10 Amazing And Important UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In the midst of destruction, the United Nations saw potential for innovation and created the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a fractured, post-World War II landscape. Made to build lasting peace and form bonds between people, UNESCO’s first directive was to rebuild schools, museums, libraries and other important cultural and intellectual sites after the war. Since its inception in 1945, UNESCO has positively impacted the world in a number of ways.

UNESCO Building

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José Mujica, Uruguay’s Anti-Politician

Jose Mujica Rundown Farm

Source: The Guardian

The five-year administration of the “world’s humblest president” is about to come to an end. José Mujica took office as President of Uruguay in March 2010, but never moved into the Presidential Palace in Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo. Instead, he lived on his wife’s farm surrounded by the family dogs.

In addition to “humblest,” Mujica has been called the “world’s poorest president,” the “most radical politician,” the “anti-politician,” “the last hero of politics,” and “a modern day Don Quixote.” Perhaps the most profound accolade he has received, though, has been from his neighbor, who told The Guardian that Mujica “is an ordinary man.”

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Climate Migrants: Rising Waves And Failing Farmlands

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A man sleeps in the slums of Ulaan Baator, the capital of Mongolia. Source: Alessandro Grassani

For decades, human industrial activity has polluted the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases, and we are now living through the consequences as the planet warms. The repercussions include melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and an increase in the number and severity of extreme weather events such as droughts, cyclones, and wildfires. According to data from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, an average of 28 million people were newly displaced by natural disasters each year between 2008 and 2013.

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The Expanding Phenomena Of Abandoned Malls

The purpose behind a successful mall is to meet all the shopper’s needs: a food court and places to buy furniture, clothing, entertainment, and electronic gadgets. However, all great things must come to an end; and malls in the modern age are increasingly ending up abandoned and subsequently demolished. Because online shopping is so popular (alongside staggering costs in rent), malls all over the US are being shut down and left to rot. Finding the time to go shopping these days can be quite a hassle, and everything is easier when it’s done online; especially during the holidays and the now-infamous “Black Friday”.

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No one will be placing any calls from this mall anytime soon.

No one will be placing any calls from this mall anytime soon. Source: Distractify

More withered plants and fallen ceiling tiles reflect the sad state of this American mall.

More withered plants and fallen ceiling tiles reflect the sad state of this American mall. Source: Distractify

There was an attempt to clean up the remnants of this mall at some point, and even that was abandoned.

There was an attempt to clean up the remnants of this mall at some point, and even that was abandoned. Source: Distractify

From another angle, many darkened storefronts pepper the landscape of urban decay.

From another angle, many darkened storefronts pepper the landscape of urban decay.

A fallen plant signifies the death of its commerce-driven surroundings.

A fallen plant signifies the death of its commerce-driven surroundings. Source: Distractify

This once shopping area has now somehow become home for many, many fish.

This once shopping area has now somehow become home for many, many fish. Source: GalleryHip

Not even a splash of green can breathe life back into this dead mall.

Not even a splash of green can breathe life back into this dead mall. Source: Distractify

This small Illinois mall was built in 1966 and closed in 1978. It enjoyed a very short ride, and died before even the internet had a chance to kill it.

This small Illinois mall was built in 1966 and closed in 1978. It enjoyed a very short ride, and died before even the internet had a chance to kill it. Source: iO9

This jewelry store almost looks as if it has been looted instead of simply closed.

This jewelry store almost looks as if it has been looted instead of simply closed. Source: Distractify

No customers to provide service to any longer- they are all buying their goods online.

No customers to provide service to any longer- they are all buying their goods online. Source: Distractify

A dilapidated outdoor entrance is unwelcoming.

A dilapidated outdoor entrance is unwelcoming. Source: Distractify

Outdoor elements have fought their way into this structure before its demolition.

Outdoor elements have fought their way into this structure before its demolition. Source: Puddles and broken glass populate the hall instead of people.

Puddles and broken glass populate the hall instead of people. Source: Distractify

Here’s a sad storefront that once upon a time contained a thriving business and gave jobs to employees.

Here’s a sad storefront that once upon a time contained a thriving business and gave jobs to employees. Source: Distractify

The shattered glass of an escalator that once carried many happy teenagers.

The shattered glass of an escalator that once carried many happy teenagers. Distractify

You can almost see the ghosts of bustling shoppers scurrying about.

You can almost see the ghosts of bustling shoppers scurrying about. Source: Distractify

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It’s anyone’s guess what was torn from its home here on a stage-like platform. Source: Distractify

The top and bottom halves of this mall scene tell two different stories.

The top and bottom halves of this mall scene tell two different stories. Source: Distractify

Water damage is prevalent in this once vibrant and convenient shopping area.

Water damage is prevalent in this once vibrant and convenient shopping area. Source: Distractify

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Shopping malls enjoyed their heyday before the internet came to knock them down. Malls were the only place where everything was in one convenient location; not only were malls an important part of consumer culture, but were also a part of regular American life. Many films, especially ones from the 80s and 90s, heavily feature shopping malls as an important location. Mallrats, Clueless, The Blues Brothers, and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, all have characters who spend major time in malls (though one just happens to be filled with zombies).

The very first enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota in 1956. Minnesota is also home to one of the biggest malls in the nation ,the Mall of America, which gets about 40 million visitors annually. The Mall boasts four levels and over 400 specialty shops and restaurants. So far it still stands…

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall is a photo series/book by Seph Lawless that takes a look at the end of an era: the decline of the American shopping mecca known as the “mall”.

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