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 new State Land Commissioner of New Mexico (US) has banned “animal killing contests” on state trust land. The ban affects “unregulated” species like coyotes.
- Ohio (US) has become the 28th US state to criminalize FGM (female genital mutilation).
- The first ever Indigenous Peoples March is happening January 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Indigenous activists from around the world are gathering to raise “alarm about human rights violations” against indigenous people and about “the global climate crisis.”
In the courts …
- A US federal judge in Iowa has struck down that state’s “ag-gag” law, which criminalized practices such as documenting animal abuse on factory farms.
- The Colorado (US) Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s ruling that the state’s oil and gas commission “must consider health and the environment in all its actions – from permits for new wells to new industry rules.” The Court ruled that the commission “can balance health and the environment with other considerations, like protecting property and production rights.”
We must do better …
- According to the newest Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, the US is a “flawed democracy” ranking only 25th out of 167 countries assessed.
- A new study shows that, unless we significantly reduce climate emissions and repair the oceans, by 2081 ocean warming will be six times higher than it has been in the last 60 years.
- A new study reveals that air pollution “is as bad for pregnant woman as smoking in raising the risk of miscarriage.”
Did you know? …
- The National Football League has announced the launch of a social justice initiative – Inspire Change – “with an emphasis on education, economic development and community and police relations.”
- A new analysis by researchers from New York and Princeton Universities reveals that older Americans (age 65 and older) “are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook.”
- Investigations by journalists and activists have shown how the fossil fuel industry and other business interests have waged a campaign to influence how the media talks about climate change and how much time and attention it gives to a “balanced” and “debatable” view of the climate catastrophe.
Add these resources to your humane educator’s toolbox:
- Gillette has released a new ad campaign about changing toxic masculinity, while, for the first time ever, the American Psychological Association has issued guidelines about how to address issues related to men and boys and has said that toxic masculinity contributes to homophobia, bullying, and sexual harassment.
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