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

23 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 look at some International days, some ideas for combatting racism, Greta’s TED talk and much more!


1. Over the past week we have celebrated lots of international days!! The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was marked on 21 March and we are reminded of Nelson Mandela’s words about the importance of education in bringing about change.


2. The 21 March was also National Close the Gap day. The 2019 report, Our Choices, Our Voices, has been released with three key priority areas to address the increasing life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The report calls on the nation’s leaders to acknowledge a national emergency to address the high level of Indigenous suicides. The priority areas are – targeted, needs based primary health care, responsive health care system, and good housing for good health.


3. And if you are one of those non-Indigenous people who feel a bit daunted by Indigenous issues and unsure how to respond in a way that doesn’t do further harm, then this article from Shannan Dodson will be a big help. She has some clear ideas about how you can make a difference.


4. Check out these women climate activists who are leading climate justice movements around the country. “Research shows that women, particularly those in developing countries, will feel climate impacts first and worst, and that they are key to the solutions. But it’s love and hope driving the new breed of activists in Australia.”


5. Following on from last week’s story about our climate crisis and the inspirational work of Greta Thunberg, you might want to check out her TED talk – pretty cool!


6. The ABC has a great article on the ways in which we can all be allies to those who are feeling marginalised. It comes as a response to the tragic events in Christchurch as we all try to work out what we can do to prevent these horrendous acts of violence. They have included ideas from some of the key commentators on social change and their ideas include things like challenging negative behaviour, listening and speaking out, making our everyday interactions count, sharing the burden – and many others.


7. And Amnesty International has some tips for how to tell someone you’re close to that you think they’re being racist!!


8. This is a great story about some Indigenous women who have taken control of their money and fought homelessness. It follows the stories of several women and also some Indigenous accountants who are working to empower Indigenous people to better manage their income.


9. And not to forget that 21 March was also World Poetry Day! So don’t forget to check out our blog from a few years ago looking at Poetry as Social Action!


10. And for some calm at the end of our work check out the images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. The winner is a photo entitled Bond of Brothers by  David Lloyd and it shows to beautiful male lions greeting each other by rubbing faces. There are also wonderful images from the 25 shortlisted photos.


Thanks for your company this week. See you next time.