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 bill would make certain types of animal cruelty in the US a federal crime. The bipartisan bill would prohibit “intentional acts of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise subjecting animals to serious bodily harm,” but includes a variety of exceptions.
- A new trend is expanding in New Zealand’s supermarkets: doing away with most plastic packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables. After piloting the “food in the nude” project, participating stores noticed that the “nude” produce “led to stunning sales figures.”
- Helsinki, Finland, has successfully been using the Housing First model to address homelessness, and cities in the UK are looking to follow suit.
- As more farmers struggle with the cognitive dissonance of raising and killing sentient animals, an increasing number are choosing to stop raising animals for food and to embrace a different path.
- During the recent Polar Vortex in the US, Candice Payne in Chicago announced that she had rented hotel rooms for people who were homeless and stuck in the deadly cold, which led others to donate rooms, eventually “buying shelter for 80 people for 3 nights.”
In the courts …
- A US Superior Court judge upheld protections for gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act, “rejecting a petition from ranching agencies challenging the animals’ designation as wildlife at risk of extinction.”
- The Canadian Supreme Court has ordered the “bankrupt Alberta-based oil and gas company Redwater Energy to clean up its failed wells instead of leaving the task to the public.”
- “The Trump administration said in a court filing that reuniting thousands of migrant children separated from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border may not be ‘within the realm of the possible.’”
We must do better …
- A recent poll revealed that “one in 20 British adults do not believe the Holocaust happened.” Another poll conducted in seven European countries found that “one in three people knew little or nothing about the Holocaust, and an average of 5% said they had never heard of it.”
- A study by 21 scientists has shown that mass strandings by beaked whales are due to decompression sickness the whales get from trying to get away from mid-frequency active sonar, which is used “in naval patrols and exercises, especially by the United States and its NATO allies.”
- Officials have seized “a record eight tonnes of pangolin scales and more than 1,000 elephant tusks” from a shipping container sent from Nigeria to Hong Kong.
- Many in the business world have discovered that men and “companies seeking to minimize the risk of sexual harassment or misconduct appear to be simply minimizing contact between female employees and senior male executives, effectively depriving the women of valuable mentorship and exposure.”
- The US EPA has announced that it will not set limits on “two toxic chemicals that are contaminating millions of Americans’ tap water.” The chemicals, “known as PFOA and PFOS, have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, hypertension and other ailments.”
Did you know? …
- A legal challenge is being brought to stop the killing of sharks (and other unintended sea animals) along the Great Barrier Reef.
- “The most comprehensive study done to assess the link between climate change, war and migration has confirmed that the warming planet is fueling conflicts that lead to more refugees.”
- An investigation has shown how police, energy companies, and private security companies are working together to try to identify, thwart, and punish anti-pipeline protestors in Minnesota (US).
Be sure to add this resource to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Health Feedback is a new site that evaluates selected “health and medical media coverage” to help readers “know which news to trust.” Useful for helping with critical thinking and assessing accuracy and credibility in news sources.
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