Donald Trump has been accused of trying to pressure Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is suspected of tampering with a previous investigation regarding his son’s ties to a Ukrainian company; this will potentially affect the political election. Trump was also believed to be withholding aid to the country in order to pressure Zelensky to do what he asked. However, Trump denies this and says that he withheld aid so that Europe and other allies would contribute more. The Justice Department did not deem his actions illegal and the House has laughed at an impeachment inquiry. The House GOP responded to the impeachment inquiry by accusing the Democrats of conducting an investigation with insufficient evidence.

Topic 2: United Nations Climate Action Summit

The United Nations Climate Action Summit took place on Sept. 23. The purpose behind the summit was to restate the promises made by world leaders to the global economy to move away from the use of fossil fuels to stop climate change. The UN states that all countries around the world will have to significantly increase their speed toward their sustainable goals in order to prevent a temperature rise over 1.5 degrees Celsius, which would cause irreversible damage to ecosystems. Around 65 countries announced that they would extinguish their emissions by 2050, asset fund managers declared they would do the same and dozens of businesses swore to act in accordance to the Paris Agreement. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the summit condemning world leaders for their lack of action. The 16-year-old also warned the leaders that her generation would never forgive them if they fail.

Topic 3: Racist Attack on Black High School Student was Fake

Amari Allen, 12, who claimed she was a victim of a racist attack, has redacted her statements and admitted to lying about the allegations. Last week, the Virginia native claimed that her white classmates pinned her down and cut her dreadlocks. She admitted to the now false attack when she was asked about the change in the length of her locks. The Allen family issued an apology to the young boys and the school community: “To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused.”

Information from The New York Times and BBC News.