11 May 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

11 May 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 Ramadan, the environment, koalas, Indigenous languages and much more.


1. Ramadan began in early May and this is a great opportunity for us all to know a little more about this important time for Muslims worldwide. Amnesty International has 10 quick facts about Ramadan and SBS has a Q & A about this holy month in the Muslim calendar.


2. Even though Indigenous people got the vote almost 60 years ago, there are still few Indigenous representatives in parliament. But according to The Conversation, that might be about to change with the largest number of candidates standing for election this time around.


3. First Languages Australia is working to develop a map of all Indigenous languages throughout Australia. There is an amazing interactive map that you can use to explore the languages indigenous to your area.


4. And in this year of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, Reconciliation Australia has an important article about the significance of language for Indigenous Australians.


5. Here’s some good news about the environment – the United Nations has reported that a new deal has been struck with nearly every country to no longer send hard-to-recycle plastic to poor countries. Now all countries will have to get approval from the government of that country before exporting their waste.


6. Goodness more good news for the environment!! For the first time ever Britain has gone a whole week without burning any coal! The last coal generator went off line on 1 May and they are doing just fine with 46% natural gas, 21% nuclear, 10% from overseas suppliers, and 16% from wind, solar and hydro.


7. And here’s one more! An Ecuadorian tribe, the Waorani people, have won a significant victory against the big oil companies who wanted to come into their ancestral Amazonian land to explore for oil.


8. And while we’re on the topic of the environment, ABC Life has some great tips about the small ways you can reduce waste and care for the environment when you have small children.


9. There might be some good news for the environment but I’m afraid it’s all bad news for koalas who have just been declared functionally extinct. The new report from the Australian Koala Foundation claims that there are no more than 80,000 koalas left in Australia.


10. Given that we seem to have focused a little on the environment this week, here is a little inspiration to leave you with- 15 women environmentalists that we all need to know about.


Great to be back with you again this week. See you next time.