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 …
- A new study shows that marine animals protected by the Endangered Species Act increased in populations. The study noted that 78% of marine mammals and 75% of sea turtles grew in population sizes after protections under the ESA.
In the courts …
- A judge in Alabama (US) has overturned a state law that prevented the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, citing the violation of “the free speech rights of local communities.”
- The Supreme Court in Pakistan “urged religious scholars, the civil society and the government to back population control measures, including a two children per family norm.”
- The US Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration’s policy of banning most people who are transgender from serving in the military. The ban is allowed to go into effect while several cases challenging the ban move forward.
We must do better …
- A report by World Animal Protection found “an almost-universal disregard among the brands … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their global supply chains.” The WAP looked at treatment of chickens for “the world’s nine biggest chains,” including KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut.
- A recent study found that the world might be able to keep the increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels “as long as we act immediately to phase out fossil fuels.”
- A report from the US Department of Health and Human Services revealed that “thousands more immigrant children were separated from their parents under the Trump administration than previously reported and whether they have been reunified is unknown.”
Did you know? …
- A Facebook post by a structural engineer has gone viral, after the engineer outlined why the border wall is not a feasible project, nor would it be effective, citing ecological damage, the feasibility of the wall itself, its potential effect on flooding, and the fact that technologies such as drones that can carry humans would make the wall useless.
- The White House has acknowledged that the government shutdown is “inflicting far greater damage on the US economy” than previously estimated.
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