16 March 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

16 March 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate those who participated in the youth climate strike and we commiserate another tragic episode in the world’s history of extremest violence.


1. We join others around the world in support for the people of New Zealand as they confront the worst of humanity following the deadly shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where  50 people died and 50 more were seriously injured. The Conversation has a series of articles exploring these events. And we feel honoured to hear Waleed Aly’s deeply felt words and encourage you to hear them too.


2. Friday 15th saw the second major youth climate strike around the world. Here in Australia it is estimated that over 150,000 students joined the strike.


3. And if you couldn’t make it to a protest near you, here are some of the coolest placards from around the world, courtesy of The Guardian.


4. Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish activist who inspired the global youth climate strikes, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for this year. Happy to give her my vote!


5. In a very interesting article about the impact of climate change on young people’s identity and sense of self, Blanche Verlie suggests that through young people connecting around the world over this common cause, young people’s identities generally are becoming both more collective and more environmentally attuned.


6. Some key leaders have provided excellent commentaries about the youth climate strikes. Have a look at the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres article in The Guardian and also the inspirational leaders from The Elders who have provided their wisdom and support for these issues.


7. The Guardian has interviewed a number of the young people who have been active in the global climate strikes. In this article they talk about what has motivated them to be involved.


8. And now finally it seems the people are beginning to realise that climate change has far reaching impacts into all aspects of our existence. It might seem like a no-brainer to some of us but the Reserve Bank of Australia has finally warned that climate change threatens Australia’s financial stability. And in this article from Amnesty International, the connection between climate change and human rights is explored.


9. A little good news about the environment now! Since July and the self-imposed ban on single use plastic bags by both Woolworths and Coles, there has been an 80% reduction in plastic bag consumption in Australia.


10. And of course it is terribly important to stay positive even though we know our world is in trouble. So here’s some good ideas about how to stay positive about the environment – and the reasons why it’s so important that we do!


Great to be back with you this week. Look forward to your company again next time.