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A Seesaw Has Been Installed At The Mexico Border And It's Literally Breaking Through Barriers

"What happens in one place has an impact on another."

Breaking down cultural barriers is no easy feat, but two geniuses have managed to come close by installing a hot pink seesaw at the US-Mexico border.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, who are the co-founders of the studio Rael San Fratello, came up with the “Teetertotter Wall” which originally began in 2009 as conceptual drawings.

In an Instagram post, Rael explained that bringing the seesaw to life has been “one of the most incredible experiences of my and [San Fratello’s] career,” and that putting it together was “an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the border wall.”

“The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” he wrote.

The installment of the seesaws couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time, considering recent reports of the mistreatment of migrants at the US border stations. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that more than 900 migrant children have been separated from their families over the past year.

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services has weighed in on the Rael and San Fratello’s Teetertotter Wall, writing on Twitter, “Art is such a powerful vehicle for change.”

“A beautiful installation at our southern border that reminds us that: “Actions that take place on one side have direct consequences on the other…We are all connected. We are all one.”

It’s a moving message of unity and shows that making meaningful connections with one another will only make the world a better place. 

The 1975's New Single Is A Huge Slap In The Face For Climate Change Deniers

Time to wake up.

Instead of blessing us with yet another banger, British band The 1975 have released a new single containing a very powerful and important message about climate change.

The track features 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg speaking over the band’s minimal background music: “We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis. And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.”

“We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things,” she continued.

“We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.”

“…So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel,” she ended her moving speech.

Thunberg announced via social media that all profits from the release of the track will go to socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion.

The young activist addressed legislators at France’s parliament this week where she told them to “unite behind the science” of climate change, and said “you don’t have to listen to us, but you do have to listen to the science.”

Greta Thunberg. Credit: Micah Garen/Getty Images

Thunberg’s words couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time. According to BBC news, action will need to be taken in the next 18 months to deal with the global heating crisis, amongst other environment concerns. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that to keep the rise of global temperatures below 1.5C this century, we would need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030. 

Clearly, we’re seriously running out of time, and every little action we take now is critical.

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