YUKA, Senior Editor:
Writing for Inhabitat every day, I get to see many new technologies that make me optimistic about the future. But since scanning newsfeeds is also part of my job, the discordance and outright violence going on in many parts of the world is hard to ignore. That feeling was heightened for me when one of our writers, Tafline Laylin
, was living in the Middle East for the past few months. Tafline would come online and report that there were heightened security watches or sometimes even bomb threats in her area. Dutiful soul that she is, she still continued to hand in her articles on time (I would have been cowering under a table using my laptop as a helmet), a feat that made look around at my humble yet secure 500 sq foot cocoon in Queens with extreme gratitude. So this Thanksgiving, I'm very thankful to have a safe space to live and work in. There were times when I cursed the crappy weather or complained about not having enough storage space but hearing about Tafline's experiences made me realize that those of us who have a secure place to go and work are lucky ones. Oh, and that mini earthquake we had back in August definitely helped drive the point home even further.
That being said, I really wanted to give a shoutout to these guys. This band of brave youngsters is Egypt's first ever Solar Decathlon team , and they're working hard on their sustainable home despite the violence going on in the streets that surround them. They need help though. Unlike their counterparts in the US and Europe, they don't have proper funding and might not even make it to the next Decathlon, which will take place next year in Madrid. If you would like to help them achieve their goal, please Lamyaa at lelgabry [at] aucegypt [dot] edu. It could make all the difference in the world!