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 …
- According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, renewable energy “now accounts for one-third of all global power capacity.”
- In what many are calling a first, hundreds of people who love animals marched in the streets of Havana, calling for an end to animal cruelty in Cuba.
- An international group of scientists and citizens have launched the Natural Climate Solutions strategy, which calls for restoring natural forests and coasts to help address climate change and reverse “the annihilation of wildlife.”
- The USDA has announced that it will stop specific experiments it has been conducting on kittens since 1982, in which thousands of kittens were infected with a parasite and then killed.
- New Mexico (US) has passed legislation that will ban coyote-killing contests.
- More than 20 African countries have joined together in a tree-planting initiative called The Great Green Wall of Africa, planting a wall of trees across the continent. The project is 15% complete, and it has already had positive effects on people and the natural world.
- Maryland (US) has become the sixth state to adopt a $15 minimum wage law. And McDonald’s has announced that it will no longer lobby against minimum wage hikes at the federal, state, or local levels.
- Patagonia has announced that it will no longer sell co-branded clothes to companies that are “ecologically damaging” and will focus on doing business with B corporations.
We must do better …
- The spread of false news had led to violent attacks on Roma people in Paris.
- “Scientists estimate that at least 100 million and maybe as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, especially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers.”
- Although Vietnam is a “hotspot of biological diversity,” the amount of poaching, wildlife trafficking, and habitat destruction has led to what’s being called an “animal genocide.”
Did you know? …
- Scientists are concerned about the rise of a drug-resistant fungus, which the CDC considers an “urgent threat,” and are highlighting that drug-resistant germs could kill 10 million people worldwide by 2050.
- A new study notes that spending 20 minutes in a “nature experience” decreases stress hormones.
- A new study has calculated that marine plastic pollution can cost up to $2.5 trillion a year in “marine ecosystem value.” One of the study’s authors said that “The estimates do not take into account the direct and indirect impacts on the tourism, transport and fisheries industries, or on human health.”
Be sure to add this resource to your solutionary educator toolkit:
- Get ideas for bringing humane education into your work with these presentations from the 2019 Humane Summit.
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