Each week find a round-up of selected news and resources related to global ethical issues and positive solutions that you can use in your solutionary teaching/work.
Here’s some recent news worth knowing:
Small steps toward positive solutions …
- Scotland has become the first country in the world to include the teaching of LGBTQI rights in the school curriculum.
- In the midterm US election, voters in California passed a proposition that will require more space for farmed animals, and voters in Florida passed a ban on greyhound racing.
- Bill Gates has introduced new self-contained toilet technology that he hopes will soon help the more than two billion people who are without proper sanitation facilities.
- After a walkout by thousands of employees, Google has announced that it will end “forced arbitration” for sexual harassment or assault claims, as well as implement other policies meant to reduce sexual harassment at work.
- In a plan to help large carnivores, the EU will now allow farmers to receive full compensation for any damages caused by “protected animals like lynxes, wolves and bears.”
- As more people are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, more cities are looking for positive solutions to reduce air pollution.
In the courts …
- A US Court of Appeals has blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This and similar cases could go to the US Supreme Court.
- A US District judge has temporarily blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, citing the Trump administration’s failing to provide sufficient projections for the pipelines contribution to climate change, potential for oil spills, and impact on Native communities.
- A US District judge has temporarily barred the Trump administration from approving offshore fracking along the Southern California coast until “a review of the possible effects on endangered species and state coastal resources.”
We must do better …
- Despite pledges to significantly restrict the ivory trade in and out of the EU, a new report shows that the EU has removed language that had promised further action on restricting ivory.
- A new study shows that, among the other many negative impacts of climate change, warmer oceans are putting baby seals at higher risk of dying from infections like hookworm.
- More than 100 whales (belugas and orcas) are being held in “cramped and potentially illegal enclosures” off of Russia’s Pacific coast. Activists believe they will be illegally sold to amusement parks in China. Some of the whales have been imprisoned since July.
- According to new estimates from the Costs of War project, since 2001, between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan due to the “War on Terror.” The report notes that the number of “indirect deaths” is much higher.
- A new study projects that, at current rates of deforestation, all primary rainforest in Africa’s Congo Basin – the second largest rainforest in the world – could be completely gone by 2100.
- The UN’s biodiversity chief recently stated that “people in all countries need to put pressure on their governments to draw up ambitious global targets by 2020 to protect the insects, birds, plants and mammals that are vital for global food production, clean water and carbon sequestration” and that biodiversity loss is as grave as climate change.
Did you know? …
- A new study “provides compelling evidence that ecoregions do meaningfully divide plant and animal communities,” which “… opens a path to new conservation approaches that more affordably and effectively protect little-known species … and valuable natural services such as disease control and water filtration.”
- With the passage of a ban on greyhound racing in Florida, which will begin after 2020, thousands of greyhounds (those not sent to dog tracks in other areas) will eventually need homes.
- After significant worldwide pressure, the government of China has temporarily halted plans to allow limited trade in parts of endangered rhinos and tigers.