13 January 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

13 January 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we continue on our theme of reviewing 2017 and we look at some other interesting stuff too!


1. The New York Times thinks that 2017 was the best year in human history– and they have some pretty good reasons to make that claim!It’s a pretty interesting read – did you know that every day the number of people living in extreme poverty reduces by 217,000 and those who gain access to clean water is reduced by 300,000 every day and electricity by 325,000 every day. “A smaller share of the world’s people were hungry, impoverished or illiterate than at any time before. A smaller proportion of children died than ever before. The proportion disfigured by leprosy, blinded by diseases like trachoma or suffering from other ailments also fell.”


2. Following on from this theme, you might want to check out Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now, as he explores the data behind the idea that we have made lots of progress in health, war, the environment, equal rights, etc.


3. And as we reflect on the end of 2017 you might want to test you knowledge and take the Oxfam 2017 end of year quiz! Hope you do better than I did!


4. If Nelson Mandela were alive in 2018 he would be celebrating his 100th birthday. The Elders, the activist group that Mandela founded, reflect on his life and legacy and the ways that we can all continue to work for a freer and fairer world.


5. As the #MeToo campaign continues around the world, Human Rights Watch remind us that the war on women is a far bigger deal that requires intervention on so many levels.


6. Check out Flume’s latest offering as he supports Greenpeace and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. He has “added his voice to the millions of people across the world demanding governments take action to change the fate of the Great Barrier Reef”. There is a petition you can sign to add your support too!


7. This is an excellent and extensive article by Melissa Comapagnoni and Kirstyn Lindsay on the history of the Stolen Generations and the progress made from the 1997 Bringing Them Home Report.


8. Here’s a bit of inspiration – apparently we can turn our plastic waste into homes that cost just $280 and this little video shows how it works.


9. This week (8 January 2018) we celebrated the birth of a music legend and activist, Archie Roach. Take a few minutes to read about his life and listen to some of his amazing music.


10. This is a beautiful story from The Guardian to leave you with this week. 18 refugees from 18 countries talk about their hopes for 2018.


Great to have your company in 2018. See you next week.