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 …
- Following pressure from animal protection advocates, the South Korean government has decided to shut down its largest dog meat slaughterhouse. While a majority of South Koreans don’t yet believe the practice should be banned, 65% do think dogs should be raised and slaughtered in less cruel ways.
- While progress has stalled in reducing the number of people who contract malaria, the World Health Organization has announced a plan to focus on using effective strategies in the 11 countries where about 70% of malaria cases are concentrated.
- When a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl was being forced into marriage by her parents, she turned to the police, who arrested her parents. Mekuria learned about the dangers of child marriage from a girls’ club partly funded by a UK aid organization.
- New safety rules from the US Federal Railroad Administration will now allow US passenger rail systems to use lighter, more modern rail cars. The new rules should mean that passenger trains will “now be more energy efficient and cheaper.”
We must do better …
- A new study notes that the effects of climate change could mean that some parts of the world experience “as many as six climate-related crises at the same time” by the end of this century. Those could include “heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise, hurricanes, flooding, drought and shortages of clean water.”
- The latest National Climate Assessment reports that the US is already significantly feeling the effects of human-caused climate change, and that if the country doesn’t take meaningful action, the consequences will be dire, including disease outbreaks, dwindling food and water supplies, and billions of dollars in economic losses.
- A new report from the World Meteorological Organization found that “the three gases most responsible for climate change reached record highs in 2017,” and the window for preventing “irreversible impacts on life on Earth,” is narrow and quickly closing.
- The new UN Environment Program “Emissions Gap” report notes that current worldwide targets for reducing emissions “would result in an average global temperature rise of 3.2 degrees Celsius (5.8 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100,” which would mean devastating consequences.
- According to a new US Geological Survey report, “emissions from fossil fuels produced on federal lands and offshore areas represent an average of 24 percent of all national emissions of carbon, a major contributor to air pollution and climate change.”
- An in-depth report highlights how a plan toward US energy independence with biofuels has led to catastrophic climate change, loss of biodiversity, and deforestation.
- According to data from the Brazilian government and Greenpeace Brazil, between August 2017 and July 2018 the Amazon forest had the “worst annual deforestation rate in a decade.” With the election of Brazil’s new, far-right president, the amount of deforestation is expected to worsen.
- Record cold weather in the Northeast has resulted in nearly 200 sea turtles dying within a week’s timespan in Cape Cod Bay.
- Scientists are discovering the scale of an impending “insect apocalypse” and what the loss of insects means for our planet and all life on it.
Did you know? …
- An editorial published in the journal Science has scientists calling for the world’s governments to protect “50 percent of the world’s land and oceans by 2050” in order to “avoid the collapse of the world’s wildlife.”
- The US’s “trade war” with China has led to farmers across the US plowing under their crops, leaving them to rot in fields, or paying unusually high prices to have them stored.
- A new study that surveyed nearly 5,000 people in three US cities found that “Those who have negative opinions of the news media are less likely to spot a fake headline, less likely to differentiate between news and opinion — but more confident in their ability to find the information they need online.”
Be sure to add this resource to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Use this video in which “Everyday Africans Bust Myths About Africans” (via Global Citizen) (1:29 min).
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