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 …
- After a successful petition campaign, Trader Joe’s has announced that it will cut back on certain kinds of plastic packaging and work toward more sustainable packaging for some of its products.
- JP Morgan Chase & Co has announced that it will “no longer bank the private-prison industry,” after increased criticism and protest for lending to companies that, for example, operate facilities that have held immigrant families.
- Finland will ban the use of coal to produce energy, starting May 1, 2029. In 2018, coal represented about eight percent of Finland’s total energy use.
- Costa Rica has launched a plan to “decarbonize” the country by 2050. Plans include phasing out fossil fuels, continued reforestation, modernizing public transport, and reducing use of cars.
- A new #trashtag social media challenge recently went viral, inspiring people around the world to clean up trash and post before and after photos.
In the courts …
- England’s High Court has said that “key elements of the government’s policy on fracking” are illegal.
- A US Federal Appeals court has ruled that some immigrants seeking asylum in the US who have failed an initial screening may be able to appeal for permission to remain in the country, and that they cannot automatically be deported.
- A US Federal judge has expanded his order, so that immigrant children separated from their families after July 1, 2017, must be reunited with them. Previously, the order applied to children in government custody as of June 26, 2018.
- A US Federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration must reinstate a rule that requires employers with more than 100 employees to report salaries and job titles, broken down by race and gender.
We must do better …
- This report outlines why the Central African Republic is considered the “most dangerous place in the world for children.”
- Elevated levels of lead have been found in the water of 44% of nearly 11,000 US schools that tested for lead. There is no federal law that requires schools to test their water for lead, and only 25 US states and Washington, DC, test for lead in water at schools.
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a rule to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list and to allow states to “make their own rules about hunting and culling” gray wolves.
- A new study has revealed that “the products of wastewater treatment have been found to contain trace amounts of antibiotic-resistant DNA,” which could potentially spread antibiotic resistance and lead to a “post-antibiotic world.”
- “Studies by sociologists, as well as climate scientists, urban planners and economists, suggest that disasters, and the federal aid that follows, disproportionately benefit wealthier Americans. The same is also true along racial lines, with white communities benefiting disproportionately.”
Be sure to add this resource to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Check out the children’s e-book Is This My Home?, which is meant to inspire children to love the planet (our home) and to help introduce how to talk about climate change.
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