11 Things You Need To Know Today (September 29)
1. Michelle Obama announces #62MillionGirls campaign to help fight global education inequality.
At New York's Global Citizen Festival this weekend, the first lady launched a new campaign to ensure equal access to education for girls worldwide. The name comes from the number of school-age girls globally who don't have the economic and social opportunities that make education possible. (Wall Street Journal)
2. Tyler, the Creator, talks about his love of nontoxic body products.
The rapper explained to T magazine why he uses only natural products: "I use coconut oil ’cause unless you can eat it, it can’t be good for you." (T magazine)
3. Nigeria is no longer considered a polio-endemic country.
The country isn't yet completely polio-free, but it's celebrating its removal from the list of polio-endemic nations, which now includes only Pakistan and Afghanistan. (NYT)
4. Fitness beer is a thing.
At least according to Blake Konrardy, who started Supplemental Brewing, which sells protein-fortified beers. (Munchies)
5. There may be new sports in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Japanese organizers recommended considering adding baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. (ABC News)
6. Teal is the new orange for pumpkins.
The Food Allergy Research & Education organization is launching its Teal Pumpkin Project nationally, encouraging families to place a turquoise-painted pumpkin outside their house if they're offering treats like toys, stickers, or crayons for kids with food allergies. (CNN)
7. Target expands lists of chemicals it wants out of goods.
The list includes almost 600 substances on Health Canada’s roster of prohibited cosmetic ingredients, such as coal tars and bisphenol A. It also adds triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient that is under review in hand soaps and sanitizers by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and was banned from products in Target’s home state last year. (Bloomberg)
8. Is the responsible food trend sustainable?
The organic food movement has momentum, explains an owner of San Francisco grocer Bi-Rite Market. (Stanford GSB)
9. See the world's greenest building.
The Edge, in Amsterdam, is officially the greenest office building in the world. It's also the testing ground for a radical, highly connected new way of working, in which employees have no set work spaces and can dial in their individual climate and lighting preferences via an app. (Bloomberg)
10. Nike salutes the last-place marathon finisher.
It's about the journey, not the destination. (AdWeek)
11. Facebook will be helping the UN provide Internet access to refugee camps.
Speaking at the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Saturday, Mark Zuckerberg said he wants the world to understand that Internet access should be a basic human right, like access to health care or water. “Ensuring access is essential to achieving global justice and opportunity,” he said. This announcement came the same day he partnered with Bono, U2's front man and founder of the advocacy group ONE, to publish a connectivity declaration, which calls on global leaders to prioritize Internet access. The pair co-authored an op-ed for the Times in which they laid out a plan to provide Internet access to everyone by 2020. (WIRED)