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 …
- Boys at a high school in Maryland were ranking their female classmates on the basis of their looks and sharing the list with others. Young women on the list decided to take action and helped facilitate a meeting with students so that the girls could share how they were affected and work with the boys to cultivate a school culture that eschews toxic masculinity.
- Puerto Rico has passed a bill calling for the island’s energy to come from 100% renewable sources by 2050.
- To help reach its renewable energy goals, New York has launched a plan that focuses on non-wires solutions (NWS), which involves “portfolios of resources such as rooftop solar, battery storage, energy efficiency and smart load controls.”
- Austin, Texas (US), is housing hundreds of formerly homeless people in its Community First! Village, which provides RVs and microhomes, as well as numerous services and micro-enterprise opportunities for its residents.
- Greece is paying fisherfolk to bring back plastic and other waste for recycling that gets caught in their nets.
- Fast fashion company H&M is experimenting with more sustainable fabrics by launching a new line of apparel with textiles made from unique components, such as pineapple leaves, orange peels, and algae.
- The Navajo Nation Council has voted against taking over a major coal mine and generating station, deciding instead to focus on more renewable energies.
In the courts …
- A US federal judge has ruled that “an executive order by President Donald Trump allowing offshore oil drilling of tens of millions of acres in the Arctic Ocean is ‘unlawful and invalid.’”
- A US federal judge has reversed her previous ruling, after new evidence presented by plaintiffs, and has reinstated former governor Rick Snyder as a defendant in a class action lawsuit by Flint residents and businesses.
We must do better …
- The country of Brunei has instituted the death penalty by stoning for people who have engaged in “gay sex” or adultery.
- More than a thousand mutilated dolphin bodies have washed up on the coast of France in the last three months, though environmentalists suspect that the number could be 10 times higher, since many dead bodies sink. Officials suspect that “fishing trawlers catching sea bass off the Atlantic coast may be responsible. Autopsies suggest the dolphins sustain catastrophic injuries attempting to escape nets or when trawler crew attempt to cut them free after they are caught.”
Did you know? …
- Sales of animal-derived milks from US farmers have dropped by $1.1 billion dollars in the last year, as more people are choosing plant-based milks.
- An increasing number of people are choosing not to have children in response to the coming “climate breakdown and civilization collapse.”
- A worldwide analysis by scientists has discovered that a fungus deadly to amphibians has become “the most deadly pathogen known to science.”
- As controversy has grown over a number of US classrooms using “simulations” and role play to explore historical slavery in the US, issues are being raised over the benefit of these simulations, the need for better training for teachers regarding teaching about slavery, and the effect of these kinds of simulations on people of color (especially Black children).
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