Six Events in 2017
By Sukhmani Kaur
January 20th: President Elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration
On January 20th, 2017 Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. After an unprecedented victory on November 8th, 2016, our nation is watching closely as to how he will remedy the divisions prevalent in our society. The citizens of this country and around the world hope he serves as an excellent President. He has a long list of expectations, the most immediate of which are to unify not only our nation, but also maintain our ties with our allies, and add other countries to the list of allies of the US. Some of the items on his agenda that has been criticized by a section of the population include elimination of the Climate Action Plan, repealing of Obamacare with a replacement, and building an “impenetrable” wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. President Trump is a businessman who ran on a platform of creating jobs and improving the economic future for the low income people across the country. Many eyes are watching him to see if he will deliver on his campaign promises, while being a President for all Americans.
The Solar Eclipse visible in USA on August 21st, 2017
To all the nature and astrology lovers and anyone else: Get excited for the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017! A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes directly between the Sun and the Earth. The view is a bright white halo around a black circle up in the sky. If you venture to Oregon, you will first see the total solar eclipse there on the waterfront in Government Point, Oregon. Be prepared since the event will only last a short 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This day will also be quite special since this solar eclipse happened 38 years ago in United States of America on February 26, 1979. Make sure to stay safe and wear eye protection as you watch.
Women’s Marches Worldwide, January 21st, 2017
More than a million people were galvanized to march in cities around the world to highlight women’s issues including work pay equality, immigration, diversity, and reproductive rights. Along with women wearing pink cat-eared “pussy hats”, men and children contributed to the amazing turnout in Washington, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland to Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, London, Prague and Sydney. The mission statement for the march was, “We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” It was planned for President Trump’s first full day in office as the 45th president of the United States. Marchers in Washington DC chanted, “Welcome to your first day, we will not go away!” A number of celebrities joined in the march and spoke out with passion at the event including but not limited to Senator Elizabeth Warren, Gloria Steinem, America Ferrara, Drew Barrymore, Alicia Keys, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, and Natalie Portman. While the marchers have been criticized for not representing the views of all women in this country, this was an important event for our democracy.
Moonshot—sponsored by Google
Google has created this competition to reward three privately-funded teams, to reach the moon’s surface by 2017. The mission is simple—to promote low-cost space exploration options. The team has to build a rover that has to travel 500 meters on the moon’s surface. To prove that they have accomplished their mission, the rover has to send back high-definition footage from the moon. The prize is of course “lunar glory” and $20 million dollars as the grand prize. Watch out NASA, the quest is on!
Drones— Watch Out, you haven’t seen anything yet!
Drones have been used by the military. In addition, they have been used for crop dusting, photography, and in wild fire prevention efforts. Drones appear to have been the big super tech toy for the 2016 Christmas season. However, most families have not experienced drones yet. Drones are going to HUGE in 2017. They will be literally everywhere from delivery pizza and beer, to delivering food to your doorstep. Google has been developing “Project Wing” to accomplish these deliveries and is ready to launch its project. Amazon is also getting ready to expand its drone operation in the UK, while Wal-Mart intends to use them to help stock up its inventory in its warehouses.
Milk without cows
Bottles of world’s first milk made without using cows are targeted for store shelves by the end of 2017. That is the promise of a California tech start-up called Perfect Day. The company uses a yeast they call “Buttercup” and fermentation to create their milk which has no Genetically Modified ingredient. Besides being the answer to a prayer for Lactose intolerant people, the product is better for the environments because the techniques used involve less, land, water, and energy. The milk has the same taste and texture as cow’s milk. It uses real milk proteins combined with plant-based (lactose-free) sugar, healthy plant fats, vitamins, and minerals. According to the UN’s Environment Program, animal agriculture production “accounts for 70 percent of the global freshwater consumption, 38 percent of the total land use, and 14 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.” Not using cows to give us our milk appears to be a cool and environmentally friendly idea!