15 June 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

15 June 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we visit Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and much more.


1. Refugees and migrants from Venezuela now number over 4 million according to the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, making Venezuelans one of the single largest populations displaced from their own country. If you’d like to know more about the crisis in Venezuela, check out these background pieces from The New York Times and The Conversation.


2. The Guardian has a feature story on Indigenous deaths in custody as they track all related deaths from 2008-2018. More than 400 Aboriginal people have died in custody since the Royal Commission ended in 1991. The commission recommended ongoing monitoring of this issue, hence the establishment of this database. (Please be advised that this site contains the names and images of deceased people).


3. Life continues to be difficult for the Rohinga people who remain the most persecuted minority group in the world. This story from National Geographic highlights the amazing history and culture of these amazing people.


4. Here’s an interesting article about the environment. May Annaise Heglar, an environmental activist, is challenging us all to think more about fighting the oil and gas industry rather than obsessing about our recycling!


5. You might have seen this simple symbol around a bit lately – and according to Steve Rose from The Guardian, it is the new generation’s peace symbol, the extinction symbol, used by the Extinction Rebellion.


6. The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently adopted a consensus resolution to protect the important role that environmental defenders play in stopping environmental devastation.


7. In a follow up to the marriage equality vote, The Guardian looks at the state of LGBTIQ rights in Australia and argues that much more still needs to be done.


8. Looking for a little light reading over the weekend? Take your pick from this selection of 12 feminist books everyone should read!


9. Women in Kyrgyzstan are at the forefront of water management. There has been a growing water crisis in Kyrgyzstan that has worsened because of less snow (created by climate change) and farmers across the border using more water to irrigate their crops. There is now a women’s self help group to advocate for equal access to water resources.


10. The Japanese have been doing it for years and now it’s time for the rest of the world to follow their example. So do yourself a favour and get into forest bathing!! Not only will it make you feel great but it will help the world appreciate the amazing ecosystems in our forests and hopefully lead to their ongoing protection.


We’re off for a couple of weeks now so look forward to seeing you all on in early July.