5 issues to know Thursday


Biden to honor Earth Day with a virtual climate summit

People all over the world celebrate our planet’s own holiday on Thursday. According to EarthDay.org, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in every day on earth “to build environmental democracy and stand up for sustainability”. The Biden government is celebrating 51st Earth Day with a global virtual climate summit on Thursday and Friday with 40 world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi King Salman. The summit is intended to signal a renewed US commitment to leading the global fight against climate change after four years in which the Donald Trump administration has downplayed the threat. EarthDay.org will host events virtually and run parallel to the Biden event. “Our four-hour event will be full of action,” said Olivia Altman of EarthDay.org.

Daunte Wright is laid to rest days after the Derek Chauvin Trial ends

The Minneapolis black community held a rally outside the courthouse after a jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd’s death. On Wednesday they renewed their grief over 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who will be laid to rest on Thursday. Wright, a black man, was killed by police on April 11th during a traffic obstruction in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Rev. Al Sharpton, who will deliver the eulogy at the funeral, spoke to mourners at a public tour for Wright on Wednesday, promising that he and other national civil rights activists would seek justice for Wright’s family, including his 2-year-old son. The officer accused of killing Wright, Kim Potter, said she accidentally pulled her gun instead of a taser. She was charged with second degree manslaughter.

More protests are expected after another black person was shot dead by law enforcement

As anger grows over the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by police in Ohio – 20 minutes before Derek Chauvin’s verdict was announced Tuesday for the murder of George Floyd – the death of another black man by law enforcement has more Outraged. Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot and killed by a deputy sheriff’s deputy in Elizabeth City, North Carolina while executing a search warrant on Wednesday. District Attorney Andrew Womble has promised “accurate answers, not quick answers”. He didn’t offer a schedule. Protesters took to the streets after the Elizabeth City shooting, vowing to return while staying peaceful on Thursday. “When will it stop?” said Keith Rivers, president of the NAACP’s Pasquotank County Chapter.

Biden works against the hesitation of the vaccine

As public health officials work to overcome reluctance to get the COVID-19 vaccine among millions of Americans concerned about the safety and effectiveness of the gunfire, a scathing inspection report from the FDA cited several observations made at a drug factory where 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine have been ruined. According to the report, the Emergent BioSolutions facility was dirty, too small, and poorly designed, and the staff, who were not properly trained, were not handling the ingredients properly. Production at the facility stopped last week. President Joe Biden is working to convince those who hesitate to vaccinate that the shots are safe and effective. The President also urges employers to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated and, if necessary, to recover from side effects. On Thursday, India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new COVID-19 infections occurring in the past 24 hours. This means that the number has increased to over 15.9 million since the beginning of the pandemic after the USA. India has nearly 1.4 billion people.

Lyrid meteor shower comes to a sky near you

If you look up at the sky in the morning hours of Thursday, you can catch a glimpse of an otherworldly sight as the earth travels through the debris of a comet, causing an annual phenomenon of falling stars known as the Lyrid meteor shower. The best time to watch is early Thursday morning as the frequency of meteors is slowly increasing, AccuWeather said. The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, producing around 10-15 an hour at their peak, which is expected after the moon sets around 4 a.m. local time. In terms of weather, much of the nation should be clear, which allows for excellent views of the Lyrids.