Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C., best known as Raffi, the renowned children's troubadour, is founder and chair of the Raffi Foundation For Child Honouring. The recipient of four honorary degrees, the UNEP Earth Achievement Award and the Global 500 Award, a longtime advocate for children and the Earth, Raffi has been active on the climate threat since 1989. His climate songs "Cool It" (2007), and "Young People Marching" and "Do We Love Enough" (2019), are for rousing people and governments to action. Follow him on Twitter: @Raffi_RC

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A youth holds a placard as she participates in a climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future" in Hyderabad on September 20, 2019. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 24, 2020
Forty Years After "Baby Beluga," Here's Why I'm Enlisting in War World III to Defeat the Climate Crisis
"Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Science tells us that on our current path, we face at least 3 degrees Celsius of global heating by the end of the century. I will not be there, but my granddaughters will. I refuse to be an accomplice in the destruction of their one and only home...
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
It's Not Just Water That's Poisoning Our Kids; It's Also Our Collapsing Democracy
What in the water is going on in North America? In Flint, Michigan, people were unknowingly forced to drink lead-contaminated water for months after Governor Rick Snyder’s administration decided to save money by changing families’ water source from treated Detroit municipal water to the polluted...
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us
The following is the preface to Raffi's upcoming book, Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us , to be published in June (Homeland Press, 2013).
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Sunday, December 02, 2012
Cyber Safety by Design: Red Hood Project Demands Action
In October 2012, British Columbia teen Amanda Todd ended her life after suffering intolerable bullying triggered by a sexual predator who found and blackmailed her through Facebook. Millions were outraged. We were too. We are social media enthusiasts who care deeply about protecting vulnerable young users in the cyber woods from the predators out to get them.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Protect Our Children: An Open Letter to Facebook
To: Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook, Inc. Dear Ms. Sandberg, We are a community of concerned citizens in British Columbia, including Amanda Todd’s mother. As you may know, Amanda was contacted and blackmailed through Facebook by an adult predator who impersonated local teens to enter her circles of friends.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Environment Is Dead: Long Live Mother Nature
“Environmentalism has failed” is a statement that deserves attention. It comes from famed environmentalist David Suzuki marking 50 years since Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, helped spark the modern environmental movement.
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
Cairo Sunshine All Around
A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire, the Tunisian spark now a roaring flame. A new Mecca in Tahrir Square. I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I'm just eight years old in the helio-polis my Armenian family called home, playing in the Cairo sands, my father's 1940s Studebaker winding up the road to the Pyramids. And I'm now back in this moment, wondering, what exactly is this social media liberation hour we're in? The words come like this:
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