24 December 2016 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place


24 December 2016
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place. 
In this week’s Top 10 our must see story features some good news about refugees in Australia! We also check out palm oil labelling issues, some great books to read and music to listen to over the festive season as well as some gifts you might want to share with others. And much more too of course!


1. Our must see story this weeks features some good news stories about refugees and asylum seekers. Around 3,500 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are about to be settled in Queensland (Australia) and after a long, long time waiting in refugee camps some are very much looking forward to Christmas in their new homes.


2. The proposed changes to the food labelling laws to allow for palm oil labelling have been in process for more than five years now. Environmentalists are warning that these delays are resulting in greater deforestation and the destruction of orangutan’s natural habitats. “A survey commissioned by Zoos Victoria found 84% of Australians and 92% of New Zealand consumers supported the initiative.”


3. Time for some holiday reading!! TEDEd has produced a list of the top books that students are reading in 28 different countries. You might need a few weeks to get through the list!


4. And if you’re still thirsty for knowledge, The Guardian has some of the best non-western books that are recommended for all students. There are some super books in this list – you might need to apply for a few more weeks leave though!


5. Time for some holiday music too – here is a great list of 10 songs for social change from Amnesty International that you might want to chill out with!


6. As the end of the year draws closer you may feel moved to help others who are living in less fortunate circumstances. Oxfam has a campaign to raise funds to assist families in Bangladesh to get clean water and toilets – pretty essential stuff.


7. And while we’re at it… if you’re lost for a last minute Christmas gift don’t forget that you can buy an Oxfam Unwrapped Charity Gift and print it at home. Give a goat or a chook or some bees – what a great way to share the love around!


8. The 2016 African Prize for Engineering Innovation has some serious contenders. Check out the Usalama, the Solar Turtle and the stair climbing E-con wheelchair in this article from the New Internationalist.


9. It is always inspiring when we see young people using their energy to make a difference to others. Campbell Remess is one of those kids – he has been sewing one teddy bear a day for the past three years to give to charity. ““I do comfort bears, which are for parents if their kids are in hospital having a hard time,” he said. “I do overseas bears, like for terrorists attacks. I sent one over to Paris when the people got hurt.”


10. Here’s some festive inspiration – Social Bite is giving people the opportunity to help Scotland’s homeless people by buying a Christmas dinner voucher – with all proceeds going directly to homeless people.


From all of us here at WITADA we wish you peaceful festive season full of joyful connections with those you love and peaceful contemplation as we approach a new year. We’ll be back next week with our look back at 2016 and then on New Year’s Day with our thoughts for a more peaceful and equitable world in 2017.