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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Makes Its Marc

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Makes Its Marc

Making a Marc                 “All Lives Have Equal Value” proclaims the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its website. The subheading explains that this organization is made up of “impatient optimists working to reduce inequity.” Founded by one of the wealthiest power couples in the world, the Gates Foundation seeks to lead people, in America and in developing nations, out of poverty. The primary belief of the group is that people get out of poverty when they “access quality healthcare and a great education.” Through grant-making and other investments, the organization “supports schools in their work to improve student...

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Peruvian Hero, Peruvian Product, Making a Marc

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Peruvian Hero, Peruvian Product, Making a Marc

                                  Peru, the home of the organic Pima cotton that is used to make Marc Skid underwear, is also home to CNN’s Hero of the Year for 2018, Dr. Ricardo Pun.             As a medical doctor in Lima, Peru, Dr. Pun treated many children whose impoverished families had traveled from rural areas to get appropriate medical treatment for their kids. These families had made difficult and dangerous journeys to the city. “People have to cross the mountains or take a boat to cross the river,”...

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Afroz Shah - Prosecutor of Plastic Pollution

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Afroz Shah - Prosecutor of Plastic Pollution

Making a Marc Afroz Shah and Cleaning Beaches               A young attorney in Mumbai, India, Afroz Shah was concerned about the litter that clogged Mumbai’s Versova Beach. Together with a much older friend, the now-deceased Harbansh Mathur, Shah determined to do something to restore Versova Beach to sandy beauty. As reported in a United Nations press release, the pair “decided to take on the piles of rubbish that had completely covered what was then the dirtiest beach in Mumbai. They started with picking up the trash themselves, and over time the cleanup grew into a national movement, with everyone...

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Warrick Dunn - Rushing Others to the American Dream

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Warrick Dunn - Rushing Others to the American Dream

Making a Marc Warrick Dunn - Rushing Others to the American Dream              Warrick Dunn came of age in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the eldest of the six children of Betty Smothers, a hardworking single mother who had a career as a police officer and moonlighted as a security guard.          On January 7, 1993, tragedy struck. A family friend phoned Dunn, then 18, to inform the youth that his mom had been ambushed in her squad car and murdered.          Her death made the grieving Dunn, together with a grandmother, responsible for his five younger siblings. Luckily for the...

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Celebrate Earth Day with almost zero effort

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Celebrate Earth Day with almost zero effort

Celebrate Earth Day with almost zero effort Sustainability doesn't have to be hard. Planning to brush your teeth to start the day? Turn off the faucet while you brush. If you do that every day for the whole month, it'll conserve about 200 gallons of water (That was easy, huh?)  Bum a ride with someone to work. Responsible people call it carpooling, but either way, it saves on the amount of carbon monoxide emitted into the environment. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Double bonus: it's good for your health. Grab lunch from somewhere local. It takes a lot of fossil fuels to get fresh produce to...

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