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

15 September 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 a victory in whaling, look at the ongoing battle for Indigenous human rights, check out some very cool women fighting for climate change, and much more!


1. We are very happy to report that Japan’s bid to lift the 33 year ban on commercial whaling has been rejected by the International Whaling Commission. Australia played a significant role in ensuring that this important ban remained in place, so much so that conservation groups around the world have praised the work of the Australian delegation.


2. Tragic news about two Indigenous boys drowning as they tried to escape a police pursuit. And the alleged crime that resulted in this pursuit – jumping fences!


3. It might be a timely reminder then, of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – which was signed 11 years ago last Thursday! It is a very good read!


4. And while we’re at it, the United Nations Development Program has a very interesting feature story on the 10 things we all should know about Indigenous people. Well worth a read!


5. Did you know that nearly 40% of female suicides occur in India? A recent study published in Lancet argues that the high incidence of early marriage, male violence and a strongly patriarchal culture are to blame.


6. There has been a lot of controversy about the use of gender-neutral pronouns but this article from The Conversation looks at some of the important advances in this area and the reasons why we should all be changing our language.


7. If you’re into podcasts, then you might enjoy this one! Mothers of Invention (no, not the band!!) is a podcast by the not for profit org, Doc Society. These are weekly podcasts by Mary Robinson (the first female President of Ireland, member of The Elders and other great things!!) and Maeve Higgins (an Irish comic based in New York). The series focuses on the complex issue of climate change and the wonderful women all over the world who are developing climate solutions.


8. Bad news about climate change in Australia though, as environmental data from NDEVR Environmental predicts we will miss our Paris climate targets given our soaring rates of carbon emissions. And miss them by a huge amount – a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide if we continue on as we have been.


9. It’s taken many years, but finally the Queensland government has apologised to Palm Islanders for the violence and discrimination they experienced during and after the riots in 2004. This is the second phase of a class action settlement with the first phase involving a settlement of $30million in compensation.


10. A wonderful mural of the late Dr G Yunupingu has been constructed in Darwin’s CBD. It will form part of a street festival paying tribute to his musical legacy. And don’t forget to also check out the recently released film documenting his amazing life – still in cinemas around the county.


Thanks for coming along to visit our Top 10 this week. Hope to have your company again next time!