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 …
- More than 30 news agencies in California (US) have created a coalition to track and share information about police misconduct in that state.
- Less than a week after the massacre of 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, the New Zealand government has banned “all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.”
- The Boston (US) City Council has passed an ordinance which outlines specific standards for public food purchasers to follow, including protecting workers’ rights and supporting producers that use sustainable practices.
- New initiatives in states like Kentucky are working to provide green job alternatives to former coal miners.
- Michigan (US) has announced that it will no longer contract with adoption and fostering agencies that discriminate against same-sex couples.
- Cities around the US are using strategies such as real-time data visualization, housing first, and coordination to end homelessness in their communities.
- United Airlines has become the first airline to allow passengers to book flights with “a nonbinary prefix and title.”
- A study by a renewable energy analysis firm has noted that about 75% of coal production now costs more than renewables, with a projection that, by 2025, all coal will be more expensive than renewables.
- The Kentucky (US) legislature has passed a law making bestiality (sex with nonhuman animals) or profiting from bestiality illegal. There are still four US states, and Washington DC, that have not outlawed this crime.
In the courts …
- A US federal judge has ruled that the US government must temporarily stop oil and gas exploration on more than 300,000 acres in Wyoming, “saying the government must account for its cumulative effect on global climate change.”
We must do better …
- A new survey of worldwide opinion about science has found that 35% of respondents said they are “skeptical of science,” with 45% saying they “only believe in science that aligns with their personal beliefs.”
- An investigation has found that the US government “is relying on secret shelters to hold unaccompanied minors, in possible violation of the long-standing rules for the care of immigrant children.”
- According to a new report, 33 of the largest global banks have collectively provided $1.9 trillion in financing” for fossil fuel projects“since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
- A new study that looked at more than 100 million traffic stops from 2011-2017 by 21 state patrol agencies found that Black drivers were 20% more likely than white drivers to be stopped by police. The study also found clear racial discrimination in who was stopped.
Did you know? …
- Increased desire for sapphires has given rise to illegal mines in Madagascar, causing the deaths of members of several nonhuman species, including endangered lemurs.
- Given the significant rise in hate and bias incidents worldwide, including in schools, teachers are working to prevent and respond to hate speech and acts.
- A report from Amnesty International says that the US “may have committed war crimes” in Somalia. US airstrikes against al-Shabab have resulted in civilian deaths.
Be sure to add these resources to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Teaching Tolerance has an important essay about the value of teaching students how to “call each other in rather than out.”
- The Southern Poverty Law Center’s new intelligence report highlights the spread of white supremacy.
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