Climate Change Is Real

The subject many people talk about on Earth Day is the subject of climate change. How our Earth’s climate is rapidly changing and therefore creating devasting disasters. This creates a conundrum for us all.

Global warming. We all have heard it before but what is it and what causes global warming?

Here’s a simple definition of global warming. (And YES, it’s really happening!!!) Over the five decades, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. And it will continue to increase.

The cause is simply carbon dioxide, other air pollutants and greenhouse gasses that are rising up in our atmosphere, absorbing sunlight and solar radiation. Normally solar radiation would escape into space, but these pollutants in the atmosphere trap the heat and causes the planet to get hotter. And the result is simply catastrophe, and part of it is linked to extreme weather.

Here are the statestics recorded in January 2016!

But is this considered normal? Absolutely not! In fact, I have heard from many people that the subject of climate change is fake. They think it’s natural and that it’s part of our eco-system, not only that but they continuously ignore the proven scientific facts. They are living on the planet as if they have another one to go to. The truth of the matter is, we are the architects of this dreadful dilemma.

Honestly, I have no idea what will happen to our planet in the next few decades, but I only hope it will be something good and not something bad.

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Anyways, I believe that climate change is real and it’s most definitely not a joke. This must be a wake-up call to everyone that climate change is real and that it’s happening right now! Know that it is our actions that determine the future for our generation and the next.

Our planet is beautiful so let’s not take it for granted!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard / Living Life to Explore™

Keep On Dreaming

 

Dreams are necessary. Without dreams, there would be no ambition to chase. No goal to reach. We would all be nothing without dreams. Not having dreams is like following an invisible shadow. It’s literally impossible. But we must know what we want to do and follow that ambition. I’ll tell you right now, it would be impossible to achieve something in life without goals, and for these goals, we need dreams.

Most people have dreams, I know I do, and even the most successful people have dreams and their dreams made them to what they are now. I think it is only by dreams that you will find your purpose in life. To get there, you must work hard and never lose interest in life. You will have to stay motivated and never give up. This is a huge ingredient to success.

Dreaming is an essential part of our life as I mentioned before, but even if it’s big dreams or small dreams, you can achieve it. For example, I love Apple products, I love the way it looks, not to mention its beautiful performance, but if you take a moment to realize how it all happened in terms of the creation of the company, you’d be surprised. Steve Jobs had a dream, and he worked very hard to make it come true. But you see, by doing so, he changed the way we look at modern day technology. Now Apple is one of the top technological companies in the world.

For me, dreaming is very important and is an essential part of my life. Sometimes I dream about random things, and sometimes I dream about my future, but I realized that dreams will only come true if you truly put your heart, mind, and soul into it. Not to mention motivation. Without motivation, there wouldn’t be any dream, and without no dream, there wouldn’t be a true purpose in your life.

What I’m trying to say is, if you have the proper mindset and if you have a goal in life, go for it, and do whatever you can to achieve it. Life is not easy, there will be obstacles along the way that will prevent you from reaching it, but know that these obstacles will only make you closer to realize your dreams, your purpose. So turn obstacles into opportunities.

You’d be surprised that by simply dreaming, you are one step closer to realizing your purpose in life because the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.


This was a post in which I collaborated with the amazing, talented blogger Riya, so be sure to check out her post.

I hope you enjoyed my post and stay tuned for more to come!

 

 

How Life Changes In The Blink Of An Eye

Life is full of risks. There are those we can plan for and those that just happen, changing our lives forever in the blink of an eye.

Think about it, life can provide us goodness and opportunities, but it can also provide us misery and unhappiness. What I’m trying to say is, life is unpredictable and for that alone, it can lead to unexpected events. All this to say that my life has changed dramatically over the years.

Growing up, I always wanted to know my purpose in life. I remember asking my parents the question, “What is my purpose in life?” And their answer was, “It is not up to us to know your purpose in life, it is up to you and only you will know the answer to that.” But this has made me reflect deeply on the subject for a very long time until I finally knew my purpose life. Because you see, the best two days in your life is the day you were born and the day you knew why.

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Throughout my life, I have learned so much from my parents and I couldn’t be more grateful. If I can recall the most important thing my parents have taught me about life, is that life moves pretty fast. At first, I didn’t understand, I thought that I would remain forever young, but later on, I realized that it wasn’t true, and the next thing I knew was that I was no longer a youngster, but a teenager.

Growing up as a teenager, I remember asking myself these questions:

Will I be successful in life? Will I have a job? Will I be married? Will I have a family?

All great questions in which I’ve asked myself, and I’m sure many of you have asked these yourself, but is there an answer? For me right now, I don’t know the answer, I believe that only time will tell you. Over the years I’ve learned that one cannot be focused on the future but be focused on the present. Time has changed and will continue to change for as long as we live on this Earth.

So in the end, life is the greatest gift one could have, and because of that, you should appreciate every second that goes by. Like I said before, life can be unpredictable, things can go wrong and things can go right, and in most circumstances, you never know when or how it may happen, but regardless, find your happiness in today and not tomorrow. Live life to its fullest, and focus on the positive!

Life can change in the blink of an eye, so make the most of it.


NOTE: Make sure you check out my friend Anastajia to see the female perspective on How Life Can Change In The Blink Of An Eye! It was a tremendous pleasure to work with her and I hope you enjoyed my post as well as hers.

Feedback would be much appreciated!

Be Yourself

When I was young, I made a significant decision that I have never regretted still to this day. Never will I live like everyone else. I would live my own life. I would no longer care about the newest fashion trend, or the new gizmos everyone else was getting, I would be happy with what I have no matter what everyone else said or thought.

It sounds simple enough. Yet, many people will never make that decision.

Instead, they will succumb to the pressure to conform. They will live their life purchasing an abundance of money on the trendiest products and fashion released to the masses – not because they actually need them, but just because their friends bought them. They will waste their energy trying to keep up with the newest trend.. all for the elusive purpose of showing off. And in exchange, they will forfeit their life’s purpose.

This generation is having the mentality that, “I want this because it would look really nice and it would give me the opportunity to it show off in front of my friends!” The truth of the matter is, it’s completely frivolous! The amount of people I have met who have fit this criteria is incredible!

But you know what, I would be lying if I said that I have never been that person who always wants but doesn’t really need. In reality, I was that person who wanted to fit in, not knowing that I was loosing myself in the process.

So I would say to live your life and not someone else’s. You are unique and special, don’t waste your time on stupidity that will only make you feel worse in the long-run. Be yourself because everyone else is taken. Celebrate your uniquess and identify your values. Accept what you have and be grateful for it. Honestly, if you really think about it, you shouldn’t be like them and if you are, you still have time to redeem yourself to be that unique person you always have been.

Your life is valuable. It is the greatest asset you own. Don’t let it slip into mediocrity by choosing to live it just like everyone else. It won’t go well for you.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

A Big Thank You To My Fellow Viewers And Followers

I received a really nice email recently from a longtime fan:

I don’t know you and you don’t know me. But, I’ve been following your blog for a long time now – just wanted to congratulate you. I love what you do and you inspire me with every post! Keep it up! – Marilyn Gramms 

I’ve loved reading all your emails and notes of encouragement since I started my blog, and this is actually a fantastic example of why I decided to do it in the first place. Not for the appreciative comments, but because I value all of you who have taken an interest in what I do. My main goal is to inspire and educate you about our beautiful world and its reality, as well as what lies beyond our planet.

Over the months, I’ve been able to connect with a lot of you one on one via email, social media, and even on my blog, but I know there are still many of you who have been following my blog and have never interacted with me. So my commitment is to make my blog as interactive as possible, for your personal experience.

For my work, the most important thing that matters for me, personally, is if I can inspire and show you how wonderful and how precious life is. That’s why Living Life to Explore is my trademark, I believe we should all live our lives to explore our world’s wonders.

What’s also great about what I do is, I get to interact with you, my viewers, and having the opportunity in collaborating with other bloggers to create something fantastic and memorable for all of you.

Notes like Marilyn’s are a good reminder of the real people on the opposite side of my computer screen, too.

In the end, my blog wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your constant support and love. It’s been a blast to connect with all of you who have been following my blog for a long time. Whether you’re new or if you’ve been following my blog for a long time, I’d love to hear from you.

Feel free to leave a question, comment or concern.

Stay tuned for my upcoming posts – New post coming out Tuesday, April 11th.


NOTE: I’ve recently updated my blogging schedule to every two days. There may be exceptions if I feel the need to do so.

 

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Why I love National Geographic

Reading National Geographic is, to me, an endless world of opportunity and adventure. Opening a new copy really feels like stepping into a new world.

I love National Geographic because so much can be learned from it. They portray the world so beautifully with the help of an amazing team of photographers, journalists, adventurers, writers, biologists and camera crew, that it makes it so much more interesting and fascinating.

National Geographic confronts us with reality. It showcases the beauty and history of our world. It gives us a better understanding of man and nature, evolution of space and time, how new planets and galaxies are always being discovered. These are all amazing examples portraying the reality and truth.

But they also have a neat way of showcasing the darker side, things that are not beautiful, as well as things that make us unhappy. This can be seen by climate change, natural habitats being destroyed, or even human beings who are struggling to survive. In the end, it shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What’s even better about National Geographic is, anybody around the world can have access to its content no matter how old you are.

Just recently, I learned that a marine iguana developed an amazing solution by shrinking and regrowing its size on demand for surviving a common weather event called El Niño which removes much of their food source. So by shortening their size, they shorten the amount of food and energy they would need, giving them a greater chance of survival. What a remarkable example of adaptation!

But being a big fan of National Geographic for a very long time, I was actually thinking of pursuing a career as a photographer and writer to discover more of our world’s wonders and what lies beyond our planet. And if you’re interested in adventure just like me, working for NatGeo is definitely the way to go.

In the end, so much can be reflected on its content between man and nature. You see, National Geographic truly makes the world a better place, but most importantly, it makes us better human beings.

National Geographic makes an explorer of us all.

 

Life Between Posts

One of the most common questions I receive is, “What do you do when you’re not blogging?”

As much as I love blogging, it would be very hard for me to not find time in my day to do so. I mean, having so many ideas and topics to write about, I guess blogging about it would be the better solution.

Since I get so many questions about what I do when I’m not blogging, I figured I should write a more in-depth post about my life behind the screen and share with you, my life between posts.

First off, you probably already know that I’m a very artistic person and if you don’t, I think it’s important to talk to you in detail about my true love for art:

  • I always loved sketching and drawing still life. It has always been something in which I was very good at, and slowly I’m getting the hang of sketching and drawing portraits of human characteristics, which in my opinion is much harder. I’ve been doing this form of art since I was very little, and over time with constant practice, my art has improved so much.
  • Besides doing that, I occasionally practice the art of photography. I recently got into photography about three years ago, and my love for it has grown dramatically. There’s something I love about capturing that perfect moment and having that moment, stick with you for the rest of your life. And I’m always aiming to improve my photography to a greater level and to master the true secrets of what makes a perfect photo.
  • Last but not least, a true art form that I admire so much is the art of food. Since I was a toddler, I always watched my mom cook in the kitchen, and I’m sure you have too. Watching her years after years taught me a lot of important factors about food in terms of preparation, presentation, and taste. Today, I have the knowledge to transform simple ingredients into a delicious and stunning meal, thanks to my mother. And my knowledge of food and cooking keeps on growing with every day that passes by.

Secondly, when I’m not blogging, in terms of staying active…Snowboarding, dancing, tennis, and other forms of exercise are all examples of what I like to do during my free time. Not only is it healthy physically and psychologically, but doing what you love to do can be a lot of fun, not to mention how great of an opportunity it is to spend your time wisely.

Thirdly, as you probably already know, I’m still a student. That means every day I receive homework and new lessons that need to be finished well and on time so I can continue to get those good grades that I need in order to pursue my future career.

Anyhow, you might be wondering how I can still blog and do everything else I just mentioned, well, my response is simply that I manage my time to do what really needs to be done first, such as working hard to get those good grades and helping my family, and if I have some extra time, I’ll use that time to do more artwork, to stay in shape, to continue blogging, and most importantly, to continue doing the things that I love to do.

Hopefully, this answers the question of, “What do you do when you’re not blogging?”

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me by email, social media or the blogging community. Hope you’re having a great day and stay tuned for more posts to come!

 

Aboriginal Rights: To Education

Regardless of who you are and where you live in the world, whatever your age, sex or ethnicity, you have the right to education, and governments have an important responsibility in making it happen, to provide equality of education opportunity to all their citizens.

Education is the center of human development and the core of all opportunities. Having access to education can provide a lifetime of opportunities in the lives of the youth, it can also provide a good and healthy life for him/her in the long run. So it is no dought that education is a fundamental human right. Education gives us the important start in life so it must be accessible and appropriate without discrimination for the youth.

Despite the true importance of education, Indigenous people across the globe continue to be the least privileged group. Today’s society ignores their true importance as a whole and gives them very few opportunities. Besides being constantly ignored, they feel society has turned them down in a way that is truly undeserving and unfair.

Statistics show that about 50% of Aboriginal children drop out before reaching grade 12. The fact that more than half of the Aboriginal population have no access to education should be a concern to everyone around the world, that this is unfair towards them but that our governments aren’t doing the necessary to provide a safe learning environment for the Indigenous people of the world. Their voices aren’t being heard but instead ignored, and that is a constant problem in our society.

But though Aboriginal children struggle at school, because of their learning disabilities and the lack of motivation that today’s education does not teach in depth about their culture and history, Aboriginal children must be included and feel included.

A major problem is that Aboriginal children who are attending on-reserved schools are denied access to the same standard and quality of education as primary and secondary education programs, and youth services that are available at school. On top of that, teachers are not getting the same salary as other schools in the district, resulting in poorer education for the students, and also they don’t have enough money to pay for good quality desks, chairs, chalkboards, and heating. So for many of the schools, students have to spend their day learning in a cold environment.

Provincial school systems are different compared to the reserve school systems, making it very hard for Aboriginals to adapt. What they need is the support of provincial schools. They also feel discriminated by their ethnicity and by racist and stereotypical comments.

In the end, there is no question that the Indigenous people of the world suffer a lot. Having to adapt, learn and survive a new world that was once theirs, truly is unfair and should be fixed. There are several organizations providing a lot of money to strengthen the education board for Aboriginal children, which is great but, more needs to be done in order to make it a safe and equal learning environment for them.

So as education is a primary right to all citizens, everyone should be treated the same and have the same rights regardless of their sex, race and who they are. Education, as mentioned, is a primary start in a child’s life, so it should be available to everyone. And for all the Indigenous people out there, they will always be apart of our lives and they should be respected as for their culture and history.

 

A Fight For Social Justice / Social Equality

The amount of hatred and discrimination against someone’s race, religion, ethnicity and/or sexual orientation has always been a problem in the world we live in.

It absolutely boggles my mind thinking about it because, why would someone have the audacity to hurt a person who’s not exactly like him/her either verbally or physically? We were all created as equals, but for some reason, we can’t learn to live with each other peacefully nor can we learn to accept other people for who they are. Whether if you’re gay, black or white, catholic or Muslim, crippled or sick, nobody deserves to be discriminated because of their race, religion and/or sexual orientation. And if you are the person that discriminates someone for whatever reason, I’d tell you to think twice and look at yourself first before judging someone else, because nobody deserves to be mistreated.

The constant issue of social equality is not even close to ending, but if you look around outside, there are millions of people who are making a difference in the world and you might be that person who is doing so. After all, a journey to a thousand miles begins with one step. That’s all it takes.

Speaking of making a difference, yesterday I saw this amazing documentary talking about the legacy of John Lewis called, “Get In The Way: The Journey Of John Lewis.” It was a very sad documentary but at the same time, what he did to overcome racism and the brutality in that time period was absolutely incredible. A man who made a difference in the world and never stopped fighting for social justice and equality. He knew at that time what he was getting into, even for doing the right thing, but regardless of being sent to jail or getting a beating, he never gave up. One of the most striking moments was when a man, also a former leader of the KKK, came up to him several years later and apologized for being that racist and for hurting him physically, and John Lewis’ only answer was simply, “I forgive you.”

It is said that later, this documentary will be shown throughout the schools as a way to educate the students about this difficult time period. In the end, forgiveness and kindness come a long way, if you believe something is wrong and should be fixed then do something about it and make that difference in the world, be hopeful and mindful to yourself and each other and never give up. Unfortunately, racism and discrimination will always be a part of this world, but you can be that person that ends it. After all, it’s A Fight For Social Justice and A Fight For Social Equality!