14 July 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

14 July 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we look at some amazing Indigenous women, some great hip hop women, water issues, kids who love human rights – and much more!


1. Just a  little follow on from our stories on NAIDOC week. Reconciliation Australia have been running a series of stories, Because of Her, We Can, featuring some wonderful stories of incredible women doing inspirational work for their people. Read about Linda Burney, Mary Cowley, Karen Mundine, Pat Anderson and Djapirri Mununggirritj.


2. We’ve talked about Sampa the Great before – an amazing hip hop woman artist. Now if you love a bit of hip hop, check out the five women to watch in Australian hip hop! There are some pretty cool stories (and music) here.


3. This is a disturbing, but important, story from The Conversation about the relationship between football and domestic violence– and it is particularly pertinent at the moment!


4. Water scarcity is a major global problem with over 700 million people worldwide at risk of displacement because of water scarcity by 2030. The United Nations has released a report, Making Every Drop Count: An agenda for water action, which calls for a fundamental shift in the way water is managed globally.


5. And while we’re on the topic of water, we mustn’t forget that one of the key solutions to our water crisis is right in our back yards – trees! These two articles from the United Nations Development Program explain the relationship between trees, water and climate change and the amazing ecosystems that make up our forests (this one was written to celebrate the International Day of Forests  on 21 March). Both are fascinating reads!
Check out these stories of some of the wonderful people shaping life in Africa today (originally written for Africa Day which was celebrated on 25 May).


6. Well this is a bit depressing, sorry. According to a new study which has created a global census of the footprint of life on earth, humans make up only one ten-thousandth of life on Earth (with plants outweighing humans 7.500 to 1!) and yet we have managed to cut the total weight of plants by half and wild mammals by 85%.


7. This year’s National Photographic Portrait prize was won by Lee Grant for her photograph of a tenant in a social housing complex. The photo, titled Charlie, reflects the artist’s interest in themes of belonging, community and connection.


8. Now here’s a great idea! #kids4human rights! It’s an international drawing competition for young people so if you’ve got a young one who might be interested, closing date is 31 October 2018 and there are even some cool prizes!!


9. The Guardian has a wonderful series of stories on The Altruists, focusing on those people who offer assistance to others with no expectation of reward. Check out Charlie Raynor who runs a tavern in Tasmania that hosts a community kitchen every Sunday for different migrant groups; or Sandra Mahlberg, a retired nurse who spends her time now supporting Timorese children to receive medical care; or Lou Ridsdale whose love of gardening has created community gardens and her not for profit organisation, Food is Free ; and many more wonderful stories of people doing what they can to make the world a better place.


10. And to leave you with this week, from Greenpeace, here are some peaceful images of what are considered to be the most stunning natural environments on the earth!


We’re off on a little break for a couple of weeks. Look forward to your company again on Saturday 4 August.