31 March 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

31 March 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we give the bad news about those easter eggs you’re about to eat, and some other less depressing things!


1. As you’re about to dig into your easter chocolate collection you might want to consider where that chocolate came from. Nearly 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast and Ghana where child labour is commonplace. A group called Stop the Traffik is urging all Australians to check to see if our chocolate carries the logo stating that it is from a certified farm.


2. And sorry to say the bad news about your easter eggs doesn’t end with child labour! Amnesty International are warning us all that palm oil is present in most chocolate (as well as soooo many other things). But if you’re still on the hunt for some easter chocolate, AI recommends some brands that are palm oil free (and the ones that aren’t!).


3. It has just been confirmed that over 100,000 Bornean orangutans have ‘disappeared’ in the past 16 years. That is estimated to be over half the total population of orangutans in Borneo. It seems that part of the problem is deforestation (for palm oil plantations) and the other is hunting (for no reason).


4. We’ve all heard about micro plastics and how evil they are for the environment, especially our oceans. This article from The Guardian gives us all some ideas about how we might change our laundry behaviours for the sake of our environment.


5. Oxfam is holding its ‘Walk Against Want’ again this year on Sunday 6 May. The event was first held in 1967 and its aim was to symbolise the ‘long walk undertaken daily’ by women in developing countries who have to fetch water for their families every day. If you’re interested in having stroll for a great purpose, you can contact Oxfam and get involved.


6. Disaster Capitalism is a film released late last year by journalist Anthony Loewenstein, based on his book of the same title. It is a documentary that “goes inside Afghanistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea to reveal the dark side of moneymakers and aid exploiters unafraid to make a killing from the misfortunes of others”. It’s showing in Brisbane on the 20 May and around Australia over the coming weeks.


7. There is always something we can do and in this story Shankar Kasynathan, Amnesty Australia’s new Refugee Campaign Coordinator, talks about the things we can all do to help solve the world’s refugee crisis.


8. It might be a little controversial (although not in the academic community), but important nonetheless – The Conversation has a story reminding us that Jesus was not white and he was most likely a brown skinned, Middle Eastern Jew – and it’s important that we get this right!


9. Reconciliation Australia have some great ideas for our long weekend – get out into country and learn more about the traditional owners of this wonderful land. Check out the options near you at Parks Australia.


10. Well they might have pavlova, the most ethical sporting teams in the world, and a very cool Prime Minister – as well as lots of cute sheep, but now it seems they also have companies who are trailing a 4 day working week which could have implications for the whole nation! Check out New Zealand!


Great to have your company this weekend – see you next time.