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2 June 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

2 June 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 National Reconciliation Week, plastic, plastic and more plastic – and much more of course!

 

1. As National Reconciliation Week winds up there are still some important things we can all do. Here is some great advice for those of us who want to stand up for Indigenous rights in this article from Amnesty International on how to be a genuine ally to Indigenous communities.

 

2. And in the news this week, check out The Guardian’s review of the progress towards constitutional reform 12 months on from the Uluru Statement. You might also be interested in the Reconciliation Awards – this is the list for Queensland winners for 2018. And finally, check out the Reconciliation Australia web site for their new addition, Share our Pride. There is some really interesting information and stories here that “give you a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective”.

 

3. In this article from The Guardian, Kirsten Banks looks at Aboriginal astronomy and the connection between the sky and the land. Fascinating reading!

 

4. The Guardian also has a story on a Victorian initiative encouraging people to ask questions of Indigenous people without fear of consequence. It’s called ‘Deadly Questions’ and it’s hoped it will build community support for a treaty in Australia.

 

5. And Amnesty International has some great reading with Six Books for National Reconciliation Week.

 

6. The good news: Environment ministers from around Australia have just agreed to make all Australian packaging compostable or reusable by 2025! This gives even more emphasis to the creative ideas flowing about how to turn our plastic waste into something useable. This article from The Conversation looks at this idea of ‘plastic to energy’ and how it might work.

 

7. The bad news: Point Nemo is the most remote oceanic spot and there is plastic waste everywhere! Up to 26 micro plastic particles per cubic metre were found in seawater samples.

 

8. Last week (20 May) was World Bee Day. Bees are critically important to us as humans. In fact they are the only insects that are capable of making food we humans can eat. But they have many more important functions too. Check out this informative story from the United Nations Development Program to learn more about these little cuties!

 

9. The new documentary, Border Politics, is now being screened around Australia. The film follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he “traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most Western democracies”. Check out when this powerful movie is being screened in your city.

 

10. We rely on a number of different reputable sites to bring you our weekly top 10 each week. In particular we appreciate the support we receive from Amnesty International so it’s important to with all at AI a very happy birthday from us. The 28 May marked the 57th birthday of Amnesty International!

 

Great to be back with you after a bout of the flu! Look forward to your company again next week.
Jenny