15 December 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

15 December 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate Human Rights Day, and take a look at life in Yemen, Sesame Street and much more!


1. Following up on our story last week about the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, we celebrated Human Rights Day on 10th December 2018. And here are some wonderful pictures showing celebrations around the world.


2. And Amnesty International has a review of the human rights cases they have supported in 2018. There are many things that we can do to support these people so check them out here. And there is still time to get in to the ‘double your donation’ with Amnesty International. A philanthropic organisation, ‘Oranges & Sardines’ will match your donation dollar for dollar for a short period of time.


3. While we’re on the topic of human rights – the Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the 2019 National Summit on Human Rights to be held mid-2019. You can find out more information and how to participate on their website.


4. In another condemnation of Australia’s treatment of refugees, Malala Yousafzai, who is visiting Australia at the moment, has shared her disappointment about the dreadful way refugees are treated in our country. Her advice – your job as a human is to welcome them!


5. As we know, the situation in Yemen continues to be critical. In this story Robert Onus, the MSF’s former head of mission in Yemen, is interviewed about the impact of the conflict on the people living there.


6. Sharks have got a lot of bad press in Australia lately and a great deal of culling has occurred as a result. In this article from The Conversation, the huge decline in shark numbers is explored. Some sharks have declined by 92% in the past 50 years off the Queensland coastline. Pretty concerning given that the ocean is their home not ours!


7. Australia’s failure to act on climate change has got worse – we are now ranked 55 out of 60 countries for failure to act! We’re ahead of Taiwan, Korea, Iran, the United States and Saudi Arabia! Nothing to be proud of there.


8. In this time of high consumerism, here are some great tips about how to live an anti-capitalist life! I love – Ditch the Gym (I say get a rescue doggie and walk, walk, walk) and visit the library (I LOVE the local library – good for books and good for community connection!) and lots of other great ideas in this article!


9. Got to love Sesame Street – they have just introduced a new Muppet – and she’s homeless! Sesame Street has been a leader in teaching children about social issues and social justice for over 50 years. So check out Lily’s first appearance on Sesame Street here!


10. John Pavlovitz is an American author and blogger and this week we leave you with his most recent, very moving, blog about life in America.


Great to have you with us this week.