2 February 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

2 February 2019
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 modern slavery, food in the nude, doggy activists and much more!


1. It’s sad but true, modern day slavery is on the rise in Asia. There are around 24.9 million people who are held captive as forced labourers around the world and over half are in Asia. There is some hope that some new laws that have empowered whistle blowers are bringing about some change.


2. You may not have heard of the Great Southern Reef which lies off the coast of eastern Tasmania but after you read this article (and see the amazing images) you won’t forget it. You will also be forever reminded of the terrible impacts of climate change on this reef.


3. And while we are at it, check out this wonderful story from Exposure about the Yangshan Wetland in China. China has 10% of the world’s wetland areas (65.9 million ha). Again these beautiful spaces are at threat from deforestation, coastal development and the overuse of wetland resources.


4. Behrouz Boochani has won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for his book No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison. Boochani wrote his book on a mobile phone sending it to others via WhatsApp. This is an important book and must read for us all.


5. We know the day has passed but this brief story from Reconciliation Australia should clear up any lingering misperceptions about January 26!


6. We missed this one when we did our review of 2018 but we figure it’s never too late to hear some good news – so here are 99 good news stories from 2018!


7. Is it the beginning of the end for plastic in supermarkets! Let’s hope so. ‘Food in the nude’ is set to be the next big trend in Australia as New Zealand starts to ditch plastic packaging of fresh foods. Since this time, the sales of some veggies have risen by more than 300%. Apparently it’s a complex process (described in this informative article) but well worth doing.


8. If you have some spare time on your hands this year and want to focus on learning more about the world we live in and your part in it, you might want to think about doing some courses with Amnesty International. Their course Defending Dignity: The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsis now open for enrolments.


9. Check out this little video with Jacinta Ardern taken at the Davos Economic Forum a few weeks ago. She talks about the importance of empathy, kindness and well being. Just to hear a political say these words makes me feel warm all over.


10. Greenpeace are honouring the support they receive from friends with four legs! So they have curated a selection of Greenpeace puptivists for your viewing pleasure!


Great to have you with us again this week.