9 September – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

9 September 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we feature Clinton Pryor and his walk around Australia, An Inconvenient Sequel, universal basic income issues, the suicide rates for trans young people – and so much more!


1. You might remember earlier this year we featured Clinton Pryor who has spent the last year walking across Australia collecting stories from Indigenous communities he passed through – and now he’s in Canberra delivering these messages to the Prime Minister.


2. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power‘ is launching around the world in October. You can check out the trailer and the nearest location to you so you can be one of the first to see this important film.


3. As the marriage equality issue continues in Australia, The Conversation has a feature story on the high number (almost half) of all trans young people who attempt to end their lives.


4. If you have a spare minute, pop along to the Amnesty International site to sign their petition to protect vulnerable refugees detained on Manus Island.


5. We have covered some of the issues around the debate for and against a universal basic income some months ago. Now The Guardian looks at the question, can we afford it – and reports on “a recent two-day workshop at Melbourne University, [where] academics, union representatives and individuals from the private and welfare sectors were presented with modelling that suggests we can”.


6. Plastic, plastic and more plastic – but not at Bulk Market, London’s first plastic free shop. Greenpeace is adding their ideas to reduce plastic use with their ‘four alternatives to plastic bin liners’. And all of this is even more timely as The Guardian informs us that tests have revealed that plastic fibres are found in 84% of drinking water around the world – and the health impacts are still unknown.


7. LexisNexis Australia has developed a RightsApp that lets you search international human rights conventions and declarations by topic. Handy to have when we’re in discussion with others about the importance of human rights!


8. Lack of proper nutrition is a problem in many countries. The World Food Programme has been working in Latin America and the Caribbean region on what is termed ‘the double burden of malnutrition’ – obesity from eating too many of the wrong foods sits alongside undernutrition from not getting enough good foods. They have now estimated the overall cost of these issues in this region. “The study analysed data from Chile, Ecuador and Mexico, and estimated that the combined impact of the double burden of malnutrition represented a net loss of gross domestic product of 4.3 percent (equivalent to US$4.3 billion) a year in Ecuador and 2.3 percent (a whopping US$28.8 billion) in Mexico. In the case of Chile, where undernutrition has already been eradicated, this cost reaches 0.2 percent (US$500 million).” Read on if you’re interested in the reasons why.


9. The media coverage of the abuses of children in prison in Australia has encouraged us to question if there are alternatives to detaining Indigenous young people in custody. And Amnesty International is showcasing 7 of them.


10. We love good news stories here at WITADA especially when they highlight the skills and strengths of people who are so often discriminated against. So this story from The Washington Post of Ahmed Ahmed is right up our alley! Ahmed’s family fled Somalia and he was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and eventually granted asylum in the United States. Now he is a Rhodes Scholar with an inspirational story.


Great to have your company again this week.