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 …
- The Australian government has passed legislation that prevents Australian companies from relying on data from animal tests for ingredients that will be used “solely in cosmetics.”
- China has announced that it will no longer require animal tests for “post-market testing for finished imported and domestically produced cosmetics.” However, pre-market testing requirements have not yet been finalized.
- A Facebook group of about 75,000 people (mostly in Sweden) work to “defend people being attacked online by trolls and push back against the spread of misinformation.”
- The organization, Plan International, is working to empower young women in countries like Ethiopia and is teaching them about their rights, such as how to get help to stop their own forced child marriages.
- New York City (US) public schools will have “Meatless Mondays,” starting in the 2019-2020 school year, serving all-vegetarian breakfasts and lunches on those days.
- Former CEO Fernando Kushner gave up his career to spend his days feeding and helping stray dogs in La Paz, Bolivia.
- The EU has voted that most biofuel from palm oil (with some exceptions) will not be eligible to count toward renewable transport targets, due to its role in destroying forests and habitats.
- A Michigan lab that has been force-feeding a fungicide to 36 beagles for months and had planned to kill the beagles this summer has stopped the experiments after public backlash motivated the company that had contracted for the testing to get a waiver from Brazilian authorities.
- The US Bureau of Land Management has reinstated a policy that limits the number of wild horses and burros that can be bought at a time, in order to reduce the risk of these animals being purchased to be sent to a slaughterhouse.
In the courts …
- The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre can sue the companies that made and sold the semiautomatic assault rifle used by the murderer who killed 26 people, mostly young children.
- The Dutch Reformed Church’s policy against same-sex marriage has been ruled “unlawful and invalid,” according to the South African Gauteng High Supreme Court.
We must do better …
- New research indicates that early deaths from air pollution are much greater than originally estimated, with approximately 800,000 people in Europe dying prematurely each year from causes related to air pollution.
- According to a Victoria, Australia, government report, a trial to kill kangaroos to use as pet food, which has been active since 2014, has led to more than a million kangaroos being shot and baby kangaroos being brutally killed or abandoned, and a program inundated with fraud and bribery.
- A new report from the American Psychological Association has found that, in the last 10 years, the number of young people reporting major depressive symptoms has increased 52% in 12- to 17-year-olds, and 63% among 18- to 25-year-olds. Those young people reporting “serious psychological distress and suicide-related thoughts” has increased 71 percent.
- A new report notes that “more than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and ‘will almost certainly face extinction’ without conservation intervention.”
Did you know? …
- The US Department of Defense has announced that, beginning April 12, it will enforce limits on people who are transgender serving in the military. The policy will ban from service most transgender people who “require hormone treatments or transition surgery.”
- Scientists are calling out humans for destroying nonhuman animals’ culture (such as chimpanzees) and calling on conservationists to find ways to preserve “animal traditions, as well as bodies and genes.”
- India has banned imports of plastic waste, seeking to close the gap between generating waste and the country’s ability to recycle it. India also has plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2022.
Be sure to add this resource to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Our friends at Farm Sanctuary have created a Sustainable Future Curriculum, which helps middle and high school students use science to explore the environmental impacts of our food choices. (The curriculum was created by IHE grad student Maddie Krasno!)
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