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 …
- Key West, Florida, (US) has voted to ban sunscreens with certain chemicals that are “linked to coral reef bleaching.” The ban will begin in 2021.
- In 2018, Oregon (US) recycled 90% of “the beverage containers covered by its bottle deposit system,” about two billion bottles. This percentage is up from 64% two years ago.
- The state of New York (US) has passed a DREAM Act to “allow undocumented students the ability to receive scholarships and state financial aid.” California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, and Minnesota have previously passed similar legislation.
- Thanks to years of work launched by two young sisters in Bali, that government has announced a ban on single-use plastics starting later in 2019.
- New Jersey (US) has become the second state in the US (after California) to adopt a law that requires schools, starting in the 2020-21 school year, to “include lessons about the political, economic, and social contributions of individuals who are gay and transgender.”
- Hawaii (US) has proposed a ban on killing sharks in state waters. Capturing or harming them would also be illegal, and the bill would also extend protections to rays.
We must do better …
- The president of Sierra Leone has declared “the prevalence of sexual violence a national emergency.”
- A new study notes that the “vast majority of the world’s largest species are being pushed towards extinction, with the killing of the heftiest animals for meat and body parts the leading cause of decline.”
- A new analysis has revealed that insects are disappearing and could “vanish within a century at the current rate of decline,” threatening “a catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.”
- A CNN investigation has found that US-made weapons have made their way into the hands of al Qaeda-linked fighters, other factions, and even Iran-backed rebels, in violation of agreements the US made with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- NASA scientists have announced that the average surface temperature for Earth in 2018 was the “fourth highest” on record and that the last five years have been the “five warmest years in recorded history.”
- According to new research, when students attend schools that have higher levels of air pollution from traffic, “they tend to experience declines in test scores, more behavioral incidents, and more absences.”
Unintended consequences …
- The US federal government killed thousands of double-crested cormorants and destroyed thousands of nests on the Columbia River in an effort to reduce the number of salmon the birds eat, but this action may have caused the birds to move upriver, “possibly tripling the number of salmon each bird ate.”
Did you know? …
- According to a new survey conducted in 26 countries by the Pew Research Center, “climate change is seen as the greatest threat to international security.”
- Ranching and farming groups in the US are attempting to make it illegal for “meat” to be used to describe anything other than meat from dead animals. Several states have introduced legislation that would forbid plant-based products from using the term “meat.”
- A new study concludes that “quitting Facebook is unequivocally positive for one’s mental health.”
Be sure to add these resources to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Check out these books for youth that won awards from the American Library Association this year.
- Check out this idea for teaching first graders about white supremacy using US money.
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