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 …
- According to a new survey, “a record number of Americans understand that climate change is real,” with 73% saying global warming is happening and 72% saying that global warming is “personally important to them.”
- Conservationists are exploring using facial recognition technology to help identify and track chimpanzees stolen and posted for sale on social media or for authorities to use in stopping traffickers.
- At least 70,000 people in Brussels, Belgium, marched to bring attention to the need for major governmental action on the climate crisis. Marchers included around 35,000 students, who left classes to participate.
We must do better …
- Increasing ship traffic, offshore fossil fuel exploration, and other increases in underwater noise are harming marine animals, including killing them, and disrupting marine ecosystems.
- The US southern border wall, a new section of which is scheduled to start construction in February 2019, will cause irreparable harm to wildlife, ecosystems, and even people, according to scientists and other experts.
- An anti-trafficking agency in Nigeria has reported that at least 20,000 Nigerian girls have been trafficked into sexual exploitation in Mali.
- According to a new UN report, “nearly one-in-three boys and girls have been bullied at least once at school over the last month, and a similar proportion have been affected by physical violence.”
- Scientists are discovering that insect populations have been decimated, in large part due to global warming, and the impacts could lead to “ecological Armageddon.”
Did you know? …
- As surveys show that more people – especially millennials – lack knowledge and understanding of the WWII Holocaust and other genocides, some are turning to technology as a tool to help people learn about the Holocaust and to “never forget.”
- While the US government shutdown is over for now, and regular federal employees will get back pay, federal contract workers – who are some of the “lowest-paid laborers in the government economy – will not receive any back pay.
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