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 …
- The US Senate has voted to withdraw US military involvement from the war in Yemen. While the vote may not become law, it shows a change in support of the ongoing conflict that has devastated Yemeni citizens and caused massive starvation.
- New Jersey has become the first US state to outlaw the use of “wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.” “Nosey’s Law” is named after an elephant who suffered abuse and was forced to perform for a traveling circus for many years.
- Montreal, Canada, has developed a new “hazing” policy to help coyotes become afraid of humans again and to reduce human-wildlife conflict. The policy recognizes that changing human behavior is key, and offers largely non-lethal measures.
In the courts …
- The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal against destroying a sanctuary in Texas that is home to more than 200 species of butterflies (many are endangered) as well as other endangered species. About 70% of the sanctuary is to be destroyed to build more border wall.
- A deer poacher in Missouri (US), who is responsible for illegally killing hundreds of deer, has been sentenced to a year in jail and also ordered to watch the movie Bambi at least once a month for the duration of his jail time.
We must do better …
- Two reports prepared for the US Senate Intelligence Committee have revealed that “Russia’s disinformation campaign during and after the 2016 presidential election touched nearly every top social media platform as it sought to sway U.S. voters.” Russia’s influence was “even more sweeping” than previously believed.
- According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness in the US has risen “slightly for the second year in a row.”
- The Global Compact on Refugees, a nonbinding agreement, was approved by 181 nations, with only the US and Hungary voting no, and three other countries abstaining. The Compact is meant to help “provide a better global framework” to address the worldwide refugee crisis.
Did you know? …
- Researchers have discovered that tourists visiting Antarctica may be transmitting pathogens to penguins and other wildlife there.
- Britain’s Royal Statistical Society has chosen the statistic of 90.5% as its “international statistic of the year.” That statistic is the percentage of plastic waste that “has never been recycled.”
Please note: The editor of What’s New Wednesday will be on vacation the next two weeks, and we look forward to bringing you a new What’s New Wednesday on January 9, 2019.
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